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Wonderful film. There is kind of a roundabout connection in that Edward Lionheart (played by Vincent Price) seems like the kind of actor who would have been right at home at Collinwood.

Ian Hendry, who played John Steed's original partner on THE AVENGERS, is also on board. A couple of years ago, another of Ian's missing episodes, "Tunnel of Fear," was found and issued on DVD in the UK. Although Ian and Diana have scenes together in THEATRE OF BLOOD, they never worked together on THE AVENGERS.

G.

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As Grayson used to say: "Who can figure anything?"

Trailer is up:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kevjwzLxU4

It's pretty obvious that the documentary will continue to promote the myth that Dan Curtis was somehow responsible for the success of Dark Shadows. I really think he had very little to do with it. I hope they do mention that Bert Convy was Dan's choice for the casting of Barnabas, but I am not holding my breath.

Rather scary that Roger Davis was interviewed. Also, apparently recent interview footage with a heavily bearded John Karlen.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / 1970s cult TV movies
« on: March 02, 2019, 11:32:44 AM »
Dan Curtis's daughter Cathy is interviewed briefly in this article. NIGHT STALKER and TRILOGY OF TERROR are mentioned.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-st-tv-horror-movies-20190301-story.html

G.

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Justin Sayre is a comic genius, that is, for those of us who like really twisted forms of comedy with loads of references to queer counter-culture.

Thanks, MB!

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / Re: Master of Dark Shadows Blu-ray
« on: February 26, 2019, 11:40:00 PM »
More info about this disc has been announced. One of the extras is to include one of the Art Wallace "The House" broadcasts. Apparently there were two of them, one longer than the other, but I was unable to find information that specified which one.

Frid's Dick Cavett show appearance was mentioned as well. I remember watching that back at the time. The Merv Griffin one, which I did not think was all that interesting, has been available for years.

Of course, still no notice as to whether one of the "vintage TV spots" mentioned will be the legendary, long-coveted Grayson Hall Playtex commercial, which did air as part of some broadcasts of the show back in 1970.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / Re: Semi OT: DRAGONWYCK (1946)
« on: February 22, 2019, 10:27:44 PM »
Hi Philippe, the complete film was available on you tube when I checked last month. I got the disc out of the library because it was available from there and I generally prefer watching things on disc--it looks much better and sounds much better.

Best, Gothick

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Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / Re: Semi OT: DRAGONWYCK (1946)
« on: February 20, 2019, 04:09:40 AM »
One thought that I had was that the original concept of Roger (as outlined in the Art Wallace story bible, the "Shadows on the Wall" material) might have been based on Nicholas van Rijn (pronounced van Ryan), the Vincent Price character in DRAGONWYCK.

There's also a ghost who is heard singing and playing the harpsichord from the old music room of the house, an unhappy bride who is said to have put a curse on the family... so many scenes made me think "this is a movie for DARK SHADOWS fans."

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / Semi OT: DRAGONWYCK (1946)
« on: February 20, 2019, 01:37:42 AM »
Over the holiday weekend, I finally had time to watch DRAGONWYCK (1946), which I had checked out of the library on DVD. Co-starring Vincent Price and Gene Tierney, this movie was based on a novel by Anya Seton. It was considered to be a kind of follow-up to REBECCA (1940), but the 1946 film was set in the 1840s and included material about the feudalistic patroon landholding system in the Hudson Valley (and made reference to the events that led to the system's ultimate demise).

I was surprised at how much like DS the movie seemed. The titular mansion (which is seen in various shots that are obviously paintings) actually does look somewhat like Lyndhurst, but the resemblances to our show have more to do with mood, dialogue, story elements, and atmosphere. The lead ingenue, played by Gene Tierney, has dialogue in an early scene about wanting to meet "people I've never met, places I've never seen" that seemed to foreshadow a certain young governess's thoughts as she boarded a train to Collinsport, Maine in 1966.

Apparently there were some heavy script cuts both during and immediately after filming. Two of the most interesting characters, a creepily mocking housekeeper (named Magda!) played by Spring Byington, and the disturbed daughter of the Patroon of Dargonwyck, simply disappear about two-thirds of the way through the picture, without any explanation.

If you scroll down here, a film buff mentions the influence of DRAGONWYCK on DS.

https://www.hometheaterforum.com/community/threads/a-few-words-about-%E2%84%A2-dragonwyck.272533/

The movie seems to be shown somewhat regularly on TCM.

G.

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And the Blu Ray and DVD editions of the new documentary are now available for pre-order on various online retail sites. I don't see any news about the contents of the disc, however.

Ironically, today I also saw a news item about a major electronics manufacturer ceasing production of Blu Ray players.

G.

