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Isn't that supposed to be:  "Roger Davis is coming.  Look busy!"?

Just checking ... I get confused so easily. 

G.

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Greetings, fans,

Mario Bava's 1960s films may not have directly influenced DS, but they were very much in the background of 1960s artists reworking classic horror myths and supernatural motifs.  (Some images and aspects of BLACK SUNDAY may have influeced one of the storylines in Parallel Time 1970, but I'm not prepared to try arguing that here at the moment.)  Anyone in LA this month may want to take advantage of the Mario Bava Film Festival being mounted at the Egyptian Theatre:

http://egyptiantheatre.com/archive1999/2008/Egyptian/Mario_Bava.htm

Sounds like fun!

G.

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Current Talk '08 I / Re: That Room Downstairs
« on: February 29, 2008, 11:04:57 PM »
Forget the lightbulb.  I still want to know how they keep those candles and torches lit--sometimes for CENTURIES!-- in every secret room on the premises.

G.

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Good grief!  Glad I've held on to my VHS tapes my friend made for me from the Laserdiscs.

G.

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Current Talk '08 I / Re: brandy and blackmail
« on: February 25, 2008, 05:06:51 PM »
What a hoot!  It does indeed sound as if somebody on the staff of that soap has been watching their old tapes from the Jason Maguire storyline.

I like to call that show "The Hung and the Listless."  An acquaintance of mine is a huge fan of actor Daniel Goddard, who used to play The Beastmaster on that show about 9 years ago, and is now on Y&R as a character named Cane ('"as in Hurricane").  Apparently there are masses of current clips from Y&R on YouTube, perhaps some including the storyline involving the Jason Maguire clone.

Now all that has to happen is that a young wastrel friend of the Maguire fellow shows up with an interest in the family jewels. Tee hee!

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '08 I / Re: Shadowgram Update #181
« on: February 24, 2008, 11:40:57 PM »
Joan Bennett as a Madam ... WOW!  That, I would love to see.  Maybe this show will be one of the vintage series up for DVD release later this year. I know I'm excited about VCI's plans to release Honey West.

I hope that there can finally be a screening this year of Grayson Hall's Playtex commercial to placate members of Her Legion.  I know that there must be a copy of it on one of the 1970 DS Master tapes because they contain all the commercials, and the spot was aired more than once during DS.

They'd better plan to repeat the commercial at least once because you know there will be screaming, stampeding in the aisles, etc. as soon as it starts!

All in all, it sounds like a fun Festival.  AND, it's all happening in Beautiful Downtown Burbank!  Will Ernestine be on the phone lines reminding us that somebody or other is "omnipotent"?

cheers, G.

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Hooray, Hooray!  I can't wait!  Thanks so much for sharing the new, Claude darling!

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '08 I / Re: Shadowgram Update #181
« on: February 23, 2008, 07:27:59 PM »
I watched The Governor and J. J. frequently but must have missed Miss Bennett's appearance on it. Of course, I last saw it IN 1970, so ...

G.

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Current Talk '07 II / Re: DVD Long-Term Availability
« on: February 19, 2008, 09:09:38 PM »
What staggers me is how the popularity of DS appears to be soaring.  Every month seems to bring a new bounty of press cuttings and pop culture references to the series.  And it hasn't been on any channel's schedule in several years now!

I would never have thought that something as lo-fi and "unique" as our beloved show would turn out to be the darling of the iWhatever age.

G.

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Current Talk '07 II / Re: DVD Long-Term Availability
« on: February 19, 2008, 05:37:15 PM »
There's a decent Wikipedia article about Blu-Ray that I skimmed through over the weekend.  From what it says, it appears likely that Blu-Ray players WILL be able to play older tech stuff (i.e. the older recensions of DVDs).

It will be interesting to see what develops from this point on, and whether the Industry will be able to coax consumers down yet another yellow-brick road of upgrading any and all movies and shows they own to the new format.  I'm not holding my breath.

G.

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Current Talk '08 I / Skunkabas
« on: February 17, 2008, 09:08:26 PM »
I am LMAOROFL at the MB's brilliant caption about Barnabas agonizing that Jeb has cursed him to walk the night at Pepe LePew!  Hilarious!

And, I'm sure I'm the ONLY fan trashy enough to notice that in the 1841 PT lottery storyline, it truly does look as if Morgan has taken a leaf out of the "Spinal Tap" songbook and now has a cucumber wrapped in foil down his trousers... perhaps he's preparing to serenaade Catherine with "lick my love-pump, baby" in the drawing room later in the evening??

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '08 I / Re: Dark Shadows: Why Such a Huge Gay Following?
« on: February 06, 2008, 03:08:59 PM »
One thing I tried to do in that article was to pull apart the whole notion of "Camp" and DS--I thought Sontag's work pointed to a way of thinking about the over-the-top semi-demented proceedings on the show that captured just how magical it all was.  And the innate poetry of some of the most extreme scenes and moments on DS and how this fits into the notion of "gay sensibility" which can be seen as a strongly creative force (albeit often underground) in the arts scene of the 20th century.

All rather a heady brew to bring to the table with our favorite show, perhaps; I'm not sure the result is a success. I have only vague memories now of what was going through my head when I wrote this (it was nearly 15 years ago), but I do remember that I wanted to tighten it up a bit.  I also wanted to write more about Julia ... writing this article probably did lead me to take on the Grayson project.

cheers, G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '08 I / Re: The Lair and DS
« on: February 05, 2008, 04:45:08 PM »
I watched the final three episodes of season 1 of the Lair last night and there's even more plot stuff cribbed from DS, particularly in the final show.

I do hope that the quality of the Lair improves with Season 2, as reportedly was the case with Dante's Cove (there seems to be a feature film version of this show in the works?).

G.

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Current Talk '08 I / Re: Dark Shadows: Why Such a Huge Gay Following?
« on: February 05, 2008, 04:40:30 PM »
Good Golly Miss Midnite, did you TYPE that with your own fair hands???  You deserve a golden Naked Selby award for such lioness-worthy efforts!!

One mistake I spotted which I presume was in the original was that I know I described myself as a "budding ten year old" in 1968, not 1966, because I was about to turn ten when I started watching DS back in June of '68 (now THAT feels like another country).

I think the address of the studio got scrambled, too--presumably in the printed text.

Nancy, if you see this, I'm very sorry about the mean things we've written about your friend. I obviously never even met the man, and I do feel compassion for him based upon what you have written.  I'm glad he's in a happier place now in his own life.

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '08 I / Re: DS Borrowed from Twilight Zone Episode
« on: February 04, 2008, 08:08:25 PM »
In House of Dracula, the insidious Count (thesped by our beloved Uncle John Carradine) comes to visit a very odd sanatorium run by this mad doctor.  Dracula feigns remorse for the evil he has wrought and tells the doctor he is seeking a cure.  But it's all just a ploy to get his fangs into the inevitable ingenue also staying at the castle.

I think this movie dates to 1944 or thereabouts.  Although the script and direction are spotty, it's worth seeing for the classic Universal 1940s stylish cinematography and setpieces.

G.

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