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There were some wonderful photos of Thayer David browsing in an antiques store in my Scrapbook Memories, and a truly priceless photo of Katie, Grayson and Joan wearing black miniskirt ensembles for the funeral scene.  The photos are the main reason I have kept the book.

G.

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Willie Loomis, chauffeur.

That seems somehow more horrifying, at least potentially, than anything that happens onscreen in hoDS. LOL!

Brilliant captures, MB!  I have to watch some 1966 shows again!!

Bouncily,  G.

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I know I'm unduly fussy about this stuff, but IMO, had Clarice played Mrs. Johnson, the line would have sounded properly in character if she had said Davy, not David. 

When she spoke to him, I remember her calling him Davy.  But that could be a misremembering...

G.

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Roger's dialogue explains something else that always throws me for a loop whenever I watch this film.  Obviously, at some point there was a scene where Maggie informed Roger and Liz that she was resigning.  Then Barn turns on the charm at the ball and Maggie suddenly changes her mind.  The ball scene doesn't really make sense unless you already know the story since there has been nothing shown or said about Maggie leaving up till that point.  There's at least a hint here that Roger thinks it would be a good idea for Miss Evans to go on a "vacation."

Another reason why these early scenes would have been helpful from a narrative point of view is that they establish who is who--as you've pointed out.  In Elvira's rap about the movie (her clips talking about it, I guess from when she ran it on her show, are on Youtube), she keeps saying, "Who are all these people anyway?"  Initially I thought she was just being characteristically sassy.  But if you've never seen the show, the movie really tells you very little about just who anybody is and why they're there.

G.

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I can see why all of this was either never shot, or cut.  I presume DC excised most of this before he even delivered his completed print to MGM.

I of course would have loved to have seen it all, especially Roger complaining that nobody would leave him in peace and quiet to get on with his Proust... and brandy.

G.

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It's worth mentioning Michael Gough's role in the 1965 episode "The Cybernauts."  I think Dame Diana Rigg said in a talk she did a year or so ago at the British Film Institute that "The Cybernauts" was the first episode she filmed.  Michael Gough played a very 1960s styled mad scientist, wheelchair-bound.  In the color season a year or so later, he appeared in a more comic-flavored turn as a Russian spy scheming to turn the tables on Steed and Mrs. Peel.  The delightful Anna Quayle also appeared, as did Philip Madoc--both were noted for other genre appearances.  The episode was titled "The Correct Way to Kill."

Bringing it back at least slightly to DS, THE AVENGERS was a huge hit for ABC in 1967, the same year that DS started to be big.  And it all happened 50 years ago now.

G.

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Hi Gerard, I might be misremembering, but what I recall about the Hermes Press edition is that they wanted to print all the Sunday strips in full color.  However they were having trouble getting a complete set of the original prints of the strips for reference purposes.

In the early 1970s I cut out all the Sunday strips and pasted them into a scrapbook I kept.  However, the local paper stopped carrying it before the strip had ceased.  I almost never got to see the dailies, either.

I did have the Pom Press book but gave it away to a friend several years ago.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '16 II / Re: Heiress of Condowood
« on: January 09, 2017, 06:20:27 AM »
That's pretty funny.  Lara Parker's name (in what is laughingly called real life) is Lamar Hawkins.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '16 II / Re: Heiress of Condowood
« on: January 09, 2017, 01:12:33 AM »
This is pretty close to off-topic, especially for this thread.  But at the moment I'm reading GENERATION LOSS by Elizabeth Hand.  It's the first in a series of three novels (to date) featuring anti-hero Cassandra Neary, a middle-aged punk survivor from the 70s.  In this first book, Cass travels to an isolated island off the coast of Maine where she encounters some very unusual people, and visits the ruins of an abandoned hippie commune from 1973.

One of the towns in the area on the mainland is called Collinstown.  I can't help wondering if that is a nod in our direction from Ms. Hand.  Her books suggest that she might have enjoyed DS both as a child and later on (she's around my age).

G.

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Well, I was 12 when I saw hoDS and my sister was 11, and neither of our parents came to see the movie with us.  We were dropped off and then picked up afterwards.

I really can't recall if the movie gave me nightmares.  My Mom hated DS so it seems remarkable that she allowed us to go. 

G.

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Hanging David!  One of the most infamous moments in DS history... there was a much more widely circulated photo that showed up in many mags way back when.  Kind of funny that they wound up deleting the scene after all that exposure.

That's an incredible still you found, MB.  Congratulations!

Best,  G.

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"Castle De'ath" is a fabulous episode of THE AVENGERS.  I am very happy for you MB as THE AVENGERS has been comfort food for me for years now.  I first bought the VHS release of the shows, then replace the tapes with the DVDs.  If I got rid of most of my collection, THE AVENGERS is one thing I would definitely keep because I do revisit at least some of the shows a few times each year.

In "Epic," Peter Wyngarde plays a washed-up, aging actor who is part of a plot to make a "snuff" film starring Mrs. Peel.  Wyngarde's costume in the scene mentioned by Bob the Bartender does look like the kind of gear a Hammer vampire would wear, but the character in that skit is supposed to be a mad scientist.

It's great stuff!

G.

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Fans,

As is well known, the original 1967 Josette's music box theme was a track composed for Patrick McGoohan's series THE PRISONER.  I presume that this track somehow wound up in an ABC music library and that was how it found its way into our show.  I believe that episode of the McGoohan series was filmed sometime in the Fall of 1966 but I'd have to check that.  The series was broadcast on ABC, I think, sometime in 1967. When the 1795 storyline started on DS, Robert Cobert composed a new tune for the music box which was then used for the remainder of the series.  I was quite startled and perplexed (no internet and no DS reference books available then) when I first saw the 1967 shows in a 1976 syndication and the tune was different from the one I had known.

Anyhow, I was quite surprised when the tune showed up as background music in a scene in the 1972 ACE OF WANDS serial, "Mama Doc."  It's heard starting around the 8 minute 30 second mark here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCFay1dXFIE

ACE OF WANDS was produced by Thames television, which I think had merged with the studio that had produced THE PRISONER (Britain's ABC network), sometime around 1968.  I'd have to check Wikipedia for the specifics and dates.

ACE OF WANDS is about a stage magician named Tarot who gets involved with various occult themed mysteries.  In some ways it's reminiscent of 1970s DOCTOR WHO.  Tarot's companions are a brother and sister, Chaz and Micki.

The whole topic of "library music" in television and films is a fascinating one.  There are some really great tracks that wound up being circulated in this fashion.

G.

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That's amazing about Ken Bald.  I never did hear about the planned book of his DS strips being published.  It seemed as if the publisher did not have access to the materials needed.

G.

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Those are both wonderful photos.  Any info to share on provenance and/or publication?  Don't go digging... sheer idle curiosity prompts the question.

Those script pages remind me of how intrigued I was by references to the "card room" in "Marilyn" Ross's hoDS novelization.   I wonder if the room that would have been the study in the TV series Collinwood (or so I would think) was called the card room in the movie because that was how this room was known at Lyndhurst.  Another completely pointless question... I had completely forgotten my pondering of this detail until I just now looked at those pages you posted.

Best, G.

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