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Current Talk '02 II / Re: OT - DS DVD: your opinions appreciated
« on: August 21, 2002, 01:29:50 AM »
Re HAA testing for Professor Woodard:  WOW, that is wild!  I have never heard about this, probably because I was out of the country during the production and broadcast of that series (I was spending 18 months in China doing research during that period) and I have been MASSIVELY unimpressed by that entire effort, though I did at one point sit down and watch all the tapes.  The worst episode bar none as to be the one where Abigail discovers Barnabas at the Old House.  In the original series, this was a creepy, intense, riveting moment--in the 1991 version, it comes off as a parody of a Dario Argento film!  I'm sure that the actors laughed themselves silly over it once the take was done.

The one thing I enjoyed about it was Barbara Steele's performance as Julia.  Even though nobody could replace Grayson in that role, I found Steele's take on the character fascinating to watch.

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: OT - DS DVD: your opinions appreciated
« on: August 21, 2002, 01:25:24 AM »
Hi Doombuggy,

Just curious, do any of your copies of the original ABC episode broadcasts from 1970-71 contain Grayson Hall's Playtex commercial? I know it used to be run sometimes as a commercial for DS (which is a real hoot, when you think about it).  I saw the tape of episodes with original commercials released as the final tape of the original MPI collectors series, and I wish they would issue more of these.  They are a real blast for those of us old enough to remember watching the show during the original broadcast.

Best,

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: Rip off his shirt Baby!
« on: August 20, 2002, 05:38:43 PM »
Just for the record:

[puts on Magda voice] TAHM Jyennings KAHFFIN? I don' know NAHTHING!

[Tom, shut up about that beer, I'll bring one right up to you as soon as I'm done typing this ... OOPS!]

Yes, that scene with Julia cutting open Joe's shirt while Barnabas nervously looks on always has me crawling around on the carpet gnawing at the sofa cushions.  (Yes, please DO call before you drop by our house.)  It's just such a riot of subtext.  THAT must have been an interesting day in the studio.  Watching scenes such as this I realize just how focused and GOOD they could all be, not simply to collapse in fits of laughter at the proceedings.  Of course it was a very serious situation ... Joe was badly injured, and on top of all that, Julia was about to discover that he was a vampire victim.    Not pretty at all even if the sight of Joe's sculpted torso exposed to the light of day was the epitome of beauty.  Would Percy Bysshe Shelley have come away from a viewing of this tape drunk with beauty?  I suspect he would have done.

Hey, Connie, got any shots of David in the bathtub scene from the Girl in Blue?

Gothick

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Hi John,

Well, thanks for thinking of me!  I'm afraid I've never heard of Trading Spaces.  Is TLC the Learning Channel? I really haven't had much time to watch ANYTHING this Summer.  I recently checked the first episode of The Prisoner out of the library as I had never seen it--it took 4 separate occasions for me to get through the 52 minute tape!  Pitiful, I know.  It's just been a busy summer--fun, but busy.  Thankfully, I'm about to take my annual week of going to stay on a farm way upstate NY where I don't do much except lounge around in a state of undress and paddle in a pond.  Oh, and cooking, of course--chopping veggies is terribly therapeutic for me.

The one show I have been watching regularly (albeit on tape) is Sonya the Pet Psychic on Animal Planet.  It's sort of like a remake of Dr. Dolittle with Patsy Stone from Ab Fab in the title role.  It's a hoot, and of course some of the cuddly critters get me all lachrymose and sentimental.

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: Ecrutiating scenes to watch
« on: August 13, 2002, 07:48:44 PM »
Hi Linda, Humbert was wonderful in this scene, and in ALL his scenes on Dark Shadows.

I'm fascinated that he can recall taping that specific episode.  What a gifted actor, and seems as if he is really nice offstage, too.

Just out of curiosity, did he ever mention experiences of working with Grayson Hall?  I thought their scenes in this storyline (especially a couple that are coming up) were simply marvelous.  Better than Turkish Delight.

And I love it that Humbert described Nicholas in an interview as "the Walter Huston role."  Actually I think he was a more skilled actor with a wider range than Huston.

