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Current Talk '05 II / Re: Christmas festivals in Collinsport
« on: December 06, 2005, 07:22:38 PM »
Ghost stories around a flickering fire while the rest of the house is in total darkness sounds like a very cosy Yule tradition. And if you're staying up till first light, as was the practice in days of yore, it gets people so on-edge that there's no WAY anybody's going to leave the comfort of the group round the fire to seek their own bed... all alone... in the dark!

I think a 21st century version of this could include turning on the TV and playing the episode from 1967 where Barnabas tells Vicki and Carolyn the story of Josette's death on Widow's Hill.  If you absolutely had to, you could put garland and lights around the set.

G.

"Are there no WORKHOUSES?"

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: DVDs Repackaged
« on: December 06, 2005, 02:59:37 PM »
Well, I splurged a few weeks back and bought ONE DVD set, #7 (it's the start of the Cassandra Collins storyline, to which I have a lot of sentimental attachment since my first DS was in the middle of that).

I noticed last weekend that the box won't close properly, and I've only had it a couple of weeks.  Is this what you mean by "broken boxes"?

I bought it through DDD; don't know whether MPI will send me one of the new ones.  I guess I will give it a shot.

G.

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: A item featuring a DS alum on Ebay
« on: December 05, 2005, 09:02:16 PM »
Well, what a lovely Xmas treat for those who get that channel!  Thanks for sharing the news, Midnite!

G.

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: A item featuring a DS alum on Ebay
« on: December 05, 2005, 03:30:02 PM »
Talking of Dana Elcar, I highly recommend the episode of The Rockford Files featuring him and Dennis Patrick together in roles definitely reminiscent of their work on DS.

I don't think it is in the new TRF DVD set, but perhaps it will be in a future release.  It's really a fun thing to see.

G.

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: Episode 113
« on: December 05, 2005, 03:25:54 PM »
Wow, now that's service!  Thank you, darling!

G.

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Current Talk '05 II / The December 4th Episodes
« on: December 05, 2005, 03:20:09 PM »
I don't know whether or not to start a new thread for this, but I have to say I'm just groovin' on the gorgeous captures the Mysterioius One posted for Episode #638!  For some reason, Julia's expressions make me think Grayson should have done a softcore version of, oh, I don't know, "Gloriana, She Wolf Matron of the SS"!  And Vicki's expression in the third one looks as if she's feeling Jeff's fingers somewhere OTHER THAN her cheek!

Then there's the fact that Vicki looks like a Mardi Gras grotesque in the fourth capture--that couldn't have possibly been deliberate, could it? hmmm? *maintains poker face*

I love that shot of Julia and Chris together in the Leviathans show.  Funny that there are dramatic scenes involving the two of them in both the '68 and '69 shows today.

kudos once again to the MB!

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '05 II / Re: Connie's Birthday
« on: December 02, 2005, 03:31:11 PM »
Happy Birthday, sweetie!

let's see, how about you walk into the bathroom and there's Quentin Collins (as he was in 1969) naked in your bathtub with a big red bow tied... somewhere appropriate?

Aiming to Please!

with many good wishes for your special day and year,

Steve

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: Vampire Survival Puzzlement
« on: December 01, 2005, 07:34:36 PM »
Well, I just watched some episodes from early Dream Curse (1968) last night (just got 'em on DVD--I righteously dig the format, and that menu sequence is just Super Groovy! outasite! but I digress) and I nearly gagged at how self-absorbed Barn came off.  Here's Julia about a pin's breadth away from a complete nervous breakdown (she actually screams at him "Why can't you leave me alone?!?!" and I wanted to stand and cheer) and all the man can do is moan about how he needs her to do the Experiment NOW.

You would have thought that with all his talk of how wonderful it is to be a human being, he would have tried on some compassion for size.  He was so extremely self-involved, I found myself thinking of Isobel's husband in Portrait of a Lady by Henry James (the novel, not the film version).

G.

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Current Talk '05 II / Episode 113
« on: December 01, 2005, 03:27:54 PM »
A big thank you to the Mysterious Benefactor for today's beautiful series of images from episode 113.  It's been on my list of episodes I need to track down and add to my collection.  I'll have to see if I can figure out which of the MPI Collector's series tapes it's on and order it as a little Yuletide amuse-gueule.

I've been wanting to see Clarice's scene when she expresses Mrs Johnson's emotions at the unmasking of the killer.  I can tell just from the captures that I'm in for quite a treat.  Looks as if David Henesy did an exceptional job in that show, too.

Thanks again!

G.

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Thanks so much for posting this good news, Midnite!  I've enjoyed the episodes of Rockford I have seen in the past, and it would be great to see these shows, especially the ones with Lara and Thayer.

Michael's comments on Davis and his episode are hysterical!  Perhaps Davis is cantering for the coveted new "ubersexual" title.

G.

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Polls Archive / Re: The fate of Count Petofi
« on: November 28, 2005, 08:37:21 PM »
I have to respectfully disagree with the statement that "most fans" despise the Leviathan storyline.  I happen to know several who regard it as a high point (note, please, that I said "A high point", not "THE high point") of the series.

I am not trying to be difficult. I just dislike being told what is supposed to be admired, and what despised.

G.

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: Vampire Survival Puzzlement
« on: November 28, 2005, 04:13:16 PM »
The period that really gets me is during the Summer of 1970; he's a vampire, but Julia isn't treating him, and there is no reference to cattle attacks, or ANYTHING!  Same goes for 1840 after the end of a certain subplot.  I know in the case of the latter storyline, Jonathan Frid flatly refused to do anymore onscreen fanging, which I think partly explains the introduction of the abrupt cure scenario by Angelique, even though she had tried and failed to cure him in a previous storyline (but at that point, she had yet to morph into SuperWitch!).

The other thing that always floors me is this episode in 1897 when the light of dawn is breaking and Barn is scurrying down to the basement, opens his coffin, and there's Rachel passed out inside, thoughtfully left there as a little love-token from Angelique.  By rights Barnabas ought to have dumped her on a sofa in the drawing room, dashed madly back after locking the basement door, and hit the hay.  But he stays and talks with Rachel for awhile, or gets Magda to attend to her (can't recall which).

By the series' own logic, he should have been burnt toast crumbs at that point.  But he isn't!

G.

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Joan Bennett is just INCREDIBLE in this movie.  The phrase "lazy legs" (which was also the director's nickname for Joan) stuck in my head for a long time after seeing Scarlet Street.

If the Oscars meant anything, Joan would have been given one for her performance in this movie!  Robinson and Duryea are both top-knotch, as well.

G.

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Polls Archive / Re: The fate of Count Petofi
« on: November 23, 2005, 07:58:13 PM »
I don't think I'd call LeviaLiz a "zombie."  A latter day Lucrezia Borgia is more like it! I just loved Joan Bennett's portrayal of the character as a truly depraved socialite.  And when she enthuses to Barnabas and Megan about welcoming Roger and Carolyn into the "club," it's a fabulous moment.

But perhaps the best of all is having David reprimand "Elizabeth" for her failure to carry out a certain assignment--and Liz takes it!  David's parting shot about making everything OK with Barnabas adds to the general hysteria of the moment.

Other juicy moments are little LeviAmy quietly, methodically torturing Quentin, Maggie, and Willie in various scenarios.

Nope, no zombies in THAT crew, that I can see!

cheers, G.

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Polls Archive / Re: DS women as lovemakers.
« on: November 22, 2005, 09:07:49 PM »
Ever since I heard of Geoffrey Scott's fascination for Grayson Hall, I've found a warm spot inside for the man.

And that's all I propose to say on THAT topic.

G.

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