THE DRAWING ROOM #25: DS EPISODES 331-335

These episodes of Dark Shadows originally aired October 2-6, 1967.

In this installment of The Drawing Room:

  • “He walks and talks, but he’s dead.”
  • Move over, Dr. Hoffman! Chrissy plays Child Psychologist.
  • Things that make you go…HUH?
  • Russ gives us a history lesson in labor relations
  • Come one, come all! Join the marvelous Barnabas Basement Tour!
  • The Proper Gentleman’s Guide to Vampirism by Barnabas Collins
  • Dr. Fisher’s Mumbo-Jumbo

And…

  • Beatles and Monkees (What else is new?)
  • Building a new Time Machine

This is the last week that Robert Gerringer appears as Dave Woodard

David realizes that Julia is one of the Black Hats

What?! No Brandy? Oh, fiddlesticks! I guess I’ll have to drink tea…

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3 Responses to THE DRAWING ROOM #25: DS EPISODES 331-335

  1. nick caputo says:

    There are a number of reasons I think Barnabas letting David escape from him worked. One reason connects with your statement that he is a gentleman. Somewhere inside of him the thought of killing David must have been unacceptable, especially since he is a Collins. To actually do what he was threatening would have been hard, and Julia’s interference gave him the excuse he needed to let him live.

    A more important reason as far as the show goes is that I doubt network standards and practices would have allowed a child to be murdered on a soap opera. The writers had to be aware of how far they could go, and if it was allowed, Barnabas would have had to pay for his crime. I don’t think Dan Curtis was prepared to eliminate a character who made the ratings go up, so David lives, and Mr. B threatens…

    • chrissy says:

      Exactly. I don’t think anyone, either today or back in the 1960s, ever expected to see Barnabas kill David. As you mention, it was simply unacceptable, on so many levels. In fact, I was really surprised when Barnabas killed Dr. Woodard! Till that point, Barnabas was only a lot of hot air, always threatening, but never doing. We understand that Woodard had served his purpose, and knew too much, and had to die…but it was still surprising that they actually let Barnabas kill him.

      • nick caputo says:

        I agree about Woodard. I suppose they couldn’t find a way out of that one, and if Robert Gerringer was still playing the part I suspect there would have been more sympathy towards him. In my estimation he brought great character to the part. It was really a new idea to have a vampire become the star of a show, and I think the writers were finding their way. As an actor Frid was able to convey sympathy for the character. Even from the start I recall one of the writers realizing this and beginning to alter what was originally a bloodthirsty and purely evil character.

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