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Current Talk '02 II / Debonair Tim Shaw
« on: November 21, 2002, 09:16:47 PM »
Since nobody else has apparently bothered to notice, I just have to say what a luscious bit of Broadway charm we have in Don Briscoe's Tim Shaw.  The character may be a creep, but I just love looking at him in those Victorian clothes.  And imagining him out of them, heh heh heh.

That little collar is so dear. So very Dudley Do-right.  Love the little flips on the hair, too.  Of course in the real 1897 it would have been lacquered solid with hair oil.

This was around the time when Don was doing DS by day, and appearing as Donald in Boys in the Band by night.  I've tried and failed to find a publicity photo of him in the role.  I would be obliged if anybody ever does put their hands on one if they could let me know.

Regards,  Steve


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Luciaphil, fabulous comments as always.  Your wonderful notes about Ned the Abominable in particular had me in hysterics.  

As for Stokes, I wonder whether he might have had a psychic moment when he discovered those I Ching wands?  Rather as he did when he was showing Julia Ben's diary and then suddenly the spirit of Ben was writing in the missing words THROUGH him.  I'm sure that Stokes did some forms of meditation, lucid dreaming, and the like as part of his studies, and that generally fosters the innate psychic abilities we all possess to some degree.  Just a thought. (I realize I am going to great lengths to explain something that happened because the writers again needed to get from point A to point Z in 5 minutes.)

A sudden thought; could the dress Quentin gave Maggie have belonged to the young Judith?  

And talking of HER ... I'm still waiting for the next installment!

Steve who owns 4 decks of tarot cards and knows exactly what to do with them!

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Joan Bennett's wardrobe for 1897 is truly fabulous.  I like her clothes as Judith much better than what she was given to wear as Naomi, though the latter matriarch had some very grand ensembles to wear.

Whoever else asked why the Collinses are being so hugger-mugger about Jenny--you have to keep watching--there are still more revelations to come about Jenny.

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: For The Love Of Barnabas
« on: November 20, 2002, 12:57:45 AM »
Hi Connie, thanks for the clever slash-o-rama!  

You do beautiful work.

Your admirer,

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: If That Was MY Dead Brother......
« on: November 20, 2002, 12:54:44 AM »
Raineypark, if you think today's episodes were sick, I devoutly hope that your VCR fails the day of Jamison's matriculation at the infamous Worthington Hall!  Tomorrow's shows (presuming that that wretched network is going to air the series tomorrow--I have completely lost track) are very distasteful as well, if memory serves.

The whole Trask family really does give new meaning to the concept of hypocrisy.  Unfortunately, the whole murder charge thing against Rachel and Tim doesn't get much beyond acting as a convenient Diabolos ex machina for the writers.

Best wishes,

Steve

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: THE Q-MAN AT HIS BEST
« on: November 19, 2002, 06:50:49 PM »
Connie my dear,

At long last,  YOU have captured the essence of Quentin Collins!  something NOBODY ELSE has managed to do!

I just love it when Selby plays drunken Quentin.  One of my fave scenes is that "morning after" that big night at the Hi Hat Lounge!  And Grayson plays the straight man pricelessly in that scene, too.

Admiringly,  Steve

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: The Missing Magda and Barnabas
« on: November 19, 2002, 06:48:47 PM »
This was brilliant!  I'm dying here!  call the ambulance!

Steve

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: Barnabas.......a close talker
« on: November 15, 2002, 02:51:27 AM »
Oh, Connie, you ARE a wicked lass.

And of course I love every second of your wickedness!

Are we going to see one of your delicious storyboards on this topic???

Steve

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: Barnabas.......a close talker
« on: November 15, 2002, 12:36:38 AM »
At a certain point, the directors became very fond of those profile-to-profile two-shots in DS.  It's not just Barnabas; I've noticed it with Magda and other characters as well.  They are often very effective.  Presuambly the actors had to stand so close to one another in part for technical reasons, but it also amped the energy phenomenally of a given scene.

Don't fret too much, we did have good breath mints back in the Sixties!

