Dark Shadows

Dark Shadows (1966)

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Audio problem: 1897: Quentin challenges Barnabas by pulling a decorative sword from a wall display and pointing it at his throat. Unfortunately, the display wasn't all that well attached to the set wall. Though the camera pans away, you can hear a loud clunk as the piece falls, followed by the loud crash of shattering glass as it strikes and breaks a table lamp. You can also see the actors struggling very hard to keep straight faces as they continue with their lines.

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Other mistake: 1795: Reverend Trask is attempting to perform an exorcism when a (demonic?) fly aims straight for his mouth. He has to interrupt his incantation long enough to blow it away.

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Other mistake: 1970: Barnabas fends off a werewolf by striking at it with his silver-headed cane. Unfortunately, the cane bounces off the resilient werewolf and hits Barnabas in the head. (Jonathan Frid reportedly had to have a few stitches afterwards.)

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Other mistake: 1967: A persistent fly insists on clinging to Barnabas' forehead as he plots to kill Dr. Hoffman. He tries to ignore it, tries walking briefly out of camera range, then comes back and tries shooing it away on camera, but it keeps coming right back.

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Visible crew/equipment: Episode 1065, year 1995. The shadow of a boom mike against the wall is visible as it rises out of the scene when Barnabas and Julia exit the room.

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Revealing mistake: 1968: When the psychic enters Quentin's haunted room, she stumbles over the wire used to "ghostly" open the door, and has to grab onto the gramophone table to keep from falling. The table almost falls over with her, but she manages to stay upright, barely.

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Other mistake: 1967: Burke mangles his line to Vicky, and instead of telling her to get off her history kick, says, "I just think you should get off that hickory stick for a while."

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Revealing mistake: 1967: Barnabas and Vicky are talking in Collinwood's foyer when a great deal of noise starts interrupting the scene from backstage. You can hear coughing, several bumps and crashes, shouts, and finally, a fire extinguisher going off. Meanwhile, the distracted actors are completely blowing all their lines - but the unstoppable taping goes on.

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Revealing mistake: When "Dark Shadows" did its version of "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde," the Hyde character, John Yaeger, had prosthetic nose trouble during a fight scene. His rubber schnoz came unglued and nearly fell off. He was subsequently given a nose job.

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Revealing mistake: 1967: The apparently miscued Burke enters the foyer set through a door and starts across the stair landing. You can then hear the director say, "Try it again," and he turns, goes back out the door and comes in again.

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Revealing mistake: 1966: Elizabeth is thwarted by a set door that refuses to open when she tries to make her exit. She struggles with it, tugging several times, but winds up just standing there, exasperated, until the scene ends a few merciful seconds later.

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Other mistake: 1968: The now-vampire Angelique kneels beside Barnabas' chair to tell him he belongs to her now. When she tries to get up, her long white gown catches on something, causing her to muff her next line a bit as she gives the fabric an annoyed tug to free it.

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Continuity mistake: 1967: Barnabas selects a treasure from a jewelry chest while bad guy Jason spies on him through a window. Willie is supposed to put the chest away, but when Jason later breaks in to steal it, the chest is still sitting on the table in plain view, so Jason has to pretend not to notice it. The break-in scene is recapped the next day, only this time, the chest is no longer on the table.

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Visible crew/equipment: 1795: Angelique throws open a set of double doors to find Jeremiah's ghost in the hall. She cries out and steps back, and to the right of the screen, you can see a crew member's hand enter the shot to pull one of the doors open further.

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Revealing mistake: 1970: When the sheriff knocks, Jeb opens the antique shop door and the jangling shop bell falls off and crashes to the floor. They pretend that nothing happened and go on with their lines.

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Revealing mistake: 1967: Dr. Woodward struggles with a stuck zipper on an oxygen tent. When the prop refuses to cooperate, he makes a disgusted sound and adlibs to his companion, "Zip that up, will you, Julia?" Then he hurries out, leaving a bewildered Julia to deal with a supposedly critical patient.

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Other mistake: 1969: David blunders his line to Cousin Amy: "Don't feel too bad, Amy. I don't like to feel my relatives, err, I don't like to see my relatives."

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Visible crew/equipment: 1967: During the closing credits, a crew member walks by outside the supposedly-second-story window of Josette's bedroom - twice.

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Revealing mistake: 1897: Quentin walks away from Trask and exits through the door under the stairs. Unfortunately, that door was undersized, and David Selby was 6'2" tall. Quentin bangs his head on the doorframe hard enough to produce an audible thump.

