Dark Shadows from the Beginning Interlude: Hidden Audio

It has come to this reviewer’s attention that a slanderous attack has recently been made against this blog during an audio broadcast in which some of the content relating to background audio as reported here in previous posts, involving the off-stage behavior of a short-lived Dark Shadows cast member, has been called into question.


Not only this, but your faithful and dedicated reviewer has been accused of “perpetrating” against said cast member “salacious rumors” based on “imaginary discussions between two people,” etc. Fortunately for the folks participating in this broadcast, they declined to mention this reviewer or this blog by name – otherwise they would each be met with prompt and vigorous litigation addressing their slanderous allegations.


This blog is neither lewd nor is it a rumor mill – and besides, I can produce the audio files to prove that what took place in the Dark Shadows television studio in the summer of 1966 is indeed fact and not fiction.


Here’s a little sample…



In the post for episode 19, it was reported here that an issue had developed between David Henesy and Mark Allen once the former had found out [from Lela Swift] about the latter’s off-stage behavior toward two of the actresses in the cast. David then runs from the control room to the dressing room area to write something on Mark Allen’s dressing room door. This was during the opening scene, and the boom microphone picked up the confrontation outside Mark Allen’s dressing room.


In the audio clips below, the audio track from the DVD video has been converted to a WAV (“wave”) audio-only file and the sound amplified. The confrontation begins at 2:35 in the broadcast when Mark Allen discovers David writing something on his door. In this 4-second clip, you can hear (with headphones):


Mark Allen: Oh, David, what are you doing –


In the next 2 seconds you hear David exclaiming “Oh! Let me go!” But in between “Oh” and “Let me go” you hear a woman’s voice saying the name “David” with some concern; the voice sounds amplified, with a touch of reverb – Lela Swift, speaking through the control room microphone.


David: Oh!

Lela: David…

David: Let me go!


Now here are those above 2 seconds plus where David calls Mark Allen a sexual predator (total of 4 seconds):


David: Oh!

Lela: David…

David: Let me go! You’re a sexual predator!


Here is the full 27-second clip from the start of the confrontation to where the physical assault takes place, just as the teaser scene leads into the opening theme:



Granted, with the chimes of the foyer clock ringing out, it’s difficult to hear the remaining words exchanged between Mark Allen and David Henesy as the confrontation plays out, and using sound-editing tools to mute the clock chimes only drowns out the voices as well, given the monaural nature of the recording.


There are however more sophisticated audio separation devices available, and you can bet your bottom dollar that this reviewer will at some point be getting his eager hands on them, so that eventually full audio proof of the more controversial elements from this blog can be presented with crystal clarity, if that is what it takes to silence any slanderous naysayers. Fine if you don’t like the blog, but slander will not be tolerated.


In upcoming posts, it may be necessary to add such audio clips to the “From the control room” section of the blog, just to prove that what was being said was in fact really being said – especially during episode 87, in which during a huge gap in dialogue, as Roger moves about through the closed off wing in search of Victoria Winters, you can hear various actors conversing on the soundstage on the subject of David Ford: First Joel Crothers and Kathryn Leigh Scott, then briefly Joel and Nancy Barrett, and then more extensively Kathryn and Nancy. During the latter discussion, Mark Allen will be mentioned as well, reinforcing as true what has previously been reported in this blog.


— Marc Masse
(aka PrisoneroftheNight)

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28 thoughts on “Dark Shadows from the Beginning Interlude: Hidden Audio”

  1. “Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche

    “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”
    Aldous Huxley

    “The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.”
    Flannery O’Connor

    “Better a cruel truth than a comfortable delusion.”
    Edward Abbey

    “Most men would rather deny a hard truth than face it.”
    George R. R. Martin

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  2. I found it most unpleasant to read here what they had said.

    As someone who enjoys DarkShadowsFromTheBeginning very much, I felt as though an anonymous little mosquito with a sharp but very loose, flapping tongue had flitted about “unseen” and “uninvited,” had stung me, and then buzzed off into the dark night …

    However I do not suspect Depp & Burton since they do not have a podcast (yet). 😉

    While I do not know which podcast or trollcast was involved in this matter, I predict that this blog will have the last laugh.

    “In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
    ~ George Orwell

    These underrated early episodes are GREAT. Keep delving.

