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Current Talk '03 I / Re:Can anyone tell me.....
« on: June 04, 2003, 09:33:39 PM »
A little demon wants me to post "Philip was in plaid blue pj bottoms because it was his official Prison Bitch uniform."

Aren't you glad I have some powers of self control left?

MB, please stop snickering!  You too, Midnite.

Meanwhile, Dom sca-reams!

Gothick

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Current Talk '03 I / 1970 program announcement
« on: June 04, 2003, 02:44:41 PM »
Had the show on this a.m. briefly and was reminded again of a fleeting memory that comes and goes in relation to this storyline.

I remember a voiceover from Jonathan Frid advising fans to tune in for a special episode that was going to explain the background and true motives of the Leviathans.  The voiceover played over the end titles of several shows during the week in Jan. (?) 1970, a week that, if memory serves, ended with the broadcast of the episode in which Barnabas spills the beans to Julia.  Fascinating if only because it rates as DS' only clip show, though some of the "clips" were restagings with new material.

I also remember a similar voice over leading up to the broadcast of the second show run yesterday (Tuesday) on Sci Fi.  Frid, or maybe the program announcer, advised fans to be sure and tune in for an episode that would have pivotal importance in the story.  The episode that resulted did indeed seem very exciting to me at the time.  I was pretty much unaware of the widespread fannish dislike of Leviathan; I thought it was a very cool storyline.

Does anybody else remember this second announcement regarding yesterday's show?  (You'd obviously have had to be watching back in 1970 to be able to remember it!)

Gothick

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Calendar Events / Announcements '03 I / Re:Been Long Time Gone :(
« on: June 03, 2003, 10:07:49 PM »
Welcome back, Donna.  I offer you my condolences for all the losses you have had to endure in your life these past months and years.  I hope the happy memories you have of when they were with you helps ease the pain of your bereavement.

I hope somehow, somewhere, you can just kick back and enjoy a DS-a-thon one of these days.  It's one of the ways I cope with stress when the usual stuff doesn't work.

Take care,  Gothick

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:Was it Necessary?
« on: June 03, 2003, 09:41:57 PM »
In 1970, I found the site of Julia knocked out, abducted, and carried off by a covey of zombies to be absolutely horrifying.  As I recall it, it was the Friday cliffhanger, which meant I spent an entire f-ing weekend biting my nails wondering whether she was going to survive, or get turned into zombie-bait by the nefarious Jeb (who I always thought of as "the evil hippie").

Now, of course, whenever this episode airs, I laugh my head off.  How cynical we become.

And of course, I now know the meaning of true eee-vil since every time the camera shows a close-up of lovely and talented Chris Pennock as Jeb, I see the jowls and ears of a drooling hog superimposed over his features.

Took the Mysterious Benefactor to teach me some hard lessons about Life, you see.

Goth

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:Cinematography
« on: June 03, 2003, 05:24:43 PM »
If you ever go to the Museum of Television, you can watch this tape of Lela Swift doing a two part interview about her career.  She does discuss Dark Shadows briefly, along with Ryan's Hope, but a lot of the time is devoted to her beginnings in the early 1950s as a floor director on Playhouse 90--or maybe it was Studio One--one of the classic 50s anthology series (and isn't it a contrast what they were doing for TV back then, and the SLOP we are stuck with today).

Anyhow, she mentions that she started having the cameras do those TIGHT close ups for what she considered psychological effect back in those Fifties days.  And she also mentioned that she'd have the camera on the person who was listening, as opposed to the person who was speaking, in a two or three character scene.  A lot of what she was saying about how she did those dramas seemed to have gotten carried over in her work on DS.

In the control room, the shots all 3 cameras were running were visible to the director and producer, and one of them--I think the director--pushed a button that switched the given shot into the feed.  There are photos of this happening in the KLS books (the best ones, I think, are in the original edition of the KLS Scrapbook Memories).

Sometimes, the director (or whoever it was) would switch just as the cameraman was moving into position, about to move, or had not quite finished moving, because of lack of rehearsal time (especially on Chromakey intensive days).   This is why you get those weird moments when it looks as if something has gone seriously wrong on set because the picture is all blurry or the camera is moving from a mole next to someone's nose over to their eyeball.

G.

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:Admit it Barnabas.....you love her.
« on: June 03, 2003, 02:59:59 PM »
Hell, I like the idea of *me* on a desert island with those Jennings boys!

trying not to pant too heavily as it fogs up me screen,

G.

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:1967/Stockbridge Question
« on: June 02, 2003, 10:15:42 PM »
The only thing that would have made this puppy happier is if that zombie had made Chris take his shirt off first.  I really resent that they made Don B. stop ripping his shirts off on set after 1968!

In the episodes I've seen from the original 1967 Laura storyline, Vicki visits the Stockbridge tomb with Frank, I believe.  There's also a scene, I believe, where Joe and Frank (or is it Burke?) go there.

