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Calendar Events / Announcements '04 I / Re:OT<Soap Net
« on: January 15, 2004, 11:32:52 PM »
On a related topic, if there's ever news about SoapNet airing the 1982-83 episodes of OLTL on which Grayson appeared, I would appreciate knowing about it (and discussing arrangeing to get copies of tapes!!).

Good luck everybody--hope DS has a good prospect of finding a new home on SoapNet.  It does need a home on current broadcast television.

G.

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Current Talk '04 I / Re:Ep #525
« on: January 15, 2004, 03:35:19 PM »
Hi Robin!  did you mean to type 1969 there?

Many thanks to DarkShadowyFigure for revealing yet another cut on the DVDs!  I wonder just how many there are.

I wish that an UNCUT, unremastered version of the original videos would be released.  At least with DVD recorders starting to come down in price, fans who have all the MPI tapes can make their own.

At least, those who didn't toss their videos when they began acquiring the DVDs, on the mistaken belief that the DVDs were pristine copies of the original series content, can do so...

Holding on to my old tapes,

G.

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Current Talk '04 I / Re:How & when you discovered Dark Shadows
« on: January 14, 2004, 03:27:40 PM »
Hi Connie and Rainey, I'd love to see old episodes of Where the Action is!  From voiceovers on the early MPI collectors series tapes, I gather it followed DS at 4 in the afternoon.  They may have promoted DS on that show's commercial breaks during June 1966 and that may be how you found out about it.

I love watching old rock and roll shows from that era.  I just got some 1967 tapes of a German show called the Beat Club and, believe me, the groovy threads those guys were wearing made *me* shriek, though perhaps not in the way you intended.

cackling obscenely,

Gothick

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Current Talk '04 I / Re:How & when you discovered Dark Shadows
« on: January 13, 2004, 09:03:38 PM »
I found out about it the Summer I turned 10.  It was the last year my Mom hired a babysitter to be with my sister and me (she's a year younger than me) during the day in the Summer.  Judy was a teenager in high school and was obsessed with DS.  She told us stories about Barnabas and Angelique and drew a very clever copy of Angelique's portrait on a blackboard we had in our basement.  I well remember her talking about how beautiful Angelique was... and how evil.  I think she also talked about the time when Dr. Hoffman tried to cure Barnabas and he aged.

Judy was only around part of the afternoon, and she left before 4, but after a few days I decided to check out DS.  The first episode I saw was from a few days before the current 1968 start point.  It was when Sam Evans died and Prof. Stokes kept him from revealing the Dream Curse to Vicki.  Next day was Cassandra's exorcism by Trask's ghost and boy, was I hooked!  I had never seen anything like this on TV before.

It all happened back in June 1968.

G.

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Luciaphil's Idle Thoughts '04 / Re:Dark Shadows: The Movie!
« on: January 09, 2004, 06:20:06 PM »
For the most part, I agree with your estimation of this pilot episode.

It's OK as entertainment.  For me, it just doesn't work as Dark Shadows.

I thought the real badness of the series came in the actual episodes, particularly when they moved to 1790 and started flashing backwards and forwards to then and the 1990 story.  This was a bee that flew out of the bonnet of some tiresome executive at NBC.  Apparently, he thought it would make the pace more exciting.  It didn't.

Agree absolutely about Jean Simmons as Liz, and Roy Thinnes as Roger isn't much better, although very good on the eyes I must say.

I don't remember Michael Cavanaugh at all, sorry to say.

S.

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Luciaphil's Idle Thoughts '03 / Re:A Darkness at Blaisedon
« on: January 09, 2004, 06:08:57 PM »
What fun to have you back, my dear.  And in fine form, too!

I quite enjoy Blaisedon.  I actually recall the original broadcast back in 1969.  It was shown in a nighttime slot and I recall the TV Guide entry stating it was a pilot for a series that wasn't picked up.  This has been discussed in at least one of the PomPress books, as well, I'm sure.

It was funny how much of it came back to me from that single 1969 viewing when I first saw it as an adult.  For example, when the Cal Bellini character was opening the mummy-case, I knew there was going to be dialogue about death by fire in the script that had a point to it.

Cal Bellini was good.  Stroka would have brought a creepy edge to the character.  Dusay and Mathews deserve marks for running with material they probably found, to say the least, a bit odd when it wasn't hackneyed.

Thayer really stole the show in his role.  Louis was divine, what little we saw of him.  I love Bob Cobert's music no matter what is going on onscreen.

I don't own this, but have seen it a couple of times, mostly at friends' homes.  I've pondered ordering it over the years.

Best, Steve

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Current Talk '04 I / Re:1968 Montage (I'm thinking of some of you)
« on: January 09, 2004, 04:59:41 PM »
Isn't it the episode where Julia brings Quentin/Grant to Collinwood and his old room and plays his favorite record for him?

rather a sweet scene...

Fabulous work, Connie!  I love the first image. Classic Julia.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '04 I / Re:Joan Bennett resource page!
« on: January 08, 2004, 09:52:07 PM »
Excellent work, dear!  I look forward to having a good look at it one of these days.  Nice to have the scan up of the one article.

