Dark Shadows

Dark Shadows (1966)

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Other mistake: In episode 367, there is a continuity glitch. Vicki Winters travels back in time from 1967 to 1795 as the result of a 1967 seance gone awry. Vicki is disoriented and confused by her surroundings and is made to lie down and rest in a bed. There, a granny square blanket is placed over her - the exact same one as seen in earlier 1967 episodes at Sam Evans' house, draped over his sofa; the green granny squares around the perimeter of the blanket are a dead giveaway that it's the same blanket. Either there was a mistake made in that they hoped nobody would notice that this same blanket appears over and over again in the series (it appears again in the series in unlikely places in episodes even after #367, as well), or it's a mistake to try to pass it off that this 170-year-old blanket was somehow still in perfect condition in the future, in 1967, at Sam Evans' place. Either way, it's a mistake.

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Audio problem: In several episodes, there is a shot of the grandfather clock in the downstairs hall. When the camera comes in for a close-up of the face of the clock, a chime can be heard. It is the Westminster chime, which normally sounds on the quarter hour (4 notes), the half (8 notes), the three-quarter (12 notes) and the hour (16 notes plus the number of hours). However, on several occasions, the clock is off-strike, either by the number of notes it chimes or chiming when it normally would not (for example, at 11:20).

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Other mistake: 1795: A black-and-white cat, supposedly the transformed Joshua Collins, was completely uncooperative in every scene he was in. He always started out on a bed or a chair, but got up and left every time, usually forcing the camera to pull in so that the actors could pretend the cat was still there.

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Revealing mistake: 1968: Adam approaches David in the woods, and brushes against a large shrub. The bush teeters and then falls over with an audible crash.

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Visible crew/equipment: In the 1795 flashback, as Barnabas confronts Angelique beside his coffin, a crew member in a short-sleeved blue shirt is sitting to the right, and can be seen hastily getting up and moving out of the shot.

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Barnabas Collins: I didn't say she was dead, I said I killed her.

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Trivia: When Dark Shadows was cancelled in 1971, several storylines were left incomplete, not the least of which was the fate of Barnabas Collins. Was he doomed to remain a vampire for all eternity? The definitive answer is no. In a 1971 TV Guide interview, the head writer of Dark Shadows, Sam Hall, revealed that the series would have eventually ended with Julia permanently curing Barnabas of his vampirism, and that Barnabas and Julia would live happily ever after in the Far East.

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Question: Which 1967 episode or what specific story line has Louis Edmonds in close-up because he didn't have time to put his pants back on?

Pkelly

Answer: It's probably episode 193 (even though the slate at the beginning says 58). It's the episode with Sam demanding that Roger return his paintings. Three clues from the Dark Shadows Companion and from the comments of Kathryn Leigh Scott and Louis Edmonds all agree that 1) Scott is in the episode and is done for the day prior to Edmonds without his pants; 2) Edmonds is wearing a smoking jacket, and 3) Edmonds is leaning on the mantle (which is actually the cabinet where the liquor is, because the fireplace mantle is too high to lean on and the bench in front of it prevents getting too close to). There are several "breaks" in the lengthy scene where commercial were probably inserted, and all of the shots are above the waist. The previously mentioned episode 54 has Edmonds in a suit and Scott isn't in the episode; episode 54 doesn't have Edmonds or Scott; and episode 86 only has Edmonds in a suit.

Lou Edmonds was a consummate actor and would not forget that he had a lengthy scene to perform. Rather, in Episode 86, Edmonds more understandably forgot that he had to perform one last 15-second scene (a simple toast). He had removed his shoes and pants before he was reminded of the final, brief shot, and he hurried back to complete it.

Charles Austin Miller

Answer: There seems to be some confusion among Dark Shadows fans as to the episode: Some claim it was Episode 54, while others claim it was Episode 85. However, the scene actually appeared in Episode 86. Louis Edmonds (as Roger Collins) thought he had completed all his shots for the day and was removing his costume when he was reminded that he had one more shot. With only seconds to spare, Edmonds hurried back to the set without his pants or shoes (some whispering and shuffling is heard in the background just before the camera goes live). Whereupon, with an amused expression, Edmonds pours himself a brandy and strolls across the study before delivering his last line, a toast: "Miss Victoria Winters, no matter where you are." The shot was slightly adjusted to only cover Edmonds from the elbows-up.

Charles Austin Miller

Thank you so much! I had it narrowed down to 3 episodes and the actual one was among them. Thank you again.

Answer: Yes...episode 193 is the only episode to include all three clues (character Maggie appears earlier, character Roger is in a smoking jacket, and lastly, he has brandy in hand and elbows are atop the liquor cabinet. It the last scene in the black and whit episode where Sam Evans is demanding that his paintings back from Roger. And if you keep your eyes on Sam, you will see him glance downward twice at Roger. This eoisode is in Collection 6, disk 2 and even though it's listed in the Dark Shadows Companion as episode 193, the slate at the very beginning says episode 58.

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