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Current Talk '02 I / Paging Luciaphil!
« on: April 25, 2002, 09:04:32 PM »
Are we going to get one of your witty, thoughtful commentaries to today's episodes?  I really want to get out the tape and have a look at these.  Thought Joan looked at her loveliest.

It is interesting to see the comments in the "Naomi notions" post about Naomi's suicide.  Although for obvious reasons I can't really put myself in her shoes (my feet are too darned big for starters, lol), I do find dramatically plausible her traumatic reaction to discovering what had happened to Barnabas, resulting in her act of suicide.  I haven't seen these shows in many years so perhaps the way the story was written, or the way Joan played the scene, makes the depth of Naomi's shock implausible ... but I don't think the concept is at all unlikely, I'm sad to say.

In certain cultures, Imperial Rome and classical China for example, suicide was almost programmed as the "correct" response to family misfortune, particularly for a female.  A lot of the casualties in Chinese wars throughout the ages were women who committed suicide because the alternative was vulnerability to rape.

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 I / Re: Alexandra "Giggles" Moltke
« on: April 25, 2002, 05:43:44 PM »
Last night I was watching the episode where Garth Blackwood has escaped Charles Tate's botched attempt at knot-tying (obviously Tate was never a boy scout) and is railing at Petofi.  I swear Roger Davis was about to crack up in that scene.  You could see him biting his lip and looking away.  The camera was not on John Harkins (who played Blackwood) and I had the feeling that his hat was askew. Or one of those eyebrows they had pasted on him. Those eyebrows looked like painted dead caterpillars. They were the most horrifying thing about Garth Blackwood!

I also think that Jonathan Frid or Peter Turgeon was about to burst out laughing in the climactic scene where Dr. Woodard tells Barnabas, "Last night I saw your sister Sarah!"  I'm referring to the cliffhanger of that episode; the next day when they restaged the scene, it went smoothly and came out as intended.

Steve

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Current Talk '02 I / Re: Blooper Poll
« on: April 24, 2002, 11:14:27 PM »
Hi John!

One of my favorite "bloopers" is a very subtle one.  It's in Humbert Allen Astredo's first scene as Nicholas Blair opposite Alexandra Moltke as Vicki.  As he's saying goodbye to her, he has a line that comes out something like, "Very pleased to meet you Miss Molt ... er, Miss Winters!"  If you're not very attentive, you'd miss the flub altogether, because he covers it with one of his most deliciously courtly smile.

Then there's this scene again involving Humbert, though the blooper was not at all his fault.  When, as Evan Hanley, he was dismissing the "shade" of Minerva Trask (a simulacrum created through one of Evan's few workable spells--quite a clever one, actually), the director had failed to realize that Jerry Lacey, Joan Bennett, and Clarice Blackburn would need to dash ACROSS the camera on the very set where Humbert was reciting his incantation.  I swear you can hear Jerry muttering "Jesus!" as he and the two ladies scamper madly across that set!

So many more I could mention... this morning I was watching an episode towards the end of the 1897 storyline where it was one of those days where EVERYTHING seemed to be going wrong.  Only the magisterial Thayer David kept his cool.  What a gent he was.

On the MPI blooper reel, my absolute favorite moment is the bit of footage that miraculously survived from the one time when they were supposed to have stopped tape and the camera kept running.  You hear the director (maybe H. Kaplan?) yell "cut!" and Grayson Hall just glares at him and says: "WHY?" No question who was in charge on set that day!


Gothick

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This is exciting news, Darren!  Let's hope the firm is willing to check their print.  It would be a tremendous find if it has the sequences you are trying to locate.

My big regret is that the Barnabas/Julia "walk" sequence is probably gone for good, since that was presumably trashed before any prints were struck from the master at MGM.

At least we have the stills.  The reconstruction of this sequence on Michael Miozza's DS films website is a must for Barnabas/Julia fans.

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 I / Re: Couples We'd Like to See
« on: April 23, 2002, 11:37:37 PM »
Well Jennifer, the Collins "incestral" traditions never paid much attention to blood ties, did they?  I suppose that is because "the Collins blood has always had a certain persistent ... strength!"  Rather like the passions of those Collins men!

I once wrote a long Chris/Quentin slash tale (inspired by a short story my friend Nicky wrote) because I thought Briscoe and Selby would be so darned hot together.  It wasn't till I finished it that I realized Quentin was Chris' great-grandfather!  Yikes.

Best,

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 I / Re: This American Life
« on: April 23, 2002, 07:41:18 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, 05:33:22 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, 10:57:42 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, 06:22:48 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, 06:09:43 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, 05:50:55 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 18, 2002, 11:28:34 PM »
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 18, 2002, 11:13:54 PM »
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, 10:39:21 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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