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Current Talk '07 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #0212
« on: January 18, 2007, 12:43:19 AM »
As I've mentioned before, a fan once wrote an article suggesting that Elizabeth, as the living Keeper of the Family Secret, was perfectly aware of Barnabas' identity as a vampire.  This fan claimed that Liz's hand was trembling when she took Barnabas' hand.  I've watched the episode several times and I can never see this.  The fan theorized that Liz decided to welcome Barnabas into the family because she figured HE might get rid of Jason.  It's an interesting notion, but quite a long shot.  If it were true, then Liz certainly did have nerves of steel--and fewer scruples than widely credited.

I'm guess that when this episode was written, an outline for the plot of the Barnabas storyline had not yet been prepared for the writers, which is why Barnabas speaks to Josette more as a guardian spirit of the family than as his long-lost love in this first episode.

I know that DC was in England at this time working on the Jack Palance Jekyll/Hyde... it would be interesting to know whether Bob Costello had the de facto head writer's chair at this point in time.  I read in an interview with Art Wallace, I believe, that he did a short outline for the introduction of Barnabas storyline--he said it was the last work he did on the show, although his contract had been written such that he kept his credit as creator of the series.

Best, G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #0211
« on: January 18, 2007, 12:35:59 AM »
Oh yes, my dear Lydia, Dark Shadows constantly has me upbraiding my television set due to its BLATANT labefaction of moral fibre.  I still shed a tear whenever I contemplate the utterly unjust fate suffered by Minerva Trask, that pillar of moral rectitude *smirk*

I do confess to finding Joel Crothers' appearance in the Lieut. Forbes uniform to be uplifting... but perhaps not in the sense intended here.  *cheeky grin*

cheers, G.

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Like some others in the room, I got an emotional rush whenever DS music turned up in such things as the DC Frankenstein or Picture of Dorian Gray.  (I did see one of the broadcasts of the Jack Palance Jekyll/Hyde but don't recall the music so perhaps I saw it before I started watching DS--I started the latter in June of '68.)

Part of the emotionality of my response was the fact that DS was totally unavailable in Maryland from the time it went off the air in '71 until the syndication of the 1967 shows (which I of course had never seen the first time around).  I followed the latter on Philadelphia-based UHF station Channel 48 from its inception--as I recall it started around January of '76--and audio taped several episodes.  I was literally breathless with excitement the night Dr. Hoffman first appeared!  You bet your sweet bippy I had that tape recorder going that night!

So, during that period of five years or so, coinciding with a very traumatic period of my adolescence, my favorite TV show was not around.  I would play the old 1969 soundtrack LP, look at my Viewmaster reels, and get out my old magazines from time to time to get my DS fix.

A friend of mine recently watched DC's Picture of Dorian Gray and the music was one of the things that ruined it for him because he found it disconcerting and anachronistic.  I just shrugged and pondered how tastes differ.

cheers, Steve

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #0210
« on: January 16, 2007, 11:41:24 PM »
Hi Arashi,

There were two portraits.  At some point (in mid to late 1969, I think), the original one was stolen.  Its whereabouts have never been determined.

The second one was used in hoDS, hung in Dan Curtis' office for many years, and is the one that was auctioned at the Festival last August.

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #0211
« on: January 16, 2007, 07:36:21 PM »
I've always loved Clarice's reading of Mrs J's reaction to Barnabas' statement that he hails from England:  "Oh, from England!" 

I can just imagine Mrs J glued to the tube years later watching the Charles and Di royal wedding.

It's worth noting that in an interview somewhere or other (I have read so many, I honestly can't recall the source), Jonathan Frid praised Clarice Blackburn and basically said that it was entirely thanks to her solid support that he got through "that first day"!

There's a shot somewhere or other of Barnabas wearing that hat, a publicity shot.  As far as I know, he NEVER donned it again.

I hope my contributions to this thread are suitably "refiined'!

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #0210
« on: January 16, 2007, 07:31:46 PM »
I have nothing to add beyond commenting that that screen capture of the close-up on Liz included in the Robservations PERFECTLY encapsulates what I adore about this period of the show!

And I agree, Bennett and Patrick played off one another brilliantly.

