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Grayson Hall = Greatest Ham actress ever

Forgot Faye Dunaway in "Mommie Dearest". Grayson Hall as Dr. Julia Hoffman on the TV gothic soap opera "Dark Shadows" gave the greatest over the top performances ever. Hall was actually an Oscar nominee for "Night of the Iguana"and she was a renowned stage performance and this is the ultimate example of playing to the balcony. She screamed in so many episodes that one of the best moments is when Barnabas tells her "I never saw you lose control before". Judith Light's courtroom performance can't compare to Hall shrieking "Roger, Roger....."

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by Anonymousreply 17210/20/2020

That Darn Cat

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by Anonymousreply 104/30/2020

I love how she always pronounced Barnabus as 'Bernabus'

by Anonymousreply 204/30/2020

For me, Grayson Hall was the best part of Dark Shadows. Loved her in “Satan in High Heels”.

by Anonymousreply 304/30/2020

Yes, she was what made Dark Shadows so much fun.

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by Anonymousreply 404/30/2020

Is she related to Greyson Lane?

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by Anonymousreply 504/30/2020

Louis Edmonds said she worked a mean strap on.

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by Anonymousreply 604/30/2020

She earned her paycheck ... that is for sure ...

by Anonymousreply 704/30/2020

The story is that the character was supposed to be Dr. Julian Hoffman, noted blood specialist, but a typist mistyped the first script reference to the character as "Dr. Julia Hoffman," and producer Dan Curtis thought, why not?

by Anonymousreply 804/30/2020

Dr Hoffman was always prescribing sedatives but she clearly should have been on them herself.

Great line at 0:15: "that's a safe, isn't it?"

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by Anonymousreply 904/30/2020

Dr. Julia Hoffman started out on Dark Shadows trying to track down the supernatural creature that almost killed Maggie Evans.

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by Anonymousreply 1004/30/2020

I loved how Julia tried to hypnotize people with her sparkling medallion.

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by Anonymousreply 1104/30/2020

At 0:35, her split second change of facial expressions is a riot.

by Anonymousreply 1204/30/2020

You are under my power...…...

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by Anonymousreply 1304/30/2020

She always repeated words and phrases twice and if she did it three times, you know the situation was really bad.

by Anonymousreply 1404/30/2020

Barnabas and Julia started out as enemies then ended up as the best of friends.

He was always trying to strangle her.

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by Anonymousreply 1604/30/2020

R5 Greyson Lane, porn star (bottom). No relation!

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by Anonymousreply 1704/30/2020

Greyson Lane again.

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by Anonymousreply 1804/30/2020

She was a riot on Dark Shadows.

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by Anonymousreply 1904/30/2020

She was nominated for an Oscar in her role as an angry, repressed lesbian in Night Of The Iguana.

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by Anonymousreply 2004/30/2020

OMG OP, thanks for posting this. I totally forgot all about her. Every kid in my elementary school used to run home to catch this every afternoon. She was hilarious, and I loved the way she played like five or six characters on the you weren't supposed to recognize her made up as a gypsy. Wow...

by Anonymousreply 2104/30/2020

She's amazing. Camp classic!

by Anonymousreply 2204/30/2020

Oh, Dr. Hoffman, we need you now! Coronavirus is taking over the world.

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by Anonymousreply 2305/01/2020

She was 45 when she started on Dark Shadows. She looked and sounded 20 years older. No 45-year-old actress looks like that now.

by Anonymousreply 2405/01/2020

I loved how she comfirmed her suspicions that Barnabas was a vampire when powdering her nose with her back to him.......he didn't appear in her compact mirror!!!

I found her sad because she was so devoted to Barnabas, but he only had eyes for the young chicks like Victoria and Roxanne.

by Anonymousreply 2505/01/2020

Love how she pronounced Hhhhhhhhhoffmannnnn.

by Anonymousreply 2605/01/2020

[quote] Judith Light's courtroom performance can't compare


by Anonymousreply 2705/01/2020

OP are you referring to Judith Lights scene on 1LTL where she confesses to being an exprostitute? I still remember that. Intense scene.

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by Anonymousreply 2905/02/2020

She's GREAT in "Iguana", starting with the singalong on the bus up front. She knows how to use that wirey body for comic effect.

by Anonymousreply 3005/02/2020

If you watch Grayson Hall's early stuff, including an Oscar nominated turn in Night of the Iguana, she was a very fine actress. I guess she understood she had to go full on scene chewing for Dark Shadows.

