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Yes, most of the action of "The High and Deadly Affair" was on board a plane.  That was why it was "high and deadly," lol.  April was disguised as a stewardess (the old word for a flight attendant).  And yes, there was a bird.

There were some fun character actors on hand in addition to Grayson and Murray Matheson.

G.

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Fans,

I discovered this video a few months ago and it's become one of my favorites.  I think the date is early 1969. Vanilla Fudge had a thing going on at this time of doing unlikely covers that they turned into gyrating, histrionic performances in stratospherically high camp.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFabNBveHOk&list=PLkKN4d4hugdPuC5Fqbsr_xyehJzIwkZSF&index=107

Not only do I strongly suspect these boys were huge DS fans, I'm pretty sure the one guitarist (wearing what looks like a matador's jacket) is sporting Buzz Hackett's wig here.  Maybe he bought it when they knew Cassandra had done her last scene--I've always suspected she had Buzz's former hairpiece when she arrived at the Great House...

Happy Sunday!

G.

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Beautiful captures.  And had ANY of the pre-dinner scene been included, it would have helped us realize what a betrayal Elizabeth must feel Eliot's words are now.

But no... forget the psychological dynamics or pretending the characters are people we care about.  (And have known for years, in fact, for fans who were in there for this back in '70.) 

DC's goal was just to maximize the gore, the fangs, the screams, and minimize anything that gets in the way of all that.

G.

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Grayson's role on the GIRL FROM UNCLE episode isn't all that noteworthy.  But she appears in the early scenes in a white lab coat and it's kind of uncanny since she was cast as Dr. H just a few months later.  And she's in a lot of shots in the later part and has a couple of good lines.  The Harlan Ellison script was a much better part for her.

The ones I desperately wish would show up are "Back to Back" with Shelley Winters and Grayson as an imperious resort manager on the BOB HOPE CHRYSLER THEATER of '65, and Grayson's episode of the legendary Peter Falk series TRIALS OF O'BRIEN in '66.  It's unclear to me whether either of those still exist in the respective studio vaults since there has been no sign of either in many years.

G.

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Fans,

Kosmo alerted me that Decades is doing a Man from UNCLE marathon tomorrow (Sunday July 2), and that Grayson Hall's episode is scheduled to be run at 12 Noon Eastern DST.  I didn't check the schedule but I did see a page for the UNCLE binge on what they have up on their site for tomorrow.

Grayson's story, "The Pieces of Fate Affair," is like a conglomeration of several major Sixties epiphenomena. Scripted by cult writer Harlan Ellison, the premise lampoons Jackie Susann and her scandalous best-seller VALLEY OF THE DOLLS.  Grayson's character was based on woman sci-fi novelist and critic Judith Merrill (and Merrill was not amused, which meant that this one episode was banned from syndication for many years).  Grayson appears in a chic red and black couture outfit, hosts a literary cocktail party, skewers a "psychedelic poet," and tells the head of THRUSH that there's really no observable difference between being a critic and a professional assassin.

It's good stuff--if I had a signal, I'd be tuning in!

G.

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Fans, For any interest it may have for some of you, this listing was posted on social media last Tuesday, but I just saw it today.  The seller address was given as Calabasas, California.  I don't know if the puppet sold but there are some collectors out there with a lot of money to throw around, so who knows.

The version of the listing I saw had what might have been a computer generated image of a bat puppet.  It obviously wasn't the actual object.

G.

The listing (I have not corrected any typos or other errors):

Dark Shadows hero Bill Baird Vampire Bat puppet also used in the feature film House of Dark Shadows.(ABC TV, 1966-1971) Vintage original articulated Vampire bat marionette puppet created by legendary puppeteer Bill Baird for the Dan Curtis-produced early Horror/Soap Opera. Constructed of wooden components, metal wing armature hinged at shoulder and elbow joints and covered with finely stitched black chamois material, counter-weighted body and head painted flat black, with green sequin eyes affixed, and with screw eyelets at 6-strategic points for marionette stringing to be operated by the attached original wooden operating cross. The bat measures approx. 23 in. from extended wing tip to wing tip, with a 6.5 in. long body. The operating controller measures 11 x 3.75 in. Created by Bill Baird, master puppeteer also responsible for fabricating and operating the marionettes in “The Lonely Goatherd” puppet show in The Sound of Music. The bat puppet was used extensively from its debut in Episode 330: that aired September 29, 1967, as “Barnabas” (Jonathan Frid), in bat form, taunts “David Collins” (David Henesy) in his bedroom. The bat also appears in what is considered the most important episode of the series, Episode 405: aired Jan. 12, 1968 - Barnabas’ origin story, when he is cursed by the witch, “Angelique” (Lara Parker), causing him to first become a Vampire. The bat continued to be featured in many episodes including, but not limited to: Episode 341: aired Oct. 16, 1967 - when “Dr. Woodard” (Robert Gerringer) dies, Episode 409: aired Jan. 18, 1968 - when Barnabas dies in a 1795 flashback, Episode 411: aired Jan. 22, 1968 - when Barnabas rises as a Vampire, Episode 423: aired Feb. 7, 1968 - when Barnabas kills “Suki Forbes” (Jane Draper), Episode 535: aired July 12 1968 – when Barnabas has the dream curse, Episode 702: aired March 4 1969 – in flashback to 1897 when “Magda Rakoski” (Grayson Hall) realizes the Bat and the Vampire are one and same, Episode 703: aired March 5 1969 - when Magda again see Barnabas in the form of the bat. The bat puppet also appears in the final scenes of the feature film spin-off, House of Dark Shadows (MGM, 1970) directed by Dan Curtis. This one-of-a-kind, screen used prop represents horror’s earliest emergence in mainstream TV pop culture, which paved the way for many wildly popular horror-themed series of today. Provenance: Sold by the Baird family at The Greenwich Auction Room, Ltd., N.Y. September 19, 1987, lot 43. Comes with a signed letter of authenticity by Peter B. Baird on “Bill Baird’s Marionettes” stationery. In vintage fine condition. $30,000 - $50,000

