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Current Talk '15 II / Re: Conard Fowkes remembers Thayer David
« on: September 14, 2015, 02:09:35 PM »
Another memory of Thayer concerning his Down East accent in his Matthew Morgan role:

"A point-- he "wore," a mid-Atlantic accent, in real life and on screen. It sounds to an American like an English accent, but it's more theater than anything. Like a trained broadcaster's voice. However, when he was playing a native Mainer, his Maine accent was real. Although he was born outside of Boston, he spent a great deal of his young life in northern Maine, at his father's farm."

G.

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too bad he's shopping it to NBC.  That means it's automatically doomed.  Given their track record and inability to let our kind of shows build an audience.

Great photo of the Brides!  btw, the Hammer studios 1960 film BRIDES OF DRACULA is a totally awesome movie, even if the Count himself does not appear.  The Brides in that one have nothing to do with the Stoker characters.

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Depp/Burton DARK SHADOWS Is In Release!!
« on: September 13, 2015, 02:56:36 PM »
The Depp/Burton Shadows film was mentioned in a paragraph in a surprising context in a very short book I read sections of last week.  The book is a monograph on the Mario Bava classic BLACK SUNDAY from 1960 with Barbara Steele.  I think the author's name is Martyn Conterio but I don't really feel like looking it up on Amazon.  The book is in a series called Devil's Advocates, published in London by Auteur press; the series is supposed to be dedicated to re-examinations of classic horror films. 

In a penultimate chapter, the author discusses what he calls the "legacy" of the Bava film.  He mentions a couple of scenes in the Burton/Depp film as instances of Tim Burton's adulation of this movie and use of imagery from it in various films of his oeuvre.  SLEEPY HOLLOW (the Burton film) is also cited.  I remember he mentions the secret passage through the fireplace as one instance of influence or homage, and something about the scene where Elizabeth and Barnabas are together down in the catacombs as another. 

His discussion of the film and the sequences was done in a very flat, objective tone.  Nothing about how awful or scandalously bad it all was or any of the other rhetoric we've seen in various fannish discussion threads.  I'm not sure that the author is familiar with other avatars of Shadows.

Best,  G.

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Current Talk '15 II / Conard Fowkes remembers Thayer David
« on: September 13, 2015, 02:49:11 PM »
Dear Fans,

This lovely remembrance was posted on a Facebook group in honor of Thayer David.  It is run by a relative of Thayer's--his nephew, I think. I had never seen this particular note before:

Actor Conard Fowkes (Frank Garner, 1966) remembers Thayer David: "I loved being with those actors in the dressing room. The work was hard, but people like Thayer David, who was a real hoot, kind of a Sydney Greenstreet-like, very educated man, would sit in the makeup chair and he would pontificate. He would tell us meanings or derivations of certain words. I remember he did an entire piece on “hoist on your own petard” and where that came from. I won’t go into it because it’s slightly smutty… but it’s that kind of camaraderie that brings you close together.

Best, G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '15 II / Re: Penny Dreadful
« on: September 11, 2015, 03:16:56 PM »
For anyone who's been waiting, I checked Amazon last night and the PD season 2 DVD set is up for pre-order now.  Release date scheduled for Oct. 6.  I have put dibs on one for myself because I am really looking forward to seeing these.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '15 II / Re: John Connell 1924 - 2015
« on: September 11, 2015, 03:13:32 PM »
Thanks for this news.  I wouldn't have remembered him without the photos.  Was he the one in that scene set in the Phoenix morgue?  The set they built for that one scene was incredible.

G.

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These excerpts are fascinating, MB--and thank you for alerting us to the inclusion of unshot Julia scenes here, as I am afraid I have not been following this thread.

The most fascinating detail to me is that the descriptive phrases about Julia--classy English accent, exotic sensuous beauty--suggest that the role was WRITTEN with Barbara Steele in mind.

I know nothing of the production history or just when Steele was cast, so that's an intriguing concept for me to ponder (but have no way of pursuing further).

G.

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Current Talk '15 II / Re: Grant Douglas/Quentin Collins
« on: September 08, 2015, 03:30:04 PM »
In all fairness, whenever DC was in town, he DICTATED the storylines to the writers.  That's right, Dan Curtis was not only the producer, he was also the uncrowned head writer on the show.  There were longish periods when Dan was in England or elsewhere pursuing other projects and in those periods, the stories actually managed to make sense.  I think the first Laura Collins story (1966-67) was so well written because DC wasn't around to interfere--I believe he was in England throughout that period.

According to Sam Hall, if one of the writers tried to protest that what Dan ordered did not make sense, he would bark, "Are you writing the show or not?  I can get a lotta people to write this show."  So they would have to give in and do what he said, regardless of how loopy or incoherent.

In the final two to three years, the rhythm of the stories with all the cliffhangers and increasing avalanche of occulture meant that the writers themselves simply could not follow what was going on.  Add in the fact that many if not most of the shows were taped way out of sequence.

The reintroduction of Quentin in 1970 was purely driven by the character's huge popularity.  What I remember from what was revealed is that Frederick Thorne had been a previous alias adopted by Quentin before he assumed the Grant Douglas identity.  Immortals have to keep doing this because otherwise, people become curious why somebody that old still looks so young.  (It was before the invention of botox, guerilla plastic surgery, etc.)

cheers,  G.

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Current Talk '15 II / Re: Violet Welles interview in 1991 TWODS
« on: August 25, 2015, 03:36:31 PM »
There is but one god, and his name is Petofi.

G.

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Current Talk '15 II / Re: Best of Angelique
« on: August 25, 2015, 03:34:13 PM »
Veteran DS fan Nicky confirmed to me that the intro of Angelique episode on the new compilation is NOT restored.  Same old muddied kinescope we've all seen before.

I did find it highly unlikely that MPI would spend the money required for this.  I doubt whether they have direct access to the software and equipment required, so it would have involved setting up a contract with a special DVD restoration service.

Best,  Steve

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Current Talk '15 II / Best of Angelique
« on: August 21, 2015, 10:29:45 PM »
Hi Fans,

The new MPI BEST OF QUENTIN and BEST OF ANGELIQUE sets have hit various online and retail outlets.  The Amazon pricing has the Quentin disc at half price, while the Ange disc is priced at 11.99.

There's a note from a fan dated the middle of last month stating that the episode of Ange's debut (involving the arrival of herself and the Countess at the Old House in 1795) has been restored for the disc.

Has anybody seen it, and can they comment on the restoration?  In the UK, the BBC has been restoring color and image quality on episodes of DR WHO that exist only in old videorecordings where the master reels had been destroyed.  Wondering if a comparable degree of quality was achieved for this.

Thanks, G.

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Current Talk '15 II / Re: Violet Welles interview in 1991 TWODS
« on: August 21, 2015, 03:03:37 PM »
I'm so glad this finally got posted.

Many thanks Midnite for a truly heroic effort!

G.

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Awesome.  Thanks!

G.

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What a hoot!  I find the photos of Radcliff and McAvoy together to be very slashy...

G.

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Testing. 1, 2, 3... / Re: Wave of the Future (Even Past 1995)
« on: August 14, 2015, 03:01:31 PM »
I think it's similar to how a friend shared some BATMAN episodes with me over the New Year's holiday some months back. You can store the material on a "cloud" service or a website and then if you're standing in line somewhere or on an airplane or whatever, you can watch it.

It shouldn't take up RAM on your computer.  You might want to google one of the phrases you quoted and there is probably information someone has provided on how this works.

G.

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