And the courtroom scene with Judith Light is considered the most famous soap moment of all. But her hysterics don't seem that different from Grayson.

by Anonymousreply 3105/02/2020

I love how they give her scream scenes but her wrecked voice is completely incapable of producing a scream, only a croak.

by Anonymousreply 3205/02/2020

[Quote] No 45-year-old actress looks like that now.

Does Britney Spears count as an actress?

by Anonymousreply 3305/02/2020

Grayson Hall was actually a very good actress if you look at her other work. I mean honestly, Dark Shadows wasn't high theatre. I can't imagine having to run those lines especially live on tape every day. Make no mistake, Dark Shadows is one of my favorite shows, I have it on DVD, but it's charm is in it's inadvertent camp.

by Anonymousreply 3405/02/2020

Love her!

by Anonymousreply 3505/02/2020

[Quote] its charm is in it's inadvertent camp.

Wouldn't that mean that her bad acting wasn't intentional?

by Anonymousreply 3605/02/2020

I haven't read the entire thread, but is it safe to assume it's been mentioned that she was drunk most of the time?

by Anonymousreply 3705/02/2020

She was one of the first great woman scientists that America has ever produced. How dare you call her an alcoholic.

by Anonymousreply 3805/02/2020

R36 you need to go back and look at the subject of the sentence. You are only posting a fragment of a sentence that has no actual reference to Grayson Hall.

by Anonymousreply 3905/02/2020

Grayson Hall was IN "Dark Shadows." Of course your defence of the show relates to her. Your first sentence is an explicit defence of her talent.

by Anonymousreply 4005/02/2020

r40 okay sweetie.

by Anonymousreply 4105/02/2020

[Quote] okay sweetie.


by Anonymousreply 4205/02/2020

I too, have the complete series of Dark Shadows on DVD and it’s one of my most prized possessions.

I bought a third Blu-ray player just for Dark Shadows.

They are the only disks that have been in that player.

by Anonymousreply 4305/02/2020

R43 Lucky you. Those "complete series" are pricey.

by Anonymousreply 4405/02/2020

A friend of mine was casual friends with her in the 70's. He said she was a "a game gal"!

by Anonymousreply 4505/02/2020

I rented some of those "complete" dvds, back when video stores still existed. I was primarily interested in the first months of the show, from prior to the time I started watching it. The dvds were great because you could zip through the boring parts, until the moments when the vampire showed up and things got more interesting. Many of the show's best moments are on youtube ( you have to remove Tim Burton's idiotically bad movie from the search to find them). It was an amazing tv show, especially considering that a new episode came on every weekday. There's been nothing like it since.

by Anonymousreply 4605/03/2020

Here they are, getting a little freaky in the bedroom: "I seen you in your coffin!!"

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by Anonymousreply 4705/03/2020

Bump for ham

by Anonymousreply 4805/04/2020

She was born Shirley Grossman . In 1952, married writer Sam Hall. Always used the stage name Shirley Grayson, but Sam called her Grayson, "like an old Army buddy", she said in an interview. She eventually adopted Grayson Hall as her professional name.. She died of lung cancer at 62 in 1985.

by Anonymousreply 4905/04/2020

She was born Shirley Grossman . In 1952, married writer Sam Hall. Always used the stage name Shirley Grayson, but Sam called her Grayson, "like an old Army buddy", she said in an interview. She eventually adopted Grayson Hall as her professional name.. She died of lung cancer at 62 in 1985.

by Anonymousreply 5005/04/2020

Funnily enough, Dark Shadows has been my Corona binge for a few weeks now. I'm up to episode 220, and Barnabas Collins has just arrived on the scene.

Count me as one of those kids who rushed home from elementary school to watch the latest episode of scary stuff. Watching it now, as an "adult" (and I use the term loosely) it's interesting how differently I see it. Now it's all about the numerous hot, gay men who were a part of the series -and the Broadway actors and TV character actors who were also there every week.

Joel Crothers was one of the sexiest actors of the sixties!

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by Anonymousreply 5105/04/2020

^Don Briscoe, the mysterious guy from Mississippi who appeared on the show, then retired to Mississippi and just disappeared. He was really good looking and was fascinating to watch. It's a shame he ended up like he did. He allegedly had some kind of "nervous breakdown" that was never sufficiently explained. A real pity.

by Anonymousreply 5205/04/2020

"The Hand" a fairly late story line - G. HALL appearing this time as gypsy Magda (Last name unspecified). Pretty heady stuff for junior high school kids to watch at 4:30 every afternoon. My 9th grade English teacher denounced the show when it became a big hit, 1970, as something "only drug addicts watched." It's true, I WAS keenly interested in scoring some LSD when she said that.

