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LOL!  Given that Lara Parker's complexion commingles the fairest porcelain and the most delicate rose, I always found the description of the "olive-skinned" Angelique very confusing.  But then, so many of those books did not make sense... unless I tried to forget that the stories bore ANY RELATIONSHIP WHATSOEVER to what I had seen on television...

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '14 II / Brilliant Online DS comic strip
« on: September 29, 2014, 02:40:43 AM »
Fans,

I haven't seen anyone posting about this... this site has been running a DS comic strip as part of a blog, and it's really quite brilliant.  The images are derived from the 1967-68 storylines which have been interminglingly adapted with quite intriguing finesse:

http://shadowsonthewallzine.blogspot.com/

I'm really getting quite a kick out of this... Cassandra is one of my favorite characters, so I'm just loving the chance to see her in this mix.

G.

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I read the Ross books but I barely remember any of them.  Wasn't there one where Quentin was disguised as a groovy, "dirty" hippie? 

I saw a copy of THE FOE OF BARNABAS COLLINS in a sandwich shop in Potsdam, NY several years ago and made a note to purchase a copy online at some point, but have never gotten around to it.  The cover photo was a beautifully accomplished shot of Barnabas.  That might have been the one where someone named Christopher Jennings was a coldly eeee-vil schemer out to work mischief on some wretched pouting, fainting ingenue.

G.

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I thought the Lincoln pastiche did boffo box office?

I personally have zero interest in this kind of thing, but Bella Heathcote is an attractive individual with what seems to be a really nice personality.  She deserves great exposure as far as I am concerned.

G.

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Dom I think you're right.  There was maybe one werewolf shot in one of the card series but I think it was meant to be Chris Jennings.  I never saw those cards at all back in the day.  The one with Nicholas is from that.  So I guess there were three gum card series all told; as far as I remember, I only ever saw the series with images from the 1967 Barnabas and Maggie shows, which I had never seen when I collected them.

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: And Even Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: September 27, 2014, 03:54:35 AM »
Is this another scene that didn't make the final edit shown at the Festival?  I have no memory of it, but that means nothing.

I can't try to follow your chart because I look at it and my brain starts to warp...

Best,

G.

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Grayson got some coverage in 16.  There was a priceless page that showed Grayson Hall at home.  The other soap mags did similar features on her.  Grayson was one of the very few cool middle-aged ladies around in that era.  Mama Cowsill, may she rest in peace, was another.

This is off topic, but for those in my age range--we all remember Mrs. Miller, "the singing Grandmother."  I found a clip on Youtube recently where Mrs. Miller shows up on a teen rock program and the kids go wild for her.  It was hilarious.  Roddy MacDowell played some Phil Spector type producer who had the singing Grandmother summoned to his office to talk about a contract.

It all feels like things that happened in a previous incarnation, at this point...

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '14 II / Re: Is Julia Missing Something?!
« on: September 22, 2014, 09:47:02 PM »
Oh My God. If by some bizarre happenstance I actually see this film, I may just let out a big old sca-REAM if they give him the line in this scene:  "Find the center of the light."  LOL.

Thanks, MB!  I really don't know how you find this stuff...

Best, G.

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The fact that more or less every time DS shows up in the mass media (outside of fandom specific sites and fora) we see a photo of Barn baring his fangs does underline the fact that in the minds of the public... it's a vampire show.

A long time ago (maybe as early as the 1970s) I finally figured out that how DS is represented in the mass media and promotional goodies, such as the Gold Key comics and the board games, is very different from the reality of the show's actual content as seen in canon (the aired episodes from 1966 to 1971). 

Even the "Marilyn" Ross novelettes present a picture of the subject matter of the show that is very much at odds with how the actual episodes are written and played.  I well remember when the novel "Barnabas Collins" was published and I bought and was reading it and some version of "who the hell is this guy?" was going through my 11 year old's mind.

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: And Even Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: September 18, 2014, 06:03:03 PM »
I haven't had time to go back and read Vicki's opening scenes, but her role in this version seems rather more complex than was the case in any of the other versions.  I recall a crudely written line about Vicki reading David's psychological evaluation file (I really do not see how this would have been possible, but who knows).  The implication is that Vicki isn't just there to teach David, but perhaps do some types of therapeutic work with him.  By 2004 such techniques as play therapy were well established in dealing with what in the 1960s were called "troubled children" (I have no clue what the current approved lingo for psychologically disturbed kids is).

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: And Even Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: September 16, 2014, 03:49:13 AM »
It really does seem as if all the best lines were cut from the final edit of this piece.

Many thanks, MB, for your continuing work on this intriguing project.

G.

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I actually wrote a longish thing once called something like "I love Leviathans."  I agree that the first two months are great and the final few weeks--well, it's a wild and woolly ride, with some fabulous moments. 

I know most fans hate the storyline but some claim to love every moment of 1795, much of which I find a colossal bore (basically, every time Peter Bradford was onscreen, and starting halfway through, he was in it A LOT).  My view now as an older fan is that every DS storyline has its pearls and its dross.  I love the entire series because it was so unique and it evolved in such an incredible way.

The whole thing about the "resolution" of Barnabas and Angelique's "love story" in 1840 is another controversial topic, but I'll leave that alone for now.

Welcome to the Boards!

G.

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I loved all the "present day" storylines.  The final one, Summer of 1970, had mythic status for many years in fandom because Worldvision had not released the final year episodes into syndication so everything that happened immediately after the moment when the regular cast were about to return to complete the PT 1970 storyline was known only through the notes and diary entries that fans had saved from the original broadcast in 1970-71. 

The plotting in Summer of 1970 is very jerky but I still think there are some wonderful moments.  To enumerate these would involve SPOILERS but perhaps, if I think of it, I will start a "Summer of 1970" thread to list some favorite scenes. 

One of my favorite moments of all from the period is when Julia confronts Sebastian at the Old House and realizes [spoiler]that he's in love with Maggie.  Grayson plays it all so perfectly, has some great dialogue, and it's a lot of fun to watch Pennock playing off her in the scene.[/spoiler]

Sam Hall's TV guide article suggests one possible plotline that could have been explored had the series done at least one final sequence in 1971.

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: And Even Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: September 11, 2014, 04:48:08 AM »
Amazing.  I finally remembered something else from my single viewing of this cakewalk!

Roger's scenes were really heavily cut in the final edit, weren't they?  Or maybe some were simply never filmed...

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '14 II / Re: 'Penny Dreadful'
« on: September 11, 2014, 02:56:50 AM »
Doctor and K9, the first season of PD comes to a natural conclusion, but the door is left open for a sequel.  I was actually quite pleased that writer/creator John Logan did NOT go for the wearisomely knee-jerk predictable end of season cliffhanger.

G.

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