Congrats, Steve

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Calendar Events / Announcements '03 II / Re:Grayson on Night Gallery
« on: January 08, 2004, 03:55:32 PM »
Julia darling, I'm pretty sure that G owned the hairpiece she wore for all but the very first of the 1967 episodes.  In the Billy Rose coll. there's a publicity photo from Feb. 1965 (she was snapped by a paparazzi at an antiques fair the day the Oscar nom was announced) and I'm pretty sure she was wearing that hairpiece.  I think she's wearing it, as well, in the UNCLE shows, and in the candid photo of her at Grauman's Chinese theatre around this time ('65-'66).

In her very first episode, she wears a full on wig.  She mentioned wearing an unflattering wig at one point and Mrs Dan Curtis telling her that she should just wear her own hair on the show because it was more attractive.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '03 II / Re:Grayson on Night Gallery
« on: January 05, 2004, 05:15:27 PM »
Night Gallery was a wonderful series, although it frequently led to sleepless nights when I watched it as a 13 year old.  I well remember Elsa Lanchester's wonderful turn in Green Fingers--simply superb.  They don't make TV like this anymore.  I still cringe whenever I recall the earwig story.  It was played with such subtlety, and wonderful whispers of the dark secrets of African Witchcraft.

Grayson's episode was filmed, I believe, in early August 1970.  She was given a few days off DS to do this, which is why she disappears for a bit (after being on nearly every day for about 4 weeks!) soon after the return from 1995.  She had to take a redeye flight back from "the Coast" and stumble into the studio to tape an episode the day she came back from doing Night Gallery.  The episode was first shown almost exactly 23 years ago--around Dec. 31, 1970.

She was told that the wig she wore in this had been worn by Rita Hayworth previously--I'm not sure in which film.  I've always thought that she kept that wig and wore it as Carlotta in NoDS but perhaps DC sprang for one of a similar cut.  It certainly did frame her face with an elegant, haunting beauty.

G.

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Current Talk '04 I / Shadows of '68
« on: January 04, 2004, 10:40:01 PM »
Many thanks to the MB for the spiffy, gorgeous 1968 New Year's Montage!

1968 is still my all-time favorite DS storyline--it was when I started watching so I guess you always think most fondly of your first love!

Interesting idea to poll about where to go from here.  I have fun reading *any* discussions of the show, and I know I can't commit to watching 2 episodes a day, so I will abstain.  FWIW, I have been watching the Introduction of Julia shows off and on, and have been having great fun.  Last night, oddly, I pulled out a Forever Knight tape that had the episodes of Barnabas' arrival on them.  It's been a really long time since I watched those shows (they were on the tape because I often taped FK and DS on the same day while I was at work--back in '99, Sci Fi was playing the shows back to back--this was when they had people with some degree of sense and taste working for the network).  I'd forgotten how clever the dialogue in Barnabas' first full episode was--and was surprised to see that the script for that show was authored by Ron Sproat.  I may have to revise my opinion of Sproat's writing skills--I'd thought of him as a competent workman, at best.

I watched a couple of scenes, too, with James Hall's Willie.  That guy really made my skin crawl--sometimes in a strangely agreeable fashion.

G.

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Current Talk '03 II / Re:Horrible...just horrible
« on: December 16, 2003, 09:44:28 PM »
Morgan=terrible manners, awful hair, dimples that could swallow lower Manhattan...

endowment of DEATH...

definitely would not kick him out of bed for eating crackers... though I might give him a tube of superglue cleverly disguised as lipbalm... sheesh, all that chatter could get on ANYONE's nerves.

Gothick the Crew-ell and eee-VIL

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Current Talk '03 II / Re:My Favorite Thing about 1841PT
« on: December 16, 2003, 08:53:14 PM »
Hi Connie, looks like we share something else in common... I'm really very fond of Chopin's Nocturnes.  I like a lot of his other music, as well, including some of the Ballades.

G.

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Current Talk '03 II / Brotherly Love
« on: December 16, 2003, 08:44:11 PM »
Hmmmm... in today's montage, it looks as if Quentin is pulling Gabriel in for a sweet, brotherly smooch on the lips.

Isn't that lovely!  Sweetness and light reign over the Great House... and All Who Live There.

just something that made me twinkle,

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '03 II / Re:MPI Mailing
« on: December 16, 2003, 05:36:59 PM »
Oh my Sweet Goddess, that Bobbleheaded Booby image from Mark Rainey is an absolute scream!  I read that at a convention in Canada, the two Jonathans were on stage together.  I don't know whether they were performing... I think it was just a Q & A, but what a great sight this must have been. They are the REAL dynamic duo!

Try asking MPI if they will send you their OLD catalogues.  I have kept all of mine.  They are printed on glossy paper, with lots of photos--some of them a little on the rare side.  I particularly love the one they did the year they started the Collectors Series (the 1966 tapes).

G.

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