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Current Talk '04 II / Re: Ross Novels / Gold Key Comics
« on: January 03, 2005, 06:03:40 PM »
Cassandra appeared very briefly in issue one of the Gold Key comics.

One of the DS fans did an M. A.thesis on the Dan/"Marilyn" Ross books back in the Eighties and wrote an article about the paperbacks which I read.  (Frankly, I was stunned to think of any academic worthy of the name signing off on such a thing, but since then, we've had cartloads of scholarly books published on the postmodern polsemy of Xena and Gabrielle, etc.).   IIRC, Dan only ever received the script for episode 1 of DS.  In the very first book, the first few pages are fairly close to some of the narrative of episode 1.  I don't think he ever watched the show because he was too busy.  The article mentioned him typing the final chapters of one of the books in the back seat of his station wagon while his wife drove them to the publishers because he was so close to the deadline.

To call them "pulp" fiction would be a kindness.  One of my friends used to read them on the beach, a convenience because they have those big barrels in which you could toss the completed, sand-encrusted paperbacks once you were done.

They're worth having for the cover photos. The early issues of the comics had some nice photos.  Apart from that, I can't imagine anyone wanting to have them around the house.

Some of the other characters did turn up in the Ross books, notably Quentin, of course.  The appearance of the characters was often wildly at variance with how they appeared on the show.  Quentin, I think, spent a lot of the books as a mendicant hippie adopting various outlandish disguises.  Chris Jennings appeared in one book as a cold-blooded, calculating fiend. Angelique showed up as an olive skinned beauty from the West Indies, and Dr. Hoffman had an entertaining cameo in a couple of the very last books.  Dan Ross also got the job of writing up the original screenplay of hoDS in novel form (it included several scenes that were deleted prior to filming), and his depictions of Julia and Professor Stokes were influenced, I think, by his work on that.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '05 I / Re: Jonathan Frid update:)
« on: January 02, 2005, 07:30:39 PM »
What a charming photo!  Many thanks to Nancy, to Stuart, and to Jonathan.

Steve

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Current Talk '04 II / Re: The Dark Shadows Emmy Awards
« on: January 02, 2005, 12:56:17 AM »
There's a fairly short list of the bloopers most DS fans cite when the topic comes up.  Some of the ones that come to mind:

Roger's line about his "incestors" being buried in the Eagle Hill mausoleum
An undertaker arriving at Collinwood and asking to see "Mr. Jonathan."
Jonathan Frid walking through the foyer while the closing credits play, carrying his costume over one shoulder.
A stagehand scuttling out of sight as Barnabas and Angelique carry on a heated conversation in the Secret Room.

There's lots more.  I am convinced that in one episode from 1897, Edward's moustache fell off while he and Quentin were arguing.  I really wish they had left that one in.  There's a definite cut on the tape.

Since you're a fan of Grayson Hall, I hope you've been able to see the "blooper" that went out on a local feed of her and Jerry Lacy starting a scene (in 1967) and being told "cut" by the Director.  And Grayson imperiously demands:  "WHY?" (I believe an important prop was missing for the scene.)

G.

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Current Talk '04 II / Re: cassangelique's "look"
« on: January 02, 2005, 12:24:25 AM »
Wow, Angelique Rumson, Hostess from Hell!  Ga-roovy, baby!

I think the change in look is a salute to the more baroque mod looks that had evolved in the 1969 Fall collections. Cass' look, in my opinion, was more about keeping up with Mary Quant and Carnaby Street.

G.

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Polls Archive / Re: Three Most Favorite Grayson Hall Characterizations
« on: January 02, 2005, 12:18:36 AM »
Interesting poll--I missed this one too.

Julia, darling, you've NEVER seen Hoffman???  THIS we must remedy.  And at once!  We MUST!

I personally put the film work (on hoDS and NoDS) in a separate category from the work on the TV series because film requires such a different kind of technique from TV.  I do agree with MB, however, that Carlotta is one of Grayson's best performances.  I also agree with Barbara Steele that she was "excruciatingly good" as Julia in hoDS--just so many marvelous moments.  I die to think of what we missed because of all the cuts.

G.

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Polls Archive / Re: Three Most Favorite Lara Parker Characterizations
« on: January 02, 2005, 12:09:34 AM »
I would have voted for Cassandra if I had seen this poll, but I missed it.

It's kind of sad that LP herself doesn't recall Cassandra, at all...  You'd think those wigs would have left permanent scars!

LP's performance as Catherine was so one-note, in my opinion.  I'd be interested to hear from someone who actually enjoyed her work in the role.  I would presume that seeing the fulfilled romantic storyline between characters played by LP and JF would have a lot to do with why fans voted positively for this work.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '04 II / Re: A Belated Greeting
« on: January 02, 2005, 12:04:33 AM »
Oh boy!  Grayson's face in that picture perfectly captures my typical 'tude around "the Holidaze."

