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What a hoot!  He actually somewhat resembles Quentin in those dreadful Gold Key comics.  (I always thought Quentin in those books looked more like Tasmanian pop star Engelbert Humperdinck than David Selby.)

An interesting detail is that the episodes with Sebastian Shaw (the DS character played by Chris Pennock (failed to see the light of day from their original broadcast in 1970 till the Sci Fi Channel's original broadcast of the series in the 90s.  They were part of a package of the final year of DS shows that World Vision never were able to syndicate.  I heard the high fee they wanted to charge was the reason, since a lot of the networks syndicating DS in the 70s and 80s were PBS stations.

I guess the creator of this character must have been quite a DS fan!

G.

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Great! so... any frank thoughts on the Majenta Jets and their Angelique song?  I think it said that they included a snippet of LP's actual dialogue from the show on it?

G.

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She was wonderful even though I think she barely gets five minutes of screen time. But she appears three times, so the good stuff is spread out...

GH actually managed to look frumpy in this!  Maybe one of the fans will manage to post screen captures...

Steve

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Sorry to say I am just now seeing this announcement.  Very sorry I missed the show!

Apparently there was a band that did a song about Angelique a few years back.  I remember seeing a picture of Lara Parker posing with the band members in Shadowgram.  Now, I want to say that one of the people in the band was her son, but I could be completely wrong about that.  My memory is just crumbling to bits these days...

Back in 1969 or 1970 a single entitled "Barnabas Collins Love Bandit" was released.  Talk about a groovy ghoul!  (A discussed answer-disc, Quentin Collins Butt Pirate, apparently went nowhere, alas.)

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '05 I / Re: DS Meets DS???
« on: May 14, 2005, 10:12:09 PM »
Several years ago he had just produced another Dusty compilation, and at the DS Festival I went up to him and complained because he had included *all but one track* from Dusty's then very rare 1972 LP, See all her faces.  He didn't have much to say about it; for some reason he didn't just give me the answer I'd expected, that he'd had licensing issues including it.

G.

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Caption This! - Leviathans / Re: Episode #0916
« on: May 11, 2005, 10:49:03 PM »
Donna: David, I'm sorry, but the fanging thing just isn't working on you. [beat] Lela, maybe Johnny Karlen should give it a shot? When did Jon say he was going to be back from the Brittany?

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Testing. 1, 2, 3... / Re: A New Option Can Be Set
« on: May 10, 2005, 04:08:13 PM »
Thank you!!

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Current Talk '05 I / Re: Laura Collins? (Possible Spoilers)
« on: May 10, 2005, 02:42:25 PM »
The personality change is, if anything, even more definitively a part of Laura's 1966/67 story--which may be the best-produced of all DS's supernatural storylines.  It's a pity that fans who are waiting for the DVD's will have to wait several years to see these shows, but when you do--you're in for a treat!

G.

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Caption This! - Night of Dark Shadows / Re: Night of Dark Shadows
« on: May 10, 2005, 02:38:37 PM »
Gabriel:  Get UP, brother dear--I SAID, it's TIME for CANASTA!!

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Ah! Mad Matthew attacking the hedges as if they were whispering naughtinesses about Miz Stahddahd.  It's one of my favorite shots in all DS.

Thank you for your astute remarks about the Liz/Sarah interview.  It does play very awkwardly.  On some level, I wonder about Liz's motive in engaging Mrs J.  I presume it's by and large feeling that Bill would have wanted it, given that he's no longer on the scene, but I would think there has to be more to it than that.

It's stunning how much smoking was a part of the scene back in the Sixties.  I was attempting to watch Sweet Charity on a library DVD this weekend (and not getting far, because, not to put too fine a point on it, Bob Fosse couldn't direct and his choreography and pacing of songs makes me hurl) and the cigarette smoke was heavy on the ground--I was practically gagging.

G.

