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Cavada! La Divina!

Thanks, MB!

G.

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I happened upon this blog which transcribes a conversation the author had with Elizabeth Wilson (who played Mrs. Hopewell, the administrator of Vicki's foundling home, in two episodes in 1966):

http://s181314165.onlinehome.us/followkellow/conversations-elizabeth-wilson-part/

Haven't come across any references to her brief appearance on DS yet. But there is a fascinating reminiscence of Kim Stanley, amongst many others: Kim was Grayson Hall's favorite actress, according to a couple of interviews Grayson did in the late 60s and subsequently.

The passage about Kim Stanley shows up in part 3.

G.

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Aunt Hannah! Perfect for a gloomy Sunday afternoon in Collinsport.

Angelexis was so totally psycho. Fun times!

G.

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"order paper gothic opera"? That's a new one on me.

G.

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Nice to see Robert Rodan and Craig Slocum featured today. Neither actor gets much discussion let alone positive attention from fans. Both were important figures in the infamous 1968 storyline, often criticized but because it was my first DS storyline, still my sentimental favorite (I now think of the PT 1970 storyline as the best of the Barnabas storylines with the most sophisticated writing, but even that had its moments... the original Laura Collins 1966-67 storyline was probably the finest ever produced on the show in terms of pacing and story coherence).

G.

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Happy Birthday! Wishing you and your family health and safety!

Best wishes,

Gothick

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Fans,

A friend pointed me yesterday to this blog that a DS fan aged mid-20s started for Strange Paradise. This is one of those blogs where you have to scroll way, way, WAY down to the bottom of the screen to read the initial entry, and then scroll slowly upwards to read each one in succession.

https://www.tumgir.com/michelles-garden-of-evil#!/yxbk7IFbRuy6y

A caveat is that there seem to be incessant pop-ups on this site, and my standard pop-up blocker doesn't appear to work for them. My advice is DO NOT CLICK, EVER, ON ANY POP-UPS, and IMMEDIATELY close out any other pages that may open up.

It's too bad that the site is hosted on this rather whacky space (presumably founded as a competitor to Tumbler, and I wonder how long it will last) because this fan is also a costume historian and she has interesting comments about the clothing, hair, makeup and other details of the 17th century flashback sequences.

G.

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I thought that scene was quite slashy. Beautiful shot from it.

cheers, G.

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Great photos. I think I have that magazine in a box somewhere.

G.

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Lovely to see Humbert's handsome face today! Great shot of him in that role.

For those who haven't heard it, there's a pretty cool interview with Humbert you can listen to on the Collinsport Historical Society site. He only discusses DS at the very end of the interview. He explained there that Dan Curtis liked him so much when he read for some role or other that Dan had the character of Nicholas Blair created specifically for Humbert.

He was a fine actor and a wonderful presence.

G.

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Another great photo! Our Favorite Witch is in deep doo-doo! Not only has she seriously irritated Nicholas at how she's degenerating into an incompetent suburban housewife, she's in grave danger of winning the Collinsport PTA's annual booby-prize for Worst Step-Mom of the Year!

I thought it was very clever how the scripts skirted around the exact nature of Cassandra and Nicholas's bargain. It was fairly obvious to me just what the terms of the bargain were, but clearly it remained a mystery to some viewers.

Just so much love for this series. It is exactly what we need in this stressful time.

G.

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Hi Philippe!

Malcolm Marmorstein took credit for creating the character of Barnabas in a couple of interviews some years back. MM wrote a screenplay, Love Bites, produced in 1993 as a vehicle for Adam Ant who played vampire Zachary Simms. I have never seen the movie, but it sounds kind of like a precursor to the Burton-Depp film. The vampire "oversleeps for 100 years" and emerges from his coffin bewildered by changes in technology, society and culture. He falls in love with a mortal woman and tries to become human again so he can be with her in the mortal way. The film was done as a slapstick comedy and I have to wonder whether Tim Burton really likes the movie--sounds like there are some similar vampire pratfall moments in it.

I have read that Art Wallace claimed that he created a Barnabas-type character in his story plotting notes, but if he did write something, I have never seen it. Sam Hall wouldn't have ever claimed to have had anything to do with creating Barnabas, but he may well have come up with the Barnabas-Angelique-Josette triangle story set in 1795. I don't think many fans even today understand that that narrative was a complete reboot from what had been established in the 1967 storyline, in which Barnabas lived in the 1830s and Josette (originally surnamed La Freniere, if I recall aright) was the bride of his elderly uncle Jeremiah. I think I've read that they chose to set the origin story in the late 18th century because those were the costumes they were able to rent from a supplier.

I've read an interview with Bob Costello where he said he found the name Barnabas on an old tombstone. But he did not take credit for creating the character. And of course, Jonathan Frid's personal interpretation had a lot to do with how Barnabas actually manifested.

My conclusion is that the creation of Barnabas was a group effort. Interesting to see what impact this "vulnerable vampire" had in how media vampire culture evolved after the 1960s. Several Dracula films took on the Barnabas narrative of the vampire searching the world for the reincarnation of his lost love.

G.


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If it's the one I'm thinking of, KMR, it IS a classic DS moment.

cheers, G.

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Fabulous! You know I love our dear Count!

And maybe there will be a shot of Cassandra informing a terrified Liz: "But I MUST TOUCH you... I have puh-ROMISED YOU that..."

G.

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I hope Count Petofi shows up eventually. I was talking to a friend last night via videochat and she told me how she and her husband are currently watching his part of the 1897 storyline.

Something for this time of physical isolation...

G.

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