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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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Current Talk '09 I / Semi OT: Reading and acting
« on: June 18, 2009, 03:58:15 PM »
Fans,

this two minute clip of a Richard Harris interview from the early 1970s, in which he discusses Marlon Brando's inability to remember lines and a couple of the techniques Brando devised for coping with that, reminded me of how some of the actors had to rely on the TelePrompTer rather heavily in order to get through the typical episode of DS:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUMMPP--Zfc

I've read from other fans' reminiscences in earlier posts on this board that not only did the production unit have the TelePrompTer going; they also for at least some episodes had the lines written on big boards like the kind Richard Harris describes Brando using.

Mention of the TelePrompTer reminds me I've been meaning to do a post on the fascinating "Lara Parker Rehearsal Tape" segment on the final DS DVD set.  It gives an insight not only into use of the TelePrompTer for coordinating the Parallel Time segments in 1970, but also illustrates fascinatingly just how broad a Southern accent Lara still had in her regular speaking voice, at least when she was on the show.  I'm not a personal friend of hers, so for all I know, the "deep-fried" down-home accent comes back when she's with friends and family.  It's very cute.

G.

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Dear Philippe,

The Undead is or used to be available on VHS from Sinister Cinema, I believe (remember them?).  I gave my tape away some years ago, but shortly thereater a DVD version popped up somewhere--maybe it was on eBay.

It used to air quite regularly on the Creature Feature circuit way back when.  One of my favorite scenes in it is a Witches' Sabbat featuring these sort of quasi-Martha Graham moderne dancers in black leotards; there's a similar sequence in an episode of Boris Karloff's Thriller involving an old, cackling witch played by Jeanette Nolan, so this must have been something else that was "in the air" back in the day.

I've always been sorry that they never did a full-on Witches Sabbat sequence on DS.  Probably it would have required far too many extras for DC's narrow purse.  There was a wonderful Black Sabbat sequence in the DS newspaper comics, of course, and I'm pleased to report that Mrs Barnabas Collins (nee Bouchard) WAS among the honored guests.

G.

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Hey Gerard,

I love the idea of the bathrooms at Collinwood (just because we never saw them doesn't mean that they weren't there--and you know that Liz had a TV in her bedroom, always just out of sight--she would retire to her room "to rest" at a certain hour of the afternoon and watch "As the World Turns" and "Guiding Light" while enjoying a few treats from a box of chocolates)--being equipped with plumbing for the bathtubs through which sea water ran, like the bathrooms at the Astor place, "The Breakers," in Newport.

G.

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Philippe, have you ever seen Roger Corman's early (and bargain-basement-budget) feature, "The Undead" (I think released in 1957?).  It weaves together a number of plot elements that were recycled in the Vicki Winters time travel storyline on DS.

I think these themes were very much in the air in the 1960s.  btw, you may be interested to learn that there's a letter (published in a small-circulation zine format by Bobubas several years ago) from Jonathan Frid to his mother dated August of '67 in which Frid mentions DC telling him that "soon," the show was going to go "back in time" to explain the origins of Barnabas Collins.  The original Barnabas narrative, as we all know, was set in the 1830s, but I could swear that Jon mentions in the latter that the backstory narrative would be set in the 18th century.

Anyhow, both "I'll never forget you" and "Message from Charity" are now candidates for my Netflix queue.  Thanks!

cheers, G.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '09 I / Re: OT: Taking A Hiatus!
« on: June 11, 2009, 04:09:12 PM »
Hope you enjoy a relaxing visit.  A change of scene can work wonders.  I'm sure your gran will be delighted to have you with her, too.

cheers,

G.

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btw, I'd much rather live in the Addams Family mansion than at 1313 Mockingbird lane; not only did the Addamses have better taste in decor, their home seemed to be in excellent shape, unlike the Munster homestead which seemed literally to be a dust-bunny haven and a fleabitten firetrap (it's amazing that some of Grandpa's experiments didn't send the whole place up in flames!).

G.

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Funny how on that page, there's a hyperlink to another article on the site with the headline:  "Did CBS miss the vampire bandwagon?"  (It's about the cancellation of Moonlight--the show that seemingly just won't go away!).

G.

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The Sixth Sense episode is "Dear Joan, we're going to scare you to death."  Although I saw it at least twice in the early 1970s, my memory of it is vague, but I do remember very well that the episode included a segment tacked onto the end where Miss Crawford and Gary Collins talk about her own personal experience of ESP.

The plot of this story sounds a lot like an Avengers episode where Steed and Mrs Peel go to a Xmas-themed house party and learn that Steed is under concerted psychic attack from a ring of vicious telepaths.

G.

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To Jeannie--

I have the Honey West set, and the show in my not-so-humble opinion is fabulous!  It's very different from the Avengers and it seems a shame that it got bumped off ABC's schedule because they could only allow one strong female foe of crime on the box back in the day.

I don't recall any DS actors appearing on Honey West offhand, but 16 magazine "fave rave" Bobby Sherman appears as a wayward teen rockstar.  This was before Sherman had actually hit it big with the boppers.

Happy viewing!

G.

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Current Talk '09 I / Roger and Liz
« on: June 07, 2009, 12:15:04 AM »
Congratulations to MB on a superb portrait of Roger and Liz in the 6/5-6/6 capture (which was just taken down as I write these words).  I thought the snap really captured how as the series evolved Roger did seek to reach out to and support Liz, even when she rebuffed him as was the case in March of '67; and, later on, when Roger came home with his mysterious young bride in May of 1968, Liz tried hard to be supportive in her own way.

Despite the difference in their ages and background, I thought Joan and Louis were very convincing as brother and sister.  Thanks for bringing back memories, MB!

G.

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Fans, on Thursday evening through the courtesy of Netflix I watched the Perry Mason episode guest-starring Bette Davis, "The Case of the Constant Doyle," from 1963.  I was very surprised to see George Mitchell, the original actor cast in the role of Matthew Morgan, show up as a jail desk sergeant in one scene with Bette Davis and co-star Michael "Tuffie" Parks (*winks at dom*).  Frances Reid, who played MacDonald Carey's wife Alice in Days of Our Lives in 1966 (when Don Briscoe briefly had a role on that series), had a great part as a secretary who turns out to be more devious than meets the eye.  Great slice of television from the early 1960s.

Then last night, my viewing was a DVD of an old Encore Mystery channel airing of the Ellery Queen series from the mid-Seventies co-starring Jim Hutton and David Wayne; a generous fan had sent me the disc.  Thayer David had a substantial role with one lengthy scene (for some reason completely unbilled) towards the beginning of the show.  The show was set in 1946 and in an odd period touch, Guy Lombardo was cast as himself leading the Royal Canadians in the Astor Ballroom.  Great role for Thayer.

G.

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Current Talk '09 I / Re: good help is so hard to find.
« on: June 05, 2009, 12:06:08 AM »
I love all the early Mrs J episodes, but both the one where she goes up to Collinwood for her interview, and the one with her arrival at the Great House, are both very special shows.  I feel a sense of awe whenever I watch the one where she actually arrives for her first day, because when I started watching the show in June of '68, it seemed as if she was an old family retainer who had been part of the staff on day one in 1795!  There's a real sense of the surreal when you see her arrive; it's almost like going back in time to see your own great-grandmother's wedding day.

I also love Mrs J's early episodes with David--just priceless stuff.

G.

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Happy Birthday, Sandor!

cheers,

Gothy

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