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Current Talk '02 I / Julia Smackdown Fest!
« on: May 28, 2002, 10:37:43 PM »
... not sure I am using the term "smackdown" correctly in that title ... but I know that some folks would get their knickers in a twist if I titled this post "Julia's B*tchslap Fest."

From studying today's Montage, I take it that the episode where Julia has to SLAP Mrs. Johnson out of her hysteria aired.  I should study her technique; I witnessed an individual yesterday who was literally screaming and throwing things, and I was thinking what a salutary effect a crisp, clean "Juliaslap" would have had on him.

Let's collect ALL of Julia's slaps.  As of today, she has slapped ONCE.  I'll attempt to keep a running total.

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 I / Re: Whose Hair...?
« on: May 23, 2002, 12:56:02 AM »
Well, I'm a guy, but I'd love to have Cassandra's hair.

Instead of wearing it, though, I'd keep it on a stand and use it to frighten religious canvasers and others attempting to make a nuisance of themselves around the house.

I wonder whether that hair can shoot quills, like a greasy, shiny black porcupine?

Cackling maniacally,

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 I / Re: I can't think of a subject header
« on: May 21, 2002, 10:18:09 PM »
Hi Arashi,

Welcome back!  I always enjoy your posts.

Willie is the one who gets the big stuffed wolf with the VERY canned growling.  Johnny Karlen rips up the scenery like nobody's business in that one!

Another GREAT swathe of videotape in DS history!

Gothick

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Thanks for this, Robin.  I'm interested in the first episode in this pair; my MPI tape of that is missing a bit, in the teaser scene at the beginning.  I presume that the footage was missing on the master tape, though I remember reading about a 1967 episode that had a similar hole in it, and the footage was found subsequently, and replaced (the incomplete tapes were recalled by MPI).

Steve

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Current Talk '02 I / Goddess Grayson Hall
« on: May 21, 2002, 07:44:43 PM »
I just have to share the perhaps unwelcome observation that Dr. Julia Hoffman's Dream Curse sequence may be one of the most brilliant bits of videotape in the history of American television.

I have also seen the fan version but the original is SO much better.  My two favorite moments are when Mrs. Johnson is silently beckoning Julia to the door and Julia is hysterically asking her, "Why are you doing this to me???" and it looks as if Mrs. J is about to grab Julia's breast!  I can imagine "Sister Wendy"'s comment on that!  "The religouth thignificanth of Dr Julia Hoffman's BREATHT"  THEN the climactic scream as the Death Bride is revealed is so transfigurative, transcendental and, well, just a HOOT to witness.

I really wish there was video of Grayson and Clarice discussing that scene after taping. I'm sure both ladies had some hilarious comments to make about shooting it!

As far as I am concerned, moments like this are DS at its most inspired.  I know others do not agree, but I had to just TELL THE DREAM.  Now I can rest ...

But no, cigarettes do NOT calm my nerves,

Gothick

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Thanks, Luciaphil, for those wonderful notes.  As for the wardrobe, just remember that lime green was one of THE colors in 1968, the year these episodes were taped. I'll never forget around that time (I think it was '69 actually) one of my friends informing me that his Mom had just bought a new car and the color was ... (roll those drums) SUB-LIME.  I'd try to describe the color, but words literally fail me. Let's just say you would have NO trouble locating that car in a parking lot, at night, during a power failure, at the dark of the moon!!

There's a great Julia/Mrs. Johnson scene coming up in a day or two, I believe.  And I think it is the occasion for the first in the grand, exciting series of 1968 Julia b*tch slaps!  I put as many of them as I could find on one tape once.

We should lobby the Mysterious Benefactor to replace the Roger Davis follicle-clutch tally with the Julia b*tch slap tally, at least in the absence of RD (I'm smiling just typing those last few words).

xo  Gothick

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Current Talk '02 I / Re: Does it get any worse?
« on: May 17, 2002, 08:19:42 PM »
Julia darling,

It's been a couple of years since my last viewing of this episode, but my memory of those lines was that Lang was wide-eyed-ly telling Julia:  "I saw you ... I saw you, but you didn't SPEAK!" and then Grayson says:  "That's how you KNOW it must have been a dream!"  It's a cute line because the way she said it made it seem like something she could have said in real life.  Remembering how on the restaurant tape she commented:  "Everyone knows my voice CARRIES!"

xo  Steve

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Current Talk '02 I / Re: Does it get any worse?
« on: May 17, 2002, 05:13:16 PM »
Grayson Hall is a LEGEND.  Everything she does, from the septic sniff as she loads the hypo, to the frantic clutch of one psychic hand at her throat, to the worrying tug on her gloves, to the twitch-purse of her lips as she prepares one of her wry comments, to the flick of her cigarette ash over the carpets of CALLANwood, to the arch of her eyebrow as she Magda-booms "I don' know NAHthinnn," to the toss of her head as she b*tchslaps Cassandra to the back of beyond ... ALL of it is infused with a legendary quality.  

