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These are delightful!  I have no witty captions about blenders to add, but I'd guess that DP had cracked quite a joke when that first photo was taken.

Priceless stuff!  More, please!

G.

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Thanks for posting these.  Golly, I would have loved to have seen Joan in Bell, Book, and Candle.  I wonder whether she played the lead, or one of the supporting roles?  I seem to recall that the character played by Hermione Gingold in the movie does not appear on stage in the play.

In the old days, those touring companies were known as "bus and truck" tours--the actors on the bus, the scenery and such on a truck--and Joan says in her autobiography that the actors themselves used to call them "buck and truss" because of the stiff muscles and sore backs everyone had to deal with in those long hours on the bus!

G.

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: Jeremiah Collins
« on: August 30, 2005, 03:46:48 PM »
Hi Stefan, yes, they make Burke's resemblance to Jeremiah part of the pattern of Barnabas' jealousy of the Burke/Victoria relationship in the later part of the 1967 storyline.

When Burke and Vicki announce their engagement, Barnabas angrily exclaims "Jeremiah!"  I think Burke overhears him and the oddity of the exclamation fuels his investigation of Barnabas' background.

This isn't really relevant to the topic, but I personally find Robert Gerringer (vintage '67, obviously) much cuddlier than Anthony George.  Each to his own, I guess.

G.

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: Jeremiah Collins
« on: August 29, 2005, 08:33:20 PM »
MB, you are correct about the chronology.  There is a letter from late Summer of '67 to Mrs. Frid where JF mentions DC taking him aside and revealing the plan to go back in time and reveal how Barnabas came to be a vampire.

I'd really like to know when the story conference that produced the full blown outline for 1795 happened, given how a very different chronology and outline of events was discussed in episodes that were taped only a month or LESS before the start of the 1795 story.

I have also never seen any inkling of Robert Gerringer playing Jeremiah in any publication about the history of Dark Shadows.  Jeremiah's putative resemblance to Burke Devlin was mentioned soon after Anthony George took over the role, IIRC.  There were several episodes in which Barnabas made great play of the fact.

G.

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Whoa! the winning bid on that pen was $215.22!

G.

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Thanks for checking on this, Midnite.  What a nuisance about that website no longer giving scheduling info more than a day in advance!

I occasionally wonder how folks without net access manage ever to know when or what is EVER on the tube these days...

G.

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My sweet Goddess!  Claude, you naughty lad, you just nearly made me choke on my iced tea!

G.

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What more fitting an emblem for the Mysterious Benefactor to bear than the True Sovereign of Dark Shadows--the Silver Filigree Fountain Pen.

It is little known that the origin of Barnabas Collins lay in a desperate attempt by TPTB to come up with something as popular as the Silver Filigree Fountain Pen storyline.  But sadly, even with the renown of Barnabas, the show never regained the pop-cultural cachet it held during that fabulous Autumn of 1966.

I heard that Jackie Susann planned a sequel to Valley of the Dolls, Summit of the Silver Pen, but ABC brass got wind of it, played hardball and threatened to sue.

The long-believed-to-be-lost print of the 1967 feature film, Pen of Dark Shadows, MAY have surfaced in the lower depths of Forrest J. Ackerman's 16 mm film collection.  Watch this space for further details.

It IS Friday, isn't it??

G.

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: Ep 564/565 Question
« on: August 25, 2005, 02:27:23 PM »
I'm not sure that it was ever mentioned more than in this one episode.  It might have come up in a scene Joe and Maggie had shortly after this.

G.

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I'd love to see a couple of captures of the fabulously talented Virginia Vestoff on that show.  Hope it was a good role for her.

G.

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MB, darling, have you been nipping into Roger's brandy cabinet again?

playfully, Gothique

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Calendar Events / Announcements '05 II / Dick Cavett Show on DVD
« on: August 23, 2005, 04:24:11 PM »
Dear Fans,

A friend of mine informed me last week that selected episodes of the Dick Cavett Show are being given a
release on DVD.  He just bought the first set with the theme "Rock Stars" (or something like that) and described performances by Jefferson Airplane, Joni Mitchell, Janis Joplin and other luminaries of the time.

I speculated to him whether the Jonathan Frid episode would be included in a future release and he just sent me this note in today's email:

Dick Cavett reads questions from the audience on little note cards.  Someone
asks "When you had Jonathan Frid on your show last week, did he really bite you
and leave teeth marks on your hand?"

I thought this was a hoot!  I remember when JF was on Merv Griffin, some rather dippy-looking dame appeared to be afraid he was going to bite her!  Amusing as it seems now, I'm sure it was very tiresome for JF as a serious actor to have to put up with these antics during "those years of insanity."

I heard a rumor a year or two ago that a similar release of the Mike Douglas Show was being prepared, but heard nothing further regarding this.

Best wishes,

Gothick

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Luciaphil's Idle Thoughts '05 / Re: Nosy Parkers -- Episodes 97 & 98
« on: August 18, 2005, 09:59:02 PM »
Luciaphil darling, when you wrote a propos of Mrs J:

she probably only owns three dresses, some girdles, orthopedic shoes, that plaid bathrobe, a wig stand, and a pair of binoculars, so I guess that's about right. Not in the luggage, but very much present is her torch for Bill Malloy.

I had a sudden vision of you as the 21st century's true answer to Dashiell Hammett.  btw, I about bust a gut guffawing over Mrs J's pair of binoculars.  I can just see her using them, too.

I loved episode 98 and your precis makes me want to see it again. DS doesn't get much better than Mrs J's first day at Collinwood!

I adore your writing.  Please do continue.

your fan,

Gothick

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There was rain the night Chris Jennings arrived in Collinsport in 1968.  I remember the raindrops on Joe's hospital window, and the fact that Chris was a bit damp when he gave Dr. Hoffman the fright of her life (heh, heh).

Excellent work, as always, my dear.  I don't think I was bothered as much by the irrationality of Vicki's reactions to "the pen" as you were; when people panic, they do stupid things--stupid things that often cause much more serious damage than the initial cause for panic.

G.

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Grayson told a story about Ava Gardner being amazed at the realism of her telephone call acting in NOTI.  Ava wanted to know "how do you do that?" "Oh, it's simple," Grayson replied.  "I just imagine someone on the other side of the line saying words and then speak my lines in response accordingly." "Oh, my God!" Gardner is supposed to have shrieked, "that's TECHNIQUE!"  And then, according to the irrepressible redhead, the famous star ran down to the beach and threw herself into the ocean.

Bear in mind that Grayson was known for her faculty of exaggeration in storytelling...

G.

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