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by Anonymousreply 5305/04/2020

How many people get burned alive on daytime television NOWADAYS?

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by Anonymousreply 5405/04/2020

Anyone else remember a little old lady actress walking down a hall, clearly going up on her line, a long awkward silence and then a stagehand yelling her line out. Was the show live every day?

by Anonymousreply 5505/04/2020

I don't remember that, but I guess it was live. There were loads of "bloopers" that were left in the broadcast showws. In the link I posted above, about Angelique being burned alive, you can hear Jonathan Frid almost lose it when he gets to the line "How come you did [such and such]?" It seems clearly to be because he realized what bad English it was, esp. for the 18th Century, but still he persevered, and they left it like it was.

by Anonymousreply 5605/04/2020

In one of the blooper reels, I think it was a black and white, one of the actors clearly gives a limp wrist to the camera when Louis Edmonds leaves camera view.

by Anonymousreply 5705/04/2020

r43=Barnabas Collins

by Anonymousreply 5805/04/2020

There are lots of programs from the black and white days of the show when you can see the (dark) shadows of the mic booms up on the ceiling or walls, in the 'parlor'. And tombstones in the cemetery scenes that wobble as people walk by, and sometimes just fall over. And the outdoor scenes, where the "forest" plants are clearly mostly potted rubber tress, etc. It didn't matter.

by Anonymousreply 5905/04/2020

I've usually only binge-watched Dark Shadows in October for a few years now. But this thread's made me pick up where I left off on November 1st of 2019.

It's 1897, and Quentin has just found the urn that keeps Laura alive, and Grayson Hall is playing Magda, the gypsy.

by Anonymousreply 6005/04/2020

As I recall, one of the best things about Dark Shadows was that there was almost no recapping. That was a big thing on soaps where they would say, so and so said this, so and so did that. It was obvious they didn't have any more dialogue or scenes so they essentially told you what you already knew. DS just went right along with new scenes and the creaky sets and daily bloopers just made it that much more endearing.

by Anonymousreply 6105/04/2020

It was, simply, my world, with Grayson a BIG part of that world! Even as a baby, I knew the "acting" was over the top, but that, plus all of the mistakes in production, etc., left an enduring impression.

A large part of the atmospherics was pushed by the music, purpose-written for the show; I had until very recently one of the original LPs . . . pure theatrical camp!

I long for the days of Barnabas & Julia fighting about almost everything, and a lot of the hunky men who confirmed my preferences . . . so much young cum thrown at David Selby, Joel Crothers . . . and those accents--will we ever hear them again? I think Joan Bennett gave Grayson a run for her money in the scenery chewing department; some of her flubs are still side-splitting today!

As an aside, our family belonged to a "cult/church" that forbade viewing material such as Dark Shadows, as it was "of the devil" and "worldly", so that just increased our forbidden joy watching it each afternoon!

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by Anonymousreply 6205/04/2020

So was this a soap opera? On every day? But it was about vampires?

by Anonymousreply 6305/04/2020

and werewolves, and witches/warlocks, and phoenixes, and Frankenstein-like creatures, etc. As a child, I thought it was amazing.

by Anonymousreply 6405/04/2020

The show started off with a few fairly standard story lines and a lot of gothic atmosphere, but then the first ghosts appeared and things took off. Even then, the show was in danger of being cancelled until the introduction of Barnabas Collins, the vampire. Here are the original storylines:

Victoria Winters comes to Collinsport to work a governess to the Collins family. Raised in an orphanage, she is seeking information about her parentage. Episodes 1 to 92.

Burke Devlin, who wrongfully spent five years in prison for manslaughter, returns to town to get revenge on the Collins family. Episodes 1 to 201.

Roger Collins is nearly killed in a mysterious car crash that clearly wasn't an accident. Burke Devlin is suspected and accused, but the would-be murderer is much closer to home. Episodes 13 to 32.

Collins factory manager Bill Malloy becomes aware of the truth of Burke Devin's claims of innocense of the old manslaughter charge, but is himself murdered before he can bring the information to light. His ghost takes an active role in punishing the person who killed him. Episodes 46 to 126.

Roger's estranged wife, Laura Collins, returns for a divorce and to claim custody of their son, David. Laura is discovered to be a Phoenix, burning to death every hundred years only to be reborn as the same woman. Episodes 123 to 192.

