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Thanks for the prompt report, Bette and all!

I read in an advertisement that the Iguana disc is supposed to include "archival commentary from John Huston."  Is that an audio track you access from a menu, or do they mean film footage included in the feature on him?

If you look carefully, you can catch glimpses of Grayson (no good shot of her and I don't think you really see her face clearly) in the "On the trail of the Iguana" featurette.

Steve

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: Work those gloves!
« on: April 28, 2006, 09:17:52 PM »
I think we need a new poll:  Is Cassandra, or is she not, hiding a bomb inside that wig?

And, which hairpiece makes Lara Parker look taller?  1968 Cassandra, 1897 Angelique, 1970 PT Angelexis... (I'd be willing to bet the last named takes the cake).

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: The other Julia
« on: April 27, 2006, 11:05:27 PM »
Hi MSC,

I was very surprised to learn when I looked it up that Julia Child's first series actually started around Feb. 1963.  I didn't even know WGBH existed that early!  A friend copied some of the shows for me and I really enjoy watching them.  Even as one of Julia's hated vegetarians, I learn a few things from watching her work.  And I love all her droll comments.

I was delighted to find a short biography on the PBS website that began with some line like, "to her many fans, she was just JOOOLIA."  I wonder how many of them were related to Tom Jennings!

cheers, Steve

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: Thoughts on 1840
« on: April 27, 2006, 11:01:29 PM »
I meant to post sometime ago that I think Luciaphil deserves some sort of word for her use of the term "fanwank" in connection with this storyline.

Genius!

*so not worthy*

G.

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Current Talk '06 I / Work those gloves!
« on: April 27, 2006, 05:21:20 PM »
Many thanks to MB for today's montage!  The shot of Julia and Cassandra *fiercely* rules, both in the stunning outfits those two glamourpusses are wearing, and how savagely Julia is working that one glove.  Truly swoonworthy!  I love Julia's choice of scarf, and how glamorously she's wearing it.

AND we get the infamous "When will the madness STOP!?" closeup of Julia on the phone.  And we know what comes next; Barnabas yelling through the door "Remember somebody!" followed by Dr Lang muttering "Dave Woodard!"  Too rich.

Dark Shadows '68... ALL Glamour, ALL the time!  Leaves "Project Runway" in the dust, IMNSHO!

G.

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Isn't Columbo in the process of being released on DVD?  Perhaps a DS fan who is going through the sets will spot her in it, one of these days.

I once corresponded with a Search fan who was looking for tapes but it is apparently very elusive.  I don't believe it has been aired anywhere since the original broadcast.  I am sure the network vaults have the complete run.

G.

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: The dinner party Episodes 604 - 606
« on: April 25, 2006, 10:55:57 PM »
Poor Nicholas!  He shows up for dinner and what do they offer him? Not even claret cup!

I agree with you, Arashi--this whole thing is a hoot! I wonder whether the OH had a functioning kitchen at this point?  I needed a scene where Willie came out in a little apron to serve around canapes that he learned how to make while watching The French Chef (it started in '68, didn't it?) up at the "Big House."

G.

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That was listed in some official publication of her credits in the 1970s or early 1980s, if I recall correctly, but I have never been able to find her listed for any episode of this series.

That doesn't mean that she might not have had a minor role in one of the shows, as she did on Kojak or, supposedly, Class of '65 (another show where she's not listed in ANY of the episode guides published, and I've checked more than one).

And then we come to Search... Darling, sometimes I swear I hear her laughing whenever I try to track this stuff down!

Good Luck!

Steve (busy Reading...)

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Just chiming in to say that this is also one of my all time favorite scenes in DS.  

Jean-Claude, you show once again why you are justly regarded as one of the most EEE-vil men of the 21st Century!

G.

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Current Talk '06 I / A View of South Wales
« on: April 11, 2006, 01:33:36 PM »
One of my favorite episodes in all of DS is when [spoiler]Dr. Julia Hoffman tracks Quentin's portrait, disguised by a painting by Charles Delaware Tate of a landscape, "A view of South Wales," to its current owner, Conde-Nast type tycoon Schuyler "Sky" Rumson... only to learn that Rumson bought the painting as a gift for his wife... none other than Angelique, the former Mrs. Barnabas Collins!  I just love how the two actresses play the scene... and so far as I am aware, this is the last time we see the two together in their fully-developed personalities; when next Julia sees Angelique, she's more or less an amnesiac living in 1840.  But, I digress... I had kind of an ugly day yesterday, and when I settled in at home decided to watch this episode again.[/spoiler]

I was very amused to see that the bill Dr. Hoffman found in Harrison Monroe's papers for the painting actually listed the work's title as "Q View of South Wales"!  Evidently, somebody on the production team had quite the sense of humor.  And although I own the episode as an MPI VHS, it was clear enough to spot what was going on. Too rich!

G.

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: The April 6th Episodes
« on: April 09, 2006, 08:01:00 PM »
I watched the episode from which the capture with Roger and James Hall's Willie is taken above.  Although Hall wasn't a very competent actor, there was a creepiness to his vibe that still made me very jumpy when he was onscreen.  Of course, I agree that there's no comparison between Hall and the textured performance, the emotional plausibility, and the sheer depth of craft that John Karlen brought to the role.  No comparison at all!  The producers were very fortunate that Karlen was available and that they found him.  The casting on the series sometimes seems to have had its hit-or-miss aspect.

I did think it was EXTREMELY caddish of Roger to leave Vicki and Carolyn alone in the dining room with Willie.  Honestly, what was he thinking?

G.

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Mysterioso Darling!  Hope your special day was every bit as festive, splendiferous, and FUN as a Gentleman of your Renown deserves!

Birthday cheer,

G.

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Current Talk '06 I / Joan Bennett
« on: April 07, 2006, 08:47:07 PM »
I just wanted to share that often when Dark Shadows comes to mind, I think of Joan Bennett saying "Bahnabas" and there's something about that regal, rich, velvet-smooth, patrician voice of hers that just drips class and refinement... THAT, for me, defines the tone of the series more strongly than any other element.

I caught Joan recently in "The Eyes of Charles Sand," a failed pilot that aired in the "ABC Movie of the Week" series, around 1972.  She looked so glamorous--she had very little to do, but her look reminded me of Liz in the 1967 period.  What a fabulous woman she was.

G.

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: sloppy time-band
« on: April 07, 2006, 08:30:01 PM »
She flew Angelique Rumson airlines out of Little Windward Island.  Extra wiglets and hairpieces supplied free of charge!

G.

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: The April 6th Episodes
« on: April 07, 2006, 08:21:28 PM »
I love watching Roger's scenes with both Willie and Jason in the early part of the Jason/Liz storyline.  Truly classic stuff.  I have only seen this particular episode once; definitely time to get it out and have a look!  In a perverted way I quite enjoyed James Hall's performances in these shows.  There's something really unwholesome and nasty about him that I never got with Karlen.  Hall's Willie seems as if performing vile acts upon little girls and/or their dolls would be his idea of a barnstormin' time.  SQUICK!

As for PT Quentin and Maggie... I loved the PT 1970 story overall, but those two characters really tried my nerves.  PT Quentin is a ham-fisted boor; PT Maggie is a quivering nebbish who seems to have had "doormat" tattooed on her behind at birth.  Bleah!

G.

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