Alexandra Moltke
(as Victoria Winters)


Art Wallace


Lela Swift


June 27, 1966


June 11, 1966
June 13, 1966


Complete: Disc 1
Beginning 1: Disc 1

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Victoria Winters travels from New York to Collinsport and arrives at Collinwood to serve as governess to young David Collins. The mysterious Burke Devlin arrives on the same train.

Synopsis Edit

Opening Narration

My name is Victoria Winters. My journey is beginning. A journey that I hope will open the doors of life to me and link my past with my future. A journey that will bring me to a strange and dark place, to the edge of the sea, high atop Widows' Hill. A house called Collinwood, a world I've never known, with people I've never met. People who tonight are still only shadows in my mind, but who will soon fill the days and nights of my tomorrows.


Victoria Winters heads towards Collinsport on a train. At Collinwood, matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard defends her hiring practices to her brother, Roger. He believes it's a mistake to invite a stranger into their home and that she should send the girl back to New York with a month's pay. Elizabeth tells Roger the only problem she's invited is standing before her, meaning he. After she exits, Roger fumes and breaks a goblet.

Act I

An elderly passenger named Mrs. Mitchell tells Victoria about how little significance a town like Collinsport, Maine holds. She asks Victoria what she plans to do there since she's used to the big city and Victoria tells her she's got a job. As Mrs. Mitchell continues to talk, Victoria flashes back to the day she received a letter from Mrs. Stoddard, offering her the job as governess. She showed the letter to her boss, Mrs. Hopewell, but she'd never heard of Mrs. Stoddard either. Victoria is intrigued by the mysteriousness of the offer and the fact that Collinsport is only fifty miles from Bangor. Victoria comes out of her reverie on the train just as it arrives in Collinsport. Mrs. Mitchell wishes her luck as she steps onto the platform of the Collinsport train station.

Act II

As the train pulls away, Victoria approaches a man who got off the train with her and asks him if he knows whether or not there are any taxis. His chauffeured car arrives and he offers her a ride to the hotel where she can catch a taxi. He introduces himself as Burke Devlin and she asks if he knows of Collinwood. He says he knows it very well and they climb into the car. At the Collinsport Inn, Burke recommends that Victoria return to New York immediately rather than go to Collinwood. Mr. Wells greets Burke and gives him a note that was left for him an hour ago. He explains that Harry Jones, the town's cab driver, has a flat and Victoria will have to wait. Burke is cold to Mr. Wells and rudely claims he doesn't remember anyone in town before storming off to the Blue Whale pub. Burke meets his private detective Wilbur Strake, who has been posing as a real estate agent to gather information about the residents of Collinwood and everyone they associate with.



Maggie welcomes Victoria.

Maggie Evans, a waitress at the inn's restaurant, chastises Victoria for going up to work at Collinwood. She tells her the Collins family owns most of the town and every one of them is crazy, warning Victoria that her hair will be gray in two months. She offers Victoria a free piece of pie and Victoria remembers her friend Sandy questioning her departure earlier that morning. Victoria told Sandy that accepting the job was something important that she had to do. Maggie catches Victoria drifting off and suggests that maybe she does belong at Collinwood. Victoria concurs that maybe she does.

Act IV

Strake tells Burke about Mrs. Stoddard, who still runs the family's fishing business, but hasn't left her home in eighteen years. His report has a number of theories on that, but none of them make any sense. Burke suggests she's getting a keeper, who doesn't know what she's getting into. Maggie suggests Victoria stay overnight at the inn and make up her mind about the job in the morning. Mr. Wells informs Victoria that her taxi has arrived. She asks Maggie if she is serious about her warnings and she nervously tells her she wasn't. Victoria leaves the Collinsport Inn.


Victoria arrives at Collinwood and knocks on the door. Elizabeth greets her and invites her in.

Memorable quotes Edit

Elizabeth: Don't you think you ought to look in on your son?
Roger: The little monster's asleep and I'm delighted.

Roger: With all of our ghosts, we don't need any strangers in this house, and you know it!

