A seance has been held in the great house of Collinwood, a seance which has suspended time and space, and sent one girl on an uncertain and frightening journey into the past, back to the year 1795. Where now, branded as a witch, she is a fugitive from the law. Hunted, forced from her hiding place, she runs with the child whose life she has saved, but who is still marked for death.

Episode 456
Series Dark Shadows
Season 1968, Episode 456
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Air date March 25th, 1968 [1]
Writers Sam Hall
Director John Sedwick
Producers Robert Costello; Dan Curtis
Starring Joan Bennett; Joel Crothers; Nancy Barrett; David Henesy; Alexandra Moltke
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Episode 456 is an untitled episode of the daytime Gothic soap opera series Dark Shadows. It was directed by John Sedwick and written by Sam Hall. It first aired on ABC on Monday, March 25th, 1968. It is part of a storyline commonly referred to as the "1795 Flashback".

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

Daniel Collins sneaks Victoria Winters into Collinwood and hides her in the study. Naomi learns about Victoria's presence and meets with her. She promises to help her in every way she can. Nathan Forbes arrives and continues to stir up trouble. He wants Millicent to give him legal guardianship over Daniel, but Millicent is still acting crazy, declaring that there is a witch at Collinwood.

Daniel starts blabbing about Noah Gifford, which makes Nathan uncomfortable as he is the one who hired Gifford to kill Daniel. Nathan accuses him of making up tall tales. In secret, Victoria tells Naomi the truth about what happened to Noah.

The following morning, Nathan finds Daniel coming down the stairs of the foyer. The two have a curt discussion and Nathan begins to act belligerent. Naomi comes downstairs and sends Daniel away. The two have an argument about Nathan's place among the family. Just to unnerve her, Nathan tells Naomi that Barnabas Collins is still alive and is a murderer. Naomi refuses to believe it. He tells her to go check in the Collinwood tower room. Later, Naomi goes upstairs to the tower and finds a coffin, which she begins to open.

Cast[edit | edit source]

Notes & Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Daniel Collins is the first character seen in this episode. He is also the first character with speaking lines.
  • This episode takes place on the night of a full moon. Fortunately, there are no werewolves about.

Allusions[edit | edit source]

  • Reference is made to Peter Bradford in this episode. Peter was apprehended by Nathan Forbes in episode 455. This episode reveals that he was taken into custody following the events of that episode, but prior to the events of this episode.

Bloopers[edit | edit source]

  • During the closing credits, the chandelier in the Collinwood foyer can be seen moving.
  • During Daniel's first conversation with Vicki in the study, the sound of a door opening and closing can be heard occurring somewhere off-screen.
  • Joel Crothers' trousers leave very little to the imagination in this episode.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

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See also[edit | edit source]

External Links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Dark Shadows DVD Collection 7; Disc 1.
  2. Dark Shadows Wiki; Episode 456 infobox.


Executive producer: Dan Curtis

Produced by
Robert Costello

Directed by
John Sedwick

Written by
Sam Hall

Story created and developed by Art Wallace
ProducerRobert Costello
Scenic designSy Tomashoff
Costume designRamse Mostoller
Associate directorJack Sullivan

Technical directorJ.J. Lupatkin
Sound effectsEd Blainey
Production assistantHarriet Rohr
Music composed by Robert Cobert
Music supervisorSybil Weinberger

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