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Current Talk '04 II / Re: Josette back from the dead
« on: July 14, 2004, 08:26:57 PM »
I watched part of a DS reunion and got really irritated at the guy who played Peter Bradford (forgot his name) making fun of JF's short-term memory.

That would be Roger Davis.  Believe me, what you mentioned is just the tip of the iceberg!

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Current Talk '04 II / Re: If Alexandra hadn't left the series
« on: July 14, 2004, 07:43:34 PM »
It was called Certain Honorable Men and the date stamp on it is 1968, so perhaps she did it during a break from DS.   It had a distinguished cast--Peter Fonda, Will Geer, and Pat Hingle, amongst others.  My old reliable friend the IMDB gives the skinny:

http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0173717/

You'll notice that she was billed here as Alexandra Isles, her married name.

Good luck tracking it down!

G.

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Polls Archive / Re: Fest Guest Poll
« on: July 14, 2004, 07:37:22 PM »
Matt and I are the same age--I'm 3 weeks older than him. He'll be 46 this August.  I get to wear the birthday hat a week from Monday. *wry grin*

I can never really describe the feeling I got when I realized that Grayson and my Mom were carrying children more or less in sync.  Definitely a surprise to learn that...

Steve

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Current Talk '04 II / Re: Oh Joe, Oh Joe
« on: July 14, 2004, 04:19:26 PM »
I believe Sam Hall planned a storyline where Joe and Maggie did get together again when they found one another at Wyndcliffe.

I guess poor Sebastian Shaw got told by Maggie:  "take your love beads, your patchouli, your tie-dye and your go-go boots and BEAT IT!"  (thinking of the character FINALLY getting her mojo back).

Maggie was such a great character in the early days. Her "courtship" of Joe is a treat to watch--those "cat and canary" expressions of hers!

G.

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Current Talk '04 II / Re: Josette back from the dead
« on: July 14, 2004, 04:07:14 PM »
Well, I personally liked the way that sequence was handled.  It was offbeat and very dark--and filmed in such a creepy way.  That definitely rates as among their most amazing episodes.  Even though KLS had a good laugh about the makeup in the original edition of Scrapbook memories, it was stunningly effective. to the point where the picture of the undead Josette kept being reprinted in Famous Monsters of Filmland (a popular horror mag back in the Sixties and Seventies) "You AXXXED FOR IT!!!" column.

G.

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Current Talk '04 II / Re: If Alexandra hadn't left the series
« on: July 14, 2004, 04:02:29 PM »
As has been posted many times, in RL Alexandra was sick and tired of "I don't understand" (to the point where she complained about Vicki's cluelessness in a 1968 Saturday Evening Post article about the series).  She wanted to play a new character and was hoping to play a villainness.  Perhaps she would have been cast in a role somewhat along the lines of the original conception of the Lady Kitty Soames character from 1897.

The other thing that was going on was that DC was contemplating doing a Rosemary's Baby storyline and wanted to line Vicki up as DS' answer to Mia Farrow.  When Alex got pregnant for real, she simply exited the show.

I think she did a pilot or a TV movie about a year after DS, but the details elude me.  It seems a shame that she stopped acting.  If you watch the 1966 episodes, you'll see just how talented she is.

G.

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Oh yeah, you have to see END OF THE ROAD!  One of the major reasons Grayson lost interest in making feature films... the scene for which she did the movie wound up on the cutting room floor!

I love how she shows up being excavated from the sand with a party-gal "HI THERE!"  and how you can see the freckles on her back.  (Yes, she had freckles on her face too--she covered them with makeup most of the time.)

As for her shocking boudoir scene with Keach, I think the dialogue is a scream, especially when Grayson says "Veddy Noel Coward" and Keach ripostes "Private Lives... or Brief Encounters" as his hand wanders towards a certain titian-haired actress', um, WOMANHOOD.  (I once wrote a review of this where I speculated that Grayson's thoughts during this scene ran along the lines of "Get me back to Collinwood, PRONTO!  Tom Jennings was NEVER like this!")

