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It's interesting to note that in the first episode in 1967 where Barnabas visits the ruined Old House, he speaks to Josette's portrait without any trance of romantic obsession, informing her that her influence upon him, and Joshua's, "is over" and he now claims his home as his own.  I remember being very surprised the first time I had the chance to see this episode again upon the release of the first MPI tapes.  Obviously, this was before the writers had had the chance to establish any sort of backstory for Barnabas.

I don't recall the 1840 scene, but it is interesting that presumably purely by accident similar scenes were played when Barnabas, newly liberated from his coffin, revisited his home.

G.

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Happy Birthday!

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Current Talk '11 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #1219
« on: May 24, 2011, 10:14:24 PM »
Heavens.  I completely missed the appearance of Colin Hamilton in this show.  I must have seen this one way back when, but have no memory of it, unfortunately.  (I do have memories of watching certain episodes of DS in the 1960s and early 70s--such as the episode in which Nicholas punishes Cassandra with "a taste of what midnight will bring," and Quentin's first appearance to the children with Beth in 1968, and the scene where a voice whispering from Angelique's portrait freaks out PT Maggie, and even a scene of Melanie sobbing in front of the door to the Curse Room in PT 1841.)

G.

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The casting of Jonny Lee Miller is quite a coup.  I just saw JLM in a "live" broadcast of the National Theatre (of London)'s production of Frankenstein, playing opposite Benedict Cumberbatch.  Fabulous actor and perfect presence for Roger (although who knows how any of these characters will appear in this new iteration of the series?).

No mention of Josette in that plot outline... interesting...

G.

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Current Talk '23 I / Re: Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: May 17, 2011, 08:32:50 PM »
Thanks for the explanation, MB.  Presumably the deleted scenes involving "the room" had to do with the Laura Collins storyline?

I have to say I love today's capture.  It reminds me of a scene in the Marx Brother classic A Night at the Opera where an outraged Margaret Dumont declares "Well, I never!" to which a raffish Grouche ripostes:  "I bet you have!"

G.

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Whoa, I can't believe they included that link to a Wikipedia article on the hanky code.

Straights aren't supposed to know about these things!

G.

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LOL @ Aristia!  We need a prop list for the prop buyer:

300 cases of blue candles
At least three afghans in clashing earth tones
Patchwork skirt for waitress/governess Vaggie Summers (?)
Huge magnifying glass on armature at nostril level for lab set
300 cases each of brandy and sherry (if you need to ask why, you don't know the Collins men the way we do!)
300 cases of false eyelashes (times two if "Crazy Jenny" needs to appear)
Gold hoop earrings for Angelique
at least three decks of Tarot cards (Swiss JJ deck)
Sleeveless dresses in strong colors for anyone under 40
Emergency wiglet switch kit for Angelique's quick trips to the airport

I know there are items I am forgetting...

G.

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Darlingest MB,

I played a clip of HBC dolled up to the nines on the red carpet at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for the annual statuette affair and she said, and I quote, "Yeah, I'm doing Dark Shadows.  I couldn't turn down playing an alcoholic psychiatrist."

I admit she didn't display a signed contract, but since she is married to the director?  (Kind of like Grayson being married to the Head Writer on DS and OLTL.)

G.

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JGL is getting incredible reviews, btw, for his new film, "Hesher."

G.

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I wouldn't be surprised if that date gets revised for May 2013.

Remember, you read it here first.

G.

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MB, if you watched Creature Feature much at all in the Sixties and early Seventies, it would have been hard to miss Horror Hotel.  Our own dear Niece, Miss Penny Dreadful, featured it on one of her early shows, too.  It became one of the core films in the standard Creature Feature repertory even though it obviously wasn't included in the original 1950s Shock Theatre packages... because the movie hadn't been made yet!

Janet, that sounds fabulous.  Perhaps one day I will hear your wicked cackle on one of my infrequent forays into Coolidge Corner.  (Live in Medford, work in Cambridge... not too far from Jennifer who used to post here way back when.)

Best, G.

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City of the Dead is better known in the US under the title Horror Hotel.  By far the best version of the film was released on DVD here under the British title, City of the Dead.  It was from a print crafted by archivists at the British Film Institute--they restored a crucial scene early in the film involving Patricia Jessel and Valentine Dyall (who is just as great as Christopher Lee, with this booming sepulchral voice).

Patricia Jessel was a very gifted actress who died in her late 40s or around 50 I believe.  She acted in the US and did a play with Thayer David and Louis Edmonds in the early 1960s, something called Catstick.  I think it was in the Southern Gothic melodrama genre. 

Another DS connection is that Grayson was cast in Patricia's role in the 1961 NYC production of a play by a young writer named Kenneth Jupp called The Buskers.  Grayson played Agata, who was an earthy sensual gypsy.  Sound familiar?  And the publicity for that play was handled by a young woman named Violet Welles, who went on to write for a certain daytime drama we all love...

Janet, in the Coolidge Corner neighborhood of Brookline here in Boston, there is or was a store called Cassandra Wigs.  I always wanted to take a picture of that and post it here sometime.

G.

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Current Talk '23 I / Re: Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: May 12, 2011, 04:37:46 AM »
Thanks MB for the schedule and explanation.

G.

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Current Talk '23 I / Re: Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: May 11, 2011, 04:35:59 AM »
To MB and/or Midnite, I would be interested to hear more about the context for the past two or three days' images in this series.  I keep meaning to set aside time to watch this episode and the following one on hulu but have yet to manage to do that.

Also, is there a reason why it's the second week of May and we're still looking at material from episode 4?  I had thought it was going to be one month per episode for a total of twelve?

Thanks again for working on this series; I have been enjoying it more than I expected to do so. 

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '11 I / Re: The Marilyn Ross Novels
« on: May 10, 2011, 05:55:05 PM »
I've seen the novels in used bookstores for a dollar apiece or less.

My favorite cover was The Foe of Barnabas Collins.  What a great shot of Frid at the ORIGINAL Old House.

I always think of "Marilyn" typing the final chapter of one of the books in the back seat of his station wagon while his dutiful wife kept circling the block until the MS would be complete and it could be sent off at the Post Office and the latest deadline met... What a merry-go-round.

G.

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