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Current Talk '06 I / Re: Julia at the Blue Whale
« on: January 12, 2006, 09:38:01 PM »
Jean-Claude baby, what a rockin' dream!  I wonder whether the "toast points platter" comes with a tweed garnish.

Only scene I remember where Julia went to the Blue Whale was the one Bette mentioned.  There's a hilarious scene where Darryl Schaffer as Julia visits the BW in one of the Cheep Productions fan videos that have been shown at the Festivals.  The producers cleverly intercut Darryl-as-Julia with actual footage from a 1967 episode of DS set in the bar.

G.

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Polls Archive / Re: Places to live on Dark Shadows
« on: January 11, 2006, 08:42:26 PM »
Adam's hiding place for Carolyn was actually a root cellar.  I found the ruin of one of these while exploring an island in the Boston harbor last Spring with some friends.

There was a fishing shack that wound up going up in flames in 1967; it was meant to be on or adjacent to the estate grounds, I believe.  There was also an abandoned hut near the beach where Angelique kept Barnabas a prisoner for a couple of days in 1968.

G.

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Ah, Penny dear, great minds truly think alike!

G.

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Well, it wouldn't have been the first time Grayson filled Nancy Marchand's pumps.  As all Hall-o-holics could recite in their sleep, GH took over from Marchand in the starring role of the Madam/Queen in the 1960 off-Broadway production of The Balcony.

I always wondered what the two actresses thought of one another.

G.

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Midnite, many thanks for posting that link.  I hadn't heard they had found him.  How sad.  I was shocked to learn that Mom Cowsill died at such a young age--the same year as Grayson, too!

For those who do not know, The Cowsills were the inspiration for the TV series, The Partridge Family.  I thought one of their early hits from 1967, some complicated title about the rain, the park and you, was really quite a decent record--tuneful and beautifully produced.  And who can forget their chart-topping cover of "Hair" from '69?  Those were the days...

G.

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Thanks for explaining this, Rainey.  I didn't have a clue!

Steve, the one with no cable

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Re bootlegs:  I only buy them when there's no available legit release.  IF there's a legit release, then I want that, because the quality is USUALLY so much head and shoulders above a boot (the commercial release of the 1990 DS shows that this is not always the case).

Films I have bought on boot recently include DEVILS OF DARKNESS, a 1965 British horror B-movie (great role for Carole Gray) that I doubt even had a US release back in the day, and DIONYSUS IN '69, a film of a unique living theatre production of the tragedy by Euripides that had a limited art house release way back when.  The disc I purchased came from Athens Greece and I think it was actually a region 0 DVD release, but I am not sure.

I'm currently looking for something called SIMON, KING OF THE WITCHES, which was filmed in L. A. circa 1970, and stars Andrew Prine.  It came out on commercial VHS in the 1980s and is long OP.  If I buy a used copy of the tape (the cheaper ones are priced at around $49.95) the only guy making money on the transaction is the dealer; nobody associated with the movie sees that money.  So I'm hoping I can find a bootleg DVD transfer. It's possible that a legit DVD is in the works for this film.  Andrew Prine did an interview about it in the current issue of SHOCK magazine (which I strongly recommend to fans of genre filmmaking) which makes me wonder whether something might be brewing on this front.

G.

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I saw a friend's VHS copy of the Louis Jourdain Dracula about ten years ago, and liked it well enough.  I still think the physicality of Dracula as described by Stoker was best captured by Lee in that Jess Franco film.  Several of Franco's movies have been restored and issued in pristine DVD editions recently; maybe they'll do this one, as well.  There are some funny stories about that production.  Lee did a movie for Franco that verged on softcorn pornography (I think it was Justine) as a trade-off because he wanted to film Dracula properly so badly, or so he said in interviews in the early 70s, after the fact.

I might have to get one of those bootleg discs myself, Vlad. Thanks for mentioning this! There are a number of movies unlikely ever to be released in the US (such as Grayson's French film) that one can find in good bootleg editions on eBay.

G.

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: Mr. Tyler?
« on: January 05, 2006, 12:42:53 AM »
Patti dear, Madeleine L'Engle wrote A Wrinkle in Time--one of the great children's books of the Sixties, which I've never forgotten.  There were several sequels, too, and she also wrote a memoir about her marriage to Hugh Franklin.  In the memoir she reveals that a good friend and sometime roomie of hers was none other than Cavada Humphrey, who played Madam Findlay, the medium who tried to rid Collinwood of Quentin's ghost in 1969.  According to Madeleine, Cavada Humphrey was just as flamboyant in life as she was on the screen!

cheers, Steve

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Polls Archive / Re: DS 'Survivor' (the LAST to leave)
« on: January 04, 2006, 06:11:15 PM »
Well... doesn't Julia hold some kind of record as world's longest lasting houseguest?

just having a bit of fun with the topic...

G.

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Polls Archive / Re: Return To Collinwood - In Continuity or Not?
« on: January 04, 2006, 04:33:59 PM »
Just for the record:

I don't "disapprove" of writing fanfic, putting on new skits, etc.  Hell, when I had more time, I used to churn out the fic with the best of them (albeit my production speed leaves MUCH to be desired).  I just think there needs to be a differentiation between fic/pastiche/whatever and the original, aired shows.  The latter are canon.  These are established terms widely used in media fandoms, and I think they are used because they are helpful in charting the complicated terrain of shows that have attracted as much activity on the fic front as Dark Shadows (or Star Trek/Wars).

I have to admit I'll never be able to get very excited about the concept of a remake of the series.  Too bad the WB version vanished without a trace.  It did sound like something different enough from the original to be judged on its own merits.  I'm afraid I find that very difficult to do with the edition DC produced in 1990.

G.

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Polls Archive / Re: Return To Collinwood - In Continuity or Not?
« on: January 03, 2006, 07:39:39 PM »
Well, a lot of horrible stuff happened on the show, and then was later reversed.  The DS writers seem to have been blissfully unaware of the principle of Temporal Paradox, so they literally got away with murder on that show! I'm quite sure that the "end" to the Vicki storyline would have been changed by subsequent events, had the show continued--the fact that it happened during the last year meant that did not happen in canon.

I did like Dale Clark's suggestion of how this particular story might have been resolved, in the first of a very long series of novels he wrote some years ago.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '06 I / Re: Happy Birthday to jennifer!
« on: January 03, 2006, 05:04:07 PM »
Belated birthday greetings to you, dear!

Best wishes,

Steve

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: is liz a dish best served cold?
« on: January 03, 2006, 04:30:38 PM »
Barnabas' Bride,

have you seen the 1967 Jason Maguire storyline with Liz?  After the end of that, I found Liz's reaction to Paul entirely plausible.  [spoiler]  As I recall it, when she went to his hotel room when she first learned he was back in town, she was beyond icy and basically informed him to get outta town!  I thought the Leviathans' influence simply brought out even more her real feelings about him, which were ones of utter contempt.  That whole episode from which this scene is excerpted is FABULOUS work from Joan Bennett, with great support, of course, from Dennis, Clarice, and Thayer.[/spoiler]

G.

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Polls Archive / Re: Return To Collinwood - In Continuity or Not?
« on: January 03, 2006, 04:25:04 PM »
I haven't heard or seen it (and from all accounts, Jamison is a very talented writer), but since it was not part of the broadcast series, it can't be part of the canon of DS.

It goes without saying that NONE of the "Marilyn Ross" novels are DS canon, either--thank the Gods!

Sam Hall presented his original article (in text that I don't think made it to the version on the videotape) as possibilities for the fates of the characters.  I do love the idea of Barnabas and Julia marrying, especially in Singapore...

G.

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