Elizabeth Collins Stoddard hasn't left the grounds of her mansion in 18 years, since her husband left her. Jason McGuire, a man from her past, arrives to blackmail her, revealing that she murdered her husband and he helped her hide the body in the basement. Episodes 193 to 275.

Jason's sidekick, Willy, plans a bit of grave robbing in search of the Collins jewels. He unwittingly releases and is enslaved by vampire Barnabas Collins, kidnaps waitress Maggie Evans -the reincarnation of his lost love. Episodes 211 to 261.

From this point forward the show was a popular success. Grayson Hall joined the cast -along with many others, and the show moved from black and white to color. For me, it started to become interesting with the Bill Malloy murder, and the supernatural aspects were brought forward. The Laura Collins storylines were good, and reached a satisfying climax.

by Anonymousreply 6505/05/2020

And of course there was

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by Anonymousreply 6605/05/2020

Who did DL Icon Kate Jackson play?

by Anonymousreply 6705/05/2020
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Dr. Julia's attempts at crying are something to behold. More like a weird whimper and/or Paul Lynde impression.

by Anonymousreply 6905/05/2020

Bump for Grayson

by Anonymousreply 7005/07/2020

This is the most enjoyable DL thread.

by Anonymousreply 7105/07/2020

R69 In order to get her to do that, they'd tell her someone stole the bottle of bourbon she kept in her purse,

by Anonymousreply 7205/07/2020

Not sure it was mentioned, she got the role because she was married to DS writer/producer Sam Hall.

by Anonymousreply 7305/08/2020

How many years in total did she go by "Grayson" and what made her abandon it?

by Anonymousreply 7405/08/2020

I just saw this on Fark: two guys are doing an MST3K-type commentary on Twitch for the 1972 movie 'Gargoyles' starring Grayson Hall.

by Anonymousreply 7505/08/2020

Gargoyles is great schlock! Love it!

by Anonymousreply 7605/08/2020

I just read this on the IMDB trivia page for Gargoyles,

"Grayson Hall came up with the idea for her character to hold a drink in her hand in every scene in which she appears."

Of course she did! lol The only way she could get thru making the movie was to keep drinking.

by Anonymousreply 7705/09/2020

One of the great moments in Daytime TV. Psychic Madam Findley takes a scary fall down the stairs (aided by the stuntman in drag) and we hear Grayson's screams. We don't see her, but we don't have to in order to know it's her. They are among her best screams from the series. Then, when Madam Findley enters the Secret Room, she trips over a wire.

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LMAO R78 Grayson sounds like a wild chimpanzee

by Anonymousreply 7905/09/2020

R65 Wait, so Barnabas Collins didn't show up until after 200 episodes?


by Anonymousreply 8005/09/2020

R78 ... Never heard of Madam Findley, but I cackled like Grayson when she hit that wire ...

by Anonymousreply 8105/09/2020

For all you Dark Shadows experts, what's the best episode to start with that would not be confusing to a complete newbie . I really don't want to start with episode 1 or even 40.

by Anonymousreply 8205/09/2020

I loved Madame Findley's dress with the spread collar.

by Anonymousreply 8305/09/2020

R82 - look on youtube. There is an episode when Barnabas walls up Reverend Trask behind a brick wall down in the crypt, killing him (like the Poe story); it's great. Another episode in which Barn catches the busybody housekeeper Abigail down in the crypt - because she knows he's a vampire, they both know that he is going to kill her, and they talk about it; when he finally grabs her, she just dies, standing up, of fright. It's terrific. There are many of the best parts of the show on youtube. You have to add -movie from the search to block Tim Burton's bullshit, though.

by Anonymousreply 8405/09/2020

An entire sequence based on The Turn of the Screw, about 2 children, their nanny and Quentin (one or both of the adults are ghosts, and are ultimately wanting to kill the children, or possess them) is pretty terrific.

by Anonymousreply 8505/09/2020

R85, the only thing I've seen of that sequence is the girl who never knows her lines, always looks to the cue cards and has to have the other actors help her.

by Anonymousreply 8605/09/2020

Thank you kindly R84, it's nice to see that chivalry is not dead here on the DL, and that a gentleman will still appear when one is much needed.

by Anonymousreply 8705/09/2020

The best thing about DS was the soundtrack. Really great, chilling music.

by Anonymousreply 8805/09/2020

Another great number.

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by Anonymousreply 8905/09/2020

Elevator style.

