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I thought Alexander was the worst brat of all time, on ANY show.  "MISSUS STAWDDAWD!" can still strike a chill in one's bones.

Even when David was at his more borderline, in the early weeks of the 1966 storyline, he did have motivations that were very human and plausible.  Alexander was an arctic wind whistling past a keen-edged scythe.  Completely inhuman.

G.

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Darn, sorry I missed it!

Hope you had a special day that was FABuloso on the EPIC scale that only such a day could warrant!

(and a prayer that the Tapioca God/dess was kind to you)

Belated Birthday bliss,

G.

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Caption This! / Re: To Caption This!
« on: April 19, 2005, 06:38:41 PM »
Midnite, you accomplished the impossible.

I actually looked at those last three smilies and... smiled!

It's the smilie version of the Trimurti (Vishnu, Brahma and Shiva) at Angkor Wat!  too cute!

G.

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Caption This! - The Werewolf-Quentin's Ghost / Re: Episode #0678
« on: April 19, 2005, 05:37:50 PM »
Julia: Chris, I don't see WHY you're making such a big deal over this.  One little Cialis *isn't* going to kill you.  Now hurry up and take the damn pill!

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Current Talk '05 I / Re: Downfalls of DS
« on: April 19, 2005, 05:29:53 PM »
Believe it or not, Gerard, I've read that prototype VCR's did exist already by the mid Sixties.  I've read about very wealthy people having them in the UK at the time.  I do not know whether these were available in the US or not, nor do I know what kind of playback the recordings offered.

This was mentioned in a couple of discussions I read about missing episodes of Dr. Who back in the early 90s.  There were rumors--legends, really--that a wealthy collector had made these kinescope-like recordings of every episode.  From what was written, it appeared to be something different from a home movie camera pointed at the TV set (some people did attempt those, the pickup was usually lousy however).

I wish I had more info, but it doesn't change the fact that none of us back then had access to such technology, so if we missed the day's episode, we were screwed.  I used to dread it when the school bus took an alternate route to deliver us home as it usually meant that I would miss at least some of Dark Shadows...

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '05 I / Re: Movin' on UP...
« on: April 18, 2005, 11:12:38 PM »
Congratulations, Dear!  ya made it!

Hope you've seen the candid photo (dating to '68) of Grayson at a party between HHA and JF.  She's beaming like somebody's Mom as both men pretend to attack her.  In one hand is a drink and in the other, the inevitable cigarette!

G.

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Current Talk '05 I / Re: barnabas&quentin (action figures)
« on: April 18, 2005, 10:53:06 PM »
I think they look cheap, awkward, and ungainly... but then I'm not really into dolls (not *that* kind at any rate.. heh, heh).

G. *theme from Valley of the Dolls plays in the background*

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Current Talk '05 I / Re: Worst Episodes
« on: April 18, 2005, 09:10:24 PM »
The episode where Jeb digs up the remains of a certain enemy and the camera cuts to a still photo of Dennis Patrick (may he rest in peace) having one of his "freakout"moments ... and THIS is the cliffhanger... even for Dark Shadows, THAT was beyond the pale!

G.

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Current Talk '05 I / Re: Downfalls of DS
« on: April 18, 2005, 09:05:45 PM »
Probably its biggest downfall was its own success.  That success led to the movies, which really over-taxed the resources of the cast and production team; the first movie, because it was so violent, led to a lot of Parents groups around the country to demand that local ABC affiliates drop the series because it was perceived as too violent for children's viewing; as more affiliates dropped the show, the ratings also fell; finally, the experience of working on the movies made Dan Curtis decide he wanted to do other things besides helm a soap opera, and (in my opinion) led to his pulling the plug on the show.

btw just so you know, there really aren't any missing or never aired episodes of DS, incredible though that seems.  There's one episode that exists as a montage of stills and an audio recording because the original tape disappeared (apparently back in 1971) and no back-up existed (I think they had stopped making the filmed kinescopes).  It's kind of amazing that that is actually from the very final weeks of the series.  Up until that point, every episode exists in some form or another.  Some episodes were skipped during the 1980s syndication of the series which may be where you got the impression that there were missing shows.

