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Since these two compilations clearly show that MPI are looking for new DS product, I wonder whether they would ever consider doing separate "salute to" discs for various DS stars.  I found myself fantasizing about a "Salute to Clarice Blackburn" disc that would include clips from some of her more obscure work in addition to favorite DS clips such as Mrs J telling Davey, "the Sheriff knows that when the whistle blows, it's time for lunch!"

Of course I'm thinking like a fool because the market reality is that only a very small number of people would be interested in a "Salute to Clarice Blackburn" DVD.  But perhaps they'd buy discs in which Lara or KLS host selections of their own clips, perhaps chosen by the fans in a way similar to what Jonathan Frid set up on his own site.

I personally would find this kind of thing more interesting than compilations of specific storylines...

cheer, G.

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Wow, Midnite, you're a genius! I think that just may be it!

I'll grab it off one of the vendors offering it on various venues and report back...

Happy Halloween!

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: A New Slideshow Is Coming
« on: October 18, 2009, 01:33:58 AM »
Love today's snap of Mrs J and Burke.  Those 1966 episodes were some of the best in the series, and it's always a delight to see Clarice here.

Thanks,

G.

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For many years, I have tried to remember the name of this novel I read around 1970 that seemed as if it was meant to be at least in part an artfully handled send-up of Dark Shadows.  The familiar plot involves a young governess coming to live with a family (in New England? I'm vague on just where the book was set) in a gloomy old mansion.  The family proves to be very odd and members include a "courtly" vampire uncle who is cleverly said to rise from his coffin most days around 4 in the afternoon (the air time during the latter four years of DS in most areas of the US).  I think there was also a werewolf, and a very Quentin-like fellow named Damion who the heroine winds up wedding at the finale.

I've tried a number of authors over the years but never was able to find it.  If this rings a bell for any of the readers of this thread, I would really appreciate it if you could supply full bibliographic details of this novel--would love to read it again!

cheers, Gothick

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Current Talk '09 II / Re: Discuss - Ep #0857
« on: October 16, 2009, 11:23:10 PM »
Dear God!  Wanda Paisley.  Supernatural horror on DS at its finest.

The wig on that skull is truly priceless...

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '09 II / Re: TV Vampire Stakedown
« on: October 16, 2009, 12:22:07 AM »
I don't have time to register on the site and vote in the poll, but I'm shocked that Nick Knight from Forever Knight was overlooked.  And overlooked in favor of some characters that weren't even vampires!

As far as I'm concerned, Barnabas wins among that lot with one onyx-ringed hand tied behind his back...

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Grayson Fiercely Rules
« on: October 13, 2009, 11:44:49 PM »
Dear Fans,

back from a lovely weekend awash in vivid fall colors up in Ontario--and who greets me upon my return but none other than Carlotta Drake at her most fervently FIERCE.  If I recall correctly, the gown Grayson wears in this scene really flatters her complexion, which I believe in somebody's taxonomy of physical "types" is actually described as "autumn."

Really special to be greeted by the sight of my special DS Goddess upon my return here!  I love the snap of Roger-the-Zombie, which has a distinctly Ed Wood look to it, too.

cheers, G.

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Golly, Zahir, how on Earth did I forget Dracula's Daughter??  I've loved that movie since childhood, and just sent a copy of it to a friend.

Surely DD was the first time we saw a vampire actively attempting to resist her natural inclinations--and seeking "release" from a member of the medical profession.

G.

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Hi Philippe,

that's an interesting speculation!  I seem to recall that back in the Sixties, Barnabas' look was often described as vaguely "Byronic," and I believe that Ruthven himself was modeled upon Lord Byron, with whom Dr. Polidori had a very complicated relationship (rather similar to Count Dracula having been modeled upon Bram Stoker's sometime employer, 1890s stage idol Henry Irving).

From very vague memories of reading The Vampyre back when I was in my teens (and you do realize we're going back to the Early Bronze Age here, so it was a loooonnngggg time ago), Ruthven is somewhat similar to the original 1967 characterization of Barnabas--unscrupulous, with a pronounced vicious streak, yet strangely attractive and undeniably erotic--perhaps it was in this sense that the critic you cite thought of Ruthven as "sympathetic."

My feeling is that there were variouis forerunners to Barnabas but the character brought these dispersed elements together in a new way.  In the Universal 1940s thriller, House of Dracula, the Count arrives at the home of an Eric Lang-like scientist claiming that he is seeking a cure for his "affliction" (but I don't think that word is used).  The medical explanation given for vampirism in the movie is similar to Dr. Hoffman's theory about a "destructive blood cell" which leads to disastrous consequences for the main mad-doctor protagonist in "House of Dracula."

The scenario of the vampire seeking a cure develops in a very different way in the 1940s film from how it played out on DS, but I do think of that movie as being influential in how Dr. Hoffman's storyline was plotted, and subsequent developments that grew out of that.  In the first script in which "he" was supposed to appear, Hoffman is described as an austere white-haired scientist in his early sixties, similar to the scientist character in HoD.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '09 II / Re: Happy Birthday to Julia99!
« on: September 30, 2009, 07:41:11 PM »
Here's to one of the Finest of the Fine: none other than Miss Julia Ninety-nine!

*kisses and Birthday glam*

Steve

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This is a really fascinating thread, with which I am finally catching up.  I don't think I ever read that novel, although we got Scholastic paperbacks at school and I remember the excitement of ordering the books and finally having them arrive.

"Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live" is of course originally a quote from the King James translation of the Bible, and I thought Angelique did quote it in one of the scenes where she was scheming to have Vicki framed as the Witch in 1795.  I still don't have the 1795 DVD sets and I gave the videotapes away, so I have no way of checking right now.  The scene I remember has Ang going on to gloat that a Witch found guilty will be reduced to "ashes"--or maybe fire--but isn't the scene where she uses spellcraft to create a spectral fire that drives Vicki out of her hiding place and into Trask's clutches.

Philippe, in certain areas of France and Germany, the Witch-craze in the late Sixteenth and early Seventeenth centuries reached the point where hundreds of people were accused and tried in the space of a very few years.  And I believe it was all heavily localized, as was the case in Massachusetts in 1692-93.  So some districts were heavily afflicted by the craze and others had minimal activity.  To this day the cause of all of it remains obscure.  The study of Witchcraft in early modern Europe has become a MAJOR cottage industry amongst academic historians in the past quarter century, oddly enough.

G.

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Current Talk '09 II / Re: Discuss - Ep #0853
« on: September 30, 2009, 04:52:16 PM »
Didn't Geoffrey Scott beat out the drawing-room doors for Most Wooden Performance in the entire history of DS in a certain competition?

Some of the day players were pretty wooden.  Remember that hapless mortician who called one day and asked to see Mr. Jonathan?

G.

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Current Talk '09 II / Re: DS Locations Book
« on: September 29, 2009, 07:34:53 PM »
I thought I'd heard of all the DS related books out there, but this one totally passed me by.

Would love to hear a review of the book, if anyone on the Boards here owns it.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '09 II / Re: DS on My Blog
« on: September 29, 2009, 04:51:47 PM »
That column had me more relieved than ever that I don't watch TV any more.

On the other hand, yesterday I saw a trailer for the new Eastwick series and Paul Gross is looking mighty, mighty fine...

G.

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Hope it all goes safely and smoothly.

Best, G.

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