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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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Current Talk '09 I / Re: The Burton/Depp effect
« on: February 02, 2009, 05:55:18 PM »
I wish Todd Haynes had been attached to the Depp Shadows project as director.

I know, I'm way too weird-ass for my own good...

G.

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What excuse do these pathetic individuals have this year for running that terrible US release print?  I seem to recall that when the director was in town a couple of years ago it was poor planning and failure to get hold of the restored print.

GREAT movie, which deserves to be more widely known--but not in this sad butchered disgrace!

*grump*

G.

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Current Talk '09 I / Re: Whatever Happened to Burke Devlin?
« on: January 31, 2009, 03:06:34 AM »
I also enjoyed Tony George's work on DS, particularly some of his scenes with Frid--the two played off one another really well, I thought.

I have to confess, however, that once I got to see Mitchell Ryan in the part (this was much later on--I first saw Tony's episodes in the 1976 syndication of the '67 stories), I felt he "inhabited" the role much more believably, for whatever reason.

As I am sure I have mentioned on here before, Tony George became friends during his DS period with both Grayson and Sam Hall.  I don't know whether he and Grayson ever got a scene together during her time on OLTL in '82-'83.  I had never known that Tony George "hated" doing DS.  I wonder whether he gave any reasons in that article.

Apparently about a year or two after the show went off the air, Joan Bennett was on a talk show somewhere and also said she had not enjoyed working on the show.  The only reference I know of to this particular interview is on the Grayson Hall interview tape from March '73 where the girls are discussing various people who had worked on the show with GH.  GH response is characteristic:  "You gotta remember--she's an old lady!" and she added that she thought that Joan had enjoyed a lot about being on the series.

G,.

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I just spotted two classic Barbara Steele titles--the 1966 An Angel for Satan which I have mentioned in at least a couple of previous posts on these forums, and The Long Hair of Death which I believe dates to '64--listed for a late Feb. 2009 release on Amazon.

The less-than-stellar news about this new release is that these films are coming out from a house called Midnight choir which, according to reliable fan sources, is a new spinoff of Legend, a notorious purveyor of bootlegged goods.

I plan to pick up this disc anyway because it is supposed to include English subtitles for the Angel for Satan title--will update this thread with links for a reliable review at that time.

You can see the box cover (an exciting image for Steele fans) on the Amazon page for the pre-release.

G.

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Current Talk '09 I / Re: Whatever Happened to Burke Devlin?
« on: January 30, 2009, 09:39:18 PM »
Anthony George does have some good episodes in Checkmate.  The stories vary from some that are more engaging to others that are pretty much cookie-cutter examples of early Sixties action shows.

One of the better episodes has Anthony George attempting to safeguard a very highly strung alcoholic dowager played by Joan Fontaine.  The shots of Joan in party frock staggering drunkenly around a party on this luxury cruise are hysterical.

I also liked the shows with Charles Laughton as a missionary and Joseph Cotten as a survivor of the French resistance.  There was a good one with, I think, Ricardo Montalban as an old buddy of the George character's.

Having read a good deal of official and unofficial Dark Shadows history over the years, I have a short answer to why Burke was written out--Dan Curtis made up his mind that Burke had to go, and he went!  Anthony George probably asked for a raise, a surefire way to get Dan to give you the boot back in those "good old days."

The writers would protest that storylines and audience expectations were being disrupted, and Dan would narrow his eyes, angle his golf club, and ask "are you writing the show, or not?  I can get other people to write the show if you don't want to do it."

G.

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I don't think that either Bette Davis or Susan Heyward was pleased when Bette had to portray Susan's Mother in the 1964 ultra-glossy soaper, Where Love Has Gone.  A film that boasts DeForest Kelley in a great Addison de Wit style role as a vitriolic art critic.

G.

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We have the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) to thank for the fact that notes such as this now appear so routinely in the press.  Let's hope that the author of this little piece bothered to mention Keitel's appearance (as a barfly at the Blue Whale, wasn't it?) on DS because he thought it was cool. 

Philip Glenister, who originated the character of Gene Hunt on the BBC series of which this is a remake, was so scorchingly brilliant that even somebody of Keitel's calibre has his work cut out for him taking on such a role.  Keitel is something like 20 to 30 years older than Glenister, I believe.

I also find it hard to imagine anyone other than John Simms playing Sam Tyler--and I doubt whether the US series will be as gritty as the UK original. 

In other remake news, yet another story about a US incarnation of Absolutely Fabulous has shown up on Wikipedia.

G.

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How exciting!  I look forward to watching the slideshow later this evening.

Congratulations for your truly heroic efforts in recovering AND conserving this missing episode.  We owe you a lot!

More later,

Steve

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If you ever uncover anything about who actually wrote and recorded the music (i. e. the man/men/people behind "Score Productions"), I would love to read about it.  The music is one of my favorite things about the series... I have never been able to figure out if others love it too, or if I am in a minority.

I look forward to seeing the new goodies!  A closeup of Irene's kaftan--wow!

Best,

Steve

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Current Talk '09 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #0713
« on: January 23, 2009, 11:30:12 PM »
I believe that "coptic cross" was the standard locution for this symbol before the ancient language had been deciphered and we learned that the word written with the image of an ankh is pronounced "ankh."

The Copts were Egyptian Christians and their liturgy and what remains of their spoken language constitute a very late form of the ancient Egyptian language.  It was written, I believe, with a form of the Greek alphabet.

G.

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The Fox Movie Channel site says 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. tomorrow.

DESIRE IN THE DUST (WS)
Year:1960
Rating: TV-PG, D
Southern aristocrat (Raymond Burr) with a yen for politics tries to hide
some family members' pasts.

Cast and Crew:
Joan Bennett, Irene Ryan, Raymond Burr, Ken Scott, Martha Hyer, William
Claxton, Rex Ingram, Edward Binns

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Current Talk '09 I / Genet Moment for Grayson
« on: January 23, 2009, 01:22:43 AM »
Extra kudos to MB for today's new capture.  Not only is this a superb shot of the Goddess Known as Grayson Hall in character as Julia, and not only is Julia sporting one of my favorite brooches, but I think this shot actually captures some of the more subtle elements at work in the Leviathans storyline before they went for "everything including the kitchen sink."  (More shots of Bruno flogging that wolfie!  More scenes of Megan swooning before Barnabas' gaping fangs!)

The dialogue and the imagery actually make me think of the mood of certain of the plays of Jean Genet, of which Grayson Hall was a famous exponent.  I've noticed other moments on DS reminiscent of Bertolt Brecht and the very expressionist styles of theatre pioneered in the Circle in the Square and other houses where Grayson worked as a young actress in the 1950s.

Fabulous, beautiful work!

G.

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Current Talk '09 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #0713
« on: January 22, 2009, 11:48:39 PM »
I always think the same thing as you are commenting on in this thread whenever I watch these shows:  why on Earth is Barnabas running around in broad daylight?  At this point, I simply throw up my hands and remind myself that I watch DS for entertainment, not because it always makes sense.

G.

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