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Dale Bartholomew Cooper is a fictional character, an eccentric Special Agent of the FBI. Cooper was the central figure of the ABC television series “Twin Peaks”, and was played by actor Kyle MacLachlan.

The series was created by legendary film director David Lynch and Mark Frost, and went on to achieve a cult status of its own.

The Man, and His Methods

David Lynch named Cooper as a reference to D. B. Cooper, the unidentified man who hijacked a Boeing 727 aircraft on November 24, 1971. Cooper escaped by parachute, never to be seen, again.

Born on April 19, 1954, the fictional Dale Cooper is a graduate of Haverford College. After joining the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cooper was based at the Bureau offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was partnered there with the older Special Agent Windom Earle (actor Kenneth Welsh) – a closet psychopath whose various crimes (when they came to light) would return to haunt Cooper, in later years.

Key among these was the case of Earle’s wife, Caroline, who witnessed a federal crime, some time after Cooper joined the Bureau. Earle and Cooper were assigned to protect her; it was around this time that Cooper began an affair with Caroline. One night in Pittsburgh, Cooper let his guard down – and Caroline was murdered by her husband (who had also committed the crime witnessed by Caroline, during a psychotic break). Windom Earle was subsequently sent to a mental institution, from which he would later escape, to wreak havoc in Twin Peaks.

Cooper was devastated by the loss of the woman he would later refer to as the love of his life. He swore to never again become involved with someone who was part of a case to which he was assigned.

An introspective man, Cooper is fueled by a profound interest in the mystical, especially the mythology of Tibetan and Native American cultures. Much of his work is based on intuition and the interpretation of dreams, rather than conventional logic. While working a case, Cooper also dictates regular reports to his (never seen) assistant Diane, using a hand-held tape recorder.

“A hairless mouse with a pitchfork sang a song about caves.”

Okay, this is actually a quote from the “Twin Peaks” parody sketch when Kyle Maclachlan guest hosted Saturday Night Live in 1990. But the fact that it’s not a million miles from the kind of stuff Dale Cooper puts out during his “real” adventures gives an indication of the methods of the man.

At some point in his career, Cooper was placed under the direct authority of FBI Regional Bureau Chief Gordon Cole (played in the series by David Lynch, himself). Under Cole’s mandate, Cooper was occasionally assigned the mysterious ‘Blue Rose’ cases.

The Town, and Its People

On February 24, 1989, Cooper arrives in the fictional Northwestern town of Twin Peaks, to investigate the murder of local teenager Laura Palmer (actress Sheryl Lee). Here’s a YouTube clip, of Dale’s arrival, from the series’ pilot episode:

It’s a complex case, involving the town’s eccentric characters (like The Log Lady), metaphysical entities, and other-dimensional spaces like the mysterious Black Lodge. During his extended stay, Cooper winds up helping the Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Department to investigate other cases, as well.

Cooper gains an instant rapport with many of the townspeople – including Sheriff Harry S. Truman (yes, like the President; actor Michael Ontkean) and his junior officers, Deputy Tommy “Hawk” Hill and Deputy Andy Brennan. 