Dead of Night: A Darkness at Blaisedon (1969)

Between producer Dan Curtis, director Lela Swift, writer Sam Hall, Robert Cobert’s music and Thayer David and Louis Edmonds in lead roles, this pilot for a TV series seems like you’re watching an episode of Dark Shadows. Trust me, that’s not a bad thing.

Angela Martin (Marj Dusay, who was on All My Children and Guiding Light) is a young woman with a haunted house named Blaisedon on her hands. Luckily, two ghost hunters named Jonathan Fletcher (Kerwin Mathews, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad) and Sajid Rowe (Cal Bellini, born in Singapore as Khalid Ibrahim, who enjoyed a quarter century of playing any minority that Hollywood needed; he was that ethnically ambiguous) are on the case.

It has many of the hallmarks of Dark Shadows — long forgotten relatives, ghosts, possession and the idea that nearly every housekeeper has some dark, sinister secret. The fashions are also pretty great

While the series wasn’t bought by ABC, they did air it on August 26, 1969. You can catch it as an extra on the Dead of Night DVD or watch it on Amazon Prime and Tubi.

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