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: Barnabas Meets Spike?
« on: August 12, 2002, 11:06:00 PM »
That's very nice to read; it's nice to think of Jonathan Frid admiring James Marsters' performance.  They share in common a strong background in theatre (stage) work, and I've seen Marsters comment in interviews that if you want to learn how to act, join a local theatre company and just spend years grinding away at plays.

In my opinion, James Marsters is one of the best actors around today.  And apart from that, he's a damned sexy minx, y'know?

Gothick

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This is sad news, Darren.  Not owning a DVD player, I haven't purchased any of these.  I may get the Screaming Starts disc just for your interview!  Ian Ogilvy is a wonderful actor and I felt rarely found roles of the calibre he deserved. (He is in a great episode of the Robin of Sherwood series featuring Jason Connery--these were recently issued on DVD in the UK.)

Have never seen Asylum, though it sounds like fun flick.  Nor Beast must die--an early 70s werewolf film?

I hate all this legal bull that keeps us from enjoying our favorite low budget horror movies!  The genre pretty much went bust after 1973.

Steve

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: Julia's Hands & other habits
« on: August 09, 2002, 06:42:19 PM »
Re Julia's handwriting:  I often thought that it was because Grayson was feeling a bit on-edge and playing with a glove, the bedpost or whatever was a way of keeping herself on cue with the scene.  The scenes were often revised at the very last minute, and the actors were often caught in a vise between getting their cues right, performing whatever camera blocking had been decided (sometimes not revised for the changed script), and dealing with any special FX or lighting tricks thrown into the mix.

I was impressed that as Hoffman, Grayson did not allow herself ANY of these mannerisms.  She seems to have enjoyed the challenge of that role.  But bear in mind that she played Hoffman in far fewer episodes than either Julia or Magda.

The handwringing was clearly in some cases part of the actual direction.  The most effective use of it that comes to mind was a scene between Liz and Jason when Liz's hands were in the foreground of the shot--beautifully managed playing from Joan Bennett and beautiful work from the cameraman that day.

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 II / The most eee-vil WOMAN of the Eighteenth Century!
« on: August 08, 2002, 10:24:06 PM »
I had such vivid memories of watching this bit of the story way back when.  When the announcement that DS was going to be released on home video was first made, there were several episodes I recalled that I knew I would enjoy seeing them, and the one where Stokes declared Eve's as the spirit of the most evil WOMAN who ever lived in the Eighteenth Century was one of them.  

You can tell that Leona is eee-vil because she talks and dresses like a drag queen.  Where DID she get that hairpiece, anyhow--the Cassandra Collins Wig Barn?

I think it would have been more interesting to have continued the Philippe Cordier story.  Perhaps Jonathan Frid could have played Philippe in flashbacks to Danielle's infamous past during the Terror.  He did a marvelous job being possessed by Philippe during that seance.

What they shifted the story to, in my opinion, considerably deadens (excuse the pun) the interest in Eve's story.  I do think that Marie Wallace gave a marvelous performance in the role.  And I think she looks great in that black cocktail dress, even if it is faintly absurd that that is how she was dressed for her first day on Earth.  I bet Erica Fitz was ready to kill when she saw that dress.

There's a rather touching tale that a fan wrote about Julia shopping for Eve's dress... can't recall now just where I read it.  

Poor Motherless Eve ...

Gothick

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I was thinking of Grayson off and on throughout the day yesterday, so it was gratifying to log on here and see this space--thank you again, Julia darling.

One thing that is little known about Grayson in the world of fandom (or so it would seem) is how very kind and giving she so often was to Dark Shadows fans.  Robert Finnocchio's memoir of the time he spent with her (available on the beautiful Remembering Grayson website maintained by Nancy and Lynn) is typical of how much she enjoyed spending time with fans and getting to know them as people.  I have heard of cases of her telling fans they could call her collect.  I also heard a story about her calling a child long distance in Maryland to wish the little girl a happy birthday because she had received a note in which the child said hearing from "Julia" would make her day complete.

Grayson was definitely a bohemian.  She lived life to the fullest and she had no time for bullsh&t.  I've seen a video of a Fest held a year or two after her death in which Bob Costello (I think it was him) described her, with deepest affection, as "a gutsy broad."  He was smiling widely as he spoke about her.

