Dark Shadows (1966–1971)
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After growing up in a foundling home, Victoria Winters receives an offer to work as governess in the small coastal fishing village Collinsport, Maine.




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Episode cast overview:
Joseph Julian ...
Wilbur Strake
Mrs. Hopewell
Jane Rose ...
Mrs. Mitchell
Hotel Clerk
Katherine Bruce ...
Alfred Hinckley ...
Train Conductor
Victoria Winters (as Alexandra Moltke)


Victoria Winters has spent her life in a foundling home, never knowing the identity of her parents. She is offered the position of governess to a young boy living in Collinsport, Maine. Hoping to learn more about her own mysterious past, Vicki travels to the small fishing village. In the coffee shop, waitress Maggie Evans warns Viki against working for the Collins family. Meanwhile, Burke Devlin returns to Collinsport after a long absence, and meets with a detective Wilbur Strake, who he hired to investigate the residents - specifically Victoria's new employers who own half the town, are considered eccentric, and live in a mansion atop Widows' Hill. Written by L. Hamre

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27 June 1966 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Roger and David had been living in Augusta, Maine for several years (with Laura, who is now "away") and have just moved into Collinwood, hence the need for a Governess. See more »


Maggie Evans: It's like this. A chauffeur tells a desk clerk, who tells a housekeeper, who tells me that you're going to work up in Collinwood. That makes you a jerk.
Victoria Winters: But why?
Maggie Evans: Listen, honey. The Collins family is the biggest thing in this town. They own the biggest cannery, the biggest fishing fleet and the biggest, darkest, gloomiest old house. And they're kooks, every one of 'em.
Victoria Winters: I don't believe that.
Maggie Evans: Okay. Move in there. But take a good look in that mirror right now. Because in two months, that pretty ...
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"Welcome to the Beginning and the End of the World"
24 July 2011 | by See all my reviews

On a train to the small coastal village of Collinsport, Maine, raven-haired Alexandra Moltke (as Victoria "Vicki" Winters, age 20) introduces herself and the series, "My name is Victoria Winters. My journey is beginning. A journey that I hope will open the doors of life to me and link my past with my future. A journey that will bring me to a strange and dark place, to the edge of the sea high atop Widow's Hill. A house called Collinwood. A world I've never known, with people I've never met. People who tonight are still only shadows in my mind, but who will soon fill the days and nights of my tomorrows..."

Awaiting Vicki's arrival from New York City are Collins family matriarch Joan Bennett (as Elizabeth "Liz" Collins Stoddard, age 56) and her younger brother Louis Edmonds (as Roger Collins, age 36). Sipping brandy, Roger is upset because his sister has hired a stranger to be his son's governess. While they quarrel, we return to the train and meet passenger Mitchell Ryan (as Burke Devlin, age 32). Burke is returning to Collinsport after serving five years for manslaughter; he's been released early, "for good behavior." Vicki talks with chatty Jane Rose (as Mrs. Mitchell), unaware of Burke's presence...

She doesn't know it, but Vicki could be connected to the man Burke supposedly killed...

In the series' first flashback, Vicki recalls speaking with Hammond Foundling Home director Elizabeth Wilson (as Mrs. Hopewell) about her job offer. Vicki thinks a monthly check for support might have some connection to Liz and Collinwood. The train arrives at Collinsport and Vicki meets Burke. Burke says, "Welcome to the beginning and the end of the world, Miss Winters," and advises Vicki people in town travel on "broomsticks and unicorns." This prescient phrase will turn out to be partially true. These accidental allusions, Moltke's performance, and Robert Cobert's soundtrack music are outstanding...

Burke gives Vicki a lift to the Collins Port Inn, where he is rude to friendly hotel clerk Conrad Bain (as Mr. Wells). Learning taxi driver Harry Jones has a flat tire, Vicki enters the adjoining coffee shop and meets waitress Kathryn Leigh Scott (as Margaret "Maggie" Evans, age 23). Serving her a rare roast beef sandwich, Maggie advises Vicki to leave town immediately. Meanwhile, at the Blue Whale tavern, private investigator Joseph Julian (as Wilbur Strake) shares information with Burke. In another flashback, Vicki tells New York roommate Katherine Bruce (as Sandy) she feels drawn to Collinwood...

******** Dark Shadows 1966 ABC #1 (6/27/66) Lela Swift ~ Alexandra Moltke, Mitchell Ryan, Joan Bennett, Louis Edmonds...

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