G.

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:Admit it Barnabas.....you love her.
« on: June 02, 2003, 10:12:55 PM »
I don't think Barnabas ever loved Angelique.  The whole point of their relationship in terms of the story was that she was a quick, easy lay who came back to haunt him in spades.

I do think his "declaration of love" in 1840 makes a weird kind of sense for the character.  He basically suffers from some sort of romantic ADHD--I have no idea what a qualified counselor would call it, but it's sort of like the more helpless and pouty the girl, the more Barnabas "loves" her.

In recent years I've come to think it would be cruel to think of Julia yoked to this befuddled boor for the remainder of her years.  I do love Connie's vision of a romantic triangle between Barnabas, Julia and Quentin a few years down the line from the end of the series.  In real life, what probably would have happened is that everyone else would have deserted poor old Barn except for Willie.  He would have stayed on, keeping the coffin hinges oiled and the bats out of the belfry.  or so I've thought.

G.

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:HODS/NODS Q
« on: June 02, 2003, 10:04:38 PM »
He was the star of NoDS (Night of Dark Shadows) and played a dual role--Quentin Collins, who inherits the house in the present (1971), and Charles Collins, an adulterous painter who lives ca. 1810 and whose affair with the mysterious Angelique is the seed of the whole story.

I do vastly prefer Night of Dark Shadows of the two films.  If Darren is ever successful in his efforts to restore the missing footage, the story will actually make sense, and maybe others will realize what an unusual gem it really is.  As Grayson pointed out long ago in an interview, there was something really special there before the studio forced them to hack it to bits and pieces.

Gothick

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can someone please just summarize what he claimed?

We used to have seances as a result of watching DS.  We'd get creepy feelings and stop before anything could happen!  as for the Ouija board, we played with it all the time, and got lets of messages, but never any of the scarey stuff you always hear about it.

I am afraid that Satan never thought I or my family and friends was worth bothering about!   ah well...

Goththththth

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:DS radio commercials
« on: June 02, 2003, 09:15:47 PM »
Patti, I live in the Boston, Mass. greater urban area.  I heard this ad in a restaurant right in Somerville's Davis Square.

I really wish I had been able to hear the whole thing.  I *think* the Sci Fi channel was mentioned, but as Raineypark mentioned, I've yet to see any advertising coverage for the show, apart from the spots for the Festival they've run in some years, and those always seem to air during the show.

Worldvision could send them the old ad spots that we used to see in days gone by. During the Eighties syndication, a spot that featured a clip from 1795 with Barn vamping Millicent was used, with a stinger and the series logo coming up (if memory serves) at the end of the clip.

Gothick

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Current Talk '03 I / DS radio commercials
« on: June 02, 2003, 03:45:42 PM »
I normally never listen to the radio, but last night had dinner with a friend in a restaurant where they had the box on, and tuned to an oldies station (which suited us just fine).  Anyhow, I nearly dropped my fork when a certain familiar musical refrain came on and I could hear an announcer advising listeners to tune into Dark Shadows, the famous supernatural soap opera, ever day Monday through Friday!  I couldn't hear well enough to tell whether this was an old commercial from the ABC days (back in the Sixties) or something Sci Fi paid them to run.  The thing is that they also ran a commercial for 60 minutes that sounded old, so I thought it might be something they do on the program.  I'm afraid this is all the info I can provide.

Has anyone else out there heard any radio commercials for the show lately?

Gothick

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:Worst Hair on DS?
« on: June 02, 2003, 03:26:04 AM »
Forgot to mention that Irene Hamalain did the hair on DS until sometime in 1970, and she did sometimes get a mention in the credits.  There are some funny pictures of her in the various PomPress books.  Darling Marie Wallace charitably described Irene as a rather "fussy" woman.

I'm blocking on the name of the gracious lady who took over after Irene left, but she came to one of Jonathan's readings in Long Island, and reminded him of that "Madison Avenue haircut" she used to give him, netting a big smile from him in response.  I think there is a photo of her on the Dee Kearney's pages in Mr. Juggins' DS FAQ site.

Gothick

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:Night of the Bobbleheads
« on: June 02, 2003, 03:21:55 AM »
Thank you, MB carissimo, for those GORGEOUS Grayson captures.  Just what I needed to round off my weekend (and revisiting them will help me make it through another wretched Monday morning, I am sure).

Your swooning fan,

Gothick

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:Worst Hair on DS?
« on: May 30, 2003, 05:54:09 PM »
Hi Julia, she may have gotten caught up in the planning frenzy around the movie, which was about to go into production at this time.  Sam and Gordon wrote it and councils-of-war tended to happen at the Halls apt because it was convenient and, of course, huge.

I think she grew her hair out longer to accommodate the layered-hairpiece look they gave her for the movie, which then continued on for the show.

Steve

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