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Current Talk '02 I / Re: This American Life
« on: April 23, 2002, 08:41:18 PM »
Hi Luciaphil,

I wonder whether this was the thing for which I was interviewed at the 1997 Festival in NYC.  It was supposed to be broadcast on NPR.  Friends of mine who heard the final version did say that none of my snippets got used (not surprising, I wasn't terribly articulate as I recall that evening).

I would love to hear these, though.  I understand there's one point in one of the pieces where one of them says, "Now Grayson Hall--SHE shoulda become a star!" and the other goes "Right on!"  Or words to that effect.

Incidentally, your summary of the Thing that wouldn't die plot was a hoot!  I wish you'd done the whole movie. I thought I had seen it but maybe not.

Best,

Steve

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Current Talk '02 I / Re: Couples We'd Like to See
« on: April 23, 2002, 06:33:22 PM »
Thanks Julia for that gorgeous photo of Barnabas and Julia ... THE Dark Shadows couple, as far as I'm concerned!

A lot of people see Barnabas and Julia as the model upon which the creator of X Files based his concept of Mulder and Scully's relationship.  I haven't watched the series enough to comment upon that--I did see the X files film and could see a definite connection to this aspect of DS.

In terms of wish-we-could-have-seen-them couples. I think Chris Jennings and Joe Haskell would have made SUCH a cute pair.  Joe could have moved out of that awful room and into the cottage, and they both could have had a lot of fun fixing it up.  Plus, I bet Joe would have done a better job of dealing with Chris' hairy side than Sabrina managed to do.

Just my 2 drachmae,

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 I / Re: Dark Shadows DVD Special Edition
« on: April 22, 2002, 11:57:42 PM »
Hi Jon, Congrats on your new acquisition!  That's one item I have yet to see.  I heard from friends that a segment involving Nancy Barrett hosting a tour of the Seaview Mansion (Collinwood on the show) did not play on most DVD players.  Did you have any problems with that?

Best wishes,

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 I / Re: i have an insatiable desire to be proper
« on: April 19, 2002, 07:22:48 PM »
Casper sweetie, I think the Countess got clubbed by the weapon Lieut Forbes carries around in his trousers!  At least she went with a smile on her face.  Oh God, I just flashed on an image of Grayson Hall doing a cameo in Clockwork Orange.  Whew.

Don't you know that vampires are immune from bed head?  It goes with the anti-aging creme and the fabou Byronic costuming ...

Please do continue to post your comments.  Just love reading 'em!

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 I / Re: Tower Room
« on: April 19, 2002, 07:09:43 PM »
Rainey, don't you know that they got all those candles at Ye Olde Collinsport Head Shoppe?  The one that was still in biz 200 years later!

Just imagine it, an oasis of black light posters, psychedelic beads, crushed velvet capes and patchouli in a little old New England seaport...

Still enjoying those groovy 60s vibes 40 years later,

Steve

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Current Talk '02 I / Re: Hmmm...
« on: April 19, 2002, 06:50:55 PM »
Thank you MB for that invigorating, refreshing, and edifying image!

Makes one wonder just who was getting Nathan's goodies, since Millicent was too busy freaking out and having hysterics.

A sailor's life for me!

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 I / Re: Barnabas (Almost) Goes Austin Powers
« on: April 19, 2002, 12:28:34 AM »
Hi Chris, Well, if stuff like that bothers you, you may want to stop watching the day Chris Pennock debuts in the Leviathan storyline (his debut episode aired in Jan. 1970, I believe).

There's actually a scene where he says to Barnabas, a propos of Maggie Evans:  "You DIG her, man!"

And then, one fateful day, BRUNO comes to town ... ah, the excitement!  His ranch poodle coat qualifies as an endangered species, and his hairdo may have been regarded as such an ecological disaster, it could have sparked the original Earth Day demonstrations!

Steve

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Current Talk '02 I / Re: E.A. Poe and DS
« on: April 19, 2002, 12:13:54 AM »
Vam!

Basil Rathbone actually played Sir Guy of Gisburne in the Errol Flynn film.  They had the climactic duel up and down those stairs. Truly classic filmmaking.

Rathbone used to be best known for his role in the Universal Sherlock Holmes series that I loved watching over and over and over again on Sat. nights as a teenager.  Especially the ones with Henry Daniell and Lionel Atwill taking turns playing Professor Moriarty. What fabulous panache those actors had.  

