- A cover of darkness has fallen over the Great House at Collinwood. But it cannot conceal the fear one person feels at this moment. For she has discovered that her life is in grave danger.
Dr Hoffman, her notebook in hand, worriedly gazes at the portrait of Barnabas, now knowing the vampire plans to destroy her. Deciding to take measures in order to safeguard her life, Julia conceals the notebook within the grandfather clock in the foyer.
Arriving at the Old House, Carolyn Stoddard reports her failed attempt to secure the notebook to Barnabas Collins. Afraid Julia suspects what he is planning, Barnabas orders Carolyn to return to Collinwood and keep a close eye on her. Carolyn wonders if Julia might try and destroy Barnabas. But Barnabas is sure Julia will not make a move as long as she has her notebook as leverage. Again, Carolyn wonders if it is necessary to kill Julia. Barnabas berates her for being too emotional. He cannot forgive Julia for trying to prevent the one goal that means anything to him: making Victoria Winters his bride. Barnabas asserts that Julia will die as soon as he and Carolyn have her notebook.
A storm breaks over Collinwood as Elizabeth Stoddard descends the great staircase and finds Julia pacing nervously. She offers Julia a glass of sherry, and then inquires about Julia's work on the Collins family history. Julia claims she is almost finished, and plans to start the book in a week's time. Carolyn, who has returned from the Old House, interrupts. She is openly rude to Julia in front of her mother. Julia excuses herself and leaves to visit Barnabas. After Julia departs, Elizabeth chides Carolyn for her behaviour. Carolyn claims she does not like Julia or her attitude. Elizabeth, unwilling to accept such a flippant answer, tells Carolyn to apologize to Julia once she returns.
Barnabas is taken aback when Julia arrives at the Old House. She confronts him, telling Barnabas she knows he is planning to kill her. She claims to have hidden the notebook somewhere in Collinsport, with instructions that if anything should happen to her, it will be handed over to the authorities. Although vampire and doctor have reached a stalemate, Barnabas reveals that he knows Julia has been hypnotizing Victoria and poisoning her mind against him. Nothing can change the way he feels toward Julia now, or alter her fate. He warns her that as soon as he finds her notebook, her life is forfeit.
As Carolyn waits in the drawing room with Elizabeth, she hears the sound of dogs howling. She realizes that Julia will be returning soon. Elizabeth notes Carolyn's increasingly strange attitude, but Carolyn refuses to talk about it. When Julia arrives, Carolyn reluctantly apologizes to her. Julia graciously accepts. After Elizabeth retires for the night, Carolyn and Julia show their true colors. Carolyn accuses Julia of being jealous of her connection to Barnabas. Julia begs Carolyn to convince Barnabas to resume the treatments, but Carolyn has already been warned by Barnabas that Julia might try to make an ally of her. The two women stand off frostily, with Julia threatening to tell Elizabeth everything. Carolyn calls her bluff, daring Julia to expose Barnabas' secret. At that moment, Carolyn notes the clock has not chimed.
Memorable quotes Edit
Dramatis personae Edit
- Joan Bennett as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
- Jonathan Frid as Barnabas Collins
- Grayson Hall as Dr. Julia Hoffman
- Nancy Barrett as Carolyn Stoddard
Background information and notes Edit
Bloopers and continuity errors Edit
- The secondary camera appears to almost crash into Carolyn and Barnabas at the beginning of Act I.
- Nancy Barrett can clearly be seen waiting and hesitating for her cue to begin the scene at the beginning of Act IV.