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  1. "Secret Storm" memories.

    Oh I forgot--Re: Robin--she was definately having emotional and or emotional issues of some kind, since I remember the adults being exasperated by her disconnected behavior--such as sending her to the kitchen to retrieve a pie for guests and her returning with a handful of limes, (a scene I recall specifically). Perhaps it was nothing so dramatic as autism since I am sure I did not know what that was at the time. Brent.
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    I don't know what the reason behind Brooke's hatred was. Brooke deliberately stabbed her hand and telephoned Valerie (I think), saying that she had done it accidentally on some roses and that she "didn't have an antiseptic in the house," (don't ask me why Val would be the most proximate aid in this matter) I vividly recall Brooke deliberately cutting herself and the sham phone call for help, but am not absolutely positive it was Val whom she phoned. Anyhow, (and I think this was the same day in October 1966--I was 9 at the time) Valerie was there with Brooke alone and an argument ensued...Brooke tried to stab Valerie with a letter opener but ended up being stabbed herself (unintentionally by Valerie). Valerie fled the scene in alarm...I understand she was later charged with murder but in all honestly don't remember the trial...perhaps my after school cub scout meetings blocked that period. Brent
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    P.S.--The above article on the clothes, while fascinating, is not the New York Times article which appeared in 1964. It can be obtained electronically now through the New York Times database, for those who wish to avoid the old fashioned microfilm route.
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    I see that Saynotoursoap states that the Memorial Day location shoot was the first and given his expertise on the vintage serials I don't doubt him. I guess to watch that sequence that day was a bit historic. Saynotoursoap--do you know who was the production designer-art director for "The Best of Everything"? Our local station didn't pick up that show until only about 3 months before its cancellation, and I still remember many of the sets! Best, Brent
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    Great fun reading all of these comments and articles. The Memorial Day 1968 death of Robin was indeed memorable but I never claimed it was the first location shoot for the show. Indeed, I have read that roof top shots (when the show still originated from Leidercratnz Hall) were not uncommon, though strictly speaking that's not a real location, since it was on the broadcast premises. The whole thing was shot at a Marina. Jada Rowland was shown diving in after Robin...Wish someone could unearth some scripts as my recollection is of Robin as autistic, though I would love to see this corroborated. Would that more kinescopes would surface. It was such an involving show. Lori March, (as has been remarked elsewhere) was always beautifully dressed and coiffed. But for that matter they all were. The clothes were top of the mark. As I've said earlier this was the pre-pants era. Marla Adams was lovely as Belle--sort of like a Hichtcock blonde.
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    Linda De Coff was a far more interesting Laurie Hollister than Stephanie Braxton--couldnt' have been more different--very neurasthenic--always playing the piano--looked a bit like Jennifer Darling. Clarice Blackburn was on in Jan-March, 1970 and was a denizen of the mental home where Amy was then recuperating. Liam Sullivan's debut as Alan was in Jan-Feb, 1971, several months before Dark Shadows ended. He was first depicted arriving on a jet, (the interior passanger compartment was his first scene). Brent
  7. "Secret Storm" memories.

