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Current Talk '06 II / Re: Burke Devlin....like him or hate him?
« on: November 03, 2006, 09:53:50 PM »
mscbryk, I thought what you wrote about Burke as the forgotten hero of the show was very interesting.  He was so central to Art Wallace's original concept, but at this stage of the game, when the old chestnut of a new DS gets trotted out, we NEVER hear fans discuss what should be done with Burke, who should play him, etc.

Even less remembered by fans is my candidate for Vicki's fiance, Frank Garner.  Apparently Conrad Fowkes' request for a raise led to DC ordering the character to be written out of the series, according to reports of Mr. Fowkes' statements at the last Festival (I missed him, unfortunately).

I first encountered Burke Devlin in one of those silly "Marilyn" Ross novels.  At the time, I assumed that Devlin was a creation of Ross.  It wasn't until 1976 and the airing of the original Barnabas storyline in a local syndication market that I got to see the Anthony George version of Burke.  I think my first exposure to the Mitchell Ryan characterization (apart from brief clips on the original Ressurection of Barnabas Collins MPI videotape) was in the late 1990s when a mysterious, kindly gentleman sent me a package of 1966 tapes from his remote estate in the countryside.

Like Adam, Burke was a character defined initially by a pronounced streak of monomania.  Unlike Adam, the writers actually allowed Burke to grow and change.   Perhaps the character was too realistic for the "wild and woolly" tone of post-1795 DS.  Had he remained involved, his romance with Vicki would have at least given Moltke a little more to do than stare at Cassandra and complain that she didn't understand.

I do love this scene where Burke and "Miss" Hoffman are talking turkey in the drawing room.  There's such an old boys night out atmosphere in the way that scene is written and played.  This was in the era of Anthony George, who was a friend of Grayson Hall's in real life.

G.

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Current Talk '06 II / Re: Other Julias
« on: November 02, 2006, 05:45:24 PM »
My theory is that it was Lovelady Powell who appeared in the one episode a few months before as Portia Fitzsimmons.  I could see them trying to get her for Julia.  It would be really interesting to know whether she did a reading and then bailed or whether they simply decided she wasn't right for the part--if there's anything to my theory (hearing an echo here of Barn's snide comment to Julia in their fateful rapprochement in her boudoir "you assume that I'm interested in your... THEORY, Doctor" where he makes a "theory" sound like something of a lady's no gentleman would have truck with).

I think RJ was able to get confirmation from Sam that Grayson was a re-cast on DS, but I don't believe who could recall the identity of the other actress.  GH wound up being a re-cast a number of times in her career... it seems to have been a pattern.  I forget just how Nancy Barrett put it but she did sum up brilliantly that Grayson was tough to cast because she was so "odd" (and OUT THERE, I add from my seat in the balcony).

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '06 II / Joan and Grayson: better than crystal meth
« on: November 01, 2006, 11:29:08 PM »
Last weekend I happened to be viewing some scenes from the shows from the week that chronicled Amy Jennings' arrival at Collinwood.  Grayson and Joan had several scenes together; Grayson in one of my favorite dark blue suits of hers, and Joan in a regal power red number accentuated with a magisterial gold brooch.  Not for the first time, I reflected how much I have enjoyed watching these two divas mulch scenery together on the show (though a waggish friend of mine insists that their contrasting acting styles makes the experience similar to "a 78 played alongside a 16 1/2 rpm speed disc"--this analogy will be lost on younger viewers, alas).

I think my favorite of their scenes together comes during the Leviathan era--I've written about it too many times to repeat myself again, but it involves a somewhat tacky gold shopping-bag with something special Liz has tucked away for everyone's favorite houseguest...

Anybody else care to share their favorite Joan/Grayson scene here?  The technologically advanced should feel free to add photos!

G.

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Oh, please.  Let's NOT.

A beleaguered non-fan of floaties, winkies and weirdies that go BUMP and CLUMP in Cyberia,

G.

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Didn't Adrian Paul also play Jeremiah on that show?  I don't think they were planning on duplicating all the storylines of the original series, but given how they whipped through the "1790" sequence on that show, who knows.

I only watched the whole thing once and don't know that I could ever stand to watch it again.

G.

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I have read that Adrian Paul (of Highlander) was going to play Quentin in the revival series.  I have no idea whether Michael Weiss was informed of these plans.  Actors are often the last to hear about such things.

G.

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Polls Archive / Re: Favorite very brief characters
« on: October 29, 2006, 11:54:31 PM »
I would LOVE to have Michael Hadge visit and share his memories with us  I know he was scheduled to attend some years back but couldn't make it.

