Soon the sun will set over the great house at Collinwood, and the night will spawn new terrors and fears for all who live on the vast estate. In the cellar of the Old House, a young boy will remain possessed by an evil spirit. And nearby, in a cottage by the sea, a young woman will witness a terrifying sight after the moon is full in the sky.

Episode 807
Series Dark Shadows
Season 1969, Episode 807
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Air date July 29th, 1969
Writers Gordon Russell
Director Dan Curtis
Producers Robert Costello
Starring Jonathan Frid; Grayson Hall; Nancy Barrett; David Henesy; Roger Davis; Michael Stroka
Episode guide
Episode 806
Episode 808

Episode 807 is an untitled episode of the daytime Gothic soap opera series Dark Shadows. It was directed by Dan Curtis and written by Gordon Russell. It first aired on ABC on Monday, July 29th, 1969. This episode is part of the storyline commonly referred to as the "1897 Flashback". In this episode, Charity Trask witnesses the Portrait of Quentin Collins turn into a werewolf, but artist Charles Delaware Tate doesn't believe her. Tate goes to see Aristede demanding an audience with Count Petofi, but Aristede dismisses him. Petofi, possessing the body of Jamison Collins is locked up in the cellar at the Old House and tries to use his powers to manipulate Magda Rakosi into setting him free.

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

Charity Trask.

Charity Trask visits Charles Delaware Tate at his art studio. She is impressed with the work he is doing on the Portrait of Quentin Collins. Charles leaves the room for a moment and Charity examines the portrait up close. She is horrified when the face of Quentin Collins transforms into the image of a werewolf. Charity screams and Tate comes into the room to calm her down. They hear wolves howling in the distance and Charles believes that the sound of the wolves made Charity believe that she saw the image of Quentin turn into a wolf.

At the Old House, Jamison Collins is locked up inside of a cell in the basement. He is possessed by the spirit of Count Petofi. Petofi beckons Magda Rakosi to come downstairs. When she does so, he tries to enrapture her with the glow of two lit candles, hoping that his powers are strong enough to force her to set him free.

Putting the "whammy" on Magda.

Charles Delaware Tate goes to see Aristede. He doesn't like being under Petofi's thumb and demands an audience with him. Aristede scoffs, telling him that a meeting with Petofi could happen as soon as tomorrow evening, or maybe within a week, or possibly even never. Aristede reveals that Petofi is running out of time and only has a few weeks left to retrieve his hand or else he may die. If he recovers it however, then he will live forever.

Back at the Old House, Barnabas conspires with Magda. He tells her that she is to play a key role in insuring that Petofi stays confined and gives her a handgun.

In the cellar, Petofi uses an incantation to summon Aristede to come to his aid. He then cries out again for Magda. When Magda comes downstairs, it appears as if Petofi's spirit has left Jamison Collins and the boys starts crying. Magda opens the cell and sets down her gun to embrace the child. It is all a ruse however. Petofi reveals that he is still in control of Jamison and kisses Magda on the cheek. This enacts a spell that attacks Magda's psyche. She now believes that she is the cause behind all of the tragedy that has taken place at Collinwood over the past several months.

Cast[edit | edit source]

Principal Cast[edit | edit source]

Notes & Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Opening narration: Jonathan Frid. This is the first episode of the series that Frid has ever provided the opening quote.
  • There are no closing credits for this episode.

Allusions[edit | edit source]

  • The setting used for Charles Delaware Tate's studio is the same set used for the Evans' cottage in the regular timeline. It is possible that they may in fact both be the same location.
  • The statue seen in Charles Delaware Tate's studio is the same one that is often seen in the gazebo at Collinwood]]. Perhaps Tate is the original sculptor, though his talent seems more aimed at painting.
  • Aristede paraphrases the famous line, "Theirs not to reason why; theirs but to do and die". This quote is taken from the 1854 narrative poem The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. At the time that this storyline takes place, the poem was only forty-three years old.

Bloopers[edit | edit source]

  • David Henesy has a couple of pauses in his dialogue while speaking with Magda Rakosi. That being said, this is one of his stronger performances.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Tate confronts Aristede.


  • Aristede: When the hand was taken from him in 1797, he was given exactly one-hundred years to get it back. He was told that if he did get it back he would live forever, Charles. Forever.
  • Charles Delaware Tate: And if he didn't get it back?
  • Aristede: Well, if he fails, he dies.

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