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Current Talk '11 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #1187
« on: April 07, 2011, 11:21:45 PM »
I read in an early 1971 fan club newsletter that Grayson's appearance in her first episodes as Aunt Julia of PT 1841 was due to the fact that she had been unable to attend a wardrobe fitting because of her father-in-law's sudden death while she and Sam were out in Ohio for a holiday visit.

I think the main reason Eliot was brought to 1840 was because somebody was concerned that the folks at home were getting really confused at this point.  You'll notice that the first thing that happens when he arrives is that we see him interrogate Julia as to just what has been going on since she arrived.  And poor Grayson gets pages and pages of expository dialogue of the kind the DS actors dreaded, with lots of names and relationships jumbled together in a heap. 

After that, apart from having him explain Parallel Time, they sort of don't know what to do with Eliot.  I still relish these final appearances of the character.  Back during the time of the original broadcast, I still remember the thrill his initial appearance down the stairway through time (which I thought was just the coolest thing ever) gave me--as a child, I found time travel endlessly intriguing.

G.

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Current Talk '11 I / Re: The Robservations Slideshow
« on: April 07, 2011, 11:08:45 PM »
Thanks for the invitation, Lydia.  We'll see what I can do.  My TV time is really erratic these days--some days I don't have time for it at all.  And I am going to be out of town again for a few days next week.  But I suppose I could always comment when I have the time...

G.

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And yet, we still don't know whether Vicki/Mickie/Mackie/Vaggie (??) is going to be a waitress or a governess.  Ah well...

G.

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Current Talk '11 I / Re: The Robservations Slideshow
« on: April 06, 2011, 07:42:55 PM »
Thanks, MB, for that truly delicious selection!  You're right, that scene with Magda and Carl is a real hoot!

Whenever I see Magda working the cards, I always think of those many evenings young GH spent with Daddy's Atlantic City showgirls--some of them obviously enjoyed playing cards and showing her the ropes they'd learned from various card-sharps over the years.  She also spoke of playing strip poker with Tennessee Williams on the set of Night of the Iguana.

You've really got me jonesing for some PT 1841 Julia Collins action, MB!

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '11 I / Ragged Isle
« on: April 06, 2011, 04:35:41 AM »
Another internet series apparently intended as something of a pastiche of Dark Shadows--publicity also references the X Files.  The heroine is named Vicki Burke and the show is filmed in Maine:

http://www.raggedisle.com/index.html

It was apparently promoted on Dark Shadows Journal Online but I haven't seen a thread for it here.  And have not had time yet to check it any of the four currently available shows.  It did receive a favorable review on the Classic Horror Films fan board.

G.

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This looks fascinating and beautiful.  Thanks for the alert, MB!

G.

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Frankly Taeylor... as far as KLS publicly expressed opinion about anything goes, I wouldn't rely too much on what she said about that script.

While I don't exactly think of her as Little Mary Sunshine, I do remember this one occasion at one of the 1980s Festivals.  KLS was gushing about the wonderful atmosphere in the studio and how everyone there was just one big happy family.  At some point she stopped; there was a pregnant pause, and then Joan arched an eyebrow and said something like: "Really, dear.  Remind me again which show YOU worked on?"

Just sayin'.

Cheers, Cousin GothEEEK

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MB and Midnite, you're both teasing us dreadfully.  Please provide a summary of Benshoff's argument about NoDS, or at least, about the poster.

Gratefully,

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: April 05, 2011, 03:38:39 AM »
J'adore today's utterly ravishing image of Barbara Steele as Julia.  She really knows how to work a camera.

G.

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Current Talk '11 I / Re: The Robservations Slideshow
« on: April 04, 2011, 03:30:29 AM »
Just love tonight's two-shot of Hoffman and Alexis.  Another of those fabulous moments!

I was thinking about the early 1970s DS films and how much of what *made* them seem like part of the canon had a great deal to do with the performances of particular actors (and, at least in the first one, Robert Cobert's music).  Whether it be Grayson, Jonathan, Nancy, Joan, Louis, Thayer, John K, or Lara in the lead roles, or having the fabuous Humbet Allen Astredo or Diana Millay show up in a supporting role--the aesthetics of their performances helped connect us to the atmosphere of the series even when the films went off the deep end with some of DC's craziness.

G.

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God, I'd completely forgotten about this one.

The phrase "scraping the bottom of the barrel" comes to mind...

G.

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Current Talk '11 I / Re: Costello Signature
« on: April 04, 2011, 12:44:19 AM »
Dear Doctor and K9,

that's very interesting about that note regarding episode 584.  I think that's the one where Maggie has a flashback from her time when Julia brought her to the Mausoleum in the hopes of stimulating her memory in the preceding year.  Fascinating to think that the "Dress Rehearsal" wound up being taped as the day's episode. I wonder how often they wound up doing that.

Given how short the rehearsal times were, I still think it's amazing--and a testimony to the incredible talent involved--that the shows wound up as incredibly good as they so often did.

Regarding Bob Costello's signature, a letter from Costello to a fan might have been included in this book that came out many years ago of letters various fans had received from DS cast members.  Some crew members, such as Ramse Mostoller and Sy Tomashoff, were also included.  I remember more than one crew member mentioning having to accommodate Dan Curtis's shall we say "unique" working style as the main difficulty in working on the series.

G.

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One of my favorite moments is the scene in 1897 that Louis Edmonds described in an interview as being "a scene right out of The Little Foxes" with Judith triumphantly reading the will to her stunned brothers.  I love it at the end when Quentin says something like, "Come on, brothers, let's all go upstairs and watch Judith write her first check!"  Her death glare and his sarcastic smirk are priceless.

I thought of moments such as this when Eva Green in one of her interviews said that the new movie is going to be "much more focused on the actors."  That's a comment that indicates to me that they could actually be on the trail here of something good.

G.

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Current Talk '11 I / Forty years ago--April 2, 1971
« on: April 03, 2011, 02:46:27 AM »
Just a line to mark the occasion forty years ago of the last episode of Dark Shadows.  I literally could not believe the series was going off the air and actually tuned in the following Monday at 4 p.m. to see if the familiar crashing surf and music that seemed like a scream turned into a melody would blast across the airwaves with more stories from our beloved Collinwood.  But alas, it was gone for good, and instead that following Monday, April 5, 1971, we got the annoyingly chirpy and misplaced intro to Password (a popular game show moved into the DS slot by the ABC suits).

One of the most frustrating things about the final weeks of the series was that every day, I would tune in wondering if they were going to switch away from Parallel Time 1841 and show what was happening with Barnabas, Julia, and the family in our own time band of 1971.  But they never did.  Evidently I wasn't the only one who wanted to know how the story of the people we knew and loved best in our own time at the Great House continued; a few months after the show went off the air, Sam Hall's article offering a possible wrap-up of the various "present day" storylines was published in TV Guide.

Happy memories to all,

G.


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Current Talk '11 I / Re: "The Lost Dark Shadows"
« on: April 02, 2011, 10:56:45 PM »
Thanks.  That's very cool to know that that clip is available on www.alecnewman.net.  I just watched it, and remembered again how much I enjoyed Newman's performance as Barnabas. 

If the entire show had maintained this kind of atmosphere, I might have been happier with the results of the pilot.  Just speaking personally.

G.

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