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Current Talk '03 II / Re:Ivan Miller/Gerard Stiles
« on: September 25, 2003, 03:32:42 PM »
Agree that the mention of Gerard's "wife" in that scene was darling Joan making one of her slips.  I'll never forget Nancy Barrett telling me of how Joan would turn to her while they were doing one of their scenes in the drawing room and there would be TERROR in her eyes because she had dried on her lines again...

I'll make a vague stab and say that Gerard was "bad, not evil" (to paraphrase the Shangri-las) before his encounter with a certain bodiless head (!).  There were actually a lot of young men like Gerard Stiles running around the world in the 1830s.  And I suppose that there still are a lot of them today, only instead of elegant bows and fancy suits, they tend to inhabit a world of "gangsta chic."

As for Mrs. Julia Collins in PT, if you watch the story, there is a long-running intimation that Julia is Melanie's real Mother--you have to watch to find out, of course!

Steve

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Calendar Events / Announcements '03 II / Re:Shadows on the Wall, Chapter 72
« on: September 22, 2003, 08:21:12 PM »
Thanks, everyone, for those lovely comments.  I appreciate your enjoyment of what I wrote.

Steve

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Current Talk '03 II / Re:Ben and Daniel
« on: September 22, 2003, 04:07:45 PM »
People age at different rates.  I know people around my age (mid 40s) who look and act 20 years older than me, in some cases due to debilitating ailments.  I have a dear friend who is a year younger than me.  She's acted like an old lady since I first knew her back in the late 1980s, and now speaks of herself as a "crone in training."

The real problem is with the info given in 1968 about Ben dying in 1830.  But of course, in 1967 the events with Barnabas and Josette were originally described as happening around 1832. So Dark Shadows has kind of a set pattern of just "correcting" its own history.

With the 1840 storyline, the biggest problem of all is that NONE of the material revealed about the period in the immediately preceding 1970 story turns out to be relevant to what's going on when Julia arrives. Some months down the line, when Stokes shows up, she has to try to explain what's been going on to him.  The results are semi-comical.  I think Grayson and Thayer must have just looked at one another doing the read through and agreed to go for a stiff drink at the Brittany du Soir once they were done with THAT day's taping!

G.

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Current Talk '03 II / Re:How sad ...
« on: September 19, 2003, 09:05:06 PM »
Hi Doll, the Quentin montage is still up today.  You have to look at the listing of topics on the "Current Talk" page.

have fun,

Tuffie

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Current Talk '03 II / Re:Time Travelling Barnabas (SPOILERS)
« on: September 19, 2003, 07:14:45 PM »
All I'll say in regard to this topic is that at this stage in the game, and for some years at this point, "reality" and "Dark Shadows" do not really exist in the same space-time continuum.  At all.

It's fascinating going back to 1966 and seeing how relentlessly realistic the early scripts by Art Wallace and Francis Swann were.

I was delighted recently when discussing the series with a friend who watched it way back during the original Sixties broadcast.  He told me he wanted to see tapes of the early shows but commented, "after a couple of years, it really got rather ... Rococo."  I hooted with laughter at that turn of phrase. So apt.

G.

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Current Talk '03 II / That Pxilated Flora Collins
« on: September 19, 2003, 03:02:29 PM »
One of my favorite things about the current storyline is the original characterization of Flora Collins.  As happened with PT Liz, Flora originally was very different from the other roles that Joan played on DS.  Flora exemplifies such girlish froth, such charming gaiety.  I always feel genuine regret when the writers forgot and just started churning out Joan's default "matriarchal matron" dialogue again for Flora.

Flora's psychedelic massage from Gerard is pretty darn kicky, too, isn't it?

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '03 II / Re:Shadows on the Wall, Chapter 72
« on: September 19, 2003, 02:54:41 PM »
If it hasn't been posted on the link Nicky gave above, you can read it here:

http://bboard.scifi.com/bboard/browse.cgi/1/1/1231/136?pnum=1

Bette, your avatar comment makes me scream!

hugs,  Steve

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Well, in my opinion, it's those corporate boneheads who should be embarrassed.

There's a clear, well defined and substantial market for restored DVD releases of the DS films, so the tude being displayed by these bozos can be put down to people with more money than sense running their firm.

An all too familiar phenom in today's H'wood...

G.

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Current Talk '03 II / Re:What's with the new entrance???
« on: September 17, 2003, 01:46:49 AM »
Gerard, perhaps some jasmine perfume will help remind you of your lost love.  And why not try playing a pretty tune on this sweet little music box?

