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Halpern is DS fandom's answer to Skip E. Lowe.

G.

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Some of the questions I would have liked to have heard:

What are your memories of Louis Edmonds?

What are your memories of Lela Swift?

What are your memories of Irene Hamalain and Vinnie Loscalzo? Etc

"Who is your favorite character" or "Did anything paranormal ever happen in the studio???" AAARRGGHHHH

Still, it was great, for what it was.

G.

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Finished watching the video tonight. There were interesting moments and sad moments and some great stories were told. Roger Davis told David Henesy that Don Briscoe was in love with David's Mom, who went on to become a successful writer of books on astrology. One can never tell if Roger is serious, about anything really.

Ansel Faraj encouraged people to write to WB home video demanding the release of the restored print of Dan Curtis's director's cut of NIGHT OF DARK SHADOWS, which film historian and curatorial expert Darren Gross spent years restoring. One can only hope that this will happen. Next year, of course, will be the 50th anniversary of the film's release (and it's hard to believe that for those of us who were there!).

Ansel also stated that the CW had "passed on" the Resurrection revival of DS but somewhat cryptically added that the project was still being worked on and that we could see a reboot. One of these days.

I really enjoyed hearing David Henesy's memories. Unfortunately he did not have a good internet connection (he lives in Panama) and he kept buffering and then Richard Halpern would start asking another question when David was in mid-sentence. Halpern did suggest that another of these online reunions might happen again in the near future. I'm glad this was saved for those of us unable to tune in last Saturday evening.

G.

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Philippe, I don't have any ideas where the DS writers might have gotten the idea for the particular scenes you mention. I did love those pirate zombies. That must have been a truly insane day on set with the infamous "Destruction of Collinwood" sequence. Some staff must have spent the night just cleaning up from that.

The imagery might have been suggested by the much-anthologized story "Roll-call of the Reef" by Arthur Quiller-Couch which is available for free on Gutenberg here:

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/23217

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Count Petofi and the Maltese Falcon
« on: October 29, 2020, 09:58:19 PM »
Interesting article, Philippe! It's sometimes amazing to me what the DS writers knew about.

I wonder if Violet Welles, who wrote a lot of the Count Petofi scripts, was a fan of the Christopher Isherwood novel Mr. Norris Changes Trains. There are some scenes where Petofi speaks of his love of Mozart, and at least one where he's listening to an early gramophone recording of Mozart's music. Love of Mozart was also a trait of Isherwood's "Mr. Norris" character who was based on a real life individual, Gerald Hamilton. It's too long ago for me to recall but I think Hamilton had serious delusions of grandeur and was also described as wearing an ill-fitting wig... he's portrayed in a good film version starring Matt Smith as Isherwood.

Best, Gothick

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Thank you so much, Dreary One! Hope happiness and spook-tacular times prevail at Dreadful Manor this Halloween!

cheers, GothEEEEEEEEEK!

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Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / OT: Time Tunnel
« on: October 28, 2020, 10:04:57 PM »
Evidently, back at some point earlier in the century, somebody had the idea to do a re-boot of THE TIME TUNNEL which was another show of the Sixties I used to watch religiously. Unlike DS, I didn't think it aged all that well, but periodically I'll get out an episode to visit again.

I was just cruising you tube and noticed that this pilot was uploaded at some point:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mETHT5npqOI

Haven't watched but I am curious. The pilot obviously wasn't picked up by whoever commissioned it.

G.

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Great shot of Carl today. Such a good role for Johnny Karlen, and showed how versatile and nuanced an actor he was. Well, when he wasn't hysterically swinging on rubber tombstones, LOL.

MB, for some reason I thought you'd started watching DS right from episode 1 in 1966. I didn't start until June of '68 so you were still well in advance of me!

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / Seaview Terrace featured
« on: October 27, 2020, 02:15:58 PM »
The premise of this show sounds ridiculous, but there should be some nice shots of our favorite house here:

https://whatsupnewp.com/2020/09/paranormal-investigators-from-travel-channels-ghost-nation-and-kindred-spirits-team-up-on-halloween-to-investigate-newports-seaview-terrace

These shows often use really spastic camera angles and absurd, repetitive jump cuts but perhaps they'll include some less manic establishing shots.

G.

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Lovely shot of Nicholas today. He handled that moment very smoothly ... as was his wont.

G.

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If I remember aright, today's photo is from a scene in which Carolyn was possessed by Magda at a seance. Which was Magda's pre-debut moment in the show--a preview of coming attractions. And fittingly perhaps, though I'm sure nobody was aware of the circular movement of events, the last time Magda's voice was heard on DS was while Julia was standing in the drawing room in 1969. One of my favorite scenes--a Grayson in stereo moment.

G.

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Lovely to see a shot of Keith Prentice and Grayson on today's entry. I know most fans do not like 1841 PT (to severely understate), but the last time I viewed it--which was far too many years ago--I found plenty to enjoy.  James' caustic exchanges with Julia are some of the parts that made me smile.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / Rare 1966 DS promo
« on: October 15, 2020, 11:17:45 PM »
I think one of the rare DS 1966 promos included as an extra on an MPI home video release last year is featured at the start of this otherwise rather silly video;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVrSWcSMymw

I have certainly never seen it before. Noteworthy for calling Collinwood "Collins House," which of course was featured in the early Dan Ross novels.

G.

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Nice to see Horace Gladstone appear in yesterday's slideshow, though the shot (presumably the best available for the line) wasn't a terribly clear portrait of him.

And I'd forgotten about Beth's spirit appearing to "dear Gregory" at a crucial moment in 1897...

Wonderful series, Midnite and MB!

G.

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Great photo today. It's interesting to see how Carolyn and Roger's relationship has evolved since the early 1966 episodes. And always a treat to what Nancy and Big Lou together in a scene. Sparks flew!

G.

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