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Current Talk '07 I / Re: Nice 1991 Series Article/Analysis
« on: June 14, 2007, 08:28:47 PM »
That's very nice.  I wouldn't agree with the author in giving Angelique's Tarot signifier as the High Priestess card.  In the 1991 version, she is strongly linked IMO to the more traditional versions of the Devil card--a person deep in the shackles of their own lust and greed.  I have also never heard of the High Priestess as a symbol of a person steeped in "shameful" knowledge.  Note that Tarot cards can represent persons of either gender--not just the gender of the figure depicted in the artwork of the specific card.

I realize this is hairsplitting in the eyes of most, but still...

And why does the author call her Josette du "Pris"?

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '07 I / Re: Happy Birthday to Nancy!
« on: June 13, 2007, 04:32:23 PM »
Happy Birthday!

Many happy returns!

Steve

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Calendar Events / Announcements '07 I / Semi OT: House of Dark Wilde
« on: June 12, 2007, 05:24:22 PM »
Fans, I saw this interesting tidbit regarding the use of the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion (where several sequences of the 1970 feature film house of Dark Shadows were filmed) in a new adaptation of Oscar Wilde's very seldom filmed play, A Woman of No Importance.  I won't rant about my disappointment in the casting of this adaptation (I've waited for something, somewhere since I read it with some friends back in the 70s), although Sean Bean might be interesting as Ld Illingworth.  The story about filming at the Mansion:

According to an article in the Stamford Advocate, there are plans to use The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum in Norwalk (where they filmed the 2004 Stepford Wives), and that they'll start shooting at the end of April for six weeks.

..................

http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/local/scn-sa-nor.mansion4mar26,0,493505.story?coll=stam-news-local-headlines

Life is too important to be taken seriously. -Oscar Wilde


G.

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I absolutely agree, MB!  Thayer is the best Nero Wolfe ever.

My heartbreak whenever I watch the film is how healthy and vigorous he seems to be in it. Who knew he would be dead before another year had passed?

G.

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Another YouTube gem.  Thayer's performance as Nero Wolfe is one of my all-time favorites.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHQs8N2pPsw

Enjoy!

Gothick

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Only the first twenty-one weeks were available on video.  It lasted a total of 39 weeks.  The last 13 weeks were by far the weakest.  Nearly all the shows were written by this one New York based writer (his name escapes me, but he later became quite big in New York soaps and I think became a protege of Agnes Nixon's) who just didn't have the right feel for the characters or the situations.

G.

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Ron Sproat only did a few weeks of SP, I believe.  But once Bob Costello arrived, around week 8, they added daily opening voiceovers that really gave the show a DS feel.  (For the last couple of months, the daily voiceovers were dropped.)

After week 13, the action shifted away from Maljardin ("Island of Evil") to Desmond Hall in Desmondton (which was supposed to be in the US, somewhere).  One of the characters even made a pilgrimage to Harvard University!

G.

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MB, the woman who played Cal actually reminded me of Lisa Richards in Sabrina's more "out there" moments.  Since Richards obviously developed considerable chops (or at least became very widely employed after her work on DS), it's possible that this other actress also went on to better things.

Tudi Wiggins did indeed play Erica Desmond on SP.  In a subsequent storyline, she played another character, Helena Raleigh, and in true DS fashion, people kept mistaking Helena or actually ACCUSING her of really being Erica. It's a hoot!

We lost Tudi last year, as I think David posted.  I believe cancer was to blame.

G.

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Thanks for that tip!

G.

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A very kind friend pointed me today to a complete 1975 episode of Love of Life.  I'm posting the link here for part 3 which features Jerry Lacy (also seen in other parts of this episode):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IITwr5NVLT0&mode=related&search=

The real excitement of this show for me is seeing the divine Tudi Wiggins shredding the scenery as uber-bitch Meg.  Just watch the fur fly!  I'm a huge fan of Tudi's work on Strange Paradise (will it EVER be released on DVD?)

G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: can you make a salad out of bay leaves?
« on: June 06, 2007, 03:02:38 PM »
I actually can just imagine Angelique serving a salad of bay leaves and cider vinegar to Ma'mzelle and gloating, "You shall HAVE your precious salad, Josette... but not as you would have wished it!" and then, as the bespelled Missy weepily crunches the harsh jagged leaves against her soft cheeks, cackle:  "You shall vinaigrette the night, my dear ... FOR ALL ETERNITY!"

Cue commercial break...

G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Julia Hoffman, Battleaxe!
« on: June 05, 2007, 03:05:57 PM »
I wish there had been a scene at the C'port Hospital where a couple of doctors were seen discussing a case (perhaps Joe Haskell's?) and one of them shook his head and commented wearily "But to get anything done, we'd have to go up to Windcliff--and that means crossing that BATTLEAXE, Julia Hoffman!"   And the other would shrug, sigh and agree that such an exercise would be a pointless waste of time and energy.

I did love it when Sebastian referred to her as "that WITCH of a Doctor."  All the more amusing given her frequent run-ins with Cass/Angelique.

Also loved the one scene where Liz slyly informed Julia that she was onto her little game of social manipulation and deception (in the '67 storyline).  Great stuff.

cheers, G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '07 I / Re: Happy BDay to Sandor!
« on: June 05, 2007, 02:51:55 PM »
Sandor DAHling,

May your Birthday be the Divine Glamour-fest that your life has been!

cheers, Gothick

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Thanks for that scoop, Mysterioso Darling!

G.

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The new vampire series *I'd* like to see is The Lair, airing on the obscure gay TV channel, here!  All of here!'s products always come out on DVD.  Supposedly the same folks behind the here! cheese-a-thon, Dante's Cove, are producing The Lair.

The dialogue sounds like an old AIP film from the Sixties, chockful of references to "megalithic remains" and "a coven of gay vampire witches."  The blurb states that the show is meant to be a "gay version" of Buffy the Vampire Slayer but I seriously doubt whether it will prove as compelling or long-lived.  And, as was the case with Dante's Cove, there will be an abundance of soft core man-on-man sex on view.

Maybe one of the vamps will "do the Tom Jennings" with the tongue rolling around between the fangs?

G.

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