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by Anonymousreply 9005/09/2020

I had dinner with friends at Frid's apartment in late 1990. Charming man. Had the portrait, his cane and the ring displayed in his living room.

by Anonymousreply 9105/09/2020

Grayson Hall was no great beauty therefore she really had to concentrate on her acting in order to get noticed.

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by Anonymousreply 9205/09/2020

Love this gif of Barnabas and Julia!

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by Anonymousreply 9305/09/2020

She was a female female impersonator.

by Anonymousreply 9405/09/2020

People assumed she was a lesbian because of her mannish looks but apparently she wasn't - had a husband, a long marriage, and a son.

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by Anonymousreply 9505/09/2020

Hall was her married named. Her real name was Shirley Grayson. She was also Euphemia Ralsyon on OLTL. Her husband wrote for both shows and a lot of Dark Shadows alum appeared on OLTL.

by Anonymousreply 9605/09/2020

You know Dr. Julia was a woman of quality. Instead of holding her palms to her mouth like that uncouth Joan Bennett, she always put her palm out when screaming.

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by Anonymousreply 9705/09/2020

A big fan of Dark Shadows here too. I used to come home from school to watch the show too. I loved David Selby and Don Briscoe. David Selby is 79 years old now. It says online that Don Briscoe died of heart disease in 2004 but I also read back when he died that he had a mental illness.

by Anonymousreply 9805/09/2020

My favorite storyline was the one where Victoria Winters went back in time to learn how Barnabas came to be a vampire. All the characters in that arc were great...Millicent, Nathan Forbes, Rev. Trask and of course, Angelique.

I recommend two episodes from that time...the one where Barnabas walls up Trask alive, and the last episode in that storyline where Vickie is hanged

by Anonymousreply 9905/09/2020

My favorite storyline was the one where Victoria Winters went back in time to learn how Barnabas came to be a vampire. All the characters in that arc were great...Millicent, Nathan Forbes, Rev. Trask and of course, Angelique.

I recommend two episodes from that time...the one where Barnabas walls up Trask alive, and the last episode in that storyline where Vickie is hanged

by Anonymousreply 10005/09/2020

Start with the episode where Willy Loomis finds Barnabas's tomb.

by Anonymousreply 10105/09/2020

R99 I agree. The 1795 storyline was the best ever of Dark Shadows.

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by Anonymousreply 10205/09/2020

Even with her head in noose, Alexandra Moltke Isles (Victoria Winters) looked beautiful.

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by Anonymousreply 10305/09/2020

r102 How did Joan Bennett get hold of Miss Ellen's portieres?

A lot of scenery chewing went on in those episodes, but Grayson Hall devoured the most.

Always waited to see the "walls" quiver whenever a door was closed.

by Anonymousreply 10405/10/2020

Angelique the witch (Lara Parker) lets herself into the family crypt and murders her "good" twin sister Alexis (Lara Parker), who has been buried while in some kind of narcoleptic trance, by her deluded's too kooky for me to figure out, but the clip shows what a compelling actress Lara Parker is. She's really something else. There are interesting interviews on youtube with these actors about the show, worth looking for.

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by Anonymousreply 10505/10/2020

Julia became The Boss.

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by Anonymousreply 10605/10/2020

Ten minutes of scene chewing by Grayson Hall but what a joy to watch in these dark days. As noted in R106, the woman had definite skill lighting a cigarette. A lost art.

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by Anonymousreply 10705/10/2020

I watched it religiously every afternoon, and once my mother watched an episode with me to see what it was like.

Within 10 seconds of Julia Hoffman's appearance, my mom said "Well there's a three-dollar bill." At the time she didn't know she was sitting next to one.

by Anonymousreply 10805/10/2020

I had no idea that expression was used for lesbians.

by Anonymousreply 10905/10/2020

R82, you can’t really get the poetry of the show—it’s blend of incompetence, hysterical funniness, and classic horror—from an episode or two. You have to follow at least a full storyline, and those can be lengthy, since the show moves at soap opera pacing. Episode 210–the release of Barnabas from his crypt—is, for most people, the official start of the show. The show is still in black and white then, and set in “modern” times. Grayson makes her first entrance and does some of her most legendary stuff. Then we’re off, with repeated trips to the past, a flash forward, and a conclusion in an alternate time line. My favorite flashback, btw, is the Victorian one, where the show mines The Turn of the Screw, and Jane Erye, and Grayson is Magda the gypsy.

by Anonymousreply 11005/10/2020

All of the New York ABC soaps shared a tape bank so they each had 45 minutes each day to tape their was "live on tape" with no real time to go back to correct errors. The time that DS had was 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. which was the same time the show was broadcast. The actors couldn't watch themselves unless they weren't taping that day - and even then rehearsals sometimes caused them to miss many episodes.