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For some reason, the date wasn't repeated in what I just posted, but it seems to be April 13.

Best wishes,

Gothick

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I copied this info from Marie Wallace's social media page.

Please join us at the DARK SHADOWS SATURDAY THE 13th IN NEW YORK - Documentary Premiere & Dinner Reception

Advance Reservations Required. Online payment via PayPal to Kathleener@aol.com
or mail-order payment to: Dark Shadows, P.O. Box 92, Maplewood, New Jersey 07040
DARK SHADOWS SATURDAY THE 13th TICKETS - $89.00 per person
Includes:
- Master of Dark Shadows screening
- Q&A, autographs
- Complimentary Photo Op with Guests
- Dark Shadows Dinner
- Special DS Gift Bag

Please note: Tickets will not be for sale at the Paley Center or Empire Hotel. Tickets not available for screening or dinner separately.

Space is limited so it is recommended that reservations be made promptly.

MASTER OF DARK SHADOWS
World Premiere Screening/Celebrity Q&A/Autograph Signing - 2:00 p.m.
Paley Center For The Media
25 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
(Between 5th & 6th Avenues)

DARK SHADOWS DINNER
Reception With The Stars - 5:30 p.m.
Empire Hotel
44 West 63rd Street
New York, NY 10023
(between Broadway & Columbus Ave)

Appearing In Person:
LARA PARKER (Angelique), KATHRYN LEIGH SCOTT (Maggie/Josette), SHARON SMYTH (Sarah Collins), MARIE WALLACE (Eve/Crazy Jenny and Megan Todd), DONNA WANDREY (Roxanne) and other surprise guests to be announced.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / Re: Triboro Library Activities - DS
« on: February 08, 2019, 06:15:51 PM »
"Memories" for us--but it would seem that thanks to the availability of the show on Decades (or is it "Me-TV"?) and "Amazon Prime," some new, younger and older fans, are getting into it. For them, it's all new.

Best, G.

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Folks, this is the last update I am going to post on this thread. Unfortunately Denise is getting worse. She is going through withdrawal from some medications she had to be taken off, perhaps due to health issues. The dementia that Jasmine reports on in another recent update may be in part due to neural damage from the strokes, although Jasmine also says that these behaviors occurred in Denise before she ever had any of the strokes. As Jasmine says below, Denise both is and is not aware of how she is behaving and what is going on. Unfortunately in an update from yesterday, Jasmine reports that Denise has been becoming increasingly violent, oppositional, and unreasonable and I don't have the heart to continue reading about this.

The GOOD news is that Josh and Jasmine are going to have a baby. So, life continues.

If you want to continue to follow what is happening, you can make up an account on the face book with a name that you devise thus. Let's say your best friend's dog was named Chloe and the family lived on Clifford street. So on social media you are Chloe Clifford. As long as it sounds like a plausible name and you just have the account to follow Jasmine or whoever else you wish to follow, nobody will ask any questions. There are a ton of DS fan groups on FB but you have to actually join most to see the posts. I am not friended to Jasmine--she makes these updates public.

Best wishes,

Gothick

Final update I will post from Jasmine, dated Feb.4:

Denise update:
She has not been doing well in the nursing rehab center. Not that they are doing anything wrong but Denise is being out of control. Over the past few days we've each gotten calls at all hours of the day and night where Denise has fallen from not alerting anyone she's getting up, she's refusing her medications, she's screaming, and now today she has packed her belongings and is trying to bum rush the elevator like she's coming home. When we talk to her she tells us to "F off" or she just screams in our ear until she hangs up the phone. Today she was put back in her room from her little escape escapade and when she hung up we had to call the main nursing station for her floor and it's evident she can be heard yelling and fighting from the entire floor of sick and rehabilitating patients. We're getting ready to go up there to try to calm her down because they cannot have her act like this.

So yeah... She's still regressing and this is why we're so tired and frustrated. She's aware and not. She understands and doesn't. She isn't the same and this isn't sustainable.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Snow Globe, Gypsies, and DS Memories
« on: February 06, 2019, 07:36:26 PM »
Thanks, Philippe, for those notes. I did not look that carefully at the video of the snowglobe. It is just not my cup of tea (or glass of sherry).

I am glad you are happy with your gift!

Best, Gothick

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Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / Re: DS Documentary announced
« on: January 25, 2019, 06:58:29 PM »
This article states that the disc will contain "more than an hour" of extras, including something they're calling a DS "set visit"--I presume this means material related to the production of the 1960s series.

No mention of the 2004 pilot being included, so perhaps that is going to be held for some possible later release--who knows.

http://www.collinsporthistoricalsociety.com/2019/01/heres-your-first-look-at-art-for-master.html

G.

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