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Testing. 1, 2, 3... / Re: Christmas_Season Theme
« on: December 04, 2007, 10:21:02 PM »
I use IE and I don't get any underlining, but neither do I get any garland.  I really do not care although Collinwood in the snow is very pretty, I have to say (I tend to be something of a grumpus when it comes to "holiday" themes--as I'm sure will astound many of you here).

Have a cool Yule,

G.

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Current Talk '07 II / DS Fashion (was when was this interview done?)
« on: December 04, 2007, 09:43:49 PM »
I get really upset in the "Summer of 1970" storyline when Grayson wears some beautiful, exquisite new things (just love those scarves) and then all of a sudden she's back to wearing that inexpressibly hideous orange tweed horror which they practically made her live in for a certain period of 1968.

I have a theory that that drab sweater-set thing they forced her to live in for much of the Miss Hoffman period in '67 was actually burnt in the studio parking lot by the vengeful actress on a rampage once the action shifted to the Eighteenth Century.  I keep thinking that Lara Parker burned her Cassandra wigs too although even in the Sixties she probably would have needed a toxic waste permit from the City for those.

I always crack up when I remember how a friend of mine and I asked Parker at a convention once how she dealt with all those wigs as Cassandra and she batted her eyelashes and said "Cassandra?  Who was that?  Did I play that?"  I don't think my friend ever quite got over the shock.

G.

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Current Talk '07 II / DS Fashion (was when was this interview done?)
« on: December 03, 2007, 09:32:07 PM »
Orbach's (I would presume the branch in Beautiful Downtown Burbank) also supplied the clothes on Laugh-in (as I learned recently via a YouTube clip--who would've thought that Laugh-in could be even more blooper-intensive than our show??). So if you want to know how to find a groovy super-mod black and white dress with matching feather boa just like JoAnne Worley had, or one of Judy Carne's kicky groovadelic microminiskirts--now you know.  Outasite!

G.

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Current Talk '07 II / when was this interview done?
« on: November 29, 2007, 08:32:41 PM »
Interesting.  On one of my regular DS DVDs there's a short interview (about five or six minutes long, I would guess) with her where she says similar things about Joan, Louis, Thayer and Clarice.  Since the latter two are hardly ever mentioned in the MPI tapes, it was very satisfying to hear her speak so glowingly of them here.

G.

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Current Talk '07 II / Re: betsy and alexandra and kathryn
« on: November 28, 2007, 06:45:48 PM »
TLATKLS had and has her own fan base and I'm sure Dan would have demanded the writers find something for Maggie to do even if Alex had stayed on the show as Vicki.  Presumably Maggie would have gone back to work at the diner and further intrigue would have resulted from there.  It's kind of sad that the diner pretty much disappeared after Laura's story.

G.

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Current Talk '07 II / Re: DVD Long-Term Availability
« on: November 28, 2007, 06:42:55 PM »
The latest rumors I've been hearing is that commercial marketing of DVDs or Blue Rays or whatever may all become obsolescent in the not too distant future as the industry moves towards a model of having people pay to download stuff from secure sites onto their hard drives (or TIVO loops or whatever).  Since the cost for the download to the owner/proprietor would be more or less nonexistent this is as close to a model of pure profit as one could get.  In some cases limited-issue sets may be marketed as collectibles to a small niche of specialized consumers--look at Time-Life's new release (still impending) of the Man from UNCLE episodes as an example of what this looks like.

It's all enough to make this old Luddite's head spin!

G.

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Current Talk '07 II / Re: betsy and alexandra and kathryn
« on: November 27, 2007, 05:04:38 PM »
From what I have been able to gather over the years, very few of the players on DS actually HAD contracts... of any description.  KLS in the original edition of her Scrapbook Memories mentions that when she left the show, she'd been working without a contract for quite some time.  Grayson always described herself as signing a contract for 13 weeks initially but once that ran out they may have just let things run along because shortly thereafter her husband was writing for the show.  I guess it might have depended in part on how aggressive her agent was with DCP at that point.

Towards the end of the show, Keith Prentice was quoted in one of the teen mags as having signed a five year contract which seems out of character for Dan Curtis.  I wonder how much he got when the show was canceled.  Probably not much.  KLS wryly wrote in that first book:  "In general, we were not over-paid for working on Dark Shadows."

G.

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Current Talk '07 II / Re: betsy and alexandra and kathryn
« on: November 27, 2007, 04:21:16 PM »
Alexandra Moltke did look ravishing on camera as Victoria, and her understated performance provides a much-needed contrast to the goings-on, particularly as the show went WAY over the top during the 1968 storyline (which I happen to love).

