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Current Talk '08 II / Re: What were they thinking?
« on: September 11, 2008, 11:30:17 PM »
You may have to take a number, dear--there's a LENGTHY list of people here who would just love to "do" the eligible, rascally Mr. Collins ... !

I think some may have already rewritten that song because they want to do a lot more than just "dance" with the young man.

cheers!  G.

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Current Talk '08 II / Re: What were they thinking?
« on: September 11, 2008, 10:37:57 PM »
I was going to say that it's implied that there is backstory between Josette and Laura, but this is one of the many threads that never got explored.

The version of Laura's history given in 1897 would imply definitively that Laura and Josette never met, though mysteriously, Angelique knows exactly who Laura is--"one of the legendary Collins beauties."

I kept waiting and waiting for someone to meet Quentin, eye him up and down, and proclaim:  "Ah, Quentin!  one of the legendary Collins beauties!"  Yet, mysteriously, it never happened...

*wink*

Gothique

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Current Talk '08 II / Re: What were they thinking?
« on: September 10, 2008, 11:44:04 PM »
I love 1795 too, but I do personally think that the story drags a lot in many of the Vicki Winters trial episodes.  The Laura story doesn't slacken or go off on a tangent (apart from one speed bump during that week where it seems as if they're constantly opening Laura's tomb).

Perhaps the fact that Diana was pregnant and would not be available beyond a certain date, plus DC was preoccupied with work on Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, kept DC from scuppering the smooth tight flow of this story with his usual sort of "suggestions."

G.

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Current Talk '08 II / Re: eve we hardly knew ye
« on: September 10, 2008, 11:38:27 PM »
I agree totally.  Marie's work in the character of Eve was superb, even though the character herself was so poorly written and they kept changing her backstory, motives, etc.  I wish the original Danielle Roget/Philippe Cordier story had been explored, instead of that ridiculous tripe with Peter Bradford. Poor Marie!

I wish they had explained just what someone like Danielle was doing in Collinsport.  Why wasn't she in NYC with some of the other refugees from the Terror, if that's why she fled France in the first place?  It's really pointless to ask these questions because what seems to have happened is that DC had one of his legendary story conferences in which major storylines were trashed and the show was sent off on some completely different angle. 

G.

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Current Talk '08 II / Re: Did David Henesy leave??
« on: September 10, 2008, 10:00:37 PM »
Dear Fans, David Henesy contributed a memoir about his DS days in one of KLS' more recent books.  I think it was Dark Shadows Memories but it may have been the updated version of Dark Shadows Almanac.

If I remember correctly, the memoir was done as a conversation between Henesy and his once-upon-a-time co-star, Denise Nickerson.

G.

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Current Talk '08 II / Re: What were they thinking?
« on: September 09, 2008, 10:22:39 PM »
A number of fans have said that they think the original Laura Collins 1966/67 story was DS' finest hour, bar none.  At this point in the scheme of things, I prefer to think of each storyline having its own special merits (and faults), but there's no doubt that the Laura story represented brilliant storytelling for the series, fascinating characterizations (both Laura herself and the established cast), and a payoff that, for once in DS history, gave everything expected from the buildup and that extra bit more.

Vicki's special connection to Josette does become very important during this storyline.  One of the problems with the Barnabas storyline is that they do not bother to explain what happened to Josette's spirit.  Barnabas has one line of dialogue in one of his very first episodes where he sort of banishes the ghost of Josette, which may be why we don't see her during subsequent events--when, to say the least, judging from how she behaves in the Matthew and Laura stories, you'd expect to see her taking a strong role in things.

G.

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Current Talk '08 II / Re: Nancy Screengrabs I wanted to share! (Spoilerish)
« on: September 08, 2008, 11:05:52 PM »
Hi Taeylor, those photos of Nancy Barrett are sooo glamorous and also capture her vulnerable edge.  I loved it when she had her hair up in those 1966 shows. 

When Grayson was asked who the best actress on the show was, she said "Nancy Barrett.  Really."  Grayson was particularly impressed by Nancy's flair with the Pansity Cockney accent.  I bet other people on the show were as well, which is why Letitia showed up in 1840.

I met Nancy a couple of times at Festivals in the past decade or so.  One memorable time was at this Manhattan club, Don't tell Mama, where she was doing her cabaret act.  She was extremely gracious but a bit shy, I thought.  I seem to recall that it was there that we were talking about Joan Bennett and she recalled how Joan would look at her suddenly with sheer terror in her eyes because she did not know what she was supposed to say or do next.  Obviously, Joan had nerves of steel because even though I remember the occasional flub, I never saw Joan be anything less than regal, poised, and perfect on camera, and of course, the same goes double for Nancy.