Victoria: Doesn't sound like much of a place, does it?
Mrs. Mitchell: This train hasn't made a regular stop there in maybe five years. That's what kind of a place it is. What are you going to Collinsport for anyway?
Victoria: A job.
Mrs. Mitchell: Now what kind of a job would bring a girl like you all the way from New York? Let me tell you something. I've been living in this part of the country all my life and I've only been in Collinsport once, just once. That was more than enough for me.

Victoria: Excuse me. I wonder if you know if they have any taxis here.
Burke: I wouldn't know what they have here. Not anymore.
Victoria: Well how do they expect anyone to get to town?
Burke: Broomsticks and unicorns.

Burke: Welcome to the beginning and the end of the world, Miss Winters.
Victoria: I'm afraid I'm not going that far. Only to a house called Collinwood, do you know it?
Burke: Yes, I do. Very well.

Maggie: It's like this. A chauffeur tells a desk clerk, who tells a housekeeper, who tells me that you're going to work up in Collinwood. That makes you a jerk.
Victoria: But why?
Maggie: Listen, honey. The Collins family is the biggest thing in this town. They own the biggest cannery, the biggest fishing fleet and the biggest, darkest, gloomiest old house. And they're kooks, every one of 'em.
Victoria: I don't believe that.
Maggie: Okay. Move in there. But take a good look in that mirror right now. Because in two months, that pretty hair of yours is going to be one glorious shade of grey.

Victoria: It's not the job, Sandy, it's the place.
Sandy: You've got a yen for fishing villages? So, go out to Long Island, have a ball. But a nowhere place like Collinsport, Maine?

Strake: The best I could learn, Mr. Devlin, is that Elizabeth Collins Stoddard hasn't left that hill in 18 years.
Burke: Did you find out why?
Wilbur Strake: Well, there are a number of stories going around, uh, none of them really make much sense. It'll all be in the report. Personally, I think she needs a keeper.
Burke: Perhaps she's getting one.
Wilbur Strake: Like who? You?
Burke: No. A girl...who doesn't know what she's getting into.

Dramatis personae Edit

Background information and notes Edit

Production Edit

Story Edit

  • Elizabeth hasn't left Collinwood in 18 years.
  • FLASHBACK: Victoria and Mrs. Hopewell discuss the job offer from Elizabeth; Victoria packs for Collinsport.
  • TIMELINE: Day 1 begins, and will end in 4. Victoria arrives in Collinsport at 9:00 pm.
  • As of 1966, the population of Collinsport is 3,000, but this number is known to increase by as much as 50% during the summer tourist season.

Bloopers and continuity errors Edit

  • During the opening narration, just before the camera moves in for a shot of Elizabeth Stoddard opening the drawing room window, a studio light can be seen above the windows to the right, partially covered by vine leaves.
  • The jukebox at the Blue Whale is located on the left instead of the right, where it remains for the rest of the series.
  • Despite actress Kathryn Leigh Scott having long reddish-brown hair, Maggie Evans wears a short blonde wig for her first few appearances. A fictional reason for this was given in the audio drama The Harvest of Souls.
  • The mirror behind the counter at the Collinsport Inn coffee shop will be soaped over for subsequent episodes.
  • In Vicky's room at the foundling home, as she takes an armful of clothes from her bureau and turns to pack them, the edge of the set can be seen to the right of the mirror and a crew member in a white shirt can be seen walking past.
  • The passenger rail service to Maine had been discontinued in 1965. It would not be restored for 36 years.
  • After Vicki asks Mr. Wells whether he knows Burke Devlin, Conrad Bain stumbles on the word "this" when he answers "Since he was th-this high."
  • When Maggie Evans is outlining to Vicki the stature of the Collins family, Kathryn Leigh Scott trips over the word "biggest" and says "They own the bisc-biggest fishing fleet,..."

External Links Edit

Dark Shadows - Episode 1 on the IMDb

The Collinsport Historical Society - Dark Shadows Diary - Episode 1

Gallery (24) Edit

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