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I love today's photo. Miss Hoffman at her most insidiously reassuring. Of course Sam and Joe don't really buy any of it, but from what I recall, she manages to talk them into not rocking the boat for a while longer.

G.

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Great shot of Alexis and Hoffman today!

cheers, Gothick

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Hi KMR, I bet you're right about the mirror. Looking at the shot again (thanks MB for including it in your comment), I suddenly flashed back to the huge mirror Julia had hanging over her lab in 1840. (Whenever I watch those episodes now, I get totally distracted wondering just how Julia got that thing up there. A mirror that size would have been extremely heavy. Did Julia have levitation powers she never told anybody about??)

I remember reading decades ago in KLS's very first book about how they did a lot of shots in mirrors on the set, so I'm sure you're correct about this.

Thanks!

G.

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Great shot today! Wonderful work, MB!

I wonder if they had to build some kind of platform to achieve that shot. Those cameras were huge and heavy, as we all know from the times when they'd accidentally show up in a shot.

G.

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Cavada! La Divina!

Thanks, MB!

G.

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I happened upon this blog which transcribes a conversation the author had with Elizabeth Wilson (who played Mrs. Hopewell, the administrator of Vicki's foundling home, in two episodes in 1966):

http://s181314165.onlinehome.us/followkellow/conversations-elizabeth-wilson-part/

Haven't come across any references to her brief appearance on DS yet. But there is a fascinating reminiscence of Kim Stanley, amongst many others: Kim was Grayson Hall's favorite actress, according to a couple of interviews Grayson did in the late 60s and subsequently.

The passage about Kim Stanley shows up in part 3.

G.

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Aunt Hannah! Perfect for a gloomy Sunday afternoon in Collinsport.

Angelexis was so totally psycho. Fun times!

G.

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"order paper gothic opera"? That's a new one on me.

G.

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Nice to see Robert Rodan and Craig Slocum featured today. Neither actor gets much discussion let alone positive attention from fans. Both were important figures in the infamous 1968 storyline, often criticized but because it was my first DS storyline, still my sentimental favorite (I now think of the PT 1970 storyline as the best of the Barnabas storylines with the most sophisticated writing, but even that had its moments... the original Laura Collins 1966-67 storyline was probably the finest ever produced on the show in terms of pacing and story coherence).

G.

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Happy Birthday! Wishing you and your family health and safety!

Best wishes,

Gothick

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Fans,

A friend pointed me yesterday to this blog that a DS fan aged mid-20s started for Strange Paradise. This is one of those blogs where you have to scroll way, way, WAY down to the bottom of the screen to read the initial entry, and then scroll slowly upwards to read each one in succession.

https://www.tumgir.com/michelles-garden-of-evil#!/yxbk7IFbRuy6y

A caveat is that there seem to be incessant pop-ups on this site, and my standard pop-up blocker doesn't appear to work for them. My advice is DO NOT CLICK, EVER, ON ANY POP-UPS, and IMMEDIATELY close out any other pages that may open up.

It's too bad that the site is hosted on this rather whacky space (presumably founded as a competitor to Tumbler, and I wonder how long it will last) because this fan is also a costume historian and she has interesting comments about the clothing, hair, makeup and other details of the 17th century flashback sequences.

G.

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I thought that scene was quite slashy. Beautiful shot from it.

cheers, G.

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Great photos. I think I have that magazine in a box somewhere.

G.

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Lovely to see Humbert's handsome face today! Great shot of him in that role.

For those who haven't heard it, there's a pretty cool interview with Humbert you can listen to on the Collinsport Historical Society site. He only discusses DS at the very end of the interview. He explained there that Dan Curtis liked him so much when he read for some role or other that Dan had the character of Nicholas Blair created specifically for Humbert.

He was a fine actor and a wonderful presence.

G.

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Another great photo! Our Favorite Witch is in deep doo-doo! Not only has she seriously irritated Nicholas at how she's degenerating into an incompetent suburban housewife, she's in grave danger of winning the Collinsport PTA's annual booby-prize for Worst Step-Mom of the Year!

I thought it was very clever how the scripts skirted around the exact nature of Cassandra and Nicholas's bargain. It was fairly obvious to me just what the terms of the bargain were, but clearly it remained a mystery to some viewers.

Just so much love for this series. It is exactly what we need in this stressful time.

G.

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