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  • I was wondering if the character of Sam Evans was killed off because of David Ford's divorce from Nancy Barrett. His last appearance on Dark Shadows was July 8, 1968 - the divorce was soon after that. Or is it just a coincidence ?

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    • In soaps during the 60s and 70s, characters were usually killed off because the writers decide the character is at a dead end (no pun intended). If an actor wants to leave a role, but the writers want to keep the character, finding a new actor is usually no problem.  David Ford himself was a replacement for a previous actor.

      That said, Dark Shadows seems unusual in that respect. Robert Garringer leaves the role of Dr. Woodard, a replacement is hired only to be killed a few episodes later.  Alexandra Moltke was replaced by two actresses, but the character was still written out soon after Alexandra left. 

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    • Yes, I see what you mean - A third actor could have been hired to be Sam Evans if they wanted the character to continue on the show - guess they just didn't. Same with Burke Devlin - Played by two actors and then killed off - could have hired a third actor. I'm especially glad John Karlan was brought inb to replace the original Willie Loomis - John was great as Willie. Dan Curtis wanted Alexandra to come back as Victoria Winters months after she gave birth but they wouldn't let her play another character like most of the actors on the show did so she said no. Too bad.

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    • They might have killed Ford off due to his alcoholism. Garringer was replaced since he refused to cross a picket line.

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    • the more i watch the first 22 episodes the more i think mark allen was a good fit to play sam.  wonder why the powers that be went with david ford?

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    • I agree. Also Mitch Ryan WAS Burke Devlin. Not to take anything away from Anthony George..Bur I missed Mitch playing Burke when he was let go.

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    • Couldn't agree more with above posts.  Mitch indeed WAS Burke Devlin--it was like it was just meant to be.  Sad how he had some major issues of his own that played a major part in his being replaced by George.  I also think Mark Allen, given his brief stint as Sam Evans, really fit the role much better than Ford--again with all due respect to the latter.  I often have mused on Allen's persona in some of the things Evans was prominent in--and I still think he was more Evans than his replacement.  As to the two who tried to replace Victoria--I think they would have never "cut" it if you catch my meaning.  I did see an opening to resurrect Victoria with the woman who played her (can't think of her name just now) in the "flashback" episodes in which Barnabas goes back to save Vickie from being hanged--and actually provides for her and Peter to make a living elsewhere--- as to Angelique--thank heaven (no pun intended) for Lara Parker who was the ONLY "Angelique'-- she was perfect in that role. 

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    • while i agree with the posts that mitch ryan WAS burke devlin, i disagree that mark allen was a better sam evans. nothing against mark allen, i just preferred david ford & was sad when he left the show.

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    • I too agree that Mitch Ryan was the only actor that I could relate to as Burke. The same goes for Alexandra Moltke. I could never see the other actresses as Victoria. As for the Willie character, I am glad that John Karlin was chosen to replace James Hall, but it would have been interesting to see how Hall would have played the meek Willie. The same goes for Karlin playing the angry Willie. We never really get to see him as that character, as Willie has been somewhat beaten down by the time Karlin takes over.

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    • i wondered how NB and DF married in the first place. there was a vast age difference. no wonder it didn't work.

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    • I agree. When I first read about their marriage, it was, "Huh? What?" "How can THAT be?"

      Age difference aside.

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    • i always pictured her marrying a prince, not an old man. no offense to DF.

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    • Love is blind...or blind stinkin' drunk.

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    • maybe NB was looking for a father figure.

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    • ...and maybe (OK, I know) DF was looking for a hottie. You go DF.

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    • I wish NB would tell us what attracted them to each other.

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    • You mean HER to HIM, right?

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    • LOL

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    • Hi, aside from the above remarks, I wander if anyone can verify if Nancy Barret was in the opening credit scenes of Room 222. I could swear she was a student carrying her books as she strolled with friends between classes. It was only a few seconds and as far as I know, she was never credited for this show.

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    • Can't remember which of Kathryn Leigh Scott's books refers to this, but David Ford was written out because he had a TERRIBLE time memorizing his lines.  They first tried blinding him, so that he could read the cue cards from behind the dark glasses, and when that didn't work, they decided to kill him off.

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    • Return to Collinwood, page 73. The following link has the excerpt:


      https://books.google.com/books?id=Fx6NAgAAQBAJ&pg=PA73&lpg=PA73&dq=kathryn+leigh+scott+david+ford+sam+evans+remembering+lines&source=bl&ots=VwwlcD22nr&sig=xCdCItaUjmDK2E2tA7G7Gj5wScw&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjOu6KEsKvPAhVI6IMKHWCwDn8Q6AEIMzAH#v=onepage&q=kathryn%20leigh%20scott%20david%20ford%20sam%20evans%20remembering%20lines&f=false


      If that link doesn't work, you can find the link by typing into Google "kathryn leigh scott sam evans remembering lines" and it will be the second link from the top.

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    • 68.186.56.56 wrote:
      Hi, aside from the above remarks, I wander if anyone can verify if Nancy Barret was in the opening credit scenes of Room 222. I could swear she was a student carrying her books as she strolled with friends between classes. It was only a few seconds and as far as I know, she was never credited for this show.

      I, too, felt sure that Nancy Barret carried her books to class while walking with another two girls in the opening credits scenes of Room 222. I have no way to verify this, but you are not alone.

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    • I would doubt that was Nancy Barrett in the opening credits of Room 222. As Carolyn Stoddard, Barrett played a seventeen year old in 1966 when she was turning twenty three, and by 1969 she would have been turning twenty six -- too old to have blended in with those young students shown in the opening credits. It was just a look that was popular at the time. The girl seen with long blonde hair walking with the two other girls has a similar face, but is distinctly younger. Those exterior scenes were filmed in Los Angeles, and at that time Barrett was heavily committed to the weekly schedule of a daytime TV show based in New York.

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    • Mark Allen was sexually molesting Alexandra and Leigh and Lela had to wait until Curtis gave the go ahead to fire him.

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