A friend told me that when the current run is finished, Sci Fi is going to start again from Episode 1. I really hope that's the case.  I noticed more missing episodes on my tapes from 1966, and I want to see all those shows--and that includes some of KLS' finest moments on the series!

G.

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Current Talk '03 II / Re:What's with the new entrance???
« on: September 16, 2003, 08:20:21 PM »
I've always thought the double doors off the OH drawing room led to a narrow, twisting passageway, which, ultimately, took one back to the kitchen.  Presumably there was a dining room off the drawing room, beyond which was a more regular kitchen area, although in the 18th century even in homes as wealthy as the Collins' I believe a lot of the cooking would have happened along a long fireplace in the main room.

What you mentioned with Josette's room happened a couple of times during PT with Angelique's room (the PT room).  You'd see people walking into the alcove in which the bed was situated and then here a slam as if there was a door through there.  From the layout, however, there obviously wasn't.

I think it all has to do with blocking shows on an unbelievably tight schedule, in a really tight studio space, and sometimes moving the actors around to accommodate cameras that were set up to move into another shot on another bit of the set.

G.

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Current Talk '03 II / Re:In Praise of Clarice Blackburn
« on: September 16, 2003, 05:35:59 PM »
Hi Claude, have you ever seen the late 1950s gang drama, The Violators?  I'd love to see that one.  And Pretty Poison sounds like a real gem.  Unfortunately it does not seem to have been released on VHS.

At one Festival, they played this anthology tape of scenes by DS actors who had passed over in both DS and non-DS roles.   (I honestly can't recall what they showed for The Divine One--NotI, probably.)  For Thayer, they ran the clip of his wonderful appearance on that episode of Harry O, and for Clarice, they showed an emotional scene where she was giving testimony in a courtroom.  I always wondered whether that might have been a clip from The Violators. At the time, I thought it was an episode of Perry Mason, but then a nice friend alerted me that Clarice never appeared on that show.

G.

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I just love the way Grayson played the scene where she discovers Sebastian at the Old House.  Especially the crafty look she gets on her face with that line, "You're in love with her!"

The vampire storyline was the part of the Summer of 1970 that worked best, even though in many ways it was just a copy of previous vampire storylines on the series, it seemed as if there were some new wrinkles that gave this one extra oomph.

G.

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Current Talk '03 II / Re:In Praise of Clarice Blackburn
« on: September 15, 2003, 02:34:45 PM »
Wow, MB, what a FABULOUS farewell salute to Clarice!  I've been watching 1966 episodes in the past weeks and really enjoying her performance.  Unfortunately, I don't have what I think must be her very first episode, which I believe had her visiting Burke Devlin immediately after Bill Malloy's death--I'll have to check the DS Memories episode guide to see if that is the case.

That scene with her and Blair was so moody and evocative.  Mrs. J telling Blair she is convinced that there is a curse on Collinwood.  It's the same episode in which Julia comes staggering in from her little constitutional in the woods moaning for Tom... one of the top ten episodes of all DS, in my book.  Grayson and Joan had some fabulous scenes in that, as well...

As for why Clarice left, I'm not sure that she had a contract for DS after Minerva's death in 1897.  She only had a couple of episodes during Leviathan, nothing in Parallel Time (she would've been great casting for Hannah Stokes--I wonder whether she was simply unavailable at that point), and then that wonderful string of episodes in 1995.

I don't know when she started working on Secret Storm.  Around this time, as well, she began her new career as a writer, in which she found a great deal of success.

There is a letter from her in that fan-published book of letters from the DS actors to fans.  She thanks whoever had written to her and asks if fans can write in asking for more of Mrs. Johnson... kind of breaks my heart to read that.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '03 II / Re:OT: My Good News
« on: September 11, 2003, 05:09:39 PM »
Jennifer, got to agree with you about darling Jim Palmer.

My God, I never thought I would spend so much time examining a sports related ad!  As I recall it, that magazine found its way into my boudoir and safely tucked away between the sheets.

Dear Jim, and his famous bat... those were the days...

I'd ask the MB if he has a scan of that ad tucked away in his archives, but SADLY it isn't DS related.

Have you heard about those soap commercials with Don Briscoe in the shower??? that THUD you heard was my SWOON.

xo  G.

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Current Talk '03 II / Re:David Henesy, Former Child Star
« on: September 10, 2003, 09:27:41 PM »
Eeee-YOW, thanks MB for that sexxxy photo!

Your funny little sign just informed me that you are a meat popsicle.  Or maybe it was in ref to Pennock...

I should have bought that music book.  There was a full page photo of Natalie that was to die for, as I recall.

G.

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