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The incomparable Miss Eve Arden co-starred with Kaye Ballard on the series.

Somewhere on the Net, there's a great page honoring Roger C. Carmel (of I, Mudd fame on a certain other 1960s cult series) which talks about his being fired from the Mothers in Law when he demanded a salary raise--very sad.

As we all know, DC pulled the same thing whenever actors sought raises on DS--both Robert Rodan and Lisa Richards found themselves written off the show after that "little talk" with Curtis.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '09 II / Re: The Strain
« on: July 15, 2009, 04:02:53 PM »
I just became a huge fan of Guillermo del Toro even though I have seen none of his movies (and doubt whether they would prove my cup of tea)--thanks to his commentaries on the Night Gallery season 2 DVDs which I rented via a popular subscription service.  I was stunned at how literate, even erudite, del Toro is about not just classic horror cinema, but the classic fiction of the 20s and 30s including some of the now obscure authors such as Seabury Quinn and Donald Wandrei.  He is also a very astute observer of actors and bothered to research the careers of performers I love such as Barbara Rush who are now pretty much forgotten.  (His remarks about Yaphet Kotto in the commentary on "The Messiah on Mott Street" shows great insight into qualities of Kotto's that would go right past the casual viewer.)

I'm sure that del Toro watched reruns of DS as a child in Mexico, and I'd be very surprised if he had not seen the films as well.

Last night, inspired by MB's new series of shots from NoDS, I got out my tape of NoDS (from the old laserdisc) and watched several scenes.  I really can't get over the beauty of the camerawork in that film.   The scene with Quentin on horseback slowly "tuning into" the flashback of Angelique's funeral could have been shot by Claude Renoir.  In the funeral scene itself, I was started to catch a brief close-up of Clarice Blackburn I'd never noticed before.  Always a treat to revisit a favorite film...

G.

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What exciting news!  I watched that show religiously on Saturday nights at my Granny's.

G.

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These are all good questions, and I have no answers.

I have seen references in the PomPress books about the opening narration from the post Summer '67 period that it would be taken on by "anyone available, so long as they weren't in that first scene," but of course since Alex was doing ALL of them during the first year or so, they must have been able to allow for pre-recording in at least some cases (e. g., she was onscreen bound, gagged, and at the mercy of mad Matthew Morgan while her voice was reciting the latest sheaf of purple prose overhead). 

Since Alex was paid for doing those voiceovers even if she wasn't in the action of the episode, they may have expected her to come over specially each afternoon to do them.  Or she may have been able to do several at one go and then have them get added along with the music cues on Sybil's giant vinyl records during taping.

As for the billing, I don't think that was maintained consistently for the entire five years.  I've certain seen episodes where Grayson's name came first even if Joan was absent and there were other male actors on scene.

The whole thing about the contracts, or lack thereof, is a fascinating subject that I've heard various rumors about over the years.  Quite a few of the players on the show worked without a contract.

G.

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What fun!  I hope the show is a triumphant hit.  You both deserve it!

cheers, G.

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Wow.  I'd love to hear anything you can report about what Dorothy MacGowan says.  If there is a q & a and you feel moved to do so, I would love to have you ask MacGowan what her memories were of working with Grayson.

Just so you know, Grayson is in the very beginning of the movie, and then there's about 45 minutes until her next scene.  A lot of the movie is a rambling pop-culture kind of filmic collage, sort of like the Beatles "Hard Day's Night" or "Darling" with Julie Christie or other films of the mid Sixties that had a certain Beat/Pop edge to them.

G.

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Current Talk '09 II / Re: Casting NoDS
« on: July 02, 2009, 03:44:39 PM »
I thought that Michael Stroka was going to play the flamboyant antiques dealer in the Village.  God, I wish that scene had been part of the finished film.

I don't know whether the hippy would have been cast from any of the regulars.  Prentice, IMNSHO, would NOT have been good as a hippy.  Too square-jawed and "straight" (in the Sixties sense, not the current sense).   Brian Sturdivant might have been interesting--at least he had beautiful bone structure and would have looked tasty in hippy garb!

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: A New Slideshow Is Coming
« on: July 01, 2009, 11:41:24 PM »
What excitement!  Incidentally, I *loved* the Liz/Roger snapshot featured above--and it's delightful to see it again in this thread!  Superb choice, MB!

G.

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Current Talk '09 I / Re: Happy Birthday Dark Shadows!!!
« on: June 29, 2009, 08:59:23 PM »
Happy Birthday to the best show in the history of US television.

Long may she fly!

I was admiring today's snapshot of Carolyn in her most glamorous '66 incarnation, and suddenly realized we'd clocked over another year.

G.

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Forgive the intrusion of the non-Depp content here, but reading this thread, I'm reminded of a fan questionnaire submitted to Grayson in which she was asked:  "What did you think the first time you saw yourself on screen?"  Her response was:  "I threw up!"

It was something she had in common with her friend Elizabeth Taylor, who notoriously threw up in her London hotel room after attending the Cleopatra premiere in '63.

G.

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Current Talk '09 I / Re: New MPI DVD storyline compilations
« on: June 26, 2009, 04:26:32 PM »
I personally don't really have time to sit down and watch them, but I can see the videos--if well done--being a cool way of introducing DS to someone who might just want a taste and be unlikely to go further (at first blush, certainly) than something that is, say, the length of your typical Lord of the Rings installment.

If well done, the discs could bring in new fans to the show, I would think primarily via the venue of Netflix. 

With the continuing buzz around Depp Shadows, I hope the videos have been well done and that they find a brisk traffic on the subscription services.

G.

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Current Talk '09 I / Re: New MPI DVD storyline compilations
« on: June 26, 2009, 03:12:55 PM »
Agree with Midnite--the covers are simply fantastic.  Way to go!  That picture of Barnabas with his collar turned up hiding part of his face has always been a favorite of mine.  The makeup they used for that shoot was so weird.  I'm guessing they brought in someone from outside for that shoot because the look given Barn is so extraordinarily different from how Vinnie Loscalzo conceived the character.

Since Angelique is on the cover of the Vampire Curse one, I would presume that scenes from 1795 are included.  Angelique had better appear at least in a few scenes of the disc, otherwise they are luring consumers on with false advertising!

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '09 I / Re: Influence on DS?
« on: June 25, 2009, 03:35:29 PM »
Another one is the 1965 film, The Collector, with Terence Stamp and Samantha Eggar.  Actually a movie I would avoid seeing again because it's so very creepy.  A lot of the writing about Maggie's psychological torturing during her imprisonment by Barnabas seems to reference material from that film.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '09 I / Re: Influence on DS?
« on: June 24, 2009, 09:31:04 PM »
Welcome back, my dear!  That movie sounds really fabulous.  I had read about it in Christopher Lee's autobiography and have seen references to it here and there.  Agree that Eric Portman is fab.

cheers, G.

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Killer Bees was directed by Curtis Harrington, whose Cat Creature (1973?) had a very DS feel to it, especially in Gale Sondergaard's scenes... I always thought it would have been fabulous if Gale Sondergaard had acted on DS.

This is great, if the prints are decent quality.  I bought a horrid bootleg of Cat Creature years ago.  A friend finally gave me a good print of it as a present last month.

G.

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