I always liked how after Dr. Hoffman got choked for a moment or two, she spent at least five minutes wringing her own neck to recover from it......

Her son had a blog for awhile....doesn't seem to be active now, but it was interesting and he talks about her in some entries if you have the patience to look.

And yes the time traveling episodes are the most fun.

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I had such anticipation at the news there would be a soap about VAMPIRES !!! joan bennett sucked tho, she gurgled her lines and spoke in such an indechiperable way.

Grayson Hall WAS dark shadows to me !!!! with a ciggy and a drink, she was GOD and u better watch the fuk out !

by Anonymousreply 11205/10/2020

The sets of complete episodes are findable, if you know where to look; surprisingly plentiful, so the show still has lots of interested viewers.

by Anonymousreply 11305/10/2020

I found the series YEARS ago on a torrent site and spent days downloading it. Quality isn't very good.....but now and then I toss in a disk just to spend some time with some old friends......

by Anonymousreply 11405/10/2020

Dead 35 years, with 115 replies and still going strong. Way to go, Grayson. (Only on DL !!!)

by Anonymousreply 11505/10/2020

R115 made me throw up in my mouth a little.

Nothing like throwing a green spotlight on oneself.

by Anonymousreply 11605/10/2020

Julia takes Vicky, under hypnosis, and shows her Barnabas in his coffin. Very crafty, Julia!

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by Anonymousreply 11705/10/2020

The famous hand of Barnabas coming up from the coffin and grabbing Willie.

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by Anonymousreply 11805/10/2020

Julia tells Barnabas that she knows his secret.

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by Anonymousreply 11905/10/2020

If you get a chance, check out the reunion specials on DVD. I have the 30th and 35th year ones, featuring Kathryn Leigh Scott,Lara Parker, Alexandra Moltke, Louis Edmonds, etc. Some very funny stories, especially how Jonathan Frid would constantly flub his lines. Scott and Parker must have found the Fountain of Youth, because they were as lovely as ever.

by Anonymousreply 12005/10/2020

If you get a chance, check out the reunion specials on DVD. I have the 30th and 35th year ones, featuring Kathryn Leigh Scott,Lara Parker, Alexandra Moltke, Louis Edmonds, etc. Some very funny stories, especially how Jonathan Frid would constantly flub his lines. Scott and Parker must have found the Fountain of Youth, because they were as lovely as ever.

by Anonymousreply 12105/10/2020

Although it was mostly kids that watched Dark Shadows the writing was adult themed and very well done - it still holds up all these years later.

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by Anonymousreply 12205/10/2020

I loved the entire series, but I really, really loved the film noir aspects of the first 200 episodes. Little David was a terror. And Joan Bennett and Louis Edmunds were just so much fund to watch. When Laura the Phoenix from Phoenix showed up it was played so well. To do this day I still don't understand if Laura wanted David as a sacrifice or so that he would be reborn as a Phoenix also. Great show!

by Anonymousreply 12305/10/2020

R53 Magda's last name was "Rakosi". It may not have been in the end credits, but it was mentioned in dialogue.

by Anonymousreply 12405/10/2020

When I was a kid, One Life to Live was on right before DS. I started to catch the end of OLTL as I was waiting for DS to come on and pretty soon got way more interested in OLTL than I was in DS. I should have known then that I was a young gayling.

by Anonymousreply 12505/11/2020

miss bennett was campily dreadful, read each line as if she were underwater and grasping for a straw.

the writing was turgid, thus adding to the hilarious camp value of the wretched show.



by Anonymousreply 12605/11/2020

Fashions by Orbach's.

by Anonymousreply 12705/11/2020

Bats always showing up on Dark Shadows.

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The bat got its own credit!

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by Anonymousreply 12905/11/2020

Naturally, you couldn't have a bat in these times.

by Anonymousreply 13005/11/2020

Grayson on "One Life to Live", approximately 32 minutes into this very dark episode. She was a hoot as Euphemia Ralston, always plotting against Asa Buchannan for destroying her family. That's Robert Earl Jones (James' father) as the butler.

