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Current Talk '02 II / Re: Big Dark Shadows news!  
« on: October 07, 2002, 05:51:16 PM »
Hi Rod, this sounds very interesting. Sounds as if you also missed out on Thayer David, which is a shame. I've heard he was always very gentlemanly towards the fans.

I'm in awe of how much money an autographed photo of Grayson Hall goes for on eBay.  I always remember the story that I believe Matt (her son) told of the time she was out walking in town and, as so often happened, somebody stopped her and asked for her autograph.  She smiled, signed, and walked on.  "Wow, Mom, your autograph really made that lady happy!" A wry twist of the lips, a terse toss of the head, and the comment:  "THAT and ten cents will buy you a ride on the subway!"

I don't collect autographs myself, but find the psychology of the subculture around it fascinating.  I have experienced the thrill on a couple of occasions ... once when meeting Jonathan Frid and getting him to sign a book and a magazine I've held onto since the late Sixties.  He was so sweet, I always remember his graciousness and the wink he gave me.  Another time I met a singer songwriter named Elliott Smith whom I idolize, and it was quite a sensation to shake "the hand" (very gently) with which he wrote songs that have moved me to tears.

Best wishes,  Steve Shutt

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: Matthew Morgan's cottage
« on: October 05, 2002, 01:18:01 AM »
Kuanyin,  I was shocked when I saw an early episode (from the first weeks of 1966) and there was a scene where either Liz or Vicki walks out the front door of Collinwood, and the cottage is within plain sight a few yards away from the door!  In 1967 and beyond, it is made to seem a further distance away, and out in the woods.  Don't forget that the infamous Laura was using it as her safehouse.

I guess that the Parallel Time room wasn't the only spatio temporal anomaly on the grounds!  And the weirdness spread beyond the estate itself; sometimes Wyndcliffe Sanatarium is a short hike away, and other times, it's 100 miles away!

Gotta love our wonderfully whacky DS,

Gothy

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: You Know Who You Are...
« on: October 05, 2002, 12:09:28 AM »
So, what you're telling me is that the state of Quentin's clothing in the above photograph is the result of a visit to Collinwood by the Psychos for Selby???

Steve

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: Sympathy for the Devilish...or Not
« on: October 04, 2002, 11:20:35 PM »
Back during the original broadcast, I was always feeling sorry for Barnabas.  I missed both 1968 and 1795, and when I first saw him, he was the hapless victim of Cass/Angelique, stuggling to redeem himself and live a halfway decent life.  Even as an adult when I see Barnabas' shortcomings with a much less bedazzled eye, Jonathan Frid's performance often wrings my heartstrings.

Willie is one of the finest tragic characters in the entire series.  I really wish they had resolved his storyline towards the end and allowed him to go off with his Roxanne and enjoy a happy married life.  Over the period of the series, he is definitely a man who gets way more misery to endure than he ever deserved.  And, of course, John Karlen's wonderful acting imbued the character with a lot more than was there on the printed page.

Some of the characters that people can't stand, such as Count Petofi, Cassandra Collins, and Jeb Hawkes, are among my favorites on the show because the actors portray them so magnificently and really show the charisma that these evil supernatural beings possess.  

Magda is another wonderful tragic character.  Even though she is responsible for nearly everything that happens to her, I find myself riveted every time I watch the episodes where she encounters yet another layer of tragedy in her life.  Even though Magda was larger than life, I felt that Grayson played her with wonderful subtlety, and I think there was more of the real Grayson in Magda than in Julia.

I could go on and on ... wonderful topic ... but the last one I'll mention is Buzz Hackett.  Well, if I had been living in C'port back in the glory days of '67, Miss "Poor Little Rich Girl" Carolyn Stoddard wouldn't have had 5 seconds to jerk Buzz around on the love-chain, because I would have nailed that boy and made him forget Blondie ever existed!

It's a big job but somebody has to do it,

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: You Know Who You Are...
« on: October 04, 2002, 11:04:11 PM »
I know Jennifer isn't he divine!  I just love how he's blushing pink around that nipple that's turned towards the camera.

Thinking unprintable thoughts ... oh if only we could find a way to trancend time!!!

Just imagine Don, skateboarding shirtless through Central Park on a moonlit night in 1968.

Steve

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: Say it fast--Do as I say. . .
« on: October 04, 2002, 09:39:43 PM »
One of my all time favorite scenes in all of DS was this conversation from about halfway through the 1967 storyline where Barnabas is scheming to make Vicki his new Josette and he's fretting about just what Dr. Hoffman is up to.  He regales Willie with his plans and gloats about how when Vicki becomes his bride, she'll be free of the petty chafings of mortality, untouched by time, untouched by anything.  "Yeah ... cept loneliness," Willie comments bleakly.  It's such a wonderful moment ... and a wonderful scene for WILLIE to have the last word.