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Current Talk '05 I / Re: Storyline Changes / spoilers
« on: May 09, 2005, 01:32:43 AM »
Putting Esquire after one's name was a sign of nothing more than claiming the state and privileges of a gentleman.  In the UK you'll find people of a certain age still address letters in this fashion.

I do not know how or when the American practice of using Esquire to indicate practice at the Bar began.  I imagine there's an etymological note on this in the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) and that's available online, somewhere or other.

G.

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Current Talk '05 I / Re: "Potential new DS movie"
« on: May 07, 2005, 10:35:20 PM »
Just to give another perspective--and this is certainly not directed against the many fans who love the idea of Tim Burton and Johnny Depp doing Dark Shadows--in my opinion, neither the director nor the star would be right for a new incarnation of the series.

I have no idea who to suggest.  It would be great to bring in some fresh faces from the NYC theatre world as was done the first time around.

When I think of a new version of DS I would actually enjoy watching (and believe me, it's quite a stretch to think of it at all for me since I do NOT like remakes), I think more along the lines of Gosford Park than the Burton/Depp Sleepy Hollow.

G.

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Bit more history here... They went to Parallel Time after 1840 because Frid's contract was coming up for a renewal towards the end of 1970.  Somebody on here mentioned that he walked off the set one day and refused to return until he was assured that he would get to play another character besides Barnabas.  Lara Parker had also long expressed a desire to play a "good" character.  The only way they could think of meeting Frid's demand was by constructing the 1841 storyline, with its obvious roots in Wuthering Heights.  Also, Director (and at this time, Producer) Lela Swift believed that the largest contingent of the audience wanted to see Frid and Parker's characters in a happy romantic story, which is why 1840 took the turn of a framework for [spoiler]Barnabas realizing he had "always really loved" Angelique for the final weeks of that story.[/spoiler]  I believe that these ingredients led to the creation of the PT1841 storyline.

I believe that local network affiliates dropping DS are as much an explanation for the decline in the ratings as anything else.  However, I have read that the ratings began to rise again in January-Feb. 1971.  Apparently, when the announcement was made at the March '71 ABC board meeting that DS was going to get the axe, there was genuine concern that such a popular show was being dumped.

My theory for several years now has been that if it was the network's idea to cancel DS, Dan Curtis was more than happy to meet them halfway.  I still think that the timing of the cancellation had more to do with the need to go into production for NoDS than it did any other factor.  Since JF reportedly refused to "do the fanging thing" any longer, and also refused to do the sequel film (which had been originally constructed around him), DC probably felt it was more than time to move on.  Sam Hall's notes for the final storyline, published in that TV Guide article, were all about Barnabas' final cure from vampirism; they couldn't really have played that story if the actor did not want to portray a vampire any longer.

G.

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Current Talk '05 I / Re: "Potential new DS movie"
« on: May 06, 2005, 03:19:51 PM »
We have heard nothing here, so far as I am aware.  I, for one, have learnt to take what is printed in those announcement brochures with a couple good shakes of salt.

Vengeance at Collinwood sounds like it'll be fun.  I wonder whether Jamison Selby is doing the script?

G.

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As always, reading your notes is as much a pleasure as watching the actual episodes.  I see that the Festival are publishing a limited run book on 1966--I have to say they have a VERY tough act to follow, having read your work, which I regard as near-definitive--a little tidying and research and it would BE definitive.  Maybe one of these days, we could publish your notes as a limited-run thing--I would love to have a slim volume from you to put on my DS shelf.

I agree with you about Burke and David. They're obviously setting up the idea that Burke may be David's true Father.  I haven't read the Art Wallace bible thingie so do not know whether he intended it to be revealed that Burke really was David's Dad, especially since his original plan was for Roger to literally go round the twist and off the cliff.

Thank you for your comment comparing Liz's beehive with Mrs Meers.  The idea of Liz spouting mock-Cantonese while pushing a squeaky laundry-cart was enough to keep me in smiles for much of the day.

G.

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