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Current Talk '05 II / Re: The July 17th Episodes (Spoilers!)
« on: July 17, 2005, 09:58:34 PM »
I can't help mentioning that my "wicked" side thoroughly enjoyed both "Aristide asks Tim about Quentin" (and, hmmm, did their chat involve Quentin's linguistic abilities, specifically with the French and Greek tongues?  Hell's Bells, I just came close to using one of those damned smilies!!) and "Tim tells the hand it's exactly what he needs"--I imagine a dialogue caption from this one reading, "hallelujah, my days of mail-order from Fredericks of Hollywood's are OVER!"  Briscoe's expression in the latter image was truly priceless!

Seeing Julia turn up in the July 17th show was a real treat for me when I watched this show last weekend.  I'd forgotten she appeared in it.

I thought it was hilarious that they actually made Karlen and Frid pick up Dennis Patrick's body and hoist it up those stairs.  Apart from everything else, fanciers of vampire lore would expect that with his great strength, the Undead Barnabas would have easily been able to sling Jason up those steps singlehandedly.  Of course, Karlen's bit when he has to touch Jason's dead body provided the emotional highlight of the entire episode.  What a brilliant thespian!

Thayer, of course, was wonderful as well in both of those shows.

G.

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: The July 15th Episodes (Spoilers!)
« on: July 15, 2005, 10:59:00 PM »
That's a wonderful close-up of Jula in that PT 1970 episode.

Thank you again for these wonderful images.

Steve

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Thanks for posting these.  It looks a little better than I had expected, and Townsend seems to have grown up quite a bit--not the pouty ingenue of just a few years back any longer.

I guess they completely bought out the rights of Jeff Rice, the original author of the novel in which the Kolchak character first appeared, to his material.  The character now sounds a lot more like the Sebastian Spence role in First Wave, a late Nineties Sci Fi channel thing.

The scene where they were examining the tracks rang a bell; wasn't there a line of dialogue in there that sounded an awful lot like: "but what kind animal would attack humans for their blood?"

G.

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Heather, you rock my world!  that's one of my all-time favorite mini-sequences in all of DS, just because of the way it establishes Julia's presence, and then the look on her face when we finally see her.  just a bit of brilliance from Grayson and her favorite bric-a-brac.

G.

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: The July 14th Episodes (Spoilers!)
« on: July 14, 2005, 08:36:05 PM »
MB, I thought both the caption re propositions and the choice of shot (especially the expression on Burke's face) were HIGHLY salacious.  I can just see the dialogue running along these lines: "Haskell, believe me, I'll make it worth your while.  You keep going on and on about that boat you say you want.  I'm offering to pay you extremely well for something you're going to enjoy anyway." heh!

I thought today's 1967 episode had some great moments.  The scene between Liz and Carolyn played so plausibly, although I think it would have been even better if the writer had not chosen to have Liz under sedation for that first scene.  And the wind-up with Willie and Jason is wonderful payback for us viewers after having to squirm through how horribly he treated Liz over the preceding months.  Grand stuff.

It would be interesting to speculate on just why Claude North dropped so suddenly out of the scene in PT 1970.  He was set up to be the central figure in the next arc of the PT story.  One can only presume that DC initially planned to have the PT storyline continue through much of the summer, and then abruptly changed his mind, leaving his writers to take on the task of tidying up some extremely botched plot-threads.  It's often forgotten that sudden switches in plot direction were dictated directly by DC in story conferences the writers were required to attend.  I've always wondered whether DC paid himself the Head Writer's salary because of this.

Wonderful work again, MB!  thanks!

G.

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Bizarrely, I can't quote chapter and verse, but on the 1968 Ron Barry radio interview he asks everyone to say something about the character he/she plays on the show (Jonathan says something like "I sucked blood for a living until recently when Dr. Hoffman cured me--thank you, dear," and he's obviously turning to smile at Grayson--even though of course it was Dr Lang who cured him).

Anyhow, Grayson starts off and says something like "I play a Doctor.  She's a Doctor who does everything from hand you an aspirin to... brain surgery! and psychoanalysis too! Yeah, your average all around ... Doctor," punctuated by a volley of giggles.  I just love hearing her acknowledge the absurdity of what they had her doing. And there's another notorious interview in which she complains:  "Julia's *such* a straight-ass."  Hilarious!

Somebody years ago wrote this hysterically funny thing about Dr. Hoffman being jailed for medical malpractice and incompetence.  I think it was part of a Collins Chriistmas letter, or something.  It was so perfect.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '05 II / Re: Two More DS References
« on: July 13, 2005, 07:44:35 PM »
This reminds me of another passage in the original DS Almanac that still gives me a headache everytime I think about it:  they quote an interview with Grayson Hall about a time when she and Jon appeared together at some event and the crowd of screaming teenagers literally broke through the police barricades. GH is quoted as saying something like "Now, I'm an old warhorse, but that was enough to rattle even me."

