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Hooray and Happy Day to El Misterioso Fabuloso!

May you have all that your heart desires on your special day and throughout the coming year... oh, and of course, an endless supply of tapioca pudding! 

cheers,

G.

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Current Talk '09 I / Re: i ran into marie...
« on: April 08, 2009, 05:14:33 PM »
Funny to find this thread here since last night I watched the Jay Nass interview on one of the DVDs and he was talking about Marie and how even back in the old days she always had extra minutes to spare for the fans!

She's a wonderful, generous woman, and I'll never forget how electric she was onstage when she did a one-act set in a bar up on stage one year at a Festival.  Sheer brilliance.

G.

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Current Talk '09 I / Re: Episode 463 Pull the Blinds, Barnabas!
« on: April 05, 2009, 11:00:42 PM »
I agree re Tony Peterson--another lost opportunity. 

I wish I could recall when we last catch sight of him, but I don't.   I presume that Jerry Lacy, as was the case with so many actors on the series, worked without a contract.

G.

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Happy Birthday to Humbert Allen Astredo, a true gentleman and an artist I  have admired since the day back in '68 when I turned on my favorite new show, Dark Shadows, and found a mysterious individual named Nicholas Blair who claimed to be Cassandra's brother at the door of the Great House.  I find the nuances of Humbert's performances on DS to be endlessly fascinating, textured, and authentic.  It's mindblowing to see  how much care and artistry he put into something that was meant to be "simply for the moment."  But then, the same could be said for several other artists who worked on our beloved show.

I don't recall Linda's posts here, but perhaps she is the fan who drew our attention to the recent posts on Humbert's page on the IMDB which provided some recent news about him, including the hearbreaking story about his daughter's death.

G.

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I saw an article in the local paper, The Baltimore Sun, stating that it was going off the air.  I think there was an item about the cancellation in those typewriter-printed looking yellow pages that used to be at the beginning and end of TV Guide--the "New York Report" and the "Hollywood Report"--DS news would have been in the New York pages, of course.

I would try to describe how the news made me feel, but it would all sound absurdly melodramatic.  I do remember turning on the following Monday half hoping that it would show up as usual, only to have PASSWORD thrown in my face--a show I had actually enjoyed.  Until that moment.

G.

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Current Talk '09 I / That Collins Beauty--Chris Collins
« on: April 02, 2009, 08:37:01 PM »
Many thanks to our justly-feted El Misterioso for the captivating cameo portrait of handsome, attractive Chris Collins (portrayed by the late, much-lamented Don Briscoe).

In our time, Julia had learned [spoiler] that Chris Jennings actually was a descendent of Quentin Collins, and thus a Collins in his own right.  It was cool that Chris' Parallel Time counterpart actually bore the name of Collins.[/spoiler]

Too bad that Don had to leave the series very abruptly soon after this episode was taped due to health concerns.

G.

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Current Talk '09 I / Re: The Original Ended 38 Years Ago Today!
« on: April 02, 2009, 03:30:13 PM »
I remember well this sad, sad day.  It seems very odd but I recall tuning in every day for those final months expecting that at any moment, they would return to 1971 and show us what Barnabas, Julia, and Prof. Stokes were up to!  I kept wondering what was happening at the REAL Collinwood during that time.

At the same time, I did get involved in the new PT 1841 story.  I remember how my heart went out to Melanie in particular, and how fascinating the new costumes were, and the mystery around the locked room (very Horace Walpole/Ann Radcliffe-ish!).

For the final weeks, one of the ABC affiliates in Washington started showing the episodes in the evenings, in an 11:30 pm slot, I think.  For many years, these wound up being the only DS episodes that I had gotten to see TWICE.

G.

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Current Talk '09 I / Re: Dork Shadows - Cracked Monster Party #10
« on: April 02, 2009, 03:26:11 PM »
How adorable!  but he looks more like Nixon than Barnabas to me.

I can just hear it now:  "you won't have Dick Collins--er, Nixon--to kick around anymore!"  lol

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '09 I / Re: The True Mistress of Collinwood
« on: April 01, 2009, 03:40:57 PM »
Well, the way John Yeagar "appreciated" Maggie Collins' hairbrush in one scene I don't think I'll ever forget was certainly "adult"--I also love Yeagar's scene with AngelExis (which I think is in the same show).

In some ways, AngelExis' attempts at Witchcraft were more realistic than the "SuperWitch" stuff Angelique was pulling in our time--AngelExis wasn't really in control of her own powers and kept over shooting the mark, which I thought leant more tension and suspense to the way in which the Witchy stuff was used in this storyline.

And then, with the murder mystery we get a combination of the old Agatha Christie country house mystery genre, which is another perennial favorite--yep, PT 1970 really was "the stuff"!

