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Current Talk '09 I / Re: The Ranch Poodle Brigade
« on: February 11, 2009, 04:38:33 PM »
Counter-culture?  Don't forget DS' very own Wild One, the incomparable Buzz Hackett, complete with bomber jacket, boots, stubble, and a hairpiece that resembled barely-taxidermed roadkill.

In the words of the Master, 'if ya feel it, sit it!"

G.

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Finally had time to go look at the blog; all very interesting.  Barbara Steele worked on a project with Fred Olen Ray at some point in the 90s and praised him to the skies--she's very demanding, so you know he MUST be excellent!

It's exciting to hear that Sybil Danning is going to have a role in the Lair, season 3.  I think many DS fans would enjoy Danning's work in the early 1980s film The Howling 2.  She's outrageously campy in it and wears fabulous costumes!

G.

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Current Talk '09 I / The Ranch Poodle Brigade
« on: February 10, 2009, 11:06:51 PM »
I'm getting quite a charge out of today's screen capture of Jebulous and Pruno heatedly conferring in a darkened foyer at Collinwood.  I am old enough to remember when these shaggy coats and bits of woolly trim were fashionable on men's winter coats, but I'm still thinking of these two as "the ranch poodle brigade" and I'm wondering whether Bruno's hairpiece ever went flying when push came to shove.

Thanks again MB for brightening another dreary Winter afternoon here at the Great House!

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '09 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #0724
« on: February 10, 2009, 04:38:02 PM »
I love the zombie plot!  It has some of the creepiest moments.  And there's an air of genuine pathos in Sandor's telling of zombie lore.

G.

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Hey Philippe, I certainly do remember the lurvely "exposure" dear little (hmmm, not so little!) Dougie Henshall received in "Angels and Insects" (fabou tho the film was, the book by Miss Byatt was so much better).

That new version of Dorian Gray sounds potentially intriguing.  Have you noticed that this story *which inspired some significant storylines on DS* has had about four different film versions lensed in recent years? I believe they all sank without a trace.

The most hysterical version has to be the early 1980s TV version with, if memory serves, Anthony Perkins in the Lord Henry "role," in which Dorian was a female model and the "portrait" was a video clip (yes, it's the Eighties--whoo hoo! break out that hair gel and those shoulder pads!).

The most arty version--my vote goes for the Helmut Berger one from the late Sixties.

Probably the most brilliant from a dramatic and aesthetic perspective will always be the 1940s film with Hurd Hatfield who was nothing at all like Dorian in the book, but brought a hypnotically compelling understated moodiness to the role.

I personally am very fond of the Dan Curtis version.

G.

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What a great concept for a documentary!  Congratulations to Penny Dreadful and gang for being included!

G.

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Current Talk '09 I / Re: Sweet Countess
« on: February 09, 2009, 04:54:55 PM »
Thanks again for that fabulous snapshot from Rocky Horror, MB!  It's Land-o-lakes.

G.

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The season 1 cliffhanger of the Lair bore a pretty close resemblance to a certain repeated event on DS, although one that they had originally swiped from Edgar Allan Poe (whose new US stamp is damned pretty, I must say).

I kept looking for news about season 2 of the Lair but never saw an update. Thanks, David.

G.

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Current Talk '09 I / Sweet Countess
« on: February 06, 2009, 08:43:48 PM »
I wonder if I'm the only one here who sees a distinct resemblance between Grayson Hall as the Countess du Pres in today's magnificent screen shot, and Dr. Frank N. Furter in the Rocky Horror Picture Show.  It looks as if Grayson is incanting these lines:

I'm just a Sweet Transvestite from Transexual, Transylvania.

So why don't you stay for the night? Or maybe a bite?
I could show you my favourite obsession.
I've been making a man with blond hair and a tan
And he's good for relieving my tension

Fun stuff!  Thanks to the MB for another glorious image!

G.

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Current Talk '09 I / Re: Flames ... flames on the side of her face...
« on: February 05, 2009, 11:28:03 PM »
Midnite!  you found it!

"Breathing... heaving breaths" and the way her hands move--it's soooo KLS in that snapshot!

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '09 I / Flames ... flames on the side of her face...
« on: February 05, 2009, 09:46:55 PM »
Fans, I knew when I first saw today's fabulous image of Mrs Johnson on a tear while Maggie seems to be in the middle of saying "talk to the hand" .... that there was something familiar about it.

I just now realized that it reminds me of this (in)famous clip from the movie Clue that has someone, maybe Madeline Kahn, talking about how another female character makes her so angry that "I can't breathe and ... I feel ... it's as if ... flames ... flames on the side of my face..."

Even without these references, the shot of the two women is pretty darn hysterical!  Way to go MB!

Another possibility is that Mrs J is complaining that nobody is paying HER extra money to model Junior Sophisticates ensembles...

G.

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Current Talk '09 I / Re: Whatever Happened to Burke Devlin?
« on: February 05, 2009, 06:15:38 PM »
Garth baby, I for one got a good giggle out of what you wrote about dear Burke and his fate.

Full speed ahead and damn the torpedoes!  (or, in those case, those nasty "cures")

cheers, G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '09 I / Re: Yay, it's Bette's birthday!!!
« on: February 04, 2009, 08:59:29 PM »
Many Happy Returns to Bette for her special day!

hugs,Steve

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Current Talk '09 I / Re: Whatever Happened to Burke Devlin?
« on: February 04, 2009, 05:20:32 PM »
To Nancy--thanks for sharing that fascinating anecdote about Peter Miner.  I just received the 4th set of the 1966/67 DVDs in the post recently and last night had a chance to view Bob Costello's interview, and he mentioned Peter Miner as one of the people he personally recruited in the original production unit.  Sy Tomashoff and Bob Cobert were also mentioned.  (It was interesting to learn that Costello was the one who recruited Cobert originally.)  Also Ramse Mostoller.  I recall Ramse mentioning in a letter to a fan that was published in a one-off collection some years ago that apart from Dan Curtis, she did enjoy working on DS.  It was implied that DC's temper and ego made things difficult for her personally--presumably why she eventually left, as did Costello, Ron Sproat, and some others over the years.

I well remember Joan Bennett in her autobiography describing how difficult it sometimes was to get through a scene because of the chaos that surrounded them on the set.  Nevertheless, I do think that she had some good times during her years on DS.

Best, Steve

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Current Talk '09 I / Suki Forbes Rules!
« on: February 02, 2009, 11:28:43 PM »
Once again, my heartfelt thanks to MB for today's delicious portrait of Mrs. Suki Forbes.  I really wish Jane Draper had been given more episodes on DS.  Suki's appearances are among the very best thing to hit the 1795 storyline IMO.

Wouldn't it have been hysterical to have had Suki and Bathia doing a scene together.  The mind reels...

G.

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