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  1. Guess I was way too late to get in all this. Don't even really know, based on these cryptic comments, what exactly I missed. Too bad. Brent C.
  2. Came across a tape recording the other day, that I made in December 1971 from the "Edge of Night." In it, Cookie, (Fran Sharon) is being pursued by a ghostly visitation, a ghost with a woman's voice who urges her to swallow the whole bottle of sleeping tablets by her bedside. The eerie music seems to be aiming at the "Dark Shadows" effect. Though it was I doing the taping, I don't any longer recall this plot line. Any additional information would be much appreciated. Brent C.
  3. He does a fabulous piece of acting in an episode of "Naked City" with Claude Rains, entitled: "To Walk in Silence" (1960). It's on DVD. BC
  4. What a New Year present! This is so memorable and fascinating to me. How well I remember Val's patio and Susan's living room with the backdrop of the house across the street. Susan's kitchen was sometimes featured and was foregrounded, (as in a side view of counters etc) contiguous to, but in front of the fireplace on the left. Lori Mach had such intelligence and dignity. Stephen Bolster was also very effective I thought. To the poster a thousand thanks!!! Let's hope more of these kines emerge. As someone else remarked, we know they're out there.
  5. Secret Storm was a memorable show. Hope hidden kinescopes emerge soon. BC
  6. Haven't been on this site in ages. The Winsor memo is fascinating! I clearly recall the Brooke vs. Valerie struggle. Perhaps I'm repeating myself, but I even remember a line of dialogue (of Lori March) : "Brooke, you haven't a sparkle of honesty in you." They struggled with a letter opener and Brooke was killed. Also Brooke, (whether this was the same day or not) stabbed herself with some scissors, (as a pretext to lure someone over to assist her) She phoned someone and said she was bleeding and "hadn't an antiseptic in the house." Funny what 9 year olds remember! Would love to see
  7. 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.
  8. 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..
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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 corrobora
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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--
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