Addison Powell is a pathetic refugee from Off-Broadway little theatre hades.  The only thing funnier than seeing him try to keep up with Grayson (were those arm movements because he thought they were doing a Supremes routine for Ed Sullivan?) is the scenes were Donna McKechnie is supposed to be a Broadway veteran and Julia mentions having seen some of her plays.  Julia's smile is SOOO tactful.

Just my not-so-humble opinion,

Gothick (a charter member of Hall-o-holics Anonymous)

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Current Talk '02 I / Re: Does it get any worse?
« on: May 17, 2002, 01:22:36 AM »
I'm afraid I can't promise you anything, RP.  Ever see Willie's Dream Curse episode? Or his "we're gonna get Cousin Barnabas" routine as Carl in 1897?

And then, there's all the wonderful Jeff/Peter freakout scenes coming up in the next weeks.

Dark Shadows is like the little girl with the little curl.  Nuff said.

Gothick

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I finally figured out that Addison Powell got credited for so many appearances on DS because of that damned tape recording.

I wonder whether Powell received a check in the mail every time they played that recording?

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 I / Re: Sorry, the dog ate my script!
« on: May 15, 2002, 05:41:11 PM »
Hi Kuanyin,

If you get this book called Dark Shadows Memories (I think that is the title of it), it gives you the taping date and the broadcast date for each show.  The shows were frequently taped out of order, though in some cases the numbering was consecutive for a period.  So this is one reason why the actors today don't have a clue about the storylines unless they have taken the time to watch the old tapes.  In some cases, the taping schedule had to be adjusted because some of the actors, such as Thayer David, had other commitments.  Some of them were doing plays at the same time as the show was running ... Don Briscoe did Boys in the Band, Virginia Vestoff did 1776, and David Selby and Lara Parker both did plays that didn't run very long in 1969 or 1970.

When the schedule for taping the episodes was adjusted, the actors called it "re-ranking the shows."

Given this situation, it's amazing that ANYBODY had any degree of continuity at all on DS!  but this is why in some instances they re-do a scene from the previous day's show with completely different costumes, or sets!

Best,

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 I / Re: Sorry, the dog ate my script!
« on: May 15, 2002, 12:47:51 AM »
The schedule was that they were supposed to get the new scripts in the studio by 4 so they could be ready for the next day's read-through, which the actors for that day's shooting were supposed to do around 5 or so in the afternoon.

Whenever you find one of the actors describing their day, they always mention how long it ended up being when they had to stay over for that late-afternoon read through of the next day's script.

btw the episodes were NOT always taped in broadcast order.

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 I / Re: Professor of what?
« on: May 14, 2002, 05:34:51 PM »
Luciaphil, My own sense is that stokes is a plain old Professor of English.  In the old days, people who did English often had all sorts of "esoteric" side interests--think of Dame Frances Yates, for instance.  

He taught at Rockport College, which I seriously doubt had anything like a real grad program.  Cassandra was probably pretending to go for some sort of teaching certificate.  Don't forget btw that Cassandra lies more naturally than she combs her hair (MUCH more naturally, come to think of it, looking at her hair) AND the poor dear was never terribly competent so we can't expect her story to stand up to much probing.

Best,

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 I / Re: She cares for me. . .
« on: May 13, 2002, 10:57:59 PM »
Thanks dear ... sorry to add another clean-up task to your day!

Hope yesterday was fab for you!

xo  Gothy

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Current Talk '02 I / Re: She cares for me. . .
« on: May 13, 2002, 09:26:13 PM »
sorry ... this wretched thing turned the "8" when I typed "1968" into one of those goo-googly faces.

I HATE smilies, so from now I'll try to remember to disable them from my posts.

Steve

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