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Glorioski, was it really 35 years ago?  Damn, I'm OLD!

As I've shared many times before, I'd read the show was going off the air.  That didn't make the indignity of the final episode any easier to bear.  I so desperately wanted one final glimpse of Barnabas, Julia and "today's" Collinwood before they rang down the curtain.   Sadly, it was not to be.

It was really bizarre when I tuned in at 4 p.m. the following Monday and in place of my beloved series was PASSWORD. Ugh!

Typing this now, I'm realizing just how much I've changed even though my love for the series has remained a constant.  I've lost all interest in current television.  I missed the final season of a show I had been following, Queer as folk, and I'm wondering whether I'll even bother watching the season when it is released on DVD eventually.  I heard the last season of that show really stank.

Although the final year of Dark Shadows had its dodgy moments, there were also some wonderful things.  I particularly loved the storyline involving John Karlen, Nancy Barrett, and Grayson Hall in the PT 1841 story.

G.

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: Old Soaps
« on: March 31, 2006, 05:34:14 PM »
Constance Ford's performance in The Summer Place holds up a mirror to America's neurotic demonization of sex.

It is a movie and a performance that still has relevance, if you read the headlines particularly on what some religious groups advocate in our schools, I am sorry to say.

And Sandor, the thought of Grayson and Constance Ford playing scenes together (especially if their characters were at odds) has me in a SWOON!

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: Old Soaps
« on: March 30, 2006, 05:02:26 PM »
Ooh, Constance Ford!  I always regretted that she did not appear on Dark Shadows.

She's so deliciously baroque in the 1950s potboiler, The Summer Place--sort of a Donna Reed gone over to the Dark Side type of character.  Brilliant work.  I always wondered whether she knew Clarice, Grayson, Louis et al socially.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '06 I / Re: Post office nostalgia
« on: March 29, 2006, 11:14:20 PM »
Great!  I had a similar experience a few months ago wearing a Grayson's Legion T-shirt (with a screen shot of Barnabas and Julia on the cover) in the grocery store.  The clerk at the cash register, a lady around my age, recognized it and we talked about the show for a bit.  The bagger, a young man around 20, found the whole thing baffling, but I did mention that it used to be on Sci Fi so that gave him a bit of a frame of reference for it.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '06 I / Re: New York Times Obit for DC
« on: March 29, 2006, 10:27:13 PM »
Interesting paragraph about "Supertrain."  I completely missed it--apparently as did much of the rest of the nation.

I remember first hearing about it when I read a transcript of the 1982 fan interview with Grayson in which they asked her what she thought of the show.  She said something like "Well,I like the TRAIN."

Best, G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '06 I / Re: Dan Curtis Has Died
« on: March 27, 2006, 11:18:00 PM »
Thanks, Criseyde, for posting the obituary.  All very sad.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '06 I / Re: Dan Curtis Has Died
« on: March 27, 2006, 09:08:45 PM »
My condolences to his kin.  He was one of the originals--a real maverick.

G.

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: Old Soaps
« on: March 24, 2006, 08:59:37 PM »
I would love them to air All my children from '73, and OLTL from '82-'83, so I could finally get to see some of my beloved Grayson's most elusive performances!

I read somewhere that Humbert A. A. played an interior decorator on Secret Storm or Search for Tomorrow--I'd LOVE to see that! Also, I think Clarice was on Storm.

Marie Wallace had a great role as a classic soap opera bitch on one of those shows; India something-or-other was her name. I"ve heard some fun stories from fans reminiscing.

So yeah, bring on the vintage soaps!

G.

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: Captures from Episode 193
« on: March 23, 2006, 08:37:20 PM »
That is fascinating, Petofi! Thanks for sharing.

More on the "networking front":  I'm intrigued by the fact that Jerry Stiller appeared in Grayson Hall's very first film, the now apparently irrecovably lost "Run across the river," filmed in the Summer of 1957.

Best wishes,

G.

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: Captures from Episode 193
« on: March 23, 2006, 04:16:24 PM »
Lovelady Powell totally rocks the house, as far as I am concerned.  I really wish Portia had become a recurring character on the series.

G.

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Just found my old scan of it... I'm emailing it to you.  but I don't think it is 300 dpi *frowny face*


G.

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A weekly entertainment-oriented gossip column I read in one of the local gay papers reported in yesterday's installment that Charlize Theron is widely rumored to be the choice for the Dusty Springfield biopic project, now apparently helmed by Ang Lee.  Fans of the legendary British chanteuse will recall that Kristin Chenoweth was going to be starring as Dusty and was also listed as Exec Producer of the project.  I then heard a report last fall that the backers wanted Dusty's lesbian love life to be excised from the script.  Apparently Chenoweth is no longer associated with it, and with the names of Ang Lee and Ms. Theron being associated with it, it sounds as if it's heading for a much higher-end sort of deal.

I have strongly ambivalent feelings about the whole idea of making a movie about the life of Dusty Springfield in the first place, but people I respect have given Ms. Theron rave reviews in her performances, and of course Ang Lee's expertise as a director is well attested.

I often thought that Lara Parker was copying Dusty's look in the parts of DS set in the 1960s (when she was a blonde, obviously), so it may be that fans here who saw a resemblance actually saw Charlize Theron trying to suggest one of Lara Parker's own models.

Let's hope this "Son of a Preacher Man" doesn't turn out to be the latest by-blow from Reverend Trask!

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: The Levithins Are The Best Time Period!!!
« on: March 16, 2006, 10:50:47 PM »
I LOVE the Leviathans and their story.  I am probably the only fan on the planet who regrets that Dan Curtis cut the original 6 month story arc in half due to all the hate mail.  The hate mail had mainly one cause--people did not want to see Barnabas being an evil, creepy menace.  The later part of the storyline has its ups and downs--the ups include Megan as a vampire and Bruno's strange excitement at flogging the captive werewolf; the downs, for me at least, included practically every other scene involving Bruno, and Barnabas's Grampa Munster hair hairlights after a certain event in the story.  And then there's the truly horrifying return of Peter Bradford...

I agree with Michael; the story has just as many pluses and minuses as the other storylines.  I know others disagree, but if we all felt the same way about everything, think how boring it would make life!

G.

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: Nathan's Uniform Pants
« on: March 16, 2006, 05:04:58 PM »
In the words of Spinal Tap... "baby, lick my love-pump"?

Ah, the romance of it all...

G.

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Happy Birthday, Claude!  May your day and your year be as special and adorable as you are!

Midnite, that's an AWESOME avatar!

Steve

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