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    1. I won’t name the pod/”troll”-cast, since they’re rather crude themselves — the regular hosts often banter in a manner that can only be classed as pure locker room, both in content and word choice.

      Furthermore, despite their slanderous attack, they nonetheless see nothing wrong in lifting content from this blog, and without due acknowledgement. Leading up to their podcast episode, in their preview episode page, they had lifted animated GIF images from two of my posts — episodes 24 and 36 — and just used them without giving credit. They have since dropped one of them, but my animated GIF image from episode 24 (Taking Risks) is still there to help promote their upcoming episode for next month. I’ll temporarily post the link here so you can see for yourself (scroll to the bottom of the page):


      In addition to that, one of the hosts, when providing background information for these beginning episodes, was quoting certain information he could only have gotten from reading the post for episode 3, again without acknowledgement; this person has previously discussed my blog in one of the Dark Shadows Facebook groups.

      What makes this all especially irritating was that the slander was perpetrated while they were interviewing an actual Dark Shadows cast member — who I have to say is now my least favorite Dark Shadows cast member.

      You’re probably right, though, Count. We’ll see whose voice is still speaking on the subject in the long run. The folks running this podcast are somewhat inept. As you’ll see from written previews for their upcoming episodes relating to Dark Shadows (for the season that begins in the fall), they spell Bill Malloy as “Bill Malone”.

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      1. Got the link. Yes, I can see the very familiar-looking gif of Burke, Carolyn & Joe there at the very bottom of the link page.

        I bookmarked the link you provided me in case I want to look at it again in the future. Not sure yet which cast member was being interviewed there.

        But now I’m wondering: Whether or not the cast member interviewed on that site might be the same cast member who, if a fan brings something which the fan already owns to a festival gathering to get it autographed, may sometimes smear — accidentally, of course! — his/her own autograph to the fan if he/she suspects the fan is about to walk away from his/her table *without purchasing* one of the new items he/she is hawking for sale?

        Readers of this blog, please do not ask me to name the cast member in my story. Maybe sometime I’ll tell the story in more detail but it will have to be told without attaching names.

        Priz, if it should turn out to be the same cast member, then that would make 2 of us who are great DS fans but not fans of this certain cast member.

        😦 😦

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      2. @Count Catofi:

        Oh my! 🙂

        Yes, it’s better that we don’t name names. What good purpose would it serve anyway, right? After all, it’s easy to enjoy an actor’s work without thinking of said actor as a real person, especially with something like Dark Shadows where virtually every moment of viewing requires some degree of suspension of disbelief.

        Best to just bear in mind that acting is quite a narcissistic profession: Whether you’re performing up there on stage for all to see or in front of a camera, it’s all about you, you, You!

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      3. Not that this should surprise you, but Uta Hagen’s name is misspelled elsewhere on the linked page. “Somewhat inept” is probably too kind.


  3. Prisoner, I am really sorry to hear about this. Including background audio clips in future postings is a great idea – that should silence the slanderers.
    Hang in there, Prisoner – we’re all on your side.

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    1. Thank you, Samantha! 🙂

      It just so happens that I value the opinions of the commenters here way more than that of some Dark Shadows cast member who, rather than simply ignoring a blog they don’t like (because you can’t please everyone, right?), instead feels compelled to make dismissive, disparaging remarks.

      Love their work on the show, but beyond that — who needs ’em?

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  4. Thank you, Prisoner for this wonderful blog. Any true Dark Shadows fan would be in raptures here! Which leads me to wonder if this actor in question has even read your blog or is just going by what he/she has been told about it.

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  5. Many actors if asked in a public forum feel constrained to “play nice,” so they say silly things to interviewers, like “Everyone involved was absolutely AMAZING to work with!”, etc. Haven’t we all heard that line a hundred times on Johnny Carson or Jay Leno when the host would interview actors and actresses about their upcoming, soon-to-be-released new film projects? It’s such a cliché to say, for example, that we all got along like one big, happy family. It’s such a tired, overused line that nobody hearing it really believes that it’s true except perhaps the most naive, starstruck fans. That doesn’t sound to me like the real world.

    And that’s why every time I hear an actor or a director say something to that effect, it makes me smile. I can’t help it. I’ll just shake my head. And chuckle.

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    1. Sometimes (only sometimes) it IS an honest statement – sadly, it’s lied about so much that it becomes difficult to believe when it actually is true. And so often the person who says it will want to do another project with the people that were so wonderful, only to find it wasn’t as great as they remembered it. (I’ve been there, and I’m sure a lot of others have, too. It’s not just limited to the dramatic arts.)

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    1. Thanks for the kind words! 🙂 I assure you, this blog has plenty more mileage yet to cover…

      One of the co-hosts of that podcast, for whom Dark Shadows is his so-called specialty in these series-related podcasts, in providing background info for the first 25 episodes of Dark Shadows, actually stated that Josette Collins was the original governess of Collinwood. The co-host confused the oft-told “legend of Collinwood” in which two people had jumped to their death from atop Widow’s Hill and that a third death was prophesied. Since it was possible that the third in question could be governess Victoria Winters, the co-host for some reason assumed that since Josette was the first to have died in this manner, then she must have been a governess at Collinwood.

      As I mentioned in one of my comments here, this co-host repeatedly lifted content and information he could only have gotten from reading this blog, and did so without permission or acknowledgment. During that podcast he read numerous quoted passages from Art Wallace’s series bible, but only from those I had posted here in Dark Shadows from the Beginning; if he’d owned a copy of Shadows on the Wall himself, he never would have assumed Josette to be a governess of Collinwood — he would only have had to have read as far as page 4 to discover that Josette had been brought over from France to become the wife of Jeremiah Collins, the original builder of Collinwood.

      And these are the folks who think they have what it takes to trash-talk this blog right out of existence? Good fucking luck!

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  6. Hmmm…so a real-life soap opera with a real-life ‘predator’ was happening on a TV soap opera about to feature its own monster. Seems like this would make an interesting Netflix/cable drama series or perhaps some dark version of the movie ‘Tootsie’.


      1. … or “Happy Hallways” (an uninteresting novel about a soap opera in which the entire cast and crew always behaved like perfect ladies and gentlemen) …


    1. The Collinsport Historical Society is reporting a new Dark Shadows series is in development (or at least in talks for development.)


      1. …which I can assure you will be completely ignored by yours truly.

        I find no end of annoyance in that some people actually think of Dark Shadows as a franchise, like Superman or James Bond.

        Precisely how does one go about remaking a soap opera? Not even the original executive producer and one of the original writers could make lightning strike twice.

        Fans are even split on the movies they adapted from the show in the early 70s.

        However, I might give it a chance if they remake the bloopers as well. 🙂


      2. I know. (*sigh*) I know.
        At this point I don’t think another attempt could work, and that this is just another attempt to squeeze a few more bucks from the DS ‘brand’. But my inner cynic and my inner optimist are always at odds, and part of me thinks that maybe, MAYBE someone out there can get it right this time. Or at least they can do something that hasn’t already been done to death (so to speak); but then the cynic knows they’ll just retread the Barnabas story again…


    2. “Comic Corridors” – in which a recently freed 200-year-old vampire attempts to assimilate into an indeterminate 1960s/1970s pop culture and help his descendants to fend off the evil witch who originally imprison- –

      Oh. Never mind.


    3. “Dangerous Doorways” – a novel about a soap opera where “Enter at Your Own Risk” signs are posted on some dressing room doors.


  7. I don’t think 2019 Americans are capable of producing anything with the intensity of the original DS.

    I think it could be done right in Mexico, the same theatrical acting style, heck, the sets and planning would probably be better. Check out telenovelas such as “La Alborada”– it’s a Harlequin romance with a non-creepy feel, but set in the early 1800s.

    Of course, it’d be in Spanish, but I’d rather watch a good dubbed show than another smoke-machine clunker in English.

    Bottom line is, nobody knew what was going to happen from month to month on the original. Don’t see how you could replicate that.


    1. Because DS was a product of its era. The audience for the show was those kids coming in from school, and housewives with a bit of time after the kids got home, before starting dinner. There were far more soap operas on back then, too, and fewer networks; television was so different in so many ways.
      So yes, it’s difficult to recapture the (black) magic that made Dark Shadows a hit. I doubt anyone will make it as a soap opera, which was the original format, and any attempt at a ‘warts and all’ live version would be seen as self-conscious and silly.

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