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by Anonymousreply 13105/11/2020

Was Hall then? She looks ill.

by Anonymousreply 13205/11/2020

R132 She wore a turban throughout her run on "OLTL" (approximately 8-9 months), and Asa once referred to Euphemia as "The bitch in the turban". By the time her role was wrapping up, she wasn't using the southern accent. She did get to share some scenes with Anthony George and Nancy Barrett who recurred as the tough D.A., Deborah Van Druten. I wonder if she crossed paths with Louis Edmunds who was over at "AMC".

by Anonymousreply 13305/11/2020

If your local library has Hoopla, the entire 1795 saga + more is available to stream

by Anonymousreply 13405/11/2020

R120 I was at the one with Alexandra (Moltke) Isles. It was in Los Angeles at the Directors Guild. She wasn't listed as a scheduled panelist, and had never before appeared at a Dark Shadows event. In fact, I don't think she'd appeared at anything since the Claus Von Bulow trial. A few of the actors had been introduced and were on stage. Then one of those great pregnant pauses by the announcer, then "she played Victoria Winters...." You should have heard the screams. They went wild. Then thunderous applause and many stood when she came out. I don't think it was captured on the video. And to think they were already excited knowing Kate Jackson would be appearing.

It was a really fun panel!

by Anonymousreply 13505/11/2020

Kathryn L. Scott has written a few books. Her book Dark Shadows Return to Collinwood has ALL the info you might want about the show and her co-stars. It's not a dishy, sex tell all - but it lets you know what it was like to be in the show.

She's also a lot of fun on Facebook.

Lara Parker is still beautiful - as is Kathryn - and they like to talk to fans and attend the shows.....

There used to be some YouTube videos that fans took at the studio of the stars coming and going....I can't find them now :(

One kid said Grayson now and then would yell at them to get a life....and then laugh as she signed their autograph books.

by Anonymousreply 13605/12/2020

I was at the convention in New York the year that Denise Nickerson came. It was her first appearance at any type of event and the crowd went WILD when she came out. This was in 1995. Denise had been working in accounting for a hospital in Illinois (according to her during the Q&A session) so she really had no idea what kind of cult status she had. Most of it was really from Willy Wonka when one of the audience members came up and asked Denise, "The hell with Dark Shadows, what was the blueberry suite like?" The audience gave a standing ovation for the question.

It was the oddest convention I'd ever gone to. I never went again when it was in New York. I used to run into Alexandra Isles on the UES every now and then.

by Anonymousreply 13705/12/2020

She would have been a perfect Norma Desmond. Just perfect.

by Anonymousreply 13805/12/2020

Julia gives a terrific slap on the face to Cassandra (Angelique) for all the trouble she has caused.

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by Anonymousreply 14005/14/2020

What a great thread! I love the videos, especially the first one. Count me in as another who rushed home from school to watch.

by Anonymousreply 14105/14/2020

R139, here's the video. It's not much of a slap but jeez, Grayson give good bitch face.

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by Anonymousreply 14205/14/2020

R142 Thanks for posting. That clip was hilarious, mostly because it was so obviously a fake slap... but reminds me of my favorite, (clip below)

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by Anonymousreply 14409/25/2020

Once again folks!

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by Anonymousreply 14509/25/2020

How many of the actors in Dark Shadows were gay? I know Louis Edmonds, possibly Jonathan Frid, Joel Crothers...

by Anonymousreply 14609/25/2020

R146 Nothing "possibly" regarding Frid and Crothers. They both were.

There was also Keith Prentice (RIP) and the bulge of Morgan Collins.

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by Anonymousreply 14709/26/2020

R146 And here's a summary article on the subject.

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by Anonymousreply 14809/26/2020

I've never heard of her.

by Anonymousreply 14909/26/2020

R146 Jonny Frid and Joel Crothers were gay. Joel C died from AIDS. Anthony George (Burke Devlin No. 2 and Will Vernon on OLTL ) was also gay. I think Don Briscoe was gay too.

by Anonymousreply 15009/26/2020

Don Briscoe wasn't gay, just really screwed up mentally. I wasn't surprised Anthony George was gay, but I was shocked to learn he was Earl Holliman's lover.

by Anonymousreply 15109/26/2020

I’m binge watching the whole series on Tubi. I watched it when it was first shown, and I prefer the pre-Barnabas episodes. I was interested in Vicky’s storyline, but even though the series started as a show about the mystery of where she came from, that was completely dropped when the vampire shit started.

Jonathan Frid flubbed more lines in one episode than any other actor would flub in a whole career.

by Anonymousreply 15209/26/2020

R151 Don Briscoe starred in gay themed plays so it's possible that he may have gone both ways. He was looking for spiritual answers in life and thought they might be found in drugs and it was the beginning of the end for him.

by Anonymousreply 15309/26/2020

Clarice Blackburn who played the maid, stern and serious Mrs. Johnson, was a lesbian. There may have been more of her kind on the show but I'm not sure.