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 II / Reverend Ruthless
« on: November 15, 2002, 12:32:54 AM »
Dear gang,

I'm surprised not to see at least one topic acknowledging the advent of the Prince of Darkness... erm, I mean the Bailiwick of Sanctity, "Reverend" Gregory Trask!

I think the 1897 Trask is my favorite of them all.  He seems the most complex, and the most devoutly hypcritical.  1795 Trask and poor deluded Lamar (his name is a joke the writers indulged in on Lara Parker's name in real life) both seem to have been fairly sincere in what they were doing, and Lamar actually had personal reasons for going out of Barnabas and Quentin.

Greggie-poo's motives are pure, unadulterated greed, occasionally laced with lust and a good healthy dose of thirst for power.  He gets some fantastic lines, and fabulous Jerry Lacy just goes from strength to strength in his portrayal of the character.

I don't watch the series on Sci Fi, so I'm not sure whether Mamma and Daughter have made their entrance yet, but they are wonderful to watch in their interactions with Big Daddy.

Ah, Trask!  vicious and hypocritical though you are, what would Collinwood be without you?

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: I Saw Collinwood!
« on: November 14, 2002, 07:10:38 PM »
Anubis (love your name, btw--you named yourself after one of my favorite Deities!)

I'm very happy for you that you got to visit Seaview, or, as I like to think of it, Collinwood.

There are elements of the interiors that were copied (or sort of copied) by Sy Tomashoff in his sets for DS, which makes me think that he definitely spent some time walking around the house taking notes.  Maybe he didn't and it's all just a "coincidence" or a bit of unexpected astral travel for old Sy.

There are several doors in that house that look just like the doors at Collinwood, and some other details as well you might spot if you keep your eyes open.

I was told by an engineer whose wife is a fan that a really big storm might just sweep that house out to sea one day.  That's how rapidly it is deteriorating.  I think the school is just renting it from the Careys.  Nobody seems to be putting any money into taking care of the property. Very sad.

Gothick

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Yes, Doombuggy, but it's GRAYSON HALL.

That adds a megawatt level to the shcok value to those of us who grew up thinking of Dr. Julia Hoffman as our favorite eccentric aunt next door.

Steve

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Cassandra, darling, Grayson's tongue action in that film would scorch this site right off the Internet!

I love her 2 (or is it 3) minutes of screen time in this film, especially when she says the line "Veddy Noel Coward."

I wonder whether Stacey Keach has any memory at all of this movie?  It was filmed in Great Barrington, right here in hysterical Massachusetts.

Steve

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: TLTKLS question
« on: November 13, 2002, 11:29:15 PM »
Rachel doesn't get on my nerves as much as PT Maggie Evans did.  The real problem with Maggie and Quentin in that storyline is that the hero and heroine are such dreadful characters that you are rooting for the baddies to win.

When I think of characters like Rachel Drummond, I'm reminded of a line that Oscar Wilde had about one of the original soap opera heroines of literature:  "one would have to have a heart of stone to weep at the death of Little Nell."  Maybe that's an overly subtle way of stating that people who fall for fake sentimentality of this sort can be guaranteed to lack the capapcity to act with compassion when faced with victims of violence in the real world.

KLS isn't my favorite on the series by a long shot, but I do think she was a competent actress who also had sufficient warmth of presence to explain why the characters, male or female as the case may be, took an interest in her.  On Monday I watched an episode where Maggie had escaped from Barnabas only to be recaptured by him and subjected to a horrifying punishment in the Mauseoleum.  She played a wide range of emotions with understated, persuasive ability in this show (and had wonderful onscreen chem with Johnny Karlen in their scene together, too).  

Just some thoughts...

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: Quentin is a robot.......
« on: November 13, 2002, 11:18:44 PM »
RP, in old 1930s horror movies, people ALWAYS cross themselves in synch.  It's sort of a tradition of the genre.  Kind of like all the girls kicking together in a Busby Berkeley production #.

I'm fighting (successfully, I trust) the urge here to start quoting the words to the Vatican Rag by Tom Lehrer.

Steve

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