Buzz, have you ever seen Hadge's all-too-brief cameo as a philosophical coffeehouse waiter in Mister Buddwing(1966)?  The same movie also includes a fun cameo by Nichelle Nichols.

I wish my memory weren't so tattered.  I'm delighted with the snapshot of "Mrs Purdy" in today's slideshow and trying to recall the name of the wonderful actress who portrayed her.  She also had a brief role during Leviathan and, of course, appeared as Mrs Pettione in hoDS.

G.

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He rules the known Universe, and dammit, if he makes you stand in a line for two hours, it's for your OWN good!

Got that one down yet?

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '06 II / Re: OT: The return of the Count!
« on: October 27, 2006, 07:10:29 PM »
Hey Buzz, I watched Gore de Vol's show Creature Feature almost religiously back in the Seventies.  Unfortunately, let's just say I was NOT a fan of his various routines, though in memory they seem quaint and even a bit amusing.  The rubber chicken stuff did really get to me (and I wasn't even a vegetarian back then--it's just, nothing makes one quite so tired as an attempt to eke humor out of a latex fowl).

The other show I used to watch regularly was Ghost Host, which was hilarious because it was the same little videotape of the guy mucking around with his test tubes with a voiceover tailored to whatever film was running. As I recall it, Ghost Host came on at 1 a.m. right after Creature Feature but on a different station--Channel 45, maybe?

I very occasionally watched Sir Graves Ghastly out of Philadelphia and was delighted to see some old clips of his show on his website.  Come to think of it, nearly all of the surviving Horror Hosts seem to have web presences now.

cheers, Gothique

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Thanks, Criseyde, for that link.  What a hoot!

I think that woman needs to have her eyesight checked though--if I understood her properly, she stated that Ms. Parker has had no plastic surgery and wears "little or no makeup"--um, say that again???

G.

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Wow.  That store sounds like a fun destination for a field trip!

We do have a Halloween store in Davis Square here in Somerville. It's just like a Xmas Store but open in Oct. instead of Nov./Dec.  Last year was the first year for it and they've brought it back this year.

I'm hoping to have the chance to visit it tomorrow and, if so, I'll report on whether the clientele is as colorful as the one you describe.

G.

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Hmmm.  seems to me somebody needs to fret less about the "vexing issue of public literacy" and pay more attention to an innate sense of FUN.

Mr. Efthimiou gets my vote for official Halloween Grinch!  Maybe Barnabas, Tom and Vampilique can go pay him a midnight visit (in a switch on Samantha's visit to a certain "Scrooge" character in a popular old Xmas episode of Bewitched) and teach him the REAL truth about ... the Living Dead!  (bum bum BUMMMMM!)

spooky cheers,

G.

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What a fascinating interview.  I'm in complete agreement with his critique of the final product of the pilot.  Interesting detail about the lighting of the prosthetics.

I haven't really been paying attention to the discussions about that pilot and didn't realize that it was directed by someone named PJ Hogan.  Sounds unfortunate.  Someone named John Wells who apparently walks on water was always mentioned in the initial stories I saw about this project.  Too bad the "WB" did not hire someone to prepare Hogan properly for coming on board, but his attitude sounds very typical of what I know about the industry today and exemplifies just why, in my opinion, it is dying a slow and distasteful death...

G.

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Polls Archive / Re: Favorite very brief characters
« on: October 25, 2006, 05:00:32 PM »
Madam Findley is definitely a favorite.  Garth Blackwood makes me laugh, I love how he says "ARRRR!"  I would have thought he would be more popular with today's fans because of all the Pirates insanity around those Johnny Depp films.

I was just compiling (for a friend who wants to show it to a class he's teaching) a selection of clips relating to the use of the I Ching on the series, and I finished it off with Wanda Paisley's memorable I Ching encounter.  I really, REALLY wish Wanda Paisley had become a semi-regular.  I think she would have made a much more interesting "girlfriend" for Quentin than that drip, Amanda Harris.  Men like Quentofi, in the 1890s, tended to have more than one woman in their life anyway; there was the respectable lady friend and then the girl who was around to take care of their, uh, manly needs.

cheers, G.

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Polls Archive / Re: Favorite Chris Pennock role
« on: October 23, 2006, 10:56:28 PM »
The hair, the threads, the tude--the fact that he once said to Barn, a propos Maggie Evans:  "Hey, you DIG her, man!"--Jeb Hawkes, now and forever, will always be my favorite Pennock character.

But ask me what his best performance on the series was, and I'll line up with the others and vote for Gabriel (in RT 1840--the other one was fun as the drunken spoiled brat who went off the cliff, but nowhere near as nuanced a performance).

G.

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