I'm sure that one reason why I cherish that scene is because it was on a little cassette tape I carried around the world with me in my travels in the 80s and 90s.  That tape contained scenes I taped during the syndication of DS in 1976. Since I didn't have any tapes from the original broadcast, for nearly 2 decades this tape & one other were all that I had to remember my favorite TV show by.

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: Gargoyles
« on: October 04, 2002, 07:23:55 PM »
I love this picture, darling MB. Thanks for sharing it again.

And yet another big thank you for the gorgeous Don Briscoe photos.  You really are simply the best!

Now if only someone could find and scan Don's legendary Colt Magazine layout, ca. 1967 ...

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: You Know Who You Are...
« on: October 04, 2002, 06:01:44 PM »
Connie, my dear, you've outdone yourself!

Here's the dialogue to go with the photo:

QUENTIN: (staring at Chris' nether regions) Chris, you're an ANIMAL!!!

CHRIS: (slowly raising head with an evil leer) Is that the pot calling the kettle beige?  Here, let me rip off some more of that shirt for you.

Oh those Collinses, keeping it in the family ... gotta love 'em!

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: You Know Who You Are...
« on: October 03, 2002, 09:31:26 PM »
Va-va-VOOMMMM!  this topic needs to be retitled Country of the DS HUNKS!

Now I just wish I had the technical skill needed to cut out Beth in that photo and replace her with shirtless Chris Jennings.

It'd be HUNK-A-RAMA 69 97!

Panting heavily, Gothy

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: Oh, Donnie Boy...
« on: October 03, 2002, 05:23:06 PM »
When I look at Don's hair, I just want to run my fingers through it, and that thought invariably leads to others, not really suitable for family viewing.

What a beautiful man.  I taped Dawson's Crack last night to watch Sebastian Spence. (Sadly he only appeared for about 2 minutes.)  5 seconds of shirtless Briscoe is more exciting to this old fogey than hours of heavily primped teens lounging about on their cell phones with their $200 Hollywood Boulevard hair cuts.

Hey Raineypark, is there enough room up here on this soap box?  I don't wanna be crowdin' you, girl.

Gothy

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: Where's Roger????
« on: October 03, 2002, 12:54:30 AM »
Hi Murph, Roger had to go away to London on a business trip.  I think that in real life Louis Edmonds was doing a play.  I believe there was something he was involved in in Dec. 68-Jan. 69 which was the period he was away.  

Yes, of course, in real life he would have flown back and been on hand.  They should have thrown something in the script about Roger being stuck in the UK for x y or z reason, but so far as I know, they just pretended he did not exist.  Wait till you see how the writers handle the situation when he comes back, too.

Sometimes the gap between DS-land and reality seemed so wide, it might as well have been the Atlantic Ocean.

Gothick

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Good to see you back, Jon.  Will be nice to see you posting here more often.

Best,

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: You Know Who You Are...
« on: October 03, 2002, 12:14:22 AM »
thank you, most mysterious one, once again, you've fulfilled a fantasy of mine ... sadly the last 3 photos failed to display, perhaps hitting the old reload button with extra determination a few times will work.

I was going to write a "Tribute to the Stud Wolf" post today ... I think the episode broadcast is the last time we get to savor the sight of Chris' bared chest on the series.  Thankfully, DC was sensible enough to include a brief glimpse in the film version.

I wonder whether Don Briscoe was the first shirtless hunk in soap opera history? Once again, DS sets a trend.  It's amusing when they get to 1897 and there are SO MANY times Quentin comes stumbling into the foyer with his shirt in tatters.

A red blooded fan of the male of the species,

Mr. G.

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: Dreaming of DARK SHADOWS
« on: October 02, 2002, 05:18:41 PM »
Wow, Scout, I'm sorry I missed reading your erotic dream about Julia.  Have you ever seen Satan in High Heels?  Grayson Hall proved in that just how erotic she could be.  Those cat-like smiles of hers were pretty incredible.

Then, there's her cameo in End of the Road, where in the role of sex-starved "spinster" Peggie she makes out like a bandit with Stacey Keach, clawing at him and frantically licking his chest!  There's a magazine interview at the time where she comments something along the lines of "I defy anyone to say I'm a dyke after they see End of the Road!" (she wasn't quite that blunt about it, but I don't have time right now to go look up the actual quote).

The most vivid dreams I had about DS were back when I was a kid and I dreamt a couple of times about living at Collinwood.  In more recent years, whenever I've spent time working intensively on my Grayson Hall project, I've had dreams where I visit Grayson or she visits me and we discuss her career and her interests.

The Frid-tones--LOVE it!  You know he went to Yale ... that sounds just like one of those endless Yale glee clubs (the Whiffenpoofs are just the tip of the iceberg, darling).

Best,  Steve

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: Harry?
« on: October 02, 2002, 05:11:06 PM »
John, I'm delusional too, cuz I think Eddie Marshall looks, sounds and acts NOTHING like Craig Slocum!

I don't remember the finger snapping, though.  Eddie was only in the one episode as Harry, wasn't he?  And then the little cameo as Braithwaite back in 1897.

Steve

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