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Current Talk '21 I / Re: A New Slideshow Is Coming
« on: December 14, 2009, 12:30:19 AM »
Another fabulous vignette from 1966 today, with a lovely two-shot of the Mistress of Collinwood and that wonderful harbinger of holiday cheer, Mrs Sarah "Good Times" Johnson!

I wonder if this was the same episode where Davey stole Mrs J's cigarettes after he saw her lighting up in the kitchenette...

G.

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Current Talk '09 II / Re: the conclusion of the burke devlin plot
« on: December 05, 2009, 10:11:20 PM »
msc, I'm right behind you in cheering the appearance of Lovelady Powell as Mrs. Portia Fitzsimmons.

KLS has a vague but persistent memory of another actress having been cast as Dr. Hoffman before Grayson's definitive casting and I and a couple of other fans have wondered whether this might have referred to the Powers that Be having given Powell a stab at the role.  Presumably, for whatever reason, they tested her in it and she didn't work out.  

Powell is one of those actresses one wishes had been given a recurring role in the series.  Jane Draper and Cavada Humprhey are two others.  I don't understand why Portia Fitzsimmons didn't make at least one other appearance during the March-April 1967 storylines--it would have been appropriate.

Powell had a small but vivid role in the nasty, deftly made Shirley Maclaine vehicle, The Possession of Joel Delaney (1972).  She also appeared in the Happy Hooker, according to IMDB.

Best,

Steve

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Calendar Events / Announcements '09 II / Seizure snippet
« on: December 03, 2009, 07:38:50 PM »
Fans,

there's an amusing, brief note about the filming of SEIZURE on this page from David del Valle's "Camp David" column; WARNING--page includes a photo of Herve Villechaize posing with a naked lady (his wife, I think?) who is turning her very shapely backside to the camera:

http://www.filmsinreview.com/2006/11/01/camp-david-november-2006-freaks/4/

I somehow wish the original marquee billing proposed of "Jonathan Frid in QUEEN OF EVIL" had come to pass, but then, I have a wicked sense of humor...

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: A New Slideshow Is Coming
« on: December 03, 2009, 01:13:16 AM »
What a wonderful sly snap of Our Miss Hoffman here!  You can tell what she's fondly hoping is on the menu for "the rest of the night"!

Hubba-Hubba!

G.

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Current Talk '09 II / Re: the conclusion of the burke devlin plot
« on: December 02, 2009, 06:52:08 PM »
Burke did have a wonderful closing salvo, if I remember correctly:  he said to Roger something along the lines of:  "People like you rot wherever you are."  And Roger just had to sit and take it.  quite a galling put-down.

G.

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Current Talk '09 II / Re: the conclusion of the burke devlin plot
« on: December 02, 2009, 04:46:20 PM »
I actually think the interweaving of Barnabas' introduction and early storyline, and the Jason story, works really well.

Both are predators, both charming in their way.  The contrast is that everyone in the family is well aware that Jason is bad news, an unscrupulous, scheming rogue, with a "winner take all" plan that is gradually revealed.  Whereas everyone in the family is fooled by Barn's "charming cousin from England" act.

I would write more about this but am less than stellar today... just wanted to put it out there that the counterpoint between these two stories gives an extra interest to that period of the series, in my own opinion...

G.

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Current Talk '09 II / Re: Discuss - Ep #0896
« on: December 01, 2009, 05:05:50 PM »
It's really funny watching Grayson do a scene with Donna. 

Even though Donna comes across as jarringly off key, I do get the impression that Grayson thought she was cute and fun.

G.

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Current Talk '09 II / Re: the conclusion of the burke devlin plot
« on: November 30, 2009, 05:01:37 PM »
All excellent points, msc.  It is certainly interesting that the sidelining of what had been a major pivot of the plotline takes place fairly well in advance of Barn's arrival.

For me, the episode that cinches it that we're now in a very different world is when Liz wants to invite a married Vicki and Burke to occupy the West Wing of Collinwood.  Roger, of course, is appalled, but the scene where this plays out is very much just a sidebar to whatever is happening with Barnabas, Julia, and Woodard ...

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '09 II / Mostly OT: She-Wolf of London
« on: November 28, 2009, 04:07:04 AM »
Fans,

Some people may have watched the early 1990s syndicated series She-Wolf of London (aka Love and Curses) when it was shown in various red-eye slots on Sci-Fi.  Now the series is being released on DVD next February.  The premise may ring a bell with DS fans:  American grad student in England is bitten by a werewolf, finds herself getting hairy and fanged every full moon, and enlists the help of her advisor, an anthropologist and folk lore authority, to help her find a cure.  Soon romantic vibes bloom between the two, despite their quirky, often downright prickly relationship with one another.  A lot of the magic of this show revolves around the chemistry between the two starts:  Kate Hodge and Neil Dickson.  Check out this link for details:

http://www.dvdactive.com/news/releases/she-wolf-of-london.html

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '09 II / Re: The Blue Whale Pub
« on: November 28, 2009, 03:02:49 AM »
How extraordinary.  Judging from episode one of the first season, the only thing in common these two series have is that both feature characters who are vampires.

What's the DS section like?  I can imagine it mostly consists of people slagging how cheesy and lo-fi our beloved show is compared to the slick shiny new-fangled (sorry, couldn't resist) toy...

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '09 II / Re: A DS alum on Thanksgiving
« on: November 28, 2009, 03:00:03 AM »
Utterly fabulous!  I adore Barbara Steele.  I would be content simply to take her out to dinner and let her discourse upon any topic of her choosing.

Luckily, her conversation has been captured in a couple of the DVDs of her old films released in the past year--especially the commentary track on She Beast, and the video portrait of Barbara included as an extra on Nightmare Castle. 

G.

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Current Talk '09 II / Re: TV show 'Bones' last week
« on: November 24, 2009, 10:06:17 PM »
Wow, Ralph Waite is still acting?  That's a name out of the past.

I would guess it was an intentional reference--EVeryone out in H'wood seems to watch DS these days...

G.

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Current Talk '09 II / Elvira reads HoDS beads
« on: November 24, 2009, 09:24:23 PM »
Fans,

While running my usual every-so-often search for Grayson Hall items on YouTube, this clip popped up from Elvira's airing of hoDS:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dX_ilhP1L7A&feature=related

(this is part one of two)

Warning:  not only are there some really excruciating jokes ("being grounded is no big deal if you've already been buried!"), but only intermittent clips of the movie are shown.  I'm guessing that whoever put the footage up on YouTube did this themselves, because the main intent was to showcase Elvira's unique ... um, humor?

holiday cheer to all,

G.

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Very cool.  Too bad there was no actual footage posted with darling Joel!

G.

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What a fabulous t-shirt!  Evan's definitely Hip to THEE Warlock!

Happy Birthday!

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