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Two thoughts that occur to me from skimming this fascinating article--one is the fact that everyone on the show knew "long before the final date was announced" that the cancellation was approaching adds grist to my theory that DC was the one who pulled the plug--and no one else.  I always thought it was just way too "convenient" that DS went off the air right in time for the start of the NoDS filming schedule.

It's ironic that the two main projects JF went on to do in the next couple of years were occult themed.  In that 1973 interview in a monster movie magazine he spoke of wanting to do a film with Jeanne Moreau.  That would have been fascinating to see.

G.


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Current Talk '09 I / Re: Quote & Capture / Minerva's cure-all
« on: April 17, 2009, 03:01:15 PM »
The expression on her face!  Priceless indeed.

Custards, eh?  NOT tapioca.  That would be somebody else's bailiwick.

G.

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Excellent news!  Many thanks for the alert.  I recently looked at the forthcoming release list on DVD Talk but don't recall having seen this title.

G.

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Three cheers for tapioca!  *imagines debate on whether tapioca is best creamy and slightly runny, or thick and chunky; decides not to go there*

cackling provocatively,

G.  (with extra huzzahs once more for a most Mysterious Day!)

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Interesting interview.  Sam sounds more like Truman Capote than ever.  I get that he did not like D. C., but from my one afternoon I spent with him, I recall that Sam used the words "madness" and "madman" in a way that denoted a kind of curious respect.

The one other thing I'll say about this is that if you survive to be very old, you get to say what you think as bluntly as possible and to hell with the consequences.  It may not be pretty or respectable, but I see it as one of the perquisites of the very old.  Just my personal two drachmae.

I spoke with David Selby a couple of times about Grayson, and he always spoke of her very fondly.  I had no idea about the situation to which Sam alludes in his interview.

One of the people with whom Grayson, at least, remained friendly after the series went off the air was Joan Bennett.  I remember Grayson's housekeeper telling me about the time Joan came to visit in Rhinebeck.  Grayson was a guest at Joan's 65th birthday party in '73.  I just love to think of these two ladies, each elegant in her own special way, talking over martinis and cigarettes.

G.

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Hooray and Happy Day to El Misterioso Fabuloso!

May you have all that your heart desires on your special day and throughout the coming year... oh, and of course, an endless supply of tapioca pudding! 

cheers,

G.

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Current Talk '09 I / Re: i ran into marie...
« on: April 08, 2009, 05:14:33 PM »
Funny to find this thread here since last night I watched the Jay Nass interview on one of the DVDs and he was talking about Marie and how even back in the old days she always had extra minutes to spare for the fans!

She's a wonderful, generous woman, and I'll never forget how electric she was onstage when she did a one-act set in a bar up on stage one year at a Festival.  Sheer brilliance.

G.

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Current Talk '09 I / Re: Episode 463 Pull the Blinds, Barnabas!
« on: April 05, 2009, 11:00:42 PM »
I agree re Tony Peterson--another lost opportunity. 

I wish I could recall when we last catch sight of him, but I don't.   I presume that Jerry Lacy, as was the case with so many actors on the series, worked without a contract.

G.

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Happy Birthday to Humbert Allen Astredo, a true gentleman and an artist I  have admired since the day back in '68 when I turned on my favorite new show, Dark Shadows, and found a mysterious individual named Nicholas Blair who claimed to be Cassandra's brother at the door of the Great House.  I find the nuances of Humbert's performances on DS to be endlessly fascinating, textured, and authentic.  It's mindblowing to see  how much care and artistry he put into something that was meant to be "simply for the moment."  But then, the same could be said for several other artists who worked on our beloved show.

I don't recall Linda's posts here, but perhaps she is the fan who drew our attention to the recent posts on Humbert's page on the IMDB which provided some recent news about him, including the hearbreaking story about his daughter's death.

G.

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I saw an article in the local paper, The Baltimore Sun, stating that it was going off the air.  I think there was an item about the cancellation in those typewriter-printed looking yellow pages that used to be at the beginning and end of TV Guide--the "New York Report" and the "Hollywood Report"--DS news would have been in the New York pages, of course.

I would try to describe how the news made me feel, but it would all sound absurdly melodramatic.  I do remember turning on the following Monday half hoping that it would show up as usual, only to have PASSWORD thrown in my face--a show I had actually enjoyed.  Until that moment.

G.

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Current Talk '09 I / That Collins Beauty--Chris Collins
« on: April 02, 2009, 08:37:01 PM »
Many thanks to our justly-feted El Misterioso for the captivating cameo portrait of handsome, attractive Chris Collins (portrayed by the late, much-lamented Don Briscoe).

In our time, Julia had learned [spoiler] that Chris Jennings actually was a descendent of Quentin Collins, and thus a Collins in his own right.  It was cool that Chris' Parallel Time counterpart actually bore the name of Collins.[/spoiler]

Too bad that Don had to leave the series very abruptly soon after this episode was taped due to health concerns.

G.

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Current Talk '09 I / Re: The Original Ended 38 Years Ago Today!
« on: April 02, 2009, 03:30:13 PM »
I remember well this sad, sad day.  It seems very odd but I recall tuning in every day for those final months expecting that at any moment, they would return to 1971 and show us what Barnabas, Julia, and Prof. Stokes were up to!  I kept wondering what was happening at the REAL Collinwood during that time.

At the same time, I did get involved in the new PT 1841 story.  I remember how my heart went out to Melanie in particular, and how fascinating the new costumes were, and the mystery around the locked room (very Horace Walpole/Ann Radcliffe-ish!).

For the final weeks, one of the ABC affiliates in Washington started showing the episodes in the evenings, in an 11:30 pm slot, I think.  For many years, these wound up being the only DS episodes that I had gotten to see TWICE.

G.

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Current Talk '09 I / Re: Dork Shadows - Cracked Monster Party #10
« on: April 02, 2009, 03:26:11 PM »
How adorable!  but he looks more like Nixon than Barnabas to me.

I can just hear it now:  "you won't have Dick Collins--er, Nixon--to kick around anymore!"  lol

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '09 I / Re: The True Mistress of Collinwood
« on: April 01, 2009, 03:40:57 PM »
Well, the way John Yeagar "appreciated" Maggie Collins' hairbrush in one scene I don't think I'll ever forget was certainly "adult"--I also love Yeagar's scene with AngelExis (which I think is in the same show).

In some ways, AngelExis' attempts at Witchcraft were more realistic than the "SuperWitch" stuff Angelique was pulling in our time--AngelExis wasn't really in control of her own powers and kept over shooting the mark, which I thought leant more tension and suspense to the way in which the Witchy stuff was used in this storyline.

And then, with the murder mystery we get a combination of the old Agatha Christie country house mystery genre, which is another perennial favorite--yep, PT 1970 really was "the stuff"!

G.

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Current Talk '09 I / The True Mistress of Collinwood
« on: March 31, 2009, 10:39:28 PM »
My hat's off to El Misterioso once again for today's fiercely ruling Hoffman portrait. There can be only ONE, indeed!

Her expression here reminds me of the scene where Hoffman informs AngelExis re Maggie Collins:  "I HATE having to take ORDERS from her!"

Choice stuff and one of the many reasons why I'll always be a huge fan of PT 1970.  Perhaps we'll get a Tim Stokes capture from one of his PT appearances this year?  Of course, that's still some months away...

G.

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