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Cool interview with Curtis Harrington.  He talks about all of his films in it. Night Tide, Games, Queen of Blood, Killer Bees, and beyond--the whole hit parade.

http://www.terrortrap.com/interviews/curtisharrington/

Best, G.

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Sam Irvin gives an extraordinary level of detail about the casting--pages on this.  Usually it's just summed up in a few sentences, but what he wrote provides a fascinatingly detailed look into how casting on a higher-budget project worked back in the early 1970s. 

By an odd coincidence, to venture even further into OT territory, yesterday I discovered that Curtis Harrington's autobiography Nice guys don't work in Hollywood was posthumously published four years ago.  Harrington did a number of TV films, including The Cat Creature which again had a DS quality to it for me, particularly Gale Sondergaard's performance as eccentric occult shopkeeper Hester Black.  Sounds like more great summer reading.

G.

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Fans,

After DS went off the air, a major preoccupation in life became finding other stuff to watch that might provide something remotely like the "high" I would get from our show.  One of the most memorable such "highs" came from the two part screening on NBC of Frankenstein: The True Story. Set in 1820, filmed in England with lush production values and a cast that included Leonard Whiting, James Mason, Nicola Paget, the stunningly gorgeous Michael Sarrazin as the Creature, Agnes Moorehead, Margaret Leighton and many other luminaries of stage and screen, I found the broadcast riveting and an experience I never forgot.

An important new study of the production and related aspects of Frankenstein: the True Story was recently published in magazine form.  There's some artwork and comments on display here:

http://monsterkidclassichorrorforum.yuku.com/topic/65840/LITTLE-SHOPPE-HORRORS-38-Shipping-week-May-29th-FRANKE#.WVXDASMrKqQ

The easiest way to order the magazine is through the official website for the venue, Little Shoppe of Horrors, but that site is still coded in outdated "frames" software and I can't link to the page in the site with the info about this issue.  It's issue 38, published earlier this month (June 2017).

There are some DS connections you may find along the way.  Author Sam Irvin directed Dante's Cove, a glossy occult gay soap opera of circa 2006 that had some elements reminiscent of DS.  In the very long narrative about the Frankenstein film's production history, there's a moment where everyone panics because ABC announces the version that Dan Curtis did of the story for TV in '72.  Sam Irvin quotes a catty comment from someone that this turned out to be the "same tired sets and canned music cues" from DS, so there was a collective heaving of a sigh of relief. (!) Ah, Hollywood...

Not directly related, but the producer of Frankenstein: the True Story was Hollywood stalwart Hunt Stromberg, Jr., a flamboyant, larger-than-life gay man who had been involved with both the Vampira show and the launching of The Munsters in 1964.  There's a huge amount of gossip, history and anecdote crammed into this magazine about the period in which DS came into existence.  Well worth reading.

G.

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Current Talk '17 I / Re: Today in History (Actually June 27th)
« on: June 27, 2017, 04:05:54 PM »
Happy 51 DS!

I didn't even hear about the show until the early summer of 1968, which was when I started watching.

G.

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I really wish that scene between Liz and Roger had been kept.  What a beautiful moment.

Thanks for sharing the version Dan Ross preserved for us, MB.

G.

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Testing. 1, 2, 3... / Re: ** BIG CHANGES COMING FOR THE NEW YEAR **
« on: June 20, 2017, 08:39:41 PM »
For anyone on the Forums with an interest in naked Scottish Barnabas...

http://www.omgblog.com/2008/05/omg_hes_naked_alec_newman.php/#axzz4kZaMgXVr

cheers, G.

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Testing. 1, 2, 3... / Re: ** BIG CHANGES COMING FOR THE NEW YEAR **
« on: June 20, 2017, 08:34:15 PM »
Aaand again I turn to google...

Thanks!!!!

G.

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Testing. 1, 2, 3... / Re: ** BIG CHANGES COMING FOR THE NEW YEAR **
« on: June 19, 2017, 10:31:33 PM »
Alec Newman... *SWOON*

If for some reason the thought took your fancy to post some captures of a couple of Alec's scenes on this thread, you know I wouldn't complain...

Now I'm imagining Alec in his birthday suit... purely, you understand, for aesthetic purposes...

G.

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