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Caption This! - 1795/1796 / Re: Episode #0426
« on: February 13, 2006, 04:16:31 PM »
Barnabas (sings): I feel pretty, oh so pretty, I feel pretty and witty and ...

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: Sci-Fi Channel Documentary
« on: February 10, 2006, 11:51:10 PM »
Connie, you're a genius!!!

in adoration,

Steve

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: 25 1/2 or 26?
« on: February 09, 2006, 11:35:02 PM »
How about one disc each for the restored hoDS and NoDS?  (Yeah, I know MPI don't own the rights, but allow a fella his dreams, K?)

G.

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: Sci-Fi Channel Documentary
« on: February 09, 2006, 09:06:42 PM »
Hey Penny Dreadful, I honestly don't recall the details, but what I do remember is that a lot of gossip was bandied about (which per Board regulations can't be discussed here, but perhaps someone will fill you in via PM).  I had a bad feeling about that thing from the get-go, and I know some fans who participated in it in good faith--it really left a BAD taste in everybody's mouth.

It all reminds me of this time at one of the old DS convocations when Joan Bennett was still living.  Joan was sitting on stage when KLS was taking a starry-eyed trip down memory lane about what a wonderful place DS to work and what a warm, caring, family feeling there was amongst cast and crew. Apparently, Joan gave one of her famous sharp looks, raised an eyebrow and said "WHAT show did you say you were on again, Dear?"  LOVE to have seen that...

G.

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: How does a DS fan know when they're too old....
« on: February 08, 2006, 07:55:30 PM »
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And I also swear I've never drawn or even been in a room where a pentragram has been drawn on the floor.

My dear! I do feel your pain.

G.

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: Blooper?
« on: February 07, 2006, 09:27:20 PM »
Just to point out....

[spoiler]In Quentin's "original" death, it was Beth who shot him, not Judith.    Beth did know that Q was a werewolf, so for all I know she used silver bullets.  The "flashback" does not reveal how Q "originally" came to be walled up dead in his own room.  Barn has a line where he says something like "we can't answer all the questions now."  I think that goes double for the DS writers and the whole Quentin Collins storyline.  If you factor in temporal paradox, it's all enough to make your head not just scratchy, but do a full on Regan-and-pea-soup spin.[/spoiler]

In my own experience of watching Dark Shadows, I long ago gave up trying to have the story make too much sense.  I find it is more fun if I just sit back and enjoy the ride.

Cheers, Gothick

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Calendar Events / Announcements '06 I / Re: Passions Does It Again
« on: February 07, 2006, 08:53:39 PM »
Wow!  Thanks for filling us in on this, MB!

I was wondering several months ago whether Passions was still on the air...

G.

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: Least favorite DS writer
« on: February 07, 2006, 12:22:30 AM »
I have an interview with Violet Welles somewhere or other--I believe it was published in TWODS, but it may have been in "Inside the Old House."  It's true that she was a publicist, and she even worked on one of Grayson's plays (might have been "The Love Nest"?).  She was also a ghost-writer, and would handle some of Gordon Russell's workload when he got too frazzled to deal with it.  I believe he suggested that she talk to Dan Curtis about becoming a staff writer for DS, but I'm not sure when that happened.  Gordon Russell began writing for the show in, I think, the Summer of 1967, so it may be that she already wrote some scripts back then--they would have had his byline, however.  (On the topic of ghost writers, there's a fascinating article about playwright Robert Patrick's work out in LA in this capacity; it's a lucrative line for writers who want the freedom to pursue their own work.)

Welles officially stopped writing for DS in, I think, some point of the Parallel Time 1970 storyline, but she came back to do a lot of the scripts for the Parallel Time 1841 sequence.  Again, I think most, if not all, of these scripts had Gordon Russell's name on them.

G.

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: Least favorite DS writer
« on: February 06, 2006, 06:57:13 PM »
Um, most of the plot points on DS (especially the really extreme, crazy ones) were dictated by Dan Curtis or, later in the series (1970-71), by Lela Swift who became the Producer during the final phase.  The writers just had to choose HOW to write the story handed to them by DC.  In some cases there was more give and take with the writers and Curtis spending hours arguing over how to plot a given storyline.  In some cases they appear to have switched gears abruptly in mid stream (compare the respective runups to both 1795 and 1840 and how the stories actually played out).

So, it's really not fair to blame Welles for "killing off" Rachel.  Welles wrote some of the best scripts in DS history.  I'd say that she and Francis Swann were probably the best of all the writers.  My personal least favorite writer was Ron Sproat.  His scripts on DS were so paint by numbers.  I've seen his work for Strange Paradise as well, and it was equally lacklustre.

G.

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I would love to see a panel honoring Grayson Hall at the 40th anniversary Dark Shadows Festival!

I look forward to the author receiving a standing ovation for her hard work and dedication to this project! Let's hear it for RJ!

I agree that a selection of clips would be more appropriate than screening entire episodes.

It goes without saying that if there's anything I can do to assist, I rely upon you to say the word!

Best, Steve

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Calendar Events / Announcements '06 I / Re: Happy Birthday to Bette!
« on: February 06, 2006, 03:26:06 AM »
Belated birthday wishes to you, Bette!

I tried to send you an e-card, but I don't think it made it to you.

Best wishes,  Steve

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Darren, I'm sure that you're right; they're using a period advertising image for the cover design on that box. Although I can't recall having seen that specific image, the format matches others I have seen for the movie.

I just watched it last month and James Ward got much better billing than did Grayson in the film's actual title sequence.  He got bigger type and a separate screen with, I think, Cyril Delavanti? (but don't quote me on that)

I've never, ever seen any promotional designs for the film that featured Grayson's image.  In the trailer that was on the old laserdisc, the funny thing is that her name was never mentioned but three of her scenes were shown in excerpt.  I found myself asking "who's selling this movie, anyway??"

Best, Steve

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Thanks for pointing that out, Midnite!  Looks interesting.  Although I wince at that unflattering shot of Deborah Kerr chosen for the box art...

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '06 I / Re: A Belated Mozart Day to You
« on: February 02, 2006, 11:36:19 PM »
Mozart was also Count Petofi's favorite composer (and probably a personal friend, too).  There's a slightly hysterical scene during the Quentofi sequence of "Quentin" avidly listening to a Mozart recording....  I sometimes wonder whether this wasn't a tip of the hat to Mr. Norris' passion for the perky little Viennese and his compositions in the Christopher Isherwood novel "Mr. Norris Changes Trains."

Cheers, Gothick

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Do Warners EVER include extras on their DVDs??  Seems as if whenever I see an old film out on their label, the release is bare-bones.  For DVD features you get things like "chapter menu" and "language: English."  Whoop-de-doo.

There is a short film, "In search of the Iguana," that was on the old laser disc release (which was the source of my own copy of the film--a friend was kind enough to tape it for me).  You'd think they'd at least include that.  If you look really carefully, you can see bits of Grayson in a couple of the crowd scenes...

G.

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