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Messages - Gothick

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Hey Taeylor,

that anecdote about Grayson and Davis IS a hoot.  Have you ever heard the radio interview with Grayson, Humbert, Jonathan, Rodan, and Davis?  Don Briscoe is in it for a little bit, too.  It's on one of the CDs--really great stuff.

Roger Davis' habit of literally pushing his female co-stars around on the sets of DS is well documented.  I believe that KLS talked about it in the original edition of Scrapbook Memories, and Marie Wallace has mentioned it in many interviews.  In the KLS book on the DS movies (which includes the original screenplays) she reprinted a diary she had kept during the shooting of hoDS and the funniest part is when Dan suggests to her that he liked her and Roger Davis together in the movie so much that he wanted Roger to be her new leading man on DS.  She immediately says how she's going to fatten up on pastries to try and keep out of Roger's clutches.  I got to hear her reading from this at one of the Festivals years ago and the audience reaction to these passages is something I'll never forget.

cheers, Gothick

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I just have to say I have been relieved to see that classic and cult releases have continued to be in DVD format.  I actually haven't heard of any cult material being released in Blu Ray, though I think that Tim Lucas may have wrote a piece on his "Video Watchblog" a couple of months ago about a foreign Blue Ray (or digital high-definitiion DVD format?) release of Horror of Dracula that had mind-blowingly crisp definition.  I have to confess that I am on the fence about digital restoration since it seems to "restore" vivid color schemes that were never seen in ANY previous generation of a classic film.  On the other hand, they do look very pretty on the slightly more state-of-the-art playback equipment I acquired two years ago (mind you, I'm far from getting one of those giant rectangular gizmos suspended from the ceiling by designer kryptonite chains).

There was a report the other day about one of the big labels issuing the Cushing/Lee classic "The Gorgon" as part of a fourpack.  The Paul Massie "Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll" (which features what I personally regard as one of Christopher Lee's better performances of the period) is also going to be in this new set.
 
I don't know whether it would be worth upgrading to something more finely-defined than the existing DVDs.  Sometimes, the grain of the original video master gives the product a very raw look to my eyes, as it is.

G.

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My favorites are Barbara Steele and Julianne McCarthy.  Roy Thinnes was a riot as Rev. Trask!  Those caterpillar eyebrows, and the way he shredded the scenery! 

I loved Steele's costumes as Natalie.  She looked as if she had just come from a triumphant career running all the swankiest bordellos in Paris!

My roomie, who watched the show last year when I was collecting it on VHS, thought Carolyn was a hoot, particularly when the character changed into Barn's adoring sex slave.  He kept saying that her clothing and mannerisms made it look as if she had just come from working the sidewalks in WeHo!  He loved the "trampy Eighties" look of what the character wore in those shows.

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '08 II / Re: Convincing someone to watch DS!
« on: July 10, 2008, 03:14:01 PM »
Goober, I am cackling wildly at the thought of your swinging Julia's medallion in front of your folks while murmuring "Find the center of the light!" and somebody shrieking "Dear God, that thing is Satan's own bauble!"

I watch WAY too many hyper-melodramatic old movies... (I have been watching the wonderful old Boris Karloff "Thriller" series--I highly recommend it to all fans of DS!)

G.

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Current Talk '08 II / Re: Convincing someone to watch DS!
« on: July 09, 2008, 03:24:44 PM »
I was considered a weirdo back in 1970 among my friends because I was still watching DS when just about everyone else I knew had given up on the show.  Since then, I've always been wary about attempting to "introduce" anyone to the show.

And I find it refreshing whenever a teenager writes in about loving the show. Without people such as yourself, no one will really care about preserving the legacy of our show!  Despite the role DS played in pop cultural history of the Sixties, I do think the shows have a "timeless" quality about them.

Grayson's episodes during the first six weeks or so of Leviathan are stellar.  One of my favorites is the one that is sort of a duet between herself and Nancy, when Julia is fretting over what happened to Barnabas in 1897 and psychically hears the voices of Magda and Charity talking about the disappearances of Barnabas and Kitty in the drawing room.  Great stuff.

cheers!  Gothick

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Current Talk '08 II / Joe Caldwell and Violet Welles
« on: July 08, 2008, 09:58:11 PM »
Last month, I received the DVD sets volumes 20 and 21.  Last night I finally had the chance to sit down and watch a little bit.  I was intrigued to see that Joe Caldwell was interviewed twice (as was Paula Laurence--her interview made me regret never having gotten to meet her, particularly since she was a friend of Grayson and Sam Hall's). 

