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Strange thought it may seem, I think the WB pilot is the only thing I've ever seen of Blair Brown's work.  I keep telling people I am a film illiterate but nobody believes me...

Patti, the Youtube DRACULA tape is a 35 minute or so edit.  I think the original show must have run around 52 minutes.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '17 II / Re: <OT Audio Books
« on: December 08, 2017, 11:27:43 PM »
I meant to add that many of the stories listed in that post are more like prose poems--mostly long descriptive passages, without action or dialogue.  Just letting you know in case that is not your cup of tea.

Best,

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '17 II / Re: <OT Audio Books
« on: December 08, 2017, 11:22:03 PM »
Hi Patti, your list of "books" comprises the titles of several short stories by H. P. Lovecraft. It looks as if this is from the table of contents of an electronic edition (or audiobook?) of Lovecraft's work.

I love this audiobook of Lovecraft's novella, "The Shadow Over Innsmouth." It was produced for the BBC and is just one actor but has amazing music and sound effects, and he does the voices of various people really well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJiSK3KW628&t=230s

The actor was the star of a mini-series with Ian Richardson in the mid 2000s, "Strange."  He's really good.

Best, Gothick

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Good one, Doctor!  I didn't even recognize Dan MacDonald in that role, and I'm a dyed in the wool Strange Paradise fanatic!

cheers, G.

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The Youtube edit is missing some scenes, possibly due to copyright issues; I am not sure about this. 

A complete synopsis with some shots from the missing portions is here:

http://taliesinttlg.blogspot.com/2015/06/dracula-1973-i-review.html

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '17 II / OT: Canadian DRACULA, early 1970s
« on: December 07, 2017, 07:35:25 PM »
Here’s a true rarity that has surfaced on Youtube—an early Seventies TV version of DRACULA produced in Canada.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLNrRITJKi4&feature=youtu.be

I first heard about this several years ago on the “Monster Kids” board, but some people have been looking for this one since the original decade.

The video looks surprisingly good given the age.  I wonder if this has been prepared for an official release or if they simply decided to distribute for free online.

The first scene in the video (which starts after a pre-story segment with celebrated author Robertson Davies) is a shot through a brandy-glass--it does make me wonder if the director was a fan of DS, but our show never aired in Canada during this period.

G.

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It's such a weird scene, when Stokes visits the deserted Old House. I figured you would just skip over this brief sequence since, as you say, there is no dialogue. The way the film is cut, from what I recall, it seems as if only one day at most has passed, but the house has reverted to a grey ruin strewn with dead leaves and rubbish. At least, that was the impression I got from what I saw. I wondered if that scene was shot in advance of the scenes in the furnished house, around the same time as when they shot the scenes where Maggie is searching for David there, at the beginning of the movie.

I am sure you are having a very busy time and I understand if you're unable to do what you'd planned with posting about the remainder of the movie.  Wishing you and yours a very happy holiday season!

G.

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It's been very interesting to see just how much material seems to have been cut after Old Barn's murder of Julia and attack on Maggie.  I seem to recall that some of this did show up in the Ross novelization but it's been far too long for me to remember details.

I don't think one of my favorite scenes of the final portion of the movie will show up at all in the slideshow.  It's when Stokes visits the abandoned Old House.  Very brief but so atmospheric and understated.  Then of course, all hell breaks loose as we move towards the endgame segment of this scenario and atmosphere mostly goes out the window... though there are some great shots done at Lockwood Matthews...

G.

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Current Talk '17 II / Re: Auction for Overpriced DS BooksI
« on: December 04, 2017, 02:15:53 AM »
Well, that listing is certainly "interesting," Doctor!  There's this weird phenomenon I've noticed with online used book prices in recent years (it might have started as long ago as ten years back, now--I haven't kept track).  This is where a vendor lists a copy of a book that isn't all that rare but is somehow perceived to be "hot"--but sometimes, only in a fairly obscure niche market.  For instance, this morning I was on Amazon and I saw some old Sax Rohmer paperbacks from the 1950s listed at around $450 apiece.  What I recall having been told years ago is that this means that if you "buy" the book, the vendor will then search for a copy for you.  And yes, you pay shipping.

Thankfully, there are still plenty of more reputable book dealers who don't engage in this kind of scamming.  I'm not sure that there's anyone to appeal to about this kind of thing since I don't think the used book sector is at all regulated. "Buyer beware."

Still, somebody "auctioning" a lot of fairly commonplace Ross paperbacks in such an extreme fashion on eBay sets a new benchmark.  As I said... interesting.

Best, G.

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Current Talk '17 II / Re: By Invitation Only
« on: November 30, 2017, 04:45:40 PM »
I remember Van Helsing in the book saying that Dracula could be abroad at noontime.  And I do remember the scene where they confront him during the day.  It was really well dramatized in the Louis Jourdan version (filmed for BBC TV broadcast in the late Seventies--often cited as one of the most accurate attempts to film this often-filmed book).

G.

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Jonathan Frid's hometown, I believe... they really should have ALL the Barnabas discs to honor the native son!

G.

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Fans,

This is a video of Donna McKechnie dancing the lead in the big "Turkey Lurkey" production number from the Bacharach/David musical PROMISES PROMISES.  That was on B'way in 1969 (I've always read it was a big flop, but I haven't personally researched the production history), and I think it says here that Donna was an original cast member--so, presumably, this was the gig that preceded (or was perhaps coterminous with) her time on DS:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15S4M5EAG8Y

This number is perhaps the ultimate expression of what I think of as the late Sixties, early Seventies "Bob Fosse on amphetamines" school of B'way choreography--I don't know who designed the actual moves here. 

Whatever one may think of Donna's acting ability, this is proof of what a phenomenally gifted dancer she is. I have heard she's really nice, too.

G.

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DS fans with an interest in Cornwall, pirates, shipwrecks, and Witchcraft might enjoy this episode of a Sky TV series from last year:

https://vimeo.com/238722188

I was amused in the smugglers' pub when there was a rousing chorus of "What shall we do with a drunken sailor?"  The Blue Whale tradition continues!

G.

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Current Talk '17 II / Re: 50 Years Ago Today
« on: November 09, 2017, 03:48:40 AM »
Both Grayson and Nancy should have been given Emmies that year.

Sheer brilliance!

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '17 II / Re: OT: A Wig for Miss Devore
« on: October 31, 2017, 04:11:44 PM »
MB, I hope you didn't miss the THRILLER episode "The Remarkable Mrs Hawk," with Jo van Fleet in the title role and John Carradine.  Great fun, and perhaps not all that reminiscent of DS, but full of Witchy, sardonic humor.  I can imagine you loving it.

Happy Halloween!

G.

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