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Nancy Barrett


Gordon Russell


Lela Swift


May 31, 1968


May 30, 1968


Complete: Disc 54
Collection 8: Disc 2

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Carolyn nearly falls off Widows' Hill, then Adam rescues her and falls over the cliff himself.


The atmosphere of Collinwood is charged with tension. Still missing is a girl, abducted by a strange, terrifying man. Earlier this night, the man was caught and jailed. Now it's been learned that he has broken out of jail and is at large somewhere on the Collins estate.

The Sheriff questions Barnabas about Adam, the Sheriff does not believe his story. Adam gets Carolyn from the cellar and takes her with him. Carolyn slips near Widow's Hill, and Adam rescues her. The police catch up with Adam and he jumps from Widow's Hill.

Memorable quotes[]

Sheriff Patterson: That’s the old Collins house. Every time anything goes wrong around here, that’s where all roads seem to lead.

Carolyn: I want to go home!

Adam: Home?

Carolyn: Would you stop repeating everything I --? [Adam covers her mouth with his hand.]

Dramatis personae[]

Background information and notes[]


  • This episode was recorded out of broadcast sequence. The previous episode to be recorded was 513.
  • This is one of only four episodes in the series to be recorded on the day before broadcast, along with 497, 507 and 508.
  • The final scene uses extensive film footage of the waves crashing against the rocks near Widows' Hill.
  • The use of Dr. Lang's voiceover during the wave footage is an extremely unusual story device, since only we the viewers know its implications (Adam has heard it but thinks it is only part of his idea of "music"). (This is presumably just to remind casual viewers or to inform new viewers of the repercussions of Adam leaping from Widows' Hill. Literally the only people who know what would happen if Adam died are the deceased Dr. Lang and Adam, who neither understands Dr. Lang's message nor is able to repeat the entire speech, so the only way to inform viewers of this vital plot point is by replaying the recording.) (Note that Addison Powell's reading of the recorded message from Dr. Lang in this episode is more dramatic and at a slightly higher pitch than what was on the tape recorder in earlier episodes and is even more dramatic at the beginning of the next episode.)


Bloopers and continuity errors[]

  • In the opening scene, as Adam comes from behind the tree line and walks towards the camera, Sheriff Patterson approaches the tree line and stands still. Vince O'Brien is awaiting his cue for the very next scene when he and the deputies walk out of the tree line supposedly in a different location.
  • In Act I, when Sheriff Patterson and Barnabas are talking, Jonathan Frid looks at the teleprompter several times.
  • When Adam opens the door to the root cellar, he has the door halfway open before the scraping sound effect starts.
  • When Carolyn tries to escape from the abandoned root cellar, she pushes a fake rock that makes a cardboard sound when it falls on the studio floor.
  • When Adam and Carolyn reach Widows' Hill, a stagehand is briefly seen on the left. Studio lights are also visible during the scene.
  • Sheriff Patterson tells Barnabas that it took six men to subdue Adam, but when he related the capture to Willie and Julia, he said that twenty men were involved.
  • When Barnabas thinks to himself "Adam, Adam what's happening to you now? They've hunted you down, and they've penned you in like an animal. I cannot help you," why the sudden concern? Barnabas kept Adam chained and locked up in the Old House cellar, and the last time we saw him, he was going after Adam with his gun to kill him.
  • It is stated to have been yesterday when Elizabeth questioned Willie. However, the on-screen passage of time indicates that it is still the same day.
  • Adam's ankle chain sound effect is much noisier than the few links of chain would make.

External Links []

Dark Shadows - Episode 505 on the IMDb

Dark Shadows Everyday - Episode 505 - The Sinking Detective

Dark Shadows Commentary- Episode 505: Prepare yourself for an ordeal

Dark Shadows Before I Die- Episode 505: 5/31/68