G.

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Current Talk '09 I / The True Mistress of Collinwood
« on: March 31, 2009, 10:39:28 PM »
My hat's off to El Misterioso once again for today's fiercely ruling Hoffman portrait. There can be only ONE, indeed!

Her expression here reminds me of the scene where Hoffman informs AngelExis re Maggie Collins:  "I HATE having to take ORDERS from her!"

Choice stuff and one of the many reasons why I'll always be a huge fan of PT 1970.  Perhaps we'll get a Tim Stokes capture from one of his PT appearances this year?  Of course, that's still some months away...

G.

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Current Talk '09 I / Re: Hangman
« on: March 31, 2009, 06:47:43 PM »
Thanks, Midnite!  I realize Howard was on the more average-looking side, but I still saw potential for cuteness in that shot.

G. the indefatigable (!)

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Current Talk '09 I / Hangman
« on: March 30, 2009, 10:14:27 PM »
Do we know who portrayed the Hangman in today's snapshot from 1796?  He looks like quite the Sixties cutie.

I was watching one of the promo reels for the series WorldVision produced (on the extras disc from "DS the Beginning volume 6") over the weekend and had to laugh when the v/o with the fake Lugosi accent had to utter the line about our beloved show having been "expensively produced."  The first phrase that popped into my had was, "but with no more than five actors per show."  LOL!  This episode was one of the few after 1966 where DC allowed them to spring for some much needed extras.

G.

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Current Talk '09 I / Re: '91 DS will air on Chiller Sunday 3/29
« on: March 30, 2009, 10:08:35 PM »
Sorry to post OT, but is Chiller running the old 1990s series Poltergeist: the Legacy as part of their regular schedule? I ask on behalf of a friend who has the channel and would probably like to tune in. She was a Poltergeist fan way back when (as I have been).

G.

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Just a note--as should be covered in the thread to which Midnite posted that helpful link, Darkness at Blaisedon was not a feature film; it was a pilot for a nighttime series co-starring the legendary Kerwin Matthews and Marj Dusay (who had guest roles on Star Trek, the Wild Wild West, and other shows of the period we all watched).  Cal Bellini was in it in a very Aristide-like role.

Blaisedon was done on videotape, written by Sam Hall, used all the classic DS music cues we love by Robert Cobert, and had a supporting role for Thayer David and what amounted to a cameo for Louis Edmonds.  I think it runs around 50 minutes.  It's a fun thing to see, but if you expect a glossy feature film with lots of explicit gore and violence like hoDS and NoDS, you'll be disappointed.

The best sources for the movies *currently* are, IMO, the laserdisc releases.  My own videotapes come from those discs which I own (a friend made the tapes for me since I never owned a disc player).  According to THE authority on the movies, Mr. Darren Gross, the sound mix for the recent broadcasts of NoDS is superior to any version ever released on home formats (at least, that is how I understood a remark he made about this a year or two ago), so your disc may be an improvement upon the laserdisc version in that respect.

At least the laserdisc does not have any annoying logo... or commercial breaks!

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '09 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #0742
« on: March 26, 2009, 07:40:57 PM »
Thanks, Midnite, for the input, and I'm so sorry about the horrendous gaffe made on that list you were on.  No matter how often the individual responsible apologises, there's no way to get the kitten back into the bag, is there?

I will continue to err on the side of excess as much as possible when it comes to posting spoiler warnings.  I'm not copping an attitude in saying I don't understand--I really don't.  For instance, I would presume it is considered a spoiler that [spoiler] the series basically ended with Barnabas "realizing" that the all-time love of his life had been Angelique all along.[/spoiler]  Even though there've been many threads that have cited this particular development, I would still use the spoiler feature for referencing it, particularly in a thread such as this one dedicated to discussion of a particular episode.

I toy with the idea of starting a thread on Spoilers in general, because I find it on a certain level an intriguing topic.  I am afraid that at my advanced age, I no longer care about spoilers--for ANYTHING.  The reason is that I've read so many novels, seen so many films and television shows and plays, that very little really surprises me any longer.  If I am watching something, it is because something to do with the characters, the aesthetics (such as the photography or underscore), or just the actors involved engages me.  We're getting Wild Wild West on Netflix now, and I watch that mainly for Robert Conrad's tight pants and the women's campy hairdos and makeup.

All that to one side, when I went to see the Crying Game in 1992 I had managed to avoid hearing about "the surprise secret," and it did provide an amusing sensation when it hit--all because of how the director cleverly staged it, as I had already had doubts.  So, I'm obviously not above being surprised.  Then again, that was 17 years ago.  And now I *really* feel old.

cheers, Gothick 

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