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Current Talk '21 I / Re: And Even Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: December 04, 2014, 12:01:36 AM »
Another scene of which I have no memory.  Many thanks, MB, for the script quotes, explication, and annotations.

We're getting down to the end of the road, I presume, with this...

It's been fascinating to get such a close look at the pilot, and I really wish I could see it again!

Best,  G.

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Current Talk '14 II / Re: TV Last Night=1795 Questions..
« on: November 28, 2014, 11:10:12 PM »
Regarding Millicent,

[spoiler]She wasn't really mad so much as hysterical as a result of various events, including Nathan playing the old "gaslight" game with her.  She went totally bonkers as a result of an unfortunate encounter with Dear Cousin Barnabas... AFTER the latter's death.  Of course, no one had told Millicent he had died--they had fed her the lie about his emigration to England.  So... given her delicate mental state, not all that surprising that the meeting cost her her sanity.[/spoiler]

Clarice got some juicy scenes as Abigail.  My favorite was the last one.  Clarice played that so brilliantly, as did JF.  They were both completely ON, and really fiery in that.

David Ford played Josette's father, Andre du Pres, a sugar magnate rather than an aristocrat. They never explained if the Countess's title was through marriage or if she inherited a title somehow or other, even though Andre wasn't supposed to be a noble.  It was a little confusing, but only if you bothered to think about it. lol.  Sometimes on DS, I just sit back and let the fur fly.

G.

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Current Talk '14 II / DS theme in Old Time Radio series
« on: November 28, 2014, 09:52:12 PM »
A holiday treat has been listening to some old time radio (OTR) shows on Youtube.  I have been tracking down episodes of a fun, highly melodramatic 1946 anthology series, MURDER AT MIDNIGHT.  Just now I found an episode on this fan's Youtube series, and I was very surprised when he included the original DS theme in his opening music--perhaps as a feature of the "thriller" genre:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cIqjuWun9U

The person is right here in Mass.--I guess he is also a DS fan.  Listening to these shows really makes me feel that there is a kind of influence on the original DS from old time radio, especially the suspense, mystery, and horror shows.

We've discussed at great length the influences from classic horror films of the 1930s and 1940s, but I don't know whether others have ever paid any attention to the potential influence from radio.  A number of the DS players were practiced veterans of the radio of the 1940s and 1950s.

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Depp/Burton DARK SHADOWS Is In Release!!
« on: November 25, 2014, 11:26:04 PM »
A production still from Depp Shadows showing Tim Burton directing Johnny Depp on the Collinwood set was featured on the Fangoria website recently:

http://www.collinsporthistoricalsociety.com/2014/11/fangoria-has-some-laughs-at-johnny.html

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '14 II / Re: OT -- Constantine
« on: November 25, 2014, 06:52:53 PM »
I might have time to watch last Friday's new episode this evening.  So far, each episode has been a little better than the previous one.  I haven't read the books so I am just evaluating the series on its own terms.

G.

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Those Frid discs sound wonderful.

G.

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Current Talk '14 II / Re: My DS Reading List
« on: November 22, 2014, 08:40:27 PM »
The idea of the Dream Curse might have come from a short story, "The Room in the Tower," by E. F. Benson.  (Carolyn's recurring dream about Jeb during Leviathans is a little closer to what is described in the original story.)

Barnabas's obsession with finding a reincarnation of Josette was probably inspired by the original 1932 film, THE MUMMY.

Lady Kitty slowly being taken over by Josette's personality might have been inspired by the final 1940s Mummy film--can't recall the title, but it might have been THE MUMMY'S GHOST.

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Depp/Burton DARK SHADOWS Is In Release!!
« on: November 22, 2014, 04:10:20 AM »
Wait, wait, wait. How could a vampire do any of the putative responses BEFORE leaving the sepulchre?  Was the actual question first thing Vamp does AFTER leaving coffin?

You have amazing patience MB...

Best,

G.

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Perhaps... the description del Valle offered of plans for it sounded an awful lot like the ill-fated "DS Sciography" project or whatever it was called... find DS fans who really think they're Barnabas or Josette or Angelique... a thinly disguised freaks' gallery at best.

The Sci Fi channel thing was rejected by the network--and given some of the stuff they've aired over the years--you know it must have been bad. I recall reading that there was a screening at a Festival Banquet one year but I did not see it.

G.

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I only ever saw the one DS files book by Gross.  I never knew there was more than one.

The books were really cheaply produced.  I would never pay more than fifteen bucks for one.

G.

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Doctor and K9, I think MB means the DS Files book edited by Edward Gross (no relation to Darren Gross, so far as I recall).  To me the most interesting selection in the book was an interview with Grayson, which Gross claimed was the last interview she ever did before her illness.

The last I heard, the book, which is out of print, was selling for outrageous prices on the internet, but some diligent fan might have scanned at least some of the material.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '14 II / Re: Sam Hall 1921 - 2014
« on: November 20, 2014, 05:17:33 PM »
Matt Hall has posted a longer, more intimate eulogy of his late Father. It's one of the best pieces of writing I have ever read about anyone involved in 20th century theatre and television.  DS isn't mentioned, however.

http://msbhall.wordpress.com/2014/10/28/a-second-eulogy-for-sam-hall/

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: And Even Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: November 17, 2014, 11:03:46 PM »
Alec Newman was yummilicious in the role of Barnabas.

G.

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Current Talk '14 II / Re: Side Montage Question
« on: November 17, 2014, 10:59:43 PM »
To me, Roy Thinnes as Trask was the scariest thing in the entire show.  Forget Angelique--there was no doubt in my mind that this Trask was a force of pure evil.

That is, when I wasn't distracted by the dead caterpillars glued to his eyebrows (just kidding).

G

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I'm sure Sam made a lot more with his work on OLTL than he ever did for DC and Dark Shadows.  So I hardly think Wildercliff was "the house that Dan Curtis built."  What a profoundly stupid and RUDE thing to say. 

G.

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