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Caption This! - The Werewolf-Quentin's Ghost / Re: Episode #0683
« on: September 26, 2005, 09:14:44 PM »
Claude, such magnanimity! ... I ... I'm speechless!!

swooning, G.

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Current Talk '05 II / Episode 849
« on: September 26, 2005, 04:07:30 PM »
Among the episodes featured for the 9/25 screen captures is episode 849.  I've always thought that was one of the best written, directed, and acted episodes of Dark Shadows.  For once, everything works really well, and the use of cuts is handled particularly smoothly.

Just one of those days when you look at the show and think "what a phenomenal achievement!"

G.

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: Cassandra and Julia's relationship...
« on: September 26, 2005, 03:29:02 PM »
The original Angelique had a set of very human motivations for her actions.  Some of the dialogue in Angelique's early scenes, especially the ones with Ben who is the only character to whom she was ever really honest (paradoxical as that seems), leads me to think that Angelique only wanted Barnabas in the first place because of the attraction between him and Josette.  She wanted everything Josette had--her position, her clothes, her wealth, perhaps most of all her respectability--her desire for Barnabas fit that pattern perfectly.  His rejection of her drove her mad, I think, because it was above all a blow to her pride.  The whole romantic thing about her putative unrequited love for him was something I always found difficult to fit into the way the character was established at the beginning.

I think they started out with a fairly clear vision for Cassandra, but the character ran afoul of the chopped-and-changed Adam subplot.  My guess is that Adam's role was beefed up because of all the fanmail I've read kids sent in who totally identified with the big lug.

I love Lara Parker's performance as Cassandra because it is so nuanced.  I thought she portrayed the character's inner conflicts, and even her vulnerability, really well.  I am also overweeningly fond of Cassandra, I suspect, because this was how I first saw the character but when I first started watching the show.

G.

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: Was Stokes the Show's Most Important Character?
« on: September 26, 2005, 03:21:14 PM »
Prof. Stokes was pretty much the star of the very first episode of Dark Shadows I ever saw (back in June 1968) and he's always been front and center among the show's significant characters for me.  In some ways, he is also the one who is closest to my own personality--I definitely have a "cat complex" although I try to enjoy my evening cheese well before bedtime!

G.

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I read an interesting story in the Inside the Old House zine several years ago in which that man turned out to have been ... Count Petofi!  Stokes' meeting with him nearly proves disastrous.

G.

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A friend shared this link with me; fun stuff!

http://www.monsterwax.com/terrortour.html

Besides mentioning the two series of DS gum cards, they mention cards that promoted several of our other favorites, such as the Universal horrors, Flash Gordon, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, and the Addams Family!  (I love the "Lurch and Uncle Fester take it all!" card.)

G.

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Caption This! - 1795/1796 / Re: Episode #0409
« on: September 21, 2005, 04:13:09 PM »
Joan (as Margo Channing): To Hell with it all, Birdie, I need a DRINK!
Grayson (as Faithful Sidekick Birdie): Scotch is on the right, Sterno's on the left!

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Calendar Events / Announcements '05 II / Re: NIGHT OF THE IGUANA on TCM
« on: September 21, 2005, 03:21:19 PM »
FireRose, this is absolutely GORGEOUS!

*about to faint from the sheer beauty of what is before his eyes*

As a Grayson Hall fan, I thank you!  Love the billing across the top of the lobby card, too!

bowing and doffing cap,

Gothick

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: A Twist on the Old Favorite Character
« on: September 20, 2005, 02:21:43 PM »
It's hard to limit myself to five, but I'll give it a shot:

(1)  Grayson Hall as Hoffman, the housekeeper in 1970 Parallel Time.  An amazingly subtle and well-crafted characterization, and very different from the rest of her work on DS.

(2)  Thayer David as Count Petofi.  Bravura acting at its most unforgettable.  I loved the subtlety with which Thayer suggested the Count's vulnerability beneath the mantle of arrogant superiority with which he enveloped himself.

(3)  Lara Parker as Cassandra Collins.  Too bad Tammy Wynette didn't record a theme song for Mrs Roger Collins: B-I-T-C-H!

(4)  Humbert Allen Astredo as Nicholas Blair.  Proving that evil is so much more fascinating to watch than good.

(5)  Nancy Barrett as Charity Trask possessed by the spirit of Pansy Faye.  Just ... superb.

There are MANY others but before I have time to think of them, I give honorary mention to Joan Bennett's 1966-67 work as Liz, and Jonathan Frid's extraordinary performance as Barnabas--both iconic characterizations that were THE faces of Dark Shadows at the time and in our memories for many, many years.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '05 II / Re: Happy Birthday to Ian!
« on: September 19, 2005, 05:39:19 PM »
Happy Solar Return to a great guy!

PS to Midnite:  you KNOW I adore your new avatar!!

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Calendar Events / Announcements '05 II / Re: Happy Birthday Grayson!!!!!!!
« on: September 19, 2005, 03:20:53 PM »
Belated Birthday love to the Divine One!  I love to think of her dutifully signing an autograph, then turning to her son and commenting:  "that and a dime will get you a ride on the New York subway!"

xo G.

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I once introduced someone to the series with the episode from 1897 where Angelique emerges from the fireplace in flames at the beckoning of Quentin and Evan's incantation.  That episode and the one following it are well paced and introduce the main themes of the Barnabas/Angelique/Josette triangle.

Two others that come to mind are the show that starts out with Mrs J telling Nicholas (in 1968) that she thinks there's a curse on the Collins family, and the one following it.  DS at its most baroque, with wonderful performances from everyone!

G.

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The same friend also pointed me towards this site: WARNING, ADULT content (mostly female nudity but they ARE paintings)
http://astrocat.com/samaras/paintings.html

There are several exposed breasts or, as Sister Wendy used to say, "breathtth."

I just love the paintings of Robin and Kato and Morticia and Lily.  Gorgeous!

Moderators, please feel free to delete this if deemed inappropriate to our boards. Thanks.

G.

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You're welcome, dear!  I did not realize you'd ever seen Satan in High Heels.  Of course there have been MANY stills from the film showcased here...

Steve

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Calendar Events / Announcements '05 II / Grayson Hall portrait on website
« on: September 16, 2005, 10:42:48 PM »
Dear fans, earlier today a friend was kind enough to send me this link to a website promoting a show last summer by Pop Artist Glenn Barr:

http://www.mmoderngallery.com/galleries/25_glenn_barr/

If you scroll down the menu on the lefthand side box, look for "Satan in High Heels" and the main panel on the right will disolay a charming, early Sixties exploitation-style portrait of our very own Grayson Hall in her role in the cult 1962 Times Square feature film.

For fans of the movie, the painting titled "Stacey" depicts Meg Myles (later known for her work on soap operas as well) in her role in Satan in High Heels.

Enjoy!

Gothick

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