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These episodes of Dark Shadows originally aired July 31 – August 4, 1967.

In this installment of The Drawing Room:

  • Julia Hoffman, the Effective Detective
  • When Dark Shadows closes a door, they open a window
  • What is the “right way” to turn someone into a vampire?
  • Acting Award to Jonathan Frid: so much emotion without saying a word
  • Reflections upon reflections
  • Does she or doesn’t she? If only Elizabeth could stick to her guns for once!


  • Attack of the Big Mac
  • “Bleah” movies? You decide…

Note: this podcast includes a few clips from a “Kinescope” episode, and the audio quality is not as good as it could be. Our apologies. You may need to listen very carefully, but the content is worth the extra effort.

curses foiled again
Oooomphf! Vampire outsmarted

Good News! MCI is repackaging the complete original series in a cleverly boxed DVD set.

The show must go on! Frid shines in the face of a stagehand’s distracting antics.

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2 Responses to THE DRAWING ROOM #16: DS EPISODES 286 – 290

  1. Mark says:

    Thanks for the great podcast.

    In your commentary this week the reticence of Barnabas in regard to Victoria Winters and the actions of Julia Hoffman were highlighted. The placement of both plot strands in one week really helped to forward the idea of Barnabas Collins as the “sympathetic vampire”. Barnabas’ restraint, as was pointed out in the podcast, does suggest a need for a “willing” Josette and while still an extremely dubious goal is slightly better than the approach he used with Maggie. Julia Hoffman poses a threat to Barnabas and the chemistry between the two actors is obvious. She does not take the opportunity to “stake” Barnabas which means that she is showing restraint toward him.


    Patterson for Sheriff 2012–Ignoring the Obvious for Over Five Decades

  2. longtimeviewer says:

    A few years ago Jonathan Frid published his diary from this period on his web site and included a letter he wrote describing that he had noticed over his beauty’s shoulder that somehow the set had caught on fire and the stagehands were scrambling to extinguish the flames. I believe that is the episode where that occurred.

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