Dark Shadows (1966–1971)
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Episode #1.6 

The caretaker Matthew Morgan accuses Vicki of snooping. Vicki wonders if her unexpected job offer at Collinwood has any connection to her past at the orphanage.


Lela Swift


Dan Curtis (creator), Art Wallace

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Episode cast overview:
Joan Bennett ... Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
George Mitchell ... Matthew Morgan
Nancy Barrett ... Carolyn Stoddard
David Henesy ... David Collins
Alexandra Isles ... Victoria Winters (as Alexandra Moltke)


While looking for David, Victoria attempts to open the storeroom in the basement. She is confronted by a man who accuses her of snooping. Elizabeth interrupts the encounter and introduces the man as Matthew Morgan. Liz explains that the storeroom in the basement is always to be kept locked. Alone, Liz finds David who expresses misgivings about his new governess. In the drawing room, Vicki tries to smooth things over with Matthew after a poor first impression. Matthew explains that the day Mr Stoddard left, Mrs Stoddard fired every servant and hired only him to care for the house. Vicki is curious why Elizabeth chose her to work at Collinwood, but Liz is evasive in her responses. Written by L. Hamre

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Release Date:

4 July 1966 (USA) See more »

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Dan Curtis Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Elizabeth Collins Stoddard: [Door closes as Victoria exits] Did someone just come in?
Carolyn Stoddard: No, Mother, it was one of our ghosts starting to rattle around a bit.
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"What's So Sacred About the Basement?"
24 July 2011 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

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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