"What's So Sacred About the Basement?"
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24 July 2011
The second week of the series begins with Vicki (Alexandra Moltke)
looking for David in the basement of Collinwood. Vicki has decided to
stay in the governess position and investigate the cause for her
placement there. Surly caretaker George Mitchell (as Matthew Morgan)
descends the stairs and accuses Vicki of snooping. Liz scolds Vicki and
locates David (David Henesy). We see that Liz keeps a door in the
basement locked at all times. The basement set provides an excellent
time to praise production designer Sy Tomashoff as well as director
Lela Swift - their work is outstanding...
We learn how fiercely loyal Matthew is to Liz, and that she fired the
all of the servants 18 years ago, employing Matthew from the cannery.
Interestingly, Matthew tells an inquisitive Vicki that Liz let go the
Collins' maid, chauffeur and gardener. He does not mention either
family butler Hanscomb or Betty. Vicki is reading "America Sails the
Seas" while Liz recommends David (who misses his mother) read one of
"The Rover Boys" series, both real books. Carolyn (Nancy Barrett) again
urges Vicki to confront Liz with questions connecting her abandonment
with Paul Stoddard's disappearance
******* Dark Shadows 1966 ABC #6 (7/4/66) Lela Swift ~ Alexandra
Moltke, Joan Bennett, George Mitchell, David Henesy...
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