I must admit to being a DS geek, but I am not one who reveres the series without reservation; as such, I look forward to seeing how Depp, who confesses to being obsessed with Barnabas Collins as a child, and Burton, who never made a visually dull movie, update the story for a modern audience.
Dark Shadows is in the news for a second, less celebratory reason this week as well:
|DS hit paydirt with the romance|
of Barnabas and Josette.
|In Arsenic and Old Lace,|
Frid played Jonathan Brewster,a role
written for Boris Karloff.
Dark Shadows was struggling from the date of its first broadcast in 1966.
|The cast played rep, portraying characters in the present and the past.|
|Moltke left acting when she became|
Claus von Bulow's mistress, as he
was being tried for his wife's murder.
Nobody cared. With its brooding music, dark lighting, and hulking sets, the show looked nothing like As The World Turns, or any other traditional soap opera of the day.
|Episode #1 introduced noir fatale Joan Bennett|
as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard.
|Subtlety was not the show's strong point.|
Dark Shadows is now available on DVD, and I've been watching all 1225 episodes, in order. (It's taking years, as one can only watch one or two episodes at a time, the pace of the show is glacial.)
|Nancy Barrett as music hall |
singer Pansy Faye. She was one
the more versatile of the DS cast.
|Bennett and Frid struggled for lines.|
Her role as Judith Collins was her
best of the time-hopping series.
|Hall snagged an Oscar nod for Night of the Iguana,|
opposite Deborah Kerr and Ava Gardner.
|Grayson Hall as Dr. Julia Hoffman|
|Every Dracula needs his Renfield. John Karlen's Willie Loomis was a standout. His later career included Tyne Daly's husband on Cagney and Lacey.|
|David Selby's Quentin was a ghost, |
a werewolf, a zombie,
and Dorian Grey.
|Kate Jackson's first gig played out during the final months of the series.|
|McKecknie played Quentin's love during the day,|
while hoofing on Broadway at night.
|Virginia Vestoff |
as Samantha Collins.
|Jerry Lacy appeared as Bogie in Woody Allen's Play It Again, Sam, on stage and film.|
During the five year run of Dark Shadows, the writers plundered all the classic horror stories. The very first plotline, that of the young governess arriving at the mysterious mansion, is a blatant ripoff of Rebecca and Turn of the Screw, but the DS writers shamelessly stole from everybody.
|The Tower Room at Collinwood held lots of secrets and several family psychos.|
|Forget Elsa Lanchester. Marie Wallace's|
Eve, as the show's bride
of Frankenstein, was one hot mess.
|Thayer David as Count Petofi. He was|
probably the best actor on the series.
|The 1991 failure of the prime time series allowed|
Joe to sign onto 3rd Rock.
At the center of all this mayhem, Jonathan Frid must be remembered for his performance as the reluctant vampire who became the inadvertent hero. He died at the age of 87 on Friday the 13th of this month.