    Secret Storm audio is great listening! Many thanks! Joan Crawford (who like many stars of her era was a frequent network radio gueststar--"Lux Presents Hollywood" etc.) does fine here. Her vocal performance is on par with network radio. Listen to all her characteristic inflections--all the honeyed venom, "I don't care if you go to Outer Mongolia!". These declamations are very much in the vein of her then current feature, "Berserk" which you should see for comparison. She is certainly not drunk--no way, though she may have, (like Joan Bennett on DS--see Roger Davis' story of her flask) may have taken a few swigs to steady her nerves. Wish we had the video though--if only for the clothes. Ken Roberts announcement as I recall but it was audio only--he did not appear on camera. Incidentally, I never meant Grace Tyrell was a shrinking violet. She couldn't have been to checkmate Pauline--but every inch a lady in the old grand dame way--completely vanished by the way in 2011. Love this very much, Best, Brent C.
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    No I didn't know about Haila Stoddard--didn't see it in our newspaper here--which has become pretty poor. Yes, they re-cast Grace but it didn't work at all. She was the cynosure of the show, and when she had the stroke in 68, (although it wasn't evident yet at the time) the whole focus away from the Ames happened. The NY Times article may well interest readers as it features a photo of the main female cast members along with a discussion of the wardrobe selection process. BC
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    Nifty nifty show! Note the camera work at the climax, going from close up of Amy back to Jimmy (very quickly--in sync with their dialogue). As to your remark re: prayer--Yes ! that's the first thing that struck me as a Roman Catholic--it's done with such conviction, and I love the line, "I can't believe God will remember me after all these years" to which Amy replies "He always does". You know I don't see current soaps but I am much struck by the intelligence of the dialogue in this episode. It's written by adults for adults--don't you feel like you are a secret intruder in their lives--that's what good drama does--it, (as you say) "draws you in" and yes, this show does that, which of course is the intent. Re: Amy later. You are absolutely correct. I was only a child but anyone alive at the time was conscious of the enormous cultural cataclysm of that late 60's/early 70's. Regardless of whether one approves or disapproves--it happened and altered the social landscape within 36 months! I came from a family that didn't approve! and I remember as a youngster, when a "high born" girl like Amy Ames would not have worn slacks, (can you imagine a world in which women may have worn slacks in the backyard or indoors, but not to the supermarket or downtown?! It existed, and the wardbrobe in this SS reflects the muted dark wools and low heeled pumps period. There was an article in the New York Times on the fashions on SS in 1964 which can now be accessed on line, and can certainly be viewed on microfilm at the library. And Amy was the hep member of the cast, (note she has already adopted her Petula Clark hair-do.) Yes later in the series, (72-73) Amy had adopted a very Bohemian counter cultural look, (a bit Hippy-ish) with long hair and floral peasant dresses. Re: the clothes--the still of Marjorie Gateson and Haila Stoddard featured in an earlier post in this sight, (probably early 60's--very much captures the suit/gloves/matching handbag look still prevalant at that time. Don't remember Donna Mills till Love is a Many Splendored Thing (which I also watched) wherein she played a nun in the early episodes! a far cry from Rocket. But boy she was a looker! Reminds me very much of Nancy Barret in the 66-67 period of DS. Seeing this show was a real kick for me! BC
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    Am taking a break mid show. I stand corrected on Nick Coaster. Amy references both Paul and Lisa. Thus the Kip relationship must already have ended--probably in 65 or 66, (and I remember Kip so well--boy I feel old). Isn't the young man playing Jimmy Dobbs good? Can you imagine learning all this dialogue and blocking these scenes in one day? Pre-video tape! BC
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    Carl: Again my thanks. I came back to the library to watch this again which I plan to do presently and will share a few thoughts afterwards. This is a much needed lift after a difficult day with the sudden death of an uncle. Whilst I don't remember this particular story line--this excellent Kinescope really takes me back--this is the SS "look" even though this episode is confined to modest apartments. You know to see Jada Rowland like this is kind of like meeting long lost family. As to Nick Coaster, no I think she was still very much involved with "Kip Rysedale" played by the actor who followed Don Galloway into the part. Mr. Coaster came in I believe in 68. All Best, BC
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    Thanks so much! I only checked my e-mail by chance today at the library and am grateful since I really haven't kept up with this site. I am so very grateful for this episode of "The Secret Storm" which I just got through playing with headphones. While I don't recall this particular plot line I do think it demonstrates the intensity and emotional darkness of the show. Recall that this was done live! When you were 9 years old this kind of thing sucked you in far more than "The Beverly Hillbillies" or "Batman" (at least it did this kid!). How pretty Donna Mills was! Note how elegant the women, (even the very young women) dressed for "at home" daytime scnes. Very understated--pumps and dresses and in Miss Mills' case a fur coat. Isn't the organ music effective. Am I alone in thinking it brings an emotional color far more effective than the generic tracks used on daytime today? Thanks so very very much!!! Brent C.
  13. Where the Heart Is 1969-1973

    Just read the threads about the fall down the steps. Hadn't read these synopsis before now and don't recall these plotlines in detail. Can't recall one woman pushing another--but my recollection is clearly of the blonde going down the steps in the wheelchair...in any case a wheelchair was involved--even if it managed to stay on the upper landing. Brent
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    If memory serves the other Northcote actor was none other than Alexander Scourby who was the real life husband of Lori March. Of course, it was Rigsby who did the evil Owen/Ian bit--a feat accomplished with split screen. Whichever one was evil, (Owen or Ian--can't recall now) murdered Troy Donahue in the shower--this was about May of 70. Diane Ladd was Kitty Styles at least by Sept. of 70. Recall her specifically in the part during that month. She played, as I recall, a woman from the wrong side of the tracks--a waitress I think. Don't recall Diana Millay in the role, (though I love Millay on "DS"--was a "DS" addict at the time.) Would be great to see "Storm" articles from the 60's. All Best, Brent