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Revealing mistake: 1967: Roger is late for a meeting because actor Louis Edmonds, forgetting he had another scene, had gone to his dressing room and undressed. Because it's "live tape," the other actors must awkwardly ad lib until Edmonds can throw on a shirt and be hustled onto the set, whereupon one camera zooms in tight on him and stays there. You can hear the stress in the other actors' voices as they stifle laughter. They're trying to play an oh-so-serious scene with an actor wearing a shirt, a tie, and boxer shorts.

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Revealing mistake: 1990s: When Barnabas and Julia time travel into the 1990s, they find Mrs. Johnson's body tied to a tree. While a crazed Carolyn accuses them of killing her, the "corpse" blinks several times.

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Other mistake: 1966: Standing over the doctor's microscope, Burke blows his line to Woodward: "When you examine it under the microphone, it doesn't show any mystery at all."

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Audio problem: 1840: During a graveyard scene, the village bells are tolling the hour, but someone forgets to kill the sound effects tape. The chimes strike sixteen-o'clock.

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Other mistake: 1967: The death of Sam Evans didn't play out according to the script. That's because the cameraman accidentally knocked the teleprompter off (with a loud crash), causing the dying "Sam" to sit up and yell "Where is it?!" "Maggie" ad libbed, "Never mind, Pop. It's going to be OK." Poor Sam then had to expire without delivering any poignant last words to his grieving daughter.

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Other mistake: 1897: Barnabas forgets his verbal 'shopping list' of five potion ingredients as he delivers it to a servant. He says, "Now go into town and collect Magda's herbs and, uh, herbs and, well whatever else it is she needs."

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Continuity mistake: The newly-cured Barnabas, wearing a red striped bathrobe, screams when Dr. Woodward opens the drapes to let the sunlight in. When the same scene is recapped the next day, Barnabas is suddenly wearing a solid blue bathrobe.

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Revealing mistake: 1968: Jeff Clark runs terror-stricken out of a cemetery and accidentally stumbles over a tombstone. The 'granite' marker falls over with a hollow thud.

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Revealing mistake: 1968: A shot of Barnabas and Julia taken through the small window in the cellar door apparently obscured Jonathan Frid's view of the all-important red light. Obviously thinking himself off-camera, Frid took a moment to clean the inside of one nostril with his index finger.

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Factual error: 1968: The basement's brick wall crumbles to reveal Trask's skeleton hanging in the alcove. Only it shouldn't be. Bodies do not remain assembled once the flesh and sinew are gone. Trask's remains ought to be a large pile of bones on the floor.

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Other mistake: 1840 Parallel Time: Julia Collins suffers from a bad case of tangle-tongue syndrome when she says, "Don't you think that I would like to help Bramwell gill the coast of Brutus Collins?"

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Revealing mistake: 1795: When an angry Lt. Forbes rushes out Collinwood's front door and tries to slam it, the flimsy set door not only doesn't slam, it bounces back open. The supposedly in-a-hurry lieutenant comes back and gently re-closes the door.

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Revealing mistake: 1795: Ben, complaining that Angelique is always watching him, backs into a large, tall tree trunk in the cemetery. The "tree" wobbles and sways when he bumps it.

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Revealing mistake: David is trapped in the Collins mausoleum, but doesn't yet know about the moving stone in the stairs that will allow him to open the door. At one point he moans and lies down on the stairs, which causes the "heavy" stone to flop around. He gently moves it back.

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Revealing mistake: 1967: The dying Dr. Lang fumbles with a reel-to-reel recorder, making a tape that we'll hear over and over again later on. Only he "records" his message with the machine turned off: the reels aren't moving.

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Other mistake: 1897: Valerie Collins is supposed to praising Collinwood. But instead, she gushes, "Hollywood. I never imagined I'd see it."

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Other mistake: 1968: When David and Amy discover Quentin's sealed room, the youthful performers forget to stop on cue and skip to lines from their next scene. The view cuts to Liz and Roger in the drawing room, but the voices of David and Amy excitedly continue from the set next door.

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Factual error: 1966: Ohrbach's, the fashion house that supplied Dark Shadows with costumes throughout its run, suffered the indignity of seeing its name misspelled as "Orhbach's" in many of the 1966 credit crawls.

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Audio problem: 1966: While Constable Carter is grilling Burke Devlin, you can hear crew members talking loudly backstage. In apparent annoyance, "Burke" raises his voice and all but shouts his next line.

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Continuity mistake: 1967: "Dark Shadows"' taping schedule seldom permitted retakes. Consequently, hundreds of goofs ended up on the air. Perhaps the funniest of them all occurred in a scene inside the Collins mausoleum, where the late Louis Edmonds was supposed to say, "Some of my ancestors are buried here." What came out was "Some of my incestors are buried here." To his credit, Edmonds not only kept his cool, but laughed and corrected the mistake in character.

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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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