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Calendar Events / Announcements '16 II / Re: Halloween in Hollywood
« on: November 05, 2016, 02:01:01 AM »
Her most important roles were in plays by writers who I think are now considered to be "classical modernist" figures.  Schnitzler, Genet, Brecht, Tennessee Williams (she did El Camino Real on stage in addition to playing in the film of IGUANA), etc.  But in an interview once, she said she wished she'd been able to do more Shakespeare.

I think in general Grayson liked work that was a mixture of fun and challenging.  At one point right after DS it looked as if she was going to be in a new Neil Simon comedy (PRISONER OF SECOND AVENUE, I think) and that certainly would have been "mainstream."

xo  G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '16 II / 1968 DS View Master set
« on: November 05, 2016, 01:50:49 AM »
Fans,

This is a pretty cool presentation of the 1968 View Master set.  (I think the set may actually have come out in 1969, but the storyline shown was originally aired in the Fall of '68.)

Too bad the drawings in the "folio" were not included by whoever did this.  After all, the drawings were characterized by "many somber colors."

http://viewmasterworld.blogspot.com/2012/05/dark-shadows-b503.html

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '16 II / Re: Halloween in Hollywood
« on: November 03, 2016, 05:20:50 PM »
That's another interesting coincidence, Midnite.  I've been fascinated by the Caffe Cino for years now.  Maybe I talked to you about this once upon a time.  My memory gets very patchy now--fine for certain things but other stuff--it's like it never happened.  Of course I remember your smile, warmth, and inexhaustible sense of elegant chic!

For what it is worth, there is a novel called Temple Slave by Robert Patrick.  It is a roman a clef about Caffe Cino--which is to say, it is a memoir of his time there, but the names have been changed to protect guilty and innocent alike.  It's pretty obvious if you know even a little about 1960s NYC theater and counter culture who is who.

I've often wondered whether Grayson and Sam attended any of the performances at the Cino.  I have the feeling Grayson would have been fascinated.  She did do some other avant-garde underground stuff in the 1960s and 70s so who knows.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '16 II / Re: Halloween in Hollywood
« on: November 03, 2016, 02:32:00 AM »
That's fascinating about Suicide Notations.  I wonder if that videotape still exists.  And I wonder if director J. S. Hall was identical to actor James Hall.  Taylor Mead, Ronald Tavel, and legendary Jackie Curtis were all part of Andy Warhol's circle.  Grayson acted in two plays by Ronald Tavel.

I did think there was something very "different" about James Hall when I finally got to see his episodes at some point in the 1990s... and that's very much born out by your notes and research. Again, thanks!

G.

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We might have.  The scene is in a shop for devices used by stage magicians, as I recall.

I think I did have a videotape that had some Thayer David bits and pieces on it, but I might be misremembering...

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '16 II / Re: Halloween in Hollywood
« on: November 02, 2016, 08:10:37 PM »
Wow, Midnite.  This is awesome!  One of the fascinating aspects for me is that I read references to Grayson studying with Uta Hagen back in the early 1950s, I guess--and if I remember correctly, Grayson (then billed as Shirley Grayson) was Uta's understudy in the critically acclaimed play THE MAGIC AND THE LOSS, around '54 or thereabouts. Uta Hagen didn't do too many films, so far as I am aware.  She made a huge impression on me when she appeared on one of the talk shows (Mike Douglas, I think?) to promote that Tom Tryon film, THE OTHER.

Wonderful write-up! 

Thanks again,

G.

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Thank you, thank you, thank you MB for those gorgeous shots of Carlotta from that scene!

G.

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That's one of my favorite Thayer scenes from his non-Shadows work.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '16 II / Re: Halloween in Hollywood
« on: November 01, 2016, 10:33:30 PM »
That's awesome reporting, Midnite.  Thanks so much!

xo, G.

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Current Talk '22 I / Re: A New Slideshow Is Coming
« on: October 30, 2016, 08:43:26 PM »
Hilarious.  Craig Slocum always seemed to be in a completely different show from everyone else.

G.

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Thanks!  Love them both!  For some reason, the first photo was displaying with Carlotta's line for the second capture.

Best, G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '16 II / Semi OT: House of Dracula (1945)
« on: October 30, 2016, 04:16:09 AM »
Fans,

Tonight's holiday viewing was Universal's HOUSE OF DRACULA (1945), in my opinion the best of the three serious "monster house" films from the period.  Again, a major plot point in DS was borrowed for this film--in fact, offhand I can think of at least two major plot points from this story that turned up in our show.

I find myself surprised to say that I'd still rate ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN higher than this HOUSE OF DRACULA, considering the series as a whole--my inner fanboy just can't stop bouncing up and down in my seat at the thrill of finally seeing Bela Lugosi play Dracula again.

Patti might be interested to know that A&C MEET FRANKENSTEIN includes a climactic battle between Dracula and the Wolfman.  Maybe that's where Ms. Twilight got the idea of vampires and werewolves being mortal enemies.

G.

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Holy Hell, today's shot of Carlotta and Gerard is totally awesome!  Excellent work, MB!

cheers, G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '16 II / Re: The Old 'Switcher-oo'
« on: October 29, 2016, 08:02:04 PM »
An interesting switch on anything else I've ever seen is offered in RETURN OF THE VAMPIRE in that the werewolf only shifts shape when he's under the vampire's control.  It was a psycho-physiological result of the young man, Andreas, being "infected" by the vampire's evil.  I thought that was an interesting take on lycanthropy.  It would be interesting to know just who came up with that idea.  I don't recall it occurring in any other film or TV show.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '16 II / Re: The Old 'Switcher-oo'
« on: October 29, 2016, 07:52:51 PM »
THE RETURN OF THE VAMPIRE is one of my favorite films.  Glad you got to enjoy it!

I think the idea of a feud or innate acrimony between vampires and werewolves was made up by the author of the Twilight books.  It might have been something that came up in modern pulp vampire and werewolf fiction such as the seemingly interminable books by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro and others.  I haven't read any of that, so I don't know.

The pre-Victorian lore about vampires, werewolves, Witches etc. was to say the least rather different from modern media images.  You can read books by S. Baring-Gould, the "Reverend" Montague Summers (who was quite a character in his own right), Claude Lecouteux (an excellent modern researcher of old lore) and others, if curious.

Best,  G.

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