So many wonderful Rathbone performances.  A remarkable fact about him I often recall is that Sax Rohmer, a now forgotten cult novelist, wanted Rathbone to play his "Oriental mastermind" character Fu Manchu in the films.  Rohmer gave as his reason the fact that "Rathbone always appeared sinister--even when wearing pyjamas!"

Best,  Steve

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Oh goody!  Thanks for that reply, Mr. Mysterioso.  I don't mind waiting for a treat!

I cherish the hope that the "Don Briscoe's shirtless tour of his apartment" article will be included in this archive.  All his fans deserve to see it!

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 I / Re: Noah
« on: April 17, 2002, 11:39:21 PM »
Rick:  Just to be clear, my clumsy attempt at humor was directed not towards Mr. Slocum or his private life (what an old-fashioned expression that is in this day and age!), but to the character of Noah Gifford.  The board regulations don't permit discussions of the actors' personal lives, apart from published statements they have made in official sources.

Best wishes,

Steve

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Current Talk '02 I / Re: PRIMARY PROP
« on: April 17, 2002, 10:16:41 PM »
Interesting topic.  Unlike many fans, I've never felt the impulse to own Josette's music box, Barnabas' ring or his cane, though the latter is VERY cool and magickal.

What I did crave and demanded until my own set was given to me were Magda's tarot cards (I didn't realize that they were originally owned by the Countess du Pres until many years after the run of the original broadcast).  I went to the library, checked out Eden Gray's tarot books, and made my own traced copies of the major arcana cards until I got my own deck as a Christmas present in 1970.  The deck I was given was the "IJJ" Swiss one (so called because of the Jupiter and Juno cards that are said to be unique to this deck), which was the same one used by Magda.  Back in the Sixties, it was still very difficult to find tarot cards.  I really wanted a Pamela Colman Smith (aka "Rider Waite") deck because I loved the images so much, but had to wait until just a few years ago when I finally bought one for myself.

Other props I loved on the show were the painted Egyptian-looking coffer that held Count Petofi's hand (and was often glimpsed on an end table in the upstairs corridor in the present-day episodes), the Naga box, Laura's scarab, and, of course ... THE AFGHAN!!!

Does Cassandra Collins' wig collection count as a prop?  That would be on my list, too.

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 I / Re: E.A. Poe and DS
« on: April 17, 2002, 08:24:04 PM »
The Vincent Price vehicles inspired by various tales of Edgar Allan Poe should be required viewing for all DS fans.  Even when the actual plots weren't borrowed for the series, there are always scenes or just an atmosphere that are strongly reminiscent of life at Collinwood.

I recommend the House of Usher, The Tomb of Ligeia, and The Masque of the Red Death, in addition to the Pit and the Pendulum.

There is actually a film version of the Cask of Amontillado (btw back in the 70s you could still get lovely smooth Amontillado bottled by Harvey's).  You haven't lived till you've seen Vincent Price and Peter Lorre play out this story. I think it was one of the segments in an omnibus film titled Tales of Terror.

Has anyone ever heard the old records of Basil Rathbone reading Poe stories and poems?  Wonderful stuff.  I wish Jonathan Frid would put out a CD of readings from Poe.  Such a divine voice.

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 I / Re: Noah
« on: April 17, 2002, 05:26:17 PM »
Wow, I'd forgotten that Craig had diabetes.  I believe I had read it somewhere, can't recall where.  I lost an online friend to that illness last year. Please forgive me if I hit a nerve with my crass comments.  I'm just cheap white trash from Chesapeake Bay country.

At least Cheryl you have the consolation that Craig isn't forgotten since his performances are currently on the air.   He'll have some new fans at this year's DS Festival!

Best wishes,

Steve

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Thanks for sharing these memories, Raineypark. I surely hope others enjoyed them as much as I did.  I'm glad it gave you pleasure to recount them!

Wish Sharon Gless could finagle a role for John Karlen on Queer as folk!  Maybe he could play a friendly cousin of her character and her brother's.

Steve

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Current Talk '02 I / Re: Noah
« on: April 16, 2002, 09:54:34 PM »
Jennifer, he was licking his lips because he kept noticing how TIGHT Big Nathan's trousers were!  hee hee!

Wasn't there a character on Hogan's heroes who wore one of those little caps like Noah had?  He looked really cute in that little hat.

Now I'm thinking of him as "Keebler Cookie Elf Noah"!

Steve the terminally silly

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