Fabulous work, Darling!  You're so good at the Evil Work you do, Evil Woman!

G.

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Current Talk '04 II / Re: The Dark Shadows Emmy Awards
« on: January 01, 2005, 11:58:01 PM »
Well, one of the most intense cliffhangers that I remember from the old days was in PT 1970 when we saw Barnabas and Maggie leaving a deserted Collinwood and locking the doors, as the camera panned down to a hungry, exhausted Julia, left "to rot" by the former Mrs. Quentin Collins.  That was one of the infamous Friday afternoon cliffhangers; I remember that was one long weekend.

Another great one is when Maggie has grabbed a spike and is about to drive it through Barnabas' heart when suddenly he sits up in his coffin and bares his fangs.  That's just such a great moment.  I think that may have been another Friday cliffhanger.

I'm sure there are many, many more we could discuss.  What a great topic!

My vote is B & J in the Romantic couple category.  In a reckless moment over a decade ago, I wrote that Barnabas' redemption through Julia's love is THE THEME of Dark Shadows.

New Year's goodies to all,

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '04 II / Re: A Belated Greeting
« on: December 31, 2004, 12:43:53 AM »
Oh boy!  In that second picture, Tom Jennings looks ready for just what I have in mind for winding up the Old Year... and, uh, something else, too, in the wind-up department...

leering evilly,

Gothick

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Current Talk '04 II / Re: The Dark Shadows Emmy Awards
« on: December 30, 2004, 11:39:48 PM »
DS to DA,

so sorry you are still dealing with TROLLS out there in Webland!  You should just tell them ALL where to stuff it!

You do wonderful work, and are a young man of such talent, integrity, and promise!  Don't let those who lack a life get you down!

your fan,

Gothique

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Current Talk '04 II / Re: The Dark Shadows Emmy Awards
« on: December 28, 2004, 05:40:38 PM »
DS to DA,

this is all very exciting!  and I just love the Xmas video you did--lovely and heartwarming.  (I didn't see a separate topic for it here.)

Thank you for the RESPECT you are giving to the Leviathans storyline.  However, regardless of what people think of it, it covered roughly 4 months of the show, so one couldn't very well omit it altogether!  (It ties with Cassandra's storyline for my personal favorite DS story.)

Just as a sidenote, I don't think any one storyline was uniformly brilliant or dreadful.  Robert Rodan and Marie Wallace both had some wonderful moments in the Adam and Eve stories.  As for Cyrus and Sabrina, I blame bad writing plus the fact that there was really no chem between Pennock and Richards--the latter seems to have done better with Briscoe.

You deserve a gold star for featuring romantic scenes with R Davis in your Xmas video in such a tender way that I did NOT find myself tossing my cookies!  Way to go!

Gothique

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For those who care,  there is an entire week's worth of episodes from Briscoe's stint on Days.  I was lucky enough to trade for them with a fan whose name truly escapes my memory--it was many years ago.

It's the only substantial role I have been able to find for him outside of Dark Shadows.  He projected such authenticity in this work.

btw, watching Days from 1966 highlights just how *good* DS was from the very beginning.  The Days scripts seem to have cycled around the same dozen or so cliches endlessly.  It's kind of the television equivalent of sedation.

G.

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Lovely to hear about this, but how could it possibly top ANNIE'S interview with Selby?

Talk about red hot!  And that sassy smile from the interviewer!  hoo boy!

That TV set was SCORCHIN' for days afterwards.

G. (tongue firmly in cheek)

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Hey DS to DA, thanks for telling me about the music.  I saw R & J in the theatre and on the whole I enjoyed it, although I could have lived without Baz Luhrmann's self-indulgent MTV moments, especially in the gang sequences.  That was the last Leo di Caprio movie I ever saw--and I thought he was brilliant in it.  It's too bad about what happened to him.

Good luck dealing with that wretched troll (trolless?).  You have such phenomenal talent.  It also warms my heart that you so cherish DS!  I like to know that people who weren't around for the original craziness of the Sixties can appreciate the series' unique qualities.

warmly, Steve

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Calendar Events / Announcements '04 II / Re: One last greeting...
« on: November 29, 2004, 03:52:37 PM »
Darling! your sassy little riposte to the goings-on Chez Pepe is too rich!  I love your capture of the scene involving the price tag--looks as if our gal is up to something too deliciously EEEEE-vil!

The final shot of Julia looks as if the dear "straight-assed" Doctor is simply SHOCKED by such hurly-burly!  I can just hear Pepe purring, "Julia, honey, you need to sit down and have a nice, cool DRINK."

xo, Steve

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