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