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House of Dark Shadows


1975       Jonathod Frid

Jonathan Frid, alias Barnabas Collins, vampire. Teeny-bopper's delight. Housewive's heart flutter. Shakespearean actor. A new kind of matinee idol. How does a dedicated actor adjust to enormous fame and piles of fan mail from his portrayal of a 175-year-old (but well preserved) vampire on an afternoon soap opera? With humor and good grace, in Jon Frid's ease. Fame is fame, and Barnabas Collins is not an easy role. Dark Shadows the first Gothic soap opera, was doing so-so in its first year until Barnabas was written in, supposedly for only six weeks.

Audience reaction was so immediate that, like another man who came to dinner, Barnabas stayed on in Collinwood, the family mansion where all the dark shadows accumulate, and the show took a new turn for the ghoulish and hit top ratings. Frid modestly disclaims total responsibility for this, but hopes that it was his ability that helped make Barnabas into something more than a monster - in fact, a vampire with soul, if there can be such a thing. He often

likens Barnabas to any tortured man with a dreadful secret, torn between essential humanity and whatever it may be that is haunting him.

Frid has just finished his first film for MGM. It is, of course House of Dark Shadows and is based on the TV series. He and co-stars Joan Bennett and Grayson Rail head a cast drawn almost entirely from the serial. U was a hectic period for all of them, silence the series continued daily, and there were times when some of the cast were alternately taping for television one day and making scenes for the film the next. The film revolves around Barnabas and his entry into the Collins family, but will be entirely different from that episode on TV. It will also have a different quality from the standard vampire film, having been shot on location in various antique mansions in the New York area, and abounding with romantic complications, as befits its origins.

Jonathan Frid away from his fangs is a soft-spoken, friendly and almost shy actor still adjusting to the hysterical adulation he receives from tans. During the film's last week of shooting, in an enormous old house in Norwalk. Conn., the site was ringed with fans chanting "we want Barnabas" and subjecting him to virtual imprisonment on the set, an inconvenience he accepted with characteristic good grace. His handling of the younger children, torn between delight at seeing him and fear that he might bite, was charming, as was his manner with even the most bedraggled teen-age hero worshipper.

Basically a classically-trained actor (the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and the Yale Drama School), the Canadian-born Frid hopes that he won't be constantly chained S the casket of the Barnabas portrayal and will someday be able to take temporary leave of it to play some of the Shakespearean roles that are dear to his heart. However, he will not admit to looking down on Barnabas. There vast scope for variety within the role," he says, and adds wryly, "vampires are immortal, you know."

With the vampire returned as romantic hero, who knows what next? Snuggling up to a werewolf may be conceivable, after all.

Dressed in his 18th century party costume, Jonathan Frid, who has been taken to the bosom of the female afternoon television audience because of his circumstantial vampirism, has expanded his TV role for MCM's House of Dark Shadows





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House of Dark Shadows

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CAST

Barnabas Collins ....................... Jonathan Frid
Dr. Julia Hoffman ....................... Crayson flail
Maggie Evans ....................... Kathryn Leigh Scott
Jeff Clark ....................... Roger Davis
Carolyn Stoddard ....................... Nancy Barrett
Willie Loomis ....................... John Karlen
Professor Eliot Stokes ....................... Thayer David
Roger Collins ....................... Louis Edmonds
Todd Jennings ....................... Donald Briscoe
David Collins ....................... David Henesy
Sheriff George Patterson ....................... Dennis Patrick
Daphne Eudd ....................... Lisa Richards
Minister ....................... Jerry Lacy
Mis. Johnsoton ....................... Barbara Cason
Old Man ....................... Paul Michael
Dr. Forbes ....................... Humbert Astredo
Todd's Nurse ....................... Terry Crawford
Pallbearer ....................... Michael Stroka
Elizabeth Collins Stoddard ....................... Joan Bennett


CREDITS

Produced and Directed by ....................... Dan Curtis
Screenplay by ....................... Sam Hall and Cordon Russell
Based upon ....................... ABC-TV Series
Prod Designer and Assoc Producer .......... Trevor Williams
Director of Photography ....................... Arthur Ornitz
Music Composed and Conducted by .............. Robert Cobert
Assistant to the Producer ....................... George DiCenzo
Assistant Direetor ....................... William Gerrity Jr
Production Supervisor ....................... Hal Schaffel
Film Editor ....................... Arline Carson
Camera Operator ....................... Dick Mingalone
Sound ....................... Chris Newman
Titles Designed by .......... Jack C Jacobsen and Frank Hillsburg
Special Make-up ....................... Dick Smith
Wardrobe Designer ....................... Ramse Mostoller
Makeup ....................... Robert Layden
Hairdresser ....................... Verne Caruso
Set Decoration ....................... Ken Fitzpatrick
Casting ....................... Linda Otto
Stunt Coordinator ....................... Alex Stevens
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