G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: "miss morality"
« on: January 13, 2007, 09:57:21 PM »
I watched the final week or so of Jason Maguire episodes at some point last Summer, I think, and I remember very well this scene and being hugely impressed by it.

After it was over, there came some feelings of frustration about how the foreshadowing Jason gives in this sequence about future events in the life of Miss Winters is largely tossed out the window (presumably by executive order of DC).

Still a brilliantly written and, of course, beautifully acted scene.  Dennis Patrick is great as always and we get a taste of how much more Moltke could have done had her role not been dumbed-down with the full onset of the Barnabas years.

G.

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Happy Birthday to our very own "favorite Witch"!

All the best,

Steve

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: Episode 658, Joel Crothers
« on: January 08, 2007, 09:59:48 PM »
MB, or somebody, posted a 1969 or 1970 soap mag interview with Joel in which he discussed his departure from DS in a fairly frank way.

He also revealed that he had written several episodes of the show, which I found quite fascinating.  I've never seen this mentioned in any other publication, which seems kind of sad.

Clarice Blackburn went on to become a fairly well-known writer for soaps, and it sounds as if Joel Crothers had that potential as well.  I have never heard whether he did any further writing in his later career?

I do LOVE Joel's thesping in his final episode as Joe.  It's so deliciously over-the-top!

G.

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There was an interview with Mr. Gordon when he appeared at a festival a few years before his death (I think the transcript was published in an issue of the World of DS zine) when he remembered lying in Barnabas' coffin and having to listen to an argument between Dennis Patrick and John Karlen (as the characters of Willie and Jason) before he made his big move.

I think he played "Hand of Barnabas" in a number of episodes.

cheers, G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '07 I / Re: Happy Birthday! jennifer
« on: January 05, 2007, 08:34:45 PM »
Hi Midnite, It is Leviathan period and if it is the one I am thinking of, it was just up on the slide show; it looks like a shot from the episode where the Leviathan box is delivered to Julia and Chris' arrival helps keep her from opening it.

Another possibility is the episode where Sabrina gets her dye job; he smiled really brilliantly in his scene with her.

I am 99 percent sure he never wore that coat in any of the '68-'69 shows--it turned up during Leviathan.

Not that I'm obsessed with Briscoe or anything... *snrk*

G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: d.s. dolls?
« on: January 05, 2007, 06:51:01 PM »
Wow, Midnite.  Thanks for that link!

Words seldom fail me, but the Norman Bates figure in the "Midnight/cult Movies" section... I'm truly beyond speech.

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: d.s. dolls?
« on: January 05, 2007, 06:09:41 PM »
Yeah, well, since I cut my hair, the camouflage is well and truly lacquered solid.  A friend actually had the impudence to turn to me the other day and say, "Darling, you've gone quite Republican."

It was only because I had inexplicably misplaced my Destructo button that she is still among the living.

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: d.s. dolls?
« on: January 05, 2007, 04:37:49 PM »
MSCbryk, there was a "Clay Julia" doll available on eBay a few years ago.  A friend of mine bought one and loves it.  It's by somebody who goes by the moniker of "ClayGuy," I think.  It sort of made me think of what would have been the result had Grayson Hall done a role in that old 1965 Rankin/Bass film, Mad Monster Bash (if ANYONE out there remembers that--it's the one with Boris Karloff and Phyllis Diller--endearing in a somewhat naff way).

I personally don't collect such things, but I believe the Clay Julia figurine was quite reasonably priced.  I do think "Madam Alexander" is WAY over the top but I know others think the same about the cult of DS, so I guess we're all even, eh?

cheers, Gothique (the living incarnation of "THE GAYEST THING EVER," trust me, darling...)

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Current Talk '06 II / Re: Favorite line of dialogue?
« on: January 04, 2007, 04:48:09 PM »
This isn't my favorite line, but I thought of it recently because it's such a delicious verbal put-down of Angelique.  In 1897, Laura tells Ang:  "You may be succeeding as a ... whatever you are ... but it doesn't hide the fact that you're a failure... AS A WOMAN."  This is followed by the two women swearing to destroy one another.

Just delicious stuff.

G.

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