Of course I had to buy it on eBay, and if it ever comes up for sale on DVD I'll have to get that as well.  There's a closeup of her at the start of the boudoir scene, removing her sunglasses provocatively, that dazzles me...

This movie, which wound up being rated X, was filmed in and around Great Barrington, Mass.

G.

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Thanks for this excellent news, Darren!  I am also supposed to be at the Festival, although I will have to leave right after lunch on Sunday.  I'm glad your NoDS presentation is being scheduled on Saturday!

Steve

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Bizarre.   I wonder whether Clooney will end up using the footage for that HBO show?

G.

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Golly, Jennifer, I was away for an extended trip to Canada and had no idea you were in the hospital.

Hope you're mending, and people are helping out!

hugs, Steve (your buddy in Central Square)

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Current Talk '04 II / Re: 16 Magazine Scans
« on: July 07, 2004, 11:24:18 PM »
I got a poignant lump in the throat at the mention of sending letters to Don Briscoe; this issue must have gone to press just before his departure from the show.  I think the June issue came out in early May, and presumably the layout was done sometime in April.

G.

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Current Talk '04 I / Re: Art Wallace's "The House"
« on: July 07, 2004, 09:29:15 PM »
Well, I remember that a collector had promised to bring his video copy of this program to the Festival for audience viewing at one of the Festivals, and the person failed to show up, which is why it was canceled.

The same thing has happened, I believe, with the video of the 1966 version of the Arthur Miller play about Salem witchcraft, The Crucible. It includes Thayer David and Clarice Blackburn in supporting roles.

Another good one I hope to see surface one of these days is Back to Back, an hour long drama shot on film in color for the 1965 season of the Bob Hope Chrysler Hour.  Grayson had a very juicy supporting role (playing opposite Shelley Winters and Jack Hawkins in the leads), but it's never shown up anywhere.

G.

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Current Talk '04 II / Re: Grayson Question
« on: July 07, 2004, 04:25:55 PM »
Hi Heather,

there's a famous story Terrayne Crawford has told about Grayson and herself off on their own rehearsing a scene they had together (this happened quite a lot on the DS set while the actors were waiting for a special effect to be set up).  Grayson suggested that they try some of the "method acting" type technique in their scene, which was an emotional one (I'm guessing one of the Beth/Magda scenes).  At the end of the taping, Grayson turned to Terrayne beaming and announced, "look, I cried real tears!"  She used to say that if she needed to cry, all she had to do was think of a certain tie her Dad used to wear... so excruciating was it that the tears flowed on cue...

Grayson had several teachers and kept honing her craft for years.  The most influential of her teachers, I think, was Constance Collier.  Collier compared Grayson's personality as an actress to the celebrated Italian tragedienne Eleanor Duse, and gave Grayson a charcoal drawing of Duse as a tribute and a source of personal inspiration.  I believe that Collier did not emphasize the Stanislavsky bit to the degree that other teachers (such as Strauss) did... There was more of an emphasis upon technique and problem-solving, I think.

Best wishes,

Steve

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Calendar Events / Announcements '04 I / Re: DS Forums' FIRST God!
« on: June 30, 2004, 12:08:11 AM »
I approach the Altar of the Mysterious One,
censer fuming the perfumes of Araby in one hand,
lilies and fruits raised aloft in the other.

Oh, have pity upon us who are unworthy, most Mysterious One!  Grant us of Thy bounty of Grayson and hot Briscoe screengrabs!

*retreats backwards, screening gaze from the Ineffable Scrutiny*

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Current Talk '04 I / Re: Origins of I Ching Storyline
« on: June 29, 2004, 03:04:43 PM »
Bingo!  MB, I'd say you just pegged the specific source for the DS writers' use of the I Ching.

Way to go!

G.

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