These episodes of Dark Shadows originally aired September 25-29, 1967.
In this installment of The Drawing Room:
- Sheriff Paterson fails Law Enforcement 101…again!
- Willie the Ox defies the odds
- How many times have we played the Amnesia Card now?…Uh…I can’t remember…
- The Collinsport Health Plan: sedatives and cigarette smoke
- David Henesy: he coulda been a contendah…
- Vicki jibes, Barnbas jokes, and Chrissy quotes Jose Chung
- We enter the Dark Shadows Time Warp…but it may not be what you think!
- Hulu jumps on board the train to Collinsport!
- The Grayson Hall Blog-a-Thon (keep scrolling!)
Time keeps on slippin’ into the future…
Father and Son
Dramatic introduction of a new “character”
The Collinsport Historical Society has organized The Grayson Hall Blog-a-Thon for Friday, June 22, and we are honored to participate. Since we are not a traditional blog, our contribution to this blog-a-thon will also be non-traditional. In honor of Ms. Hall, Chrissy has written a poem–a sonnet, no less!–which she recites on this week’s episode of the Drawing Room.
In addition, you can read her sonnet here:
ODE TO HOFFMAN, 1967
The Vampyre breathed new life into the show
When shadows dark did cling to our TV
Alleviated cancellation woes
Yes! Saved by joyous serendipity
But happy accident was not yet through!
Alas! A typist errs (or so we’re told)
So Julian shall be Julia? Yes, it’s true!
Now comes the lady doctor, smart and bold.
A dedicated dreamer with a plan
Chic redhead grace, and ever-stylish gloves
Intensely focused on that single man
The one she’s come to help…she comes to love.
So if the Dark is sweet when Shadows fall
We owe so much to the marv’lous Grayson Hall!
Please be sure to make these other stops, as the Dark Shadows community bands together to honor one of our very favorite actresses:
Frank Jay Gruber (The Weary Professor blog)
Using lines from her Oscar-nominated film Night of the Iguana as thematic bookends, Frank Jay Gruber discusses the differences between Grayson Hall’s film and television performance styles, and why each is distinct and memorable.
Plucky Chicken, the “hopelessly unhip blogger and bikini model” and Dark Shadows fan
Dead Celebrity I will Sorely Miss of the Day – The Grayson Hall edition
“If you have to choose between real and interesting, choose interesting.” According to Patrick McCray, Grayson Hall gives us both in Dark Shadows.
Collinsport Historical Society
Jonathan Frid was the face of Dark Shadows, but Grayson Hall was it’s soul. Even though nobody ever made action figures or board games based on her characters, Dark Shadows wouldn’t have been the same without her. Plus fan art, vintage newspaper clippings about Hall’s stage career and more throughout the day!
The Classic Movie Lady
At age 13, this blogger’s favorite actress was Grayson Hall … and she had never seen Dark Shadows.
Barnabas & Company
S. R. Shutt shares his thoughts on the artistry of Grayson Hall, playfully inspired by Wallace Stevens’ short verse cycle, Thirteen ways of looking at a blackbird.
Hoffman/Lambert: The Doctor And The Vamire
Jessica Dwyer talks about women who are drawn to the dark side, and what Julia Hoffman’s character has to say about that strange fascination.
7 or 8 things I know about Her
Biographer R.J. Jamison summarizes the mystique of Grayson Hall
Author Matt Hall, son of Grayson and Sam Hall
It’s the Grayson Hall Blogathon!
“Mom would be delighted, and slightly mortified, but delight would win out.”