In all my research for the biography, I never could find the interview where Grayson recalled that incident, nor have I ever seen a photograph or other reference to GH and JF appearing together at such an event.  I asked Jonathan about it once, and he recalled a time when he was being chased and had to run into a building to take shelter (sort of like the start of A Hard Day's Night, I guess).
It was not clear to me whether this was on the same occasion, however, or whether he was gallantly attempting to remember SOMETHING from the blur of all those public appearances to give a good answer to my query.

I figure that Malia might have done a listing of all JF's recorded public appearances, but unfortunately, I don't own her book (which I hear is excellent).

Sorry to natter on and on about this.  I periodically post here hoping somebody will have a clipping, or something, to provide further info on this.  I have sort of figured out that the interview must have been one that Melody Clark (one of the authors of the original DS Almanac) did with GH when she was running her fan club--as such, the material may never have seen the light of day, apart from this snippet.

G.

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: The July 10th Episodes (Spoilers!)
« on: July 13, 2005, 07:37:33 PM »
Gosh,thanks for checking.  I didn't expect that.  After thinking about it, I realized it was probably the previous one--1054, I guess.

I just love those final weeks of PT 1970.  I find it much more satisfying than the denouement of the 1840 storyline.

G.

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: the matthew morgan storyline
« on: July 11, 2005, 03:56:05 PM »
I agree with everything you write here.  I thought this was an excellently played and written story.  I am still missing some of the episodes from this period.  The one I especially want to see is the one where [spoiler]Mrs Johnson learns that Matthew was responsible for Bill's death.  I'm sure Clarice Blackburn's performance was wonderful in this sequence.[/spoiler]

There were a couple of ingenue-kidnapping storylines in later DS.  Probably the most disturbing of the later ones was [spoiler]Maggie Collins' kidnapping by John Yeagar during PT1970.  The way that was portrayed bordered on shocking for 1970 TV, particularly the scene where Yeagar was fondling Maggie's things and licking her pearls, etc.  I had to wonder whether Pennock improvised some of that.  He was really disturbing in that role.[/spoiler]

Gothick

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Current Talk '05 II / The Locked Room
« on: July 11, 2005, 03:47:30 PM »
This past weekend, I watched episodes around the end of the Locked Room/Jason MacGuire storyline from 1967 (and I ordered some tapes from MPI to cover episodes I'm missing, thanks to MB's superb images from some of the episodes in question).  Anyhow, I spotted an amusing blooper in one of these:

[spoiler]When Jason goes down to check and make sure nothing of any obvious relevance to Liz's putative murder of Paul is visible in the Locked Room, he opens a box that is supposed to contain some of Paul's old clothes.  Unfortunately, props must have been in a rush that day, because one of the "old" shirts still contains the cardboard packing from Ohrbach's stockroom!

Apart from this, I really liked the scene between Liz and Roger while they were waiting together for Burke and Sheriff Pat to dig up the trunk.  I thought Liz's dialogue about how she regarded herself as the "conscience" of the family, and that provided all the more reason for her to conceal what had happened with Paul, and Roger's response that if she had shared it, he might have "made use of" the information, was a surprisingly frank scene between these two, who we were more used to seeing play cat-and-mouse with one another.[/spoiler]

G.

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: The July 10th Episodes (Spoilers!)
« on: July 10, 2005, 11:40:47 PM »
Is #1055 the one with that marvelous 365 degree pan around Roger while he's talking to Maggie?  I thought that was one of the more spectacular bits of camera legerdemain on DS.

Too bad that Liz's Forties gown with the "boa" cuffs didn't read better in the captures.  As fate would have it, I just watched this episode earlier this afternoon.

G.

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: The July 8th Episodes (Spoiler!)
« on: July 08, 2005, 08:41:45 PM »
They make wonderful use of this image of Ghost-of-Sam in the Cheep Productions classic, Save our Cemeteries.

I'd never occurred that he was in that coat because they didn't have any of Sam's clothes around any longer.  Brilliant deduction, MB!

I loved Louis' turn as crazy, vicious, evil-queen Roger in the PT 1970 storyline.

Thanks again for these!

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '05 II / Re: Thayer David on Kojak
« on: July 07, 2005, 07:45:29 PM »
Stunning!  I love that white suit on him!
Thanks so much, Midnite!
xo Steve

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Midnite, these caps are simply gorgeous.  How incredibly different Thayer could look/seem in his various roles!

He looks so healthy and handsome here, too.  I have to wonder whether the cardiac thing ran in his family.

Thanks so much!

xo Steve

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Did anybody on the boards happen to tape this?

I'd love to see images, if so.  I just can't get enough of Thayer David and his amazing talent.  We lost him too soon *sniffle*.

G.

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