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Here's a place to tell us a little bit about yourself (where you're from, anything you'd like to share about your background, occupation, and/or interests) ... plus what role did you first see him in, which one(s) first made you a fan, and why?

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"It's all rather stylish and pretty and rather worrying" --Timothy Spall on his costume in Sweeney Todd

"He must have been fun." --Emlyn Williams (liner notes from "Emlyn Williams as Dylan Thomas in 'A Boy Growing Up'")
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Since I'm the administrator of the board, I guess I should go first, huh? I'm Susan, and I created this Robert Newton site (www.robertnewton.net) back in 1999 upon searching for information about him and being surprised to find that no fansite existed about him yet. You can read more about the history of this site and how I first became a fan of Robert Newton here: http://www.mooncove.com/newton/susan.htm.

To make a long story short, I first became a fan as a kid over thirty years ago after seeing Robert Newton in Treasure Island (in re-release on the big screen), followed shortly afterward by Jamaica Inn, Oliver Twist, Hatter's Castle, Major Barbara, Henry V, Blackbeard the Pirate, and The High and the Mighty, all on local TV back in the late '70s and early '80s (before cable!). Oops, actually I saw Henry V on the big screen as well, at a theatre that's part of George Eastman House photography museum that shows classic films. (It was the last time they were showing the film on celluloid before having it transferred to other media and restored as they had just begun to discover that celluloid disintegrates over time.)

Why the name "vampyrate"? (1) Registration for a Runboard account automatically gives you access to all of their forums. This makes it a little harder to choose a unique username--and I wasn't even the only Susan on the old chatboard! (2) Click on my username (at left) to view my profile and read an explanation of why I chose the name. (I also encourage you to fill out your profile, as well as upload an "avatar," which is the little picture that appears at left to identify you. If you're not sure how to do it, see the "Avatars" posting under "About this board" for instructions.)

As for my signature below ... well, I also created an Emlyn Williams message board (bemlynwilliams.runboard.com), with which I've been learning the administrating ropes for a while now--hence the two actors in my avatar. I'm lucky they made so many films together, huh? And that the quote applies to both.

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"It's all rather stylish and pretty and rather worrying" --Timothy Spall on his costume in Sweeney Todd

"He must have been fun." --Emlyn Williams (liner notes from "Emlyn Williams as Dylan Thomas in 'A Boy Growing Up'")
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Greetings all! This is Jenny.
Like most, I first saw Robert Newton as Long John Silver in Disney's Treasure Island. I couldn't have been more than 6 or 7 years old. It was right when video rental stores were just coming into their own. My parents rented it and we all watched it together. I loved the film and fell in love with the wickedly charismatic Silver. Newton's performance was, as the saying goes, 'larger than life'. My father (who was a sailor) was a fan of Newton's and a few years later when Long John Silver's Return to Treasure Island came on TV, he recorded it. My mother would just laugh and roll her eyes as we would sit and imitate that wonderful Newtonesque pirate-speak! When she did so, my father would just say, "Arr, belay. We be 'aving fun!" And fun it was. I have to admit, Dad's impression of Silver was pretty good!
The second performance I saw of Newton's was as Private Tom Bartlett in The Desert Rats. I was so moved by his portrayal and in awe of his acting ability that I wanted to see more of his films. To date I have seen 16 and own 12 of them.
I chose the name Jenny30 because I absolutely love Deborah Kerr's portrayal of Jenny Hill in Major Barbara. (And since my name is Jennifer, it seemed a logical choice to me!) Her scenes with Newton's Bill Walker are some of the best in the film. Newton was at his best when his ruggedly good looks were allowed to shine through!
My avatar is of Newton as Ancient Pistol in Olivier's adaptation of Shakespeare's Henry V because his characterization of Pistol is just so incredibly brilliant! Saucy, naughty and wacky, it is my second favorite performance after Treasure Island.
Well, I guess I've rambled on enough. I look forward to many happy chats! Cheers! emoticon

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Ahoy all!

Hi Susan! I know...it took me long enough to get over here! You may have been better off but now you're stuck with me!

Anyway, my name is Erin aka Billy (you can ask, I don't mind) and I have been a fan of Robert Newton since I was, oh, about 9 I think. "Treasure Island" was the movie that my young girl dreams were made of and Bobby has been on my "man list" ever since! I doubt if I could pick a favourite movie of his, but a few would have to be "Major Barbara", "Odd Man Out" and "Oliver Twist" ooh and let's not forget "Jamaica Inn" (chest - YUM!).

I look forward to getting to know all of you!

Smooth sailing to all.
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der verlorene wrote:

Ahoy all!

Hi Susan! I know...it took me long enough to get over here! You may have been better off but now you're stuck with me!



Yay! Welcome (or should I say Wilkommen?) aboard!!!


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"He must have been fun." --Emlyn Williams (liner notes from "Emlyn Williams as Dylan Thomas in 'A Boy Growing Up'")
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Ok,
most of the people on here already know me, Elizabeth.
I'm 17 and I've been fan of Robert's since I was about 4 and Susan still knows more about him than I do. =~)P
But I'm catching up to her!
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Hi Elizabeth! Nice to meet you!

I think it's really cool that younger people are getting into his work and appreciating his "special" qualities emoticon
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der verlorene wrote:

ooh and let's not forget "Jamaica Inn" (chest - YUM!).




I'm thinking maybe you need a ripped-shirt avatar! emoticon

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I'm 17 and I've been fan of Robert's since I was about 4 and Susan still knows more about him than I do. =~)P



Well, I didn't start quite as young as you did, but it's scary to say I've been a fan for about two decades longer, which gives me a bit of a head start. But you certainly are catching up. ;-)

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I'm thinking maybe you need a ripped-shirt avatar!



Oh my emoticon ...yes please!! Where can I get one?
 
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Hi Elizabeth!
Wow! I had no idea you were so young! I'm 30 (hence the name Jenny30!), so I've been an RN fan for about 20 some odd years.
As Cap'n Silver would say, "It warms me" that "the wiser youngsters of today" are interested in Bobbie!
"Good Luck to 'e, Matey!"
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