G.

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Oh, I am SO there for Chasin' Grayson.  Calgon, Take me AWAYYY!

I think her work in TDC was the least interesting of all GH's film roles.  Apparently she charmed the Great Walt on the set--he came by to visit one day and kept coming by to chat with her.

In the Hall family, the release of this movie was a big event, because it was the first Matt's classmates got wind of the fact that his Mom was an actress.  Of course, the reaction was small potatoes to what happened a couple of years later when she showed up on EVERYBODY's favorite show...

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '05 I / Re: New DVD review
« on: April 15, 2005, 09:19:22 PM »
Wow.  Finally somebody *gets* it:

Grayson Hall was the bridge between Hollywood and Broadway, where all the actors on the show came from. She was part of the allure of Dark Shadows, and it's her presence that really kicks up Dark Shadows: DVD Collection Three a couple of notches.

I hope Darren sees this part:

These are great sets that are important to collectors of the show. MPI is a hero in my book for keeping the Dark Shadows torch burning brightly when no networks seem to be airing reruns. I've heard rumblings that the first batch of non-vampire episodes are going to see a release once MPI completes this run of the show. Now if only the movie adaptations of House of Dark Shadows and Night of Dark Shadows could find their way onto DVD (uncut and with special features, please). Or is that too much to hope for? But in a world where a vampire can become a romantic leading man on a daytime soap opera, anything's possible.

Thanks for posting the link, Luciaphil.

G.

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Of course there was the episode that had to be completely retaped start to finish because Quentin's *tight* trousers split wide open and the ultimate Secret of Collinwood popped out to be revealed in full ecstatic view of the cameras...

G. *anybody else notice that it's FRIDAY???*

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Just a couple of historical comments on this thread...

I believe the decision not to SAY "vampire" on the air was a conscious strategy on the part of DC and the writers to try to make the first Barnabas storyline more realistic.  You'll also note that before 1795, they never confronted Barnabas with a cross.  I think that was deliberate--to try to create a new space for a new kind of Undead that would owe less to the existing portrayals and more to the imagination of the viewers.  Of course they did use quite a lot of traditional "Gothic" iconography in the physical portrayal of Barnabas... so there was a give and take between the traditions and something that was new.

ABC had an office called Standards and Practices that was internal to the network and I believe all the scripts had to be stamped by that office.  In a book that came out several years ago about the first Barnabas storyline, the editor reprinted a memo from the S & P office which was, I believe, addressed to the producers and directors and had to do with scenes involving Willie, Jason and Barnabas.  They were concerned that Jason not be insinuating that he thought Willie and Barn were a gay couple in a scene with Willie in which he had some smirking dialogue about his former playmate's "light housekeeping" duties in the Old House.

I think the business about a male vampire not biting another man in the throat, etc. also came from S & P or from a presumption about how they would react--so, if this was censorship, it was more or less self-censorship.

The Bible-thumping crowd did conduct campaigns against DS but I think it was all too small scale for the network to bother over.  I never heard about it at the time.  I have to say I get a giggle out of the idea of DS as "the devil's favorite TV show."

G.

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Current Talk '05 I / Re: DS Addiction
« on: April 14, 2005, 03:45:24 PM »
You two are on the way to being seriously disciplined with "frenetic" whipping with the Julia-medallion...

chuckling indulgently,

G.

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Current Talk '05 I / Re: DS Addiction
« on: April 13, 2005, 10:58:52 PM »
Oh, I simply revel in my chosen role as a sick freak obsessed with the occult, the dark side, and Grayson Hall's culinary adventurousness.

If anybody tries to hassle me about it, I pull out this little wax doll I always carry and a black pin and say something like "You know what your problem is?  You have too much time on your hands.  Well, that can be remedied...  but perhaps not as you would have chosen."  By this time I'm cackling quietly with this really demented look in my eyes, and the poor imbecile is whimpering as he crawls towards the nearest exit.

I find that that stifles any adverse comment quite efficiently...

G.

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