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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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Hi Philippe!

Malcolm Marmorstein took credit for creating the character of Barnabas in a couple of interviews some years back. MM wrote a screenplay, Love Bites, produced in 1993 as a vehicle for Adam Ant who played vampire Zachary Simms. I have never seen the movie, but it sounds kind of like a precursor to the Burton-Depp film. The vampire "oversleeps for 100 years" and emerges from his coffin bewildered by changes in technology, society and culture. He falls in love with a mortal woman and tries to become human again so he can be with her in the mortal way. The film was done as a slapstick comedy and I have to wonder whether Tim Burton really likes the movie--sounds like there are some similar vampire pratfall moments in it.

I have read that Art Wallace claimed that he created a Barnabas-type character in his story plotting notes, but if he did write something, I have never seen it. Sam Hall wouldn't have ever claimed to have had anything to do with creating Barnabas, but he may well have come up with the Barnabas-Angelique-Josette triangle story set in 1795. I don't think many fans even today understand that that narrative was a complete reboot from what had been established in the 1967 storyline, in which Barnabas lived in the 1830s and Josette (originally surnamed La Freniere, if I recall aright) was the bride of his elderly uncle Jeremiah. I think I've read that they chose to set the origin story in the late 18th century because those were the costumes they were able to rent from a supplier.

I've read an interview with Bob Costello where he said he found the name Barnabas on an old tombstone. But he did not take credit for creating the character. And of course, Jonathan Frid's personal interpretation had a lot to do with how Barnabas actually manifested.

My conclusion is that the creation of Barnabas was a group effort. Interesting to see what impact this "vulnerable vampire" had in how media vampire culture evolved after the 1960s. Several Dracula films took on the Barnabas narrative of the vampire searching the world for the reincarnation of his lost love.

G.


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If it's the one I'm thinking of, KMR, it IS a classic DS moment.

cheers, G.

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Fabulous! You know I love our dear Count!

And maybe there will be a shot of Cassandra informing a terrified Liz: "But I MUST TOUCH you... I have puh-ROMISED YOU that..."

G.

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I hope Count Petofi shows up eventually. I was talking to a friend last night via videochat and she told me how she and her husband are currently watching his part of the 1897 storyline.

Something for this time of physical isolation...

G.

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Love today's photo! Great shot of Laura and Guthrie.

I'm really appreciating how you're highlighting characters and storylines which do not always get the attention they deserve in this series!

Thanks MB!

G.

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Hilarious shot and quote today! Fab work, MB!

G.

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Wonderful shot of 1995 Stokes today. Thank you! I always feel a pang when I watch these episodes (and it's been well over a decade since I watched the complete 1995 storyline), since of course neither Grayson nor Thayer lived into that time. And Clarice died in that year.

Thanks, MB. Wishing you and yours safety and health today.

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: I missed this on the 2nd...
« on: April 06, 2020, 01:20:29 AM »
I did think of it on that day. And the horror the next Monday when I turned on ABC at the sacred hour of 4 and beheld the terrifying spectre of ... Password!

G.

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Fabulous! Great shots of Joel. Looks like that was shortly before he started on DS.

G.

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You are very welcome, Miranda!

Best wishes,

G.

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Another fabulous photo and quote today! You really are on a roll with this series, MB!

All the best,

Gothick

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Wonderful scene! All of Grayson's scenes with Humbert were so good. Even the one from 1897 where she made a big flub but neither of them hesitated or lost their concentration in the scene for a moment. Two superb actors! And this one had very good dialogue for both. The kind of scene that non-fans often find baffling if they stumble over it. But of course that leaves more for us to love!

G.

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Great scene in a great episode. Thanks, MB.

G.

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