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by Anonymousreply 15409/26/2020

Dark Shadows is on Pluto! It looks like they've started from the beginning! I am transfixed!

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by Anonymousreply 15510/17/2020

"Now presented in color"! Omg!

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by Anonymousreply 15610/17/2020

A real blast from the past. My chums and I watched soaps for the sex and violence (Jessie raped by her ex-husband on General Hospital!) but when we could have horror, too, we were thrilled! Rice crispy treats, easily whipped up in 10 minutes, and then D.S.

by Anonymousreply 15710/17/2020

R155 Thanks for the heads up. From your experience, is this one of Pluto's "binge watching" channels? Because what I'm seeing at Pluto has them already up to Episode 300. I'm not very familiar with Pluto, but so far I don't see a way to start and stop where you want or pick up where you've left off. The show just keeps on running. I like watching these eps, but can't watch 24/7 .. lol!

by Anonymousreply 15810/17/2020

r158 It is--like their Dr Who channel, 007, etc. Enjoy!

by Anonymousreply 15910/17/2020

Omg! That’s perfect!

by Anonymousreply 16010/17/2020

The entire series is on the Tubi channel on Roku. It will keep track of where you start, stop and resume. It's free but has commercials (not a lot of them though).

by Anonymousreply 16110/17/2020

R25, that's how she found out who Barnabas was in House of Dark Shadows, the feature film, not sure how it worked in the daytime version.

HODS summarized that whole Barnabas fascinated with Maggie/Josette beautifully. The whole cast nearly ended up dead save Elizabeth and I think David; Night of Dark Shadows opened with Quentin and Tracy Collins inheriting Collinswood after Elizabeth died. But Grayson was cast as housekeeper Carlotta Drake.

But she was so identified as Julia it was distracting.

by Anonymousreply 16210/17/2020

Joel Crothers had cheekbones you could cut glass with.

by Anonymousreply 16310/17/2020

Speaking of Joel ... Remember the episode where Angelique made fashioned a Lieutenant Nathan Forbes doll and tied some tight twine around the doll's groin, so that Nathan would pop a large woody in his britches that would be sure to distract Barnabas, Jeremiah, and Joshua?

by Anonymousreply 16410/17/2020

Lara Parker was probably the most beautiful woman to do soaps.

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by Anonymousreply 16510/18/2020

There was entire episode where Grayson Hall got a haircut, explaining why she went to town and every character mentions it.

by Anonymousreply 16610/18/2020

Just watched the movie version.that was on TCM this week. It's a good stand alone movie and is a really great representation of the show.

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So when Burke Devlin was young and dirt poor, he'd often pose for artist, Sam Evans?

I'm guessing they were "artistic" nudes that Sam would sell to private collectors in Boston and New York.

Sam had to be making money somehow. Most of the paintings littering the Evans cottage are so banal.

by Anonymousreply 16810/18/2020

R165, the camera certainly loved her. Every time she was on screen, even in the background, you couldn't keep your eyes off her.

I saw one of those lists ranking "soaps greatest couples" like Nikki and Victor from Y&R, Holden and Lily from ATWT, Luke and Laura from GH, etc. Two couples stood out, because the characters were supposed to hate one another: Barnabas and Angelique from DS, and Barbara and James from ATWT.

by Anonymousreply 16910/18/2020

There were some great stills taken of Lara for Night of Dark Shadows. This is my favorite.

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R169 Besides that list, Barnabas & Angelique were highlighted in the 1994 prime time special, "50 Years of Soaps - An All-Star Celebration."

Their introduction leading to the onstage reunion of Frid & Parker starts just before the 40 minute mark.

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by Anonymousreply 17110/18/2020

R171; I was there that night. They had wine at the tables.

On my way out, I passed Lara and I said: oh, hi. When I was a kid, you used to scare the shit out of me.

Delivered it kind of 50% flatly 50% amazement.

She laughed.

That was an amazing night. All of those legends. Every time you turned around, there was another famous face.

A mix of past and present.

Yet Marland had died the year earlier so, personally, I already felt the beginning of the end. I knew ATWT was headed for bad times and also, that Doug would never go to another show. No Viki doing five personalities on the witness stand while she takes the rap for a murder Joey or Jessica committed. No going back to AW and re-hiring Jacqui Courtney and Beverly Penberthy to help bring back the Matthews clan.

He could have gone over to LOVING and - sans Aggie's input -- have saved that show.

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