Something Nancy wrote above made me think that for most of the people who worked on the show, their work was their livelihood, and that was something of a bottom line for them; whatever they tried to do artisticially with their work on DS, it was also a regular paycheck in a profession where regular paychecks can be scarce as hen's teeth.  Something in one fan's memoir of the last day of taping in '71 made me realize with a shock that Louis Edmonds was really worried about what he was going to do for a living since the show was ending.  I think the aspect of it that he particularly enjoyed, at the time, was the flexibility to go out and do other projects and yet still be on board as a regular of the show.

But for Alexandra (and to some extent, I think, for Jonathan), there wasn't that hunger, that dependence upon making the career work financially.  Their fellow cast members would hardly have been human if they hadn't somewhat resented or been intimidated by the thought of a person with an independent income choosing to do the show as an experience--and then choosing to walk away from same.

While sorting stuff out of one of my boxes Sunday evening, I came across a line in the Grayson Gazette issue from late Summer 1970 stating that Clarice Blackburn had been offered the role of Mrs J in hoDS, but she had refused it.  I'd always thought that she simply had other work to do during the tight window of the hoDS shooting schedule.  It's interesting to think that from this report, she may simply have chosen not to do the movie.  I think she only appeared in one or two episodes during Leviathan (although one of those shows is a humdinger!).

G.

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I am laughing out of my nether regions at the Mysterious Darling's last comment...

Whenever the topic of holidays at Collinwood comes up, I always find myself wondering whether Mrs. Johnson ever made that new recipe for Indian pudding?  *wink*

My sister made Indian pudding once in the Seventies.  And honest to Goddess, it took three hours.

G.

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Current Talk '07 II / Re: betsy and alexandra and kathryn
« on: November 26, 2007, 07:04:07 PM »
I wonder whether Alexandra started having bouts of morning sickness?  It just may not have been physically possible for her to continue doing the show if she was having a rough time of it.

Either that or she had had about all she could take of being mauled by Roger Davis and phoned DC and announced "That's it, Bob, you ain't seeing me again, I'll look for my severance in the post."

I actually thought Durkin was competent in the role of VW.  It was just very jarring to have somebody with such a different temperament in the role.  Fans "hated" her interpretation but I think what they "hated" was the fact that she wasn't Alexandra, hardly something she could rightly be blamed for.

I imagine you also missed the two episodes with Carolyn Groves, who I thought had more of the temperament and feel for the character of Vicki.  Again, by the time she appeared on the scene, fans simply threw their hands up in the air.

I remember Lara Parker's comments about Alexandra's final months in the show and how she kept repeating that AM "refused to wear makeup!!!"  She repeated that again at another festival two years later.  For some reason I found that comment VERY entertaining.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '07 II / Re: David Selby on Cold Case
« on: November 20, 2007, 11:24:38 PM »
Wow.  Definitely a different role for Selby than that hootchie-kootchie show on that other network...

G.

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Current Talk '07 II / Re: Discuss - Ep #0431
« on: November 20, 2007, 05:28:50 PM »
Hi MSC, I believe that in Sam Hall's article based on his notes for what would have happened with the storyline in 1971, he mentioned the arrival of Tracy, to be played by Kate Jackson, a new governess for David and presumably Hallie and a new love interest for Quentin.

I hope you have had the chance to read David Henesy's brief essay in one of the recent Pom Press books.  It would be really great if he wrote a book length memoir about his time on DS.  He said in the earlier piece that was published that he has crystal-clear recall of those long-ago days.

G.

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Thanks for this interesting news.  I look forward to seeing the book.

I thought I knew EVeryone who played on Dark Shadows, but I draw a blank at the name Elizabeth Wilson.

I thought it was a real hoot when I was reading Stuart Little's Off Broadway history years ago when researching Grayson's career, and learned that one of the leading lights of the OB stage back in the early 1960s, at least in the eyes of many who followed it then, was none other than a certain character actor named.... Addison Powell!  *faints*

G.

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Jackie, honey, your new avatar is TOO PERFECT!!!!

Many thanks for the smile you gave me just now!

Best, G.

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Current Talk '07 II / Re: The Annual November Juliathon
« on: November 16, 2007, 04:27:12 PM »
Oh yeah Sandor and Willie you get all that PLUS Cassandra in her shiny black glisteningly-lacquered wig and lime green coat dress walking slowly towards Liz cooing "and then I must TOUCH you ... I puh-ROMISED you THAT!"  What a hoot!

Julia really is like the head of the Collinwood loony-bin in that episode!

G.

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