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Thanks for checking on this, Midnite.  What a nuisance about that website no longer giving scheduling info more than a day in advance!

I occasionally wonder how folks without net access manage ever to know when or what is EVER on the tube these days...

G.

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My sweet Goddess!  Claude, you naughty lad, you just nearly made me choke on my iced tea!

G.

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What more fitting an emblem for the Mysterious Benefactor to bear than the True Sovereign of Dark Shadows--the Silver Filigree Fountain Pen.

It is little known that the origin of Barnabas Collins lay in a desperate attempt by TPTB to come up with something as popular as the Silver Filigree Fountain Pen storyline.  But sadly, even with the renown of Barnabas, the show never regained the pop-cultural cachet it held during that fabulous Autumn of 1966.

I heard that Jackie Susann planned a sequel to Valley of the Dolls, Summit of the Silver Pen, but ABC brass got wind of it, played hardball and threatened to sue.

The long-believed-to-be-lost print of the 1967 feature film, Pen of Dark Shadows, MAY have surfaced in the lower depths of Forrest J. Ackerman's 16 mm film collection.  Watch this space for further details.

It IS Friday, isn't it??

G.

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: Ep 564/565 Question
« on: August 25, 2005, 03:27:23 PM »
I'm not sure that it was ever mentioned more than in this one episode.  It might have come up in a scene Joe and Maggie had shortly after this.

G.

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I'd love to see a couple of captures of the fabulously talented Virginia Vestoff on that show.  Hope it was a good role for her.

G.

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MB, darling, have you been nipping into Roger's brandy cabinet again?

playfully, Gothique

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Calendar Events / Announcements '05 II / Dick Cavett Show on DVD
« on: August 23, 2005, 05:24:11 PM »
Dear Fans,

A friend of mine informed me last week that selected episodes of the Dick Cavett Show are being given a
release on DVD.  He just bought the first set with the theme "Rock Stars" (or something like that) and described performances by Jefferson Airplane, Joni Mitchell, Janis Joplin and other luminaries of the time.

I speculated to him whether the Jonathan Frid episode would be included in a future release and he just sent me this note in today's email:

Dick Cavett reads questions from the audience on little note cards.  Someone
asks "When you had Jonathan Frid on your show last week, did he really bite you
and leave teeth marks on your hand?"

I thought this was a hoot!  I remember when JF was on Merv Griffin, some rather dippy-looking dame appeared to be afraid he was going to bite her!  Amusing as it seems now, I'm sure it was very tiresome for JF as a serious actor to have to put up with these antics during "those years of insanity."

I heard a rumor a year or two ago that a similar release of the Mike Douglas Show was being prepared, but heard nothing further regarding this.

Best wishes,

Gothick

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Luciaphil's Idle Thoughts '05 / Re: Nosy Parkers -- Episodes 97 & 98
« on: August 18, 2005, 10:59:02 PM »
Luciaphil darling, when you wrote a propos of Mrs J:

she probably only owns three dresses, some girdles, orthopedic shoes, that plaid bathrobe, a wig stand, and a pair of binoculars, so I guess that's about right. Not in the luggage, but very much present is her torch for Bill Malloy.

I had a sudden vision of you as the 21st century's true answer to Dashiell Hammett.  btw, I about bust a gut guffawing over Mrs J's pair of binoculars.  I can just see her using them, too.

I loved episode 98 and your precis makes me want to see it again. DS doesn't get much better than Mrs J's first day at Collinwood!

I adore your writing.  Please do continue.

your fan,

Gothick

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There was rain the night Chris Jennings arrived in Collinsport in 1968.  I remember the raindrops on Joe's hospital window, and the fact that Chris was a bit damp when he gave Dr. Hoffman the fright of her life (heh, heh).

Excellent work, as always, my dear.  I don't think I was bothered as much by the irrationality of Vicki's reactions to "the pen" as you were; when people panic, they do stupid things--stupid things that often cause much more serious damage than the initial cause for panic.

G.

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Grayson told a story about Ava Gardner being amazed at the realism of her telephone call acting in NOTI.  Ava wanted to know "how do you do that?" "Oh, it's simple," Grayson replied.  "I just imagine someone on the other side of the line saying words and then speak my lines in response accordingly." "Oh, my God!" Gardner is supposed to have shrieked, "that's TECHNIQUE!"  And then, according to the irrepressible redhead, the famous star ran down to the beach and threw herself into the ocean.

Bear in mind that Grayson was known for her faculty of exaggeration in storytelling...

G.

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: The 2004 WB Pilot
« on: August 12, 2005, 03:40:57 PM »
Angelique Dupres??  Oh Dear.

Don't tell me that in this version, Angelique turns out to be Josette's bastard sister, sired by Andre on a sugar plantation slave with magical powers of her own...

That final scene does sound hilarious.  But still not as hilarious as the cover for the new DS 1991 DVD.

Perhaps it should be retitled Goodbite, Moon?? *shrieeek*!

G.

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: 1991 Series To Be Released On DVD
« on: August 12, 2005, 03:03:30 PM »
That's funny about the amazombie listing for the 1991 discs.  I was wondering last night at one point whether some people would buy this set thinking that it was the real thing (i. e. the Sixties show), not the remake, especially with that cover... I swear that crazy image looks more like a cartoon version of Jonathan Frid than Ben Cross...

G.

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: 1991 Series To Be Released On DVD
« on: August 11, 2005, 10:28:15 PM »
That's very cool.  He's been highly touted here as a candidate for the role, but I was not aware that he was a fan.  I have the impression that Tim Burton is a huge fan and wonder whether Depp sometimes watches the discs when he's hanging out at Tim B's house.

Maybe Depp caught DS in the late 70s or early 80s syndications?  I know they ran it in NYC on one of the major channels.

Steve

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: 1991 Series To Be Released On DVD
« on: August 11, 2005, 09:22:47 PM »
Darren, has Depp gone on record with an interest in the role of Barnabas Collins and Dark Shadows?

I live in a cave, so this could have very easily slipped past me if it happened.

Thanks, Steve

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: 1991 Series To Be Released On DVD
« on: August 11, 2005, 07:55:26 PM »
That cover is incredibly schlocky, but then, so were LARGE swathes of the show itself... That doesn't even look like Ben Cross--it looks more like Ferdy Mayne in Fearless Vampire Killers.

The bottom line seems to be that the suits at Sony/MGM/whatever decided to commit minimal amounts of time, money and resources to prepping the 1991 series DVD release.  I'm fascinated by the bits of information on the history of the release Darren has revealed.

Best wishes,

G.

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