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Number

176

Timeline

1967

Narrator

Alexandra Moltke
(as Victoria Winters)

Writer

Ron Sproat

Director

Lela Swift

Broadcast

March 2, 1967
(Thursday)

Recorded

February 22, 1967
(Wednesday)

Video

Complete: Disc 21
Beginning 6: Disc 1

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Joe and Dr. Guthrie find the crypt of Laura Murdoch Stockbridge is empty.

Synopsis Edit

Teaser

My name is Victoria Winters. A voice has been heard out of the past, a voice that spoke in a foreign tongue and in a whirlwind of terror. And now it speaks no more. But still the power behind that voice is with us. It prompts us, it leads us, and where it goes we must follow. No matter how lost and forlorn the place. No matter how numb the heart with fear.

Guthrie and Joe arrive at the crypt, which is locked. Guthrie knocks; there's no answer. Guthrie tries to force the door; Joe stops him, breaking into a grave, fine; breaking into the crypt containing the grave, no way. Guthrie says he'll take complete responsibility for the mess; Joe tries to open the door. As they are carefully selecting tools, the door mysteriously opens. Joe is reluctant, but with convincing, enters the crypt with Guthrie. Just as mysteriously, the door closes behind them.

Act I

Joe and Guthrie both admit to being scared, but Guthrie is resolute to find L. Murdoch Stockbridge's tomb. Upon discovery of the grave, Joe loses his resolve, as he has too much respect for the dead to defile the tomb. He's given another pep-talk from Guthrie on how important it is to Elizabeth and other living beings that they get into L. Murdoch's tomb. Guthrie says he'll go ahead with or without Joe, so Joe finally concedes. The two men set to work on opening the tomb.

Act II

At Collinwood, Frank is trying to find Guthrie, concerned that he may be going too far, i.e. breaking the law. After some cajoling and threats of Guthrie going to jail, Carolyn admits that the doctor and Joe are breaking into Laura Murdoch Stockbridge's grave. Joe and Guthrie use all their might to open the tomb, but are interrupted opening the coffin by the Caretaker, who yells "No! In the name of the dead--no, no, no!"

Act III

The Caretaker is frightened of the possible retribution the dead will exact on those that disturb them. Guthrie tries to persuade him he's trying to help someone, but after some crazed rambling the Caretaker declares that Guthrie can only open the coffin when he is dead.

Act IV

Again, Guthrie tries to convince the aged Caretaker but to no avail. Frank shows up and discusses the legal ramifications; they finally decide to leave. As the trio are leaving, Joe is overcome by the scent of jasmine, which no one else detects. Guthrie deduces Josette is contacting them. At that moment, the coffin opens of its own accord, and it is empty.

Memorable quotes Edit

Joe: I'm really scared.

Guthrie: Don't you think I am?

Joe: Yeah, but we're grown men.

Gurthrie: Grown men to whom death is a mystery.

Dramatis personae Edit

Background information and notes Edit

Production Edit

Story Edit

Bloopers and continuity errors Edit

End credits announcement Edit

  • Dark Shadows is a Dan Curtis production.

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