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Hey Taeylor, great to have another Grayson-lover among us! She's my fave as well.  Hell, I've been known to say, and without much hyperbole, that Grayson Hall is my RELIGION!

If you get the chance, be sure to check out R J Jamison's book about Grayson's life.  See www.graysonhall.net for more info (and some GORGEOUS photos)!

I definitely recommend Grayson's early Sixties B-movie, Satan in High Heels. It was meant to be a "European art-film filmed in New York" and Grayson definitely gives it that Euro edge of sophistication... even though when it was filmed, she had never set foot outside the US!

G.


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Current Talk '07 I / Re: Eve's obsession....
« on: March 01, 2007, 09:38:46 PM »
Just reading further back in this thread and amused to reflect that the individual to whom MB referred kept telling the actors not to worry about flubs and poor performances because the show would go out the one time and then be forgotten--like Kleenex.

I cannot help laughing because now in 2007 EVERY EPISODE has been made available in both DVD AND VHS.  And I have a friend who downloads the shows on a file sharing site somewhere or other.

That's awfully long lasting Kleenex, doncha think?

Fascinating too, that awful as 1968 purportedly was, some of us who had the whole thing on tape felt compelled to collect EVERY disc of the DVD release *throws mental glance at bookshelf back in bedroom*

G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: Eve's obsession....
« on: March 01, 2007, 06:04:36 PM »
Hi Elizabeth47,

I agree with you 100 percent about Humbert's characterization as Nicholas Blair.  His vivid, dry, supremely witty scenes are one of the top reasons why 1968 is my personal favorite storyline.

I particularly enjoy Astredo's scenes opposite Grayson Hall and Lara Parker, but he seems to have had a knack of making anyone opposite him on screen shine.  Even Craig Slocum!

Welcome to the Boards,

G.

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I read it yesterday.  Way to go!

*Idly wonders whether Lara Parker reads TV Guide*

cackiling, G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Oink! Oink!
« on: February 28, 2007, 05:05:35 PM »
Happy Cheap Insufferable Pig Day, everyone!

G. (who will quietly celebrate, alone, his very own festival of Jeb's Delicious Secret Personal Naga Day)

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Julia's impending death at the hands of Barnabas was implied (if you listen closely enough) in a couple of the opening voiceovers in the August and Sept. episodes in 1967.  I think they had dropped this particular bit of foreshadowing by Oct. 1967.  In that month, Grayson appeared in 17 episodes of the show, and by the end of that month, Sam had joined the writing crew.

G.

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Just a comment on Arashi's post, giving my own views on the subject of a "continuation" of Dark Shadows:

I'm sure the Big Finish shows are wonderful in their own right, but by the established rules of fan culture, they cannot be considered "canon."  Canon ONLY consists of material aired on an original episode of Dark Shadows, 1966-1971.

Incidentally, I suppose I am rather strict in what I consider to be canon.  I definitely do not take information contained in either of the feature films (hoDS/NoDS) as canon (only logical since the narrative of hoDS blatantly contradicts established canon).  I also do not regard material in the 1991 remake as canon for original DS.  It is its own canon for the DS/91 universe.



G.

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My squib about Addison "addlepate" Powell portraying "Julian" was meant to be a joke.  I apologize for any confusion it may have caused.

I am afraid I inherited a bone-dry sense of humor from my mother...

G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #0242
« on: February 27, 2007, 10:09:58 PM »
My comment that Addie Powell would have played "Julian" was meant to be a JOKE.  I am sorry, I need to figure out some way of conveying that--I suppose the old chestnut "that's a joke folks" might do.

cheers, G.

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Julian, portrayed by Off Broadway veteran Addison Powell, would have survived about six weeks before being strangled to death by an irate Barnabas, to the resounding cheers of fans all across America.

THAT's what would have happened.

*wink*

G.

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Wow.  If I trusted the WB suits AT ALL, I'd be very happy right now. Still, this does sound promising.

G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: The February 26th Episodes
« on: February 27, 2007, 04:10:53 PM »
What a hoot!  Thanks, MB.

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: The Leviathan Episode's
« on: February 27, 2007, 03:55:55 PM »
Hey Taeylor,

I'm a HUGE fan of Leviathan.  It is my second favorite storyline (second only to the Cassandra Collins story in 1968 which was when I started watching, so it will always have pride of place in my heart).  I'm a major Julia Hoffman fan and I love all the fun stuff they gave Grayson to do in this, especially in the first two months of it.  It kind of went downhill rapidly after that, I think because Dan Curtis ordered them to wrap it up in a hurry because of all the hate mail the studio was receiving about it.

In my opinion the real reason why fans back then hated this storyline was because people could not accept Barnabas as a bad guy.  Fans also complained that there were two many scenes "down at that weird antique shop" but IMO the scenes at the shop are among the highlights of the story because Sy created such a wonderful atmosphere in there.

I think DC kept wanting to "push the envelope" with the show.  The original Barnabas storyline in '67 was quite outrageous by the standards of daytime television back then.  I believe that DS was the first soap opera as well to feature shirtless male stars (Don Briscoe, Joel Crothers, David Selby).  With Leviathan and its Lovecraftian overtones (really far more Gothic than sci-fi, despite what some critics and fan commentators have written), there was a perception that the series had gone too far and alienated its fan base.  You will notice that the PT 1970 story which followed it was much more "traditional" in certain ways (I'm a huge fan of that one, as well, btw).

cheers, G.

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What Fabulous News!

G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: Did they or didn't they? (Was Re: Episode #0496)
« on: February 26, 2007, 10:27:32 PM »
Ah, but Roger Collins wore HIS ascots "with a difference"!

I'm fascinated by the notion of (RT) Roger Collins as a closet homosexual.  It would actually explain a lot about the character.  In some ways he is very much in the vein of stereotypical "killer queens" in the more lurid 1950s paperback--the sort that came along in between Gore Vidal's "The city and the pillar" (1948) and John Rechy's "City of Night" (1963) (James Barr's "Quatrefoil" published in 1950, evokes the "twilight world" of closeted gay men of that time with a vivid clarity).  I am thinking now particularly of the original concept of Roger as seen in the first year of the series.  With Jason's appearance on the scene, Roger segues more into the snooty rural country club squire type--the kind who would characterize the rough trade his niece was dating as a "cheap, insufferable pig!"  (lol)  I always wondered whether Roger got written out of the Summer of 1970 storyline simply because the writers had run out of things for him to do.  I would guess that the real reason is that Louis Edmonds was doing theatre and needed a break.

The gay man who desires the glamorous woman of wiles appears most obviously in Laura, but in All about Eve the character of Addison is the same, and I still find his scene where he claims "Eve Evil, little Miss Evil" for his very own unutterably delicious.  In my younger days I found this scene just plain confusing because, like Eve herself, I couldn't imagine what Addison was actually planning to DO with her.  Presumably, become a trophy wife who would put paid to those persistent rumors regarding his true nature.

Fascinating speculations in this thread...

G.

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