Underneath the colorful wardrobe (we all loved the Bulgarian peasant widow look, accessorized with leather bomber jacket), the fabulous laughter and the booming asides, she had a vulnerable side which only her closest friends were allowed to see.  This did come out in her acting.  If you watch closely in certain scenes, you'll see what DS director Henry Kaplan referred to as her remarkable inner stillness.

Still missing that most fabulous of redheads....

Gothick

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Luciaphil, darling,

Just a line to tell you how much I appreciate your writeup of Tom.  Excellent work!  Isn't he just the most fabulous thing?  They really should have drawn this story out a bit longer.  I'm so pleased that he went after the quality women (Julia and Liz) rather than insipid Maggie and brainless Vicki.

I kind of dig that peignoir that Julia had on, though it's completely out of character for her.  It seems very Miss Jean Brodie, somehow.

About to read "Kudos for Karlen" ...

Best,  Steve

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: Vicki matures
« on: July 29, 2002, 09:29:13 PM »
I did get to watch some of the recent weeks' shows on tape (now you know I need no excuse at all to watch Tom Jennings do his thang!) and I wouldn't be surprised if the "Adam kidnaps Vicki" storyline was the nail in the proverbial coffin for Ms. Moltke.  I mean, after 3 years on the show, the best they can come up with is a very lame repeat of the Matthew Morgan storyline from 1966?  (and compared to Thayer David's Matthew Morgan, Adam was a non-entity).  I can just imagine her seething inwardly, waiting for that closet door to open, plotting just how she was going to get out of her contract.

Lara Parker mentioned that Moltke wouldn't wear makeup either during her final months on the show--I wonder about this.  I suspect that the makeup artists kept Vicki's look "natural" since she was supposed to be good and virginal, while Lara and the rest of the women had the pancake and eyelashes slathered on with a trowel.

Gothick

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Frankenstein: the true story instantly became one of my favorite movies when it first aired, and I was thrilled with this opportunity to see it again.  I know I saw a rebroadcast at least once in the mid 70s, but it's close to 30 years since I last got to see it.

It is one of those projects that is ripe for restoration on DVD.  A truncated 2 hour version was shown in European theatres.  It is clear that there was even more in the original director's cut above and beyond the 3 hour version that AMC showed on Sat.

Curiously, Leonard Whiting stopped acting almost immediately after completing this picture.  I wonder why?  His gorgeous nude scene in Romeo and Juliet remains a benchmark for luscious male pulchritude in the cinema (plus, I thought he was a wonderfully expressive actor, both as Romeo and as Victor Frankenstein).

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: In the land of a thousand Joan Collins?
« on: July 29, 2002, 09:14:49 PM »
Dear Dark Shadows,

Is your brother a fan of the original Star Trek?  (Gawd, I wish I didn't have to call it that.  For me, there is ONLY ONE Star Trek.  Not that I'm a fanatic about it, or anything.)

If so, I wonder whether he might have noticed a resemblance between Joan in the City on the Edge of Forever (Harlan Ellison script, Emmy nominee) and Lara Parker in her Cassandra persona.  I've noticed that as well.  Of course Lara Parker wins for dishiness and camp elan hands down.

I did see a photo of Joan taken at a party recently that reminded me of Grandmamma Edith Collins in 1897.  Maybe your brother was at that party??

Gothick

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Calendar Events / Announcements '02 II / Re: Happy Birthday, Gothick!
« on: July 29, 2002, 09:10:06 PM »
Golly, I'm OVERWHELMED!

I appreciate each and every wonderful wish and message of cheer.  I caught the start of all this as I was logging off on Friday and simply did not have the time to post my thanks then (I often just don't get online at all during the weekend). Just a few notes:

John (Claude North) your Mommie Dearest ref had me guffawing mightily!

And Ringo, yes, I've known for years that Mick and I share a day.  Believe me, it is the ONLY resemblance.

Robin, I sang what I regard as Dusty's version of "Just a little lovin' (early in the morning) for a friend last Sat.  That song makes me think of you, but I'm not saying why in public.

And Donna, don't sweat it.  Lots of my friends refer to me as "girl" when they're saying something affectionate (LOL!)

VAM--you got the right Babe to deliver the birthday greetings!  I think I'll have Tom, wrapped with a big glossy red ribbon, and nothing else.  

Cheers,

Gothick

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