It turns out that Joe Caldwell got the gig of writing for DS because he was at Yale and knew Ron Sproat.  When Ron started writing for the series, he wasn't always to get his assigned scripts done, so he would turn some of them over to Joe. Eventually Dan learned what was going on and liked Joe's work well enough to invite him to join the staff, which happened around the time of the first Laura Collins story.

Among the best writers for DS so far as I am concerned were Francis Swann (an author of Gothic novels, some of which you can buy cheaply enough on eBay or Amazon vendor), Malcolm Marmorstein, Joe Caldwell, and Violet Welles.  Violet also got her start ghost writing for a member of the regular staff--Gordon Russell.  I suspect that Violet wrote all of Gordon Russell's final batch of scripts for the series as well, because she mentions going back to the show at the very end and all those shows have Gordon's name on them.  I don't know whether Violet was interviewed for any of the DVDs.  Violet, according to a print interview that I believe was published by Dale Clark many moons ago, created the character of Count Petofi.

G.

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Current Talk '08 II / Re: Vampire Angelique's Reflection
« on: July 08, 2008, 09:51:56 PM »
ALL the Vampires on DS showed reflections in mirrors ... unless somebody was out to prove they were a vampire, in which case, they didn't (for about ten seconds).

I remember one of the first technical details I learned about DS was how heavily the cameramen and directors relied upon shots done in mirrors.  It helped open up what was really a very restricted amount of space in the studio.

G.

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Current Talk '08 II / Re: Was Grayson a beauty or what?
« on: July 05, 2008, 08:19:36 PM »
Of course, I heartily agree.  Grayson was Goddess! 

Taeylor, if you've never seen it, please please please get hold of SATAN IN HIGH HEELS.  Every Grayson Hall fan deserves hir own personal copy of that movie!

Though released in 1962, it was filmed around Nov. of 1960.

G.

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Retzev, the final clause of your last post completely sums up my feelings about the new Depp/Burton film project.

Still, I wish everyone involved all the best.

G.

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I would have to say Don Briscoe.  Beautiful eyes, gorgeous smile, great tits *wink* the man simply had it all!

I know this isn't what was intended in the thread, but I would have crawled over broken glass to have joined Louis Edmonds and Thayer David for drinks one evening at the Brittany du Soir.  Those two were so sophisticated, literate, wonderful gentlemen, and from what I have been able to determine, in real life were perhaps even more fascinating than the characters they played with such poise on the show.

G.

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It'll be interesting to see how they work in the inevitable (given that all movies today seem to be made for audiences aged 13-17) toilet humor, given that the original series never even had so much as a hint of a washroom.

G.

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Hi Taeylor, I think I once had a look at the Lara Zine and gave it to a friend of mine who's a huge Angelique fan.  If it's the zine I am recalling, you included a great shot of Cassandra in the zine.   Cassandra is my personal favorite Lara Parker role.

Hope you continue to enjoy DS.  The original show has a very different flavor from the 1991 remake.

G.

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My initial response to this topic is "Are you kidding?  Julia worked her ASS off at Collinwood!"  The favorite episode that comes to mind is the one towards the end of December of '68 when Carolyn is having an emotional meltdown over her mother's precipitous decline in health, Liz is on the brink of total catatonia and a deranged Joe Haskell is roaming the corridors plotting to kidnap Amy.

At one point, practically everyone in the house is whining for Julia, and the poor woman obviously doesn't know who to try to bitch-slap back to reality first! 

There's also the fact that she kept Barnabas on course everytime they were struggling to save the whole family from the latest supernatural menace and Barn kept going googly eyed over the latest faux-Josette ingenue... Julia really did have her work cut out for her!

G.

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Current Talk '22 I / Re: A New Slideshow Is Coming
« on: July 02, 2008, 11:05:52 PM »
What a cool new development.  I've been mostly offline (and a travellin' man) for the past two weeks, but look forward to catching up with the new slideshow soon.

cheers, G.

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Thanks for posting that.  Marie Wallace is a living doll--and you're both fabulously talented people!

G.

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