There was a page on the late Craig Hamrick's website 3 or 4 years ago about Nancy (and perhaps Marie as well) doing a performance at a home for retirees.  It was a really nice item.  I haven't kept up with what happened to Craig's site.  Perhaps his partner has been maintaining it.

Best, G.

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Thanks for clearing that up, Ms. C!  You are absolutely correct--I confused the Coop with the Harvard Bkstore. 

I'm very impressed with your knowledge of our local booksellers!  Thanks again!

G.

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Thanks, Ms. C!  I had not heard of this, and I really appreciate the heads-up.

To Jennifer, if you see this--you might need to get a ticket, either by going to the store, or by signing up via their website.  I'm in Harvard Square right now and if I find out more, I'll post it to this thread.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '08 II / Semi OT: Keith Prentice
« on: August 24, 2008, 07:26:56 PM »
Dear Fans,

On Friday, I was able to browse a copy of Boze Hadleigh's newish book, Broadway Babylon.  There are a couple of paragraphs devoted to Keith Prentice in the section of the stage and film productions of Boys in the Band. Nothing was said that was new to me, and I do feel obliged to warn potential readers that Mr. Hadleigh's assertions are not always to be taken as gospel (!) truth. 

The 1969 film of Boys in the Band is being released on DVD this November--a bare bones release without any extras, apparently--and there's a rather grainy copy of an original trailer for the movie now on YouTube.  At least a couple of brief Keith Prentice scenes occur in the trailer, for those who have never seen it. Bear in mind that he did this BEFORE he was on DS.  Hadleigh mentions that Prentice went on to work in another soap after the cancellation of DS--I can't recall which one.

In unrelated news, I'm heading off to spend my annual week at a Farm owned by a lovely gay couple who are friends of mine.  I spend a week living in a tent in a field, well off the grid and far away from phones, computers, and all the rest of the so-called modern conveniences.  HEAVEN.

Still, I'll probably think of some favorite DS scene at least once.  Perhaps while I'm skinny dipping in the pond I'll remember Grayson's scene in End of the Road where Stacey Keach digs her out of the sand at the beach and she giggles in her memorable gurgling drawl and exclaims, "Hi there!"  A bit of summer fun from 40 years ago...

cheers!  G.

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Current Talk '08 II / Re: The Inscrutable Nicholas Blair
« on: August 23, 2008, 08:35:56 PM »
I watched the episode earlier this a.m.  Glorioski, but Nicholas was one S-M-O-O-T-H operator.  In fact, footage of him coming on to Maggie could be turned into a music video for that old song about the smooth operator.

I also watched an episode I seem to have missed entirely, although I think I did see it back in '68--when Barnabas is at the House by the Sea trying to persuade Joe to leave--and Angelique nearly attacks Barnabas--but holds off because of Nicky's threats.  Great work all round, especially from Joel and KLS in this one.

G.

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Current Talk '08 II / Re: John Seavey’s Storytelling Engines: Angel
« on: August 22, 2008, 07:48:54 PM »
In season 3 of Forever Knight, they did an episode that was an interesting exploration of the whole HIV/AIDS thing and how it could or could not impact vampires.  I think the episode was called "Fever."

G.

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Current Talk '08 II / Re: The Inscrutable Nicholas Blair
« on: August 22, 2008, 05:23:09 PM »
Oh wow!  I haven't watched that episode in donkey's ears!  I must, must, MUST (!) revisit!

That t-shirt sounds to die for!  I always loved that line...

Thanks for posting the quote and photos from Robservations!

xo G.

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Current Talk '08 II / Re: New Big Finish Dramas
« on: August 22, 2008, 03:46:43 PM »
Stuart, is the script for Clothes of Sand your work?  Congratulations, if so!  I'd heard you had written some of the earlier dramas... I have not been able to catch up with the CD series, unfortunately.

cheers!  Steve

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Current Talk '08 II / The Inscrutable Nicholas Blair
« on: August 22, 2008, 03:09:23 PM »
Dear Fans,

Am I the only one who's Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered by the quote ascribed to Nicholas on today's snapshot?  I thought I knew the 1968 storyline like the back of my hand, but I have total amnesia around this!

Anyone feel like helping out?

I do love and adore Nicholas, especially the 1968 Nicholas--my absolute favorite Humbert Allen Astredo performance, and one of my top favorite characters on the series!  His scenes with Julia rate as among the series' finest moments in my book.

G.

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