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Calendar Events / Announcements '04 I / Re:James Storm on SciFi
« on: February 19, 2004, 04:59:22 PM »
Midnite, many thanks for posting these beautiful captures!  Looking at them with your witty captions is a lot more fun than watching the actual episode.  As it happens, I no longer have cable, so I missed seeing this.

Roddy MacDowell was such a gifted actor, I found it painful to see him reduced to parading about in a monkey suit delivering tosh.  But it did pay the bills.  Ever see his Sixties Golem film?  It's worth it just for Roddy's inspired scenery chewing.  One I have been trying to track down for years is the Ava Gardner cult film, Tam Lin, which Roddy *directed*.  I've heard it's very arty and interesting.

Of course, back in the Seventies, I could not foresee just how awful television would become a quarter century later.  Compared to the fare on offer now, this stuff looks pretty good. At least it's entertaining.

G.

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Current Talk '04 I / Re:How will this affect the new DS?
« on: February 18, 2004, 05:43:32 PM »
ACK! Marti Noxon plus "The Omen" meets "Peyton Place"! oogh.

Thanks, Criseyde, for getting me GOOD and scared!  that's REALLY terrifying!

G.

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Current Talk '04 I / Re:Barnabas' Hair
« on: February 18, 2004, 05:32:39 PM »
What a fascinating picture! Many thanks to Terry for posting it.

Does anybody out there have a photo of a framed Cassandra wig?  I know somebody out there must have one.  I would prefer the one that was re-used from Buzz' tenure on the show, but at this point, I will take what I can get.

G.

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Congratulations, David!  How FABULOUS for you!

Is there a website where we can see photos of you officiating?

I hope your day is simply grand!

Best wishes,

Steve

PS.  I am guessing there was a post on this thread that got deleted?

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Current Talk '04 I / Re:Two Classic Episodes
« on: February 17, 2004, 05:31:58 PM »
MB, it will come as no surprise to you that I agree with every word you wrote in this post.  These two episodes ARE classic.  Wonderful to relate, everybody in the cast is in top form for these days, the FX work beautifully, and everybody has a special moment.  Of course, special kudos go to Parker for a brilliant performance (even more so when that difficult makeup is involved--I would love to know how they worked the taping schedule for that), and Astredo for making Nicholas the most compulsively watchable, eee-vil villain in DS history.

G.

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Current Talk '04 I / Re:Hey! was Jonathan Frid sexy?
« on: February 17, 2004, 04:51:18 PM »
Even though they were very different characters, I think Barnabas and Mr. Spock had some things in common in terms of the way fans reacted to them back in the Sixties.  Spock was so cool, intellectual, and controlled, it really seemed to fan the flames for a lot of viewers, and the writers were wise to include a couple of characters onscreen who could act out that passionate response--notably Christine Chapel, incarnated by the fabulous Majel.

With Barnabas, I think the way Frid played him with those silent, big brown eyes staring in anguish up at the sky, brought a quality of what back then we called "soul" to the character.  And, in the Sixties, Soul was very, very sexy!  I think how fans reacted to Barnabas was due entirely to Frid's performance, particularly the non-verbal parts (though his voice was very alluring, especially at moments when he was more confident and in control of the material).  On paper, Barnbas was a regular cad in the beginning, and even in his most altruistic moments could always drop everything if he got some Sweet Young Thing in his sights.  On screen, with Frid's performance, the character was transformed, and fans voted across the nation by keeping glued to their TV sets at 4 p.m. every afternoon.

Thinking about what a huge impression Spock and Barnabas made back in the Sixties and looking at today's teen crushes--Justin Timberlake, Tom Welling, a bunch of other guys whose names escape me--really slaps me in the face with how much times have changed since then.

G.

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Current Talk '04 I / Paraskevidekatriaphobia Day Montage
« on: February 13, 2004, 05:24:30 PM »
MB,you've well and truly topped yourself with this latest montage!  If you've rolled it out on previous Friday the 13ths, I've missed it.  Great selection of scenes.  It looks as if several of my favorite episodes were aired on this day.  Leave it to DS to rise to the occasion of Black Friday!

G.

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Current Talk '04 I / Re:You AXED for It!!!!
« on: February 12, 2004, 06:42:51 PM »
Misterioso Darling,

what a FABULOUS closeup of Our Favorite Witch!  She really shows how it's done!

As for the caption, I had something in mind like " I WARNED you, Roger Davis, that this would be the LAST time you bumped me off camera!"

I do enjoy teasing, 'tis true.  Which is why the postal code for a certain state to our south often brings a smirk to my lips--and I'm not thinking of Rhode Island!

cackling,  Steve

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Current Talk '04 I / You AXED for It!!!!
« on: February 12, 2004, 03:50:45 PM »
Forgot to say yesterday that in the Montage (which is probably about to go away once el Misterioso hits the saddle), I just cackle away at the shot of Cassandra with that axe.

It's a moment of classic DS melodrama in the actual episode when her voiceover is talking about "it must be done in a mortal way" and you expect something like chloroform, cyanide, or a .45, and then that big axe swings into view!  And the expression on Parker's face--Yowza!

I'd put a caption to the photo involving Roger Davis (a very good friend of Parker's in real life, btw), but I *know* it would violate Board protocol!

cackling away,  Steve

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Current Talk '04 I / Re:Maggie's mysterious guest..who is he?
« on: February 10, 2004, 04:26:24 PM »
Could it have been Timothy Gordon?

G.

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Current Talk '04 I / Re:If 1795 was done the way they originally intended.
« on: February 09, 2004, 04:24:07 PM »
I've wondered for years whether they moved the origins of Barnabas story to the 1790s because of the availability of costumes from the 18th century.   I know that sounds silly, but I keep wondering about that.

I believe there's a scene that aired less than a month before the start of 1795 where Barnabas is talking to Julia about Josette, and he goes into the whole thing with Jeremiah again, and she gets him to admit that Josette never loved him.  At this point, they did have the same writers who wound up writing 1795.  So my conclusion is that, as usual, it was DC and nobody else who was responsible for the abrupt switch in plan.

Since 1795 keeps getting touted as the best of all DS' storylines (not my personal opinion), I guess most fans would approve of DC's decisions, despite the substantial errors in continuity!

G.

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Current Talk '04 I / Re:Thayer David Info Wanted
« on: February 09, 2004, 04:17:39 PM »
Hi Connie, thanks for this link!  It was fun to read David's words about Grayson, Thayer, and of course, Johnny!

I do wish they would get someone to correct all the typos on that site, but you can't have it all, can you?

As I recall it, there's a slightly truncated version of the 1968 Ron Barry interview with Jonathan, Grayson, Humbert, Don Briscoe, Robert Rodan, and the unflappable Roger Davis (urghhh), on the Varese Sarabande reissue of the original Dark Shadows soundtrack album (the one from 1969).  They had a lot of room on that CD because the original LP was so short.

Unfortunately, the Thayer David Ron Barry interview has yet to be issued on CD, but a fan was kind enough to send me a tape of it, and I think Bobubas sells it, too.

Best,  G.

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Current Talk '04 I / Re:Thayer David Info Wanted
« on: February 07, 2004, 12:19:52 AM »
What do you want to know?

Born in Medford (a suburb of Boston)--real name was David Thayer Hersey--family made money in paper mill biz.

Went to Harvard and helped found Brattle Theatre.  Was in the same circle as poet Frank O'Hara and artist Edward Gorey in the late 1940s.  Did lots and lots of theatre, including Shakespeare and classical roles.

Had lots of character roles in films, but also had big career doing voiceovers for radio commercials in the Sixties.

Married film actress Valerie French.  The marriage didn't last, but apparrently their friendship did.

Alex Moltke Isles mentions that he carried a torch for her while they were working on Shadows together.  Presumably, his warmth helped her endure some of the difficult scenes they had together in his first storyline.  Jonathan Frid mentioned that even though Thayer was basically the same age as himself and Louis, he was very avuncular and caring of all of them.  Grayson knew Thayer professionally before Shadows, and she was a friend of his wife's.  KLS enjoyed Thayer's company a lot.  There's a wonderful series of photos of Thayer and her out antiquing taken by Ben Martin during the Sixties, in the original "My Scrapbook Memories of DS"--I wish those photos had been retained in the revision.

Some of his post Shadows work is really worth checking out.  My favorite is his version of Nero Wolfe.  When will it be released on any format???

Steve

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Current Talk '04 I / Re:Favorite Character
« on: February 05, 2004, 07:45:55 PM »
Call me fickle, but I can never have just one favorite of anything.  (don't ask my views about monogamy, lol)

Among my favorites are Julia (if I had to name just one favorite, it would be her), Liz (especially pre-1968 Liz), the freres Jennings (hubba hubba!), Magda, any character played by Thayer David (but especially Professor Stokes, Count Petofi, and PT 1970 Stokes), Hoffman the housekeeper (I love watching her torture Maggie, yes I am a certified sick puppy), and the original 1897 Quentin Collins (especially pre-curse).

Cassandra Collins deserves, nay, DEMANDS her own category.  Those dresses!  Those death-glares!  Those WIGS!

There are lots of other favorite characters--1966 Carolyn, Pansity Trask, Madam Findlay, Bathia Mapes...

Oh and CLAUDE NORTH!

G.

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Criseyde, that's a gorgeous image, and the perfect way to celebrate Selby-day!

G.

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