Friday, May 25, 2007

The Usual Suspects

Well, here we are again in one of my favorite periods of GL history: the late 70's/very early 80's. Today's blog entry presents the continuation of two previously posted sets, one short new set, and a request for ayone reading this.

First, the new stuff: The Usual Suspects comes at us from 1981 and concerns the stalking of Eve Stapleton McFarren and features a character I had only heard about before seeing these clips earlier this month, but who is now one of my all-time favorite soap creations ever. That character is Amanda's uncle Chet Stafford, played by Bill Herndon, and WOW, is he a firecracker! This quick-tempered, irrational koo-koo bird spends the majority of this clipset biting the head off of pretty much everyone he comes into contact with in the surliest, most foul-tempered manner possible (everyone except his darling Amanda, of course!). It goes on so long and to such extremes that it crosses the line into a sort of absurdity that has to be seen to be believed. Needless to say, the entertainment value is quite high here. LOL! It's the absurdist streak in me that makes me love characters like Lucille Wexler, Caroline Carruthers, and R.J. Winslow, but Chet Stafford is their king, to be sure!
The Usual Suspects is filled with plenty of great moments, including a jaw-dropping shouting match between Vanessa and Eve that takes place through a door and is the best use yet that I've seen of Maeve Kinkead's very early (and very large) characterization of Vanessa.
Here's where the request of you readers comes in-- If anyone out there has video material from this storyline, I absolutely have to have it. I can't pay for it, but I could potentially arrange some sort of trade for you or you could donate to GLMP out of the goodness of your heart. :)
Meanwhile, enjoy The Usual Suspects. This clipset is just fantastic!--
clip 1 , clip 2 , clip 3 , clip 4 , clip 5

For background on the complicated history of Amanda, Ben, and Eve see the previously posted (but never blogged) Wanted Man clipset from 1979 , which deals with the same triangle.
Wanted Man--
clip 1 , clip 2 , clip 3 , clip 4 , clip 5 , clip 6
clip 7 , clip 8 , clip 9 , clip 10 , clip 11
The Mountains clipset follows several months after Wanted Man, still in 1979.

Back in October of last year, before the inception of this blog, I posted a set called Certain Rights from 1979, dealing with the fallout from Roger's rape of Holly and Holly's pursuit of a marital rape conviction. Most of the set came from actual episodes, but the section of the actual rape episode was taken from a copy of Roger Thorpe: The Scandal Years and so was heavily edited and (obviously) not the complete episode. Now in possesion of the full show, I'm able to share not so much more of the attack, but rather more of the immediate reaction of Holly, including her harrowing drive away from the house.
It should also be noted that Certain Rights contains what are probably Jerry verDorn's first episodes as Ross. The full set is listed below with the newly added clips marked with an asterisk*.

Certain Rights--
clip 1 , clip 2 , clip 2a* , clip 2b* , clip 2c* , clip 2d*
clip 3 , clip 4 , clip 5 , clip 6 , clip 7 , clip 8
clip 9 , clip 10 , clip 11 , clip 12 , clip 13 , clip 14
clip 15 , clip 16 , clip 17 , clip 18 , clip 19

In August of last year, I put up a clipset from 1980 called Enough Is Enough which showcased Roger's famous pursuit of Rita Bauer through the Hall of Mirrors at the Cedars Charity Bazaar after she recognized him as he was trying to lure Christina (now known as Blake) away in order to kidnap her. At the end of the set, Roger took Rita prisoner instead of Christina, but now I have the following episode with Rita's captivity. Interestingly, Lenore Kasdorf was apparently unable to film this episode and Rita is played by someone called Sarah Daley (sp?). This new material also picks up on the date that Katie mentioned to Hillary previously in the clipset. Denise Pence is her usual lively, charming self here as she plays Katie's reactions to the veritable army of women vying for Mark's attention.

Enough Is Enough--
clip 1 , clip 2 , clip 3 , clip 4 , clip 5
clip 6 , clip 7 , clip 8 , clip 9 , clip 10
clip 11 , clip 12 , clip 13 , clip 14 , clip 15
clip 16 , clip 17* , clip 18* , clip 19* , clip 20*

Well, that's all for now. Happy viewing and I'll see you here next week.


Blogger Jane said...

What a great time period for GL! Thanks for posting this series. I wish I had taped the shows but I never did. Good luck finding more material!

8:34 PM  

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