Dark Shadows: Season 1, Episode 4

Episode #1.4 (30 Jun. 1966)

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Victoria is upset when Roger's questions about Burke Devlin turn into accusations against her. Later that night, Victoria hears a strange cry and meets an unfriendly David Collins.



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Episode cast overview:
Victoria Winters (as Alexandra Moltke)


Her first night at Collinwood, Victoria is shaken when she hears Roger approach her door and sees the knob turn. In the hall, Elizabeth demands that Roger come downstairs with her. Downstairs, Elizabeth chastises Roger for attempting to enter Victoria's room, uninvited, and threatens to throw him out of the house. Roger informs her that Burke is back for revenge. Their raised voices bring Carolyn into the room, and Roger sends her to fetch Victoria. Roger grills Vicki about Burke, and she is insulted by his accusations. Later that night, Vicki is awakened by wailing sobs that emanate from somewhere in the house. In the foyer, Vicki sees ten year-old David who utters three words, "I hate you!" Written by L. Hamre

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Victoria Winters: My name is Victoria Winters. The dark night presses in on the crest of Widows' Hill as though it were alive. I can almost feel it crushing against the windows, whispering to me, telling me to run while I can. But I've come too far and waited too long, and the fear of darkness is only for children.
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"Tomorrow Has a Habit of Arriving on Schedule"
24 July 2011 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Frightened by the loose shutters in her room, Vicki (Alexandra Moltke) thinks "the fear of darkness is only for children." In the drawing room, Liz (Joan Bennett) and Roger (Louis Edmonds) argue about Burke. Carolyn (Nancy Barrett) overhears Roger's conversation about Burke possibly returning to kill Roger. Vicki is retrieved from her room and questioned about Burke. Roger thinks Vicki knows more than she's telling. Later, Vicki is disturbed by a ghostly sobbing woman. She also meets disagreeable and disturbed young David Henesy (as David Collins, age 9)...

This episode's most significant event is the first appearance of David, who has three choice words for his new governess...

While the first episode was afforded three takes, it is apparent that "one take" will be the norm as Ms. Bennett has trouble opening the drawing room doors, and it is not corrected. There have been noticeable stumbles over lines in each episode. Liz identifies the drawing room portraits, left to right, "Isaac, Jeremiah, Theodore, Benjamin." Florence Stanley "plays" the sobbing woman, but does not appear. She is later employed to be the voice of Josette du Prés Collins. At this point, we are meant to imagine the sobbing could either be Liz, or one of Collinwood's many ghosts...

***** Dark Shadows 1966 ABC #4 (6/30/66) Lela Swift ~ Alexandra Moltke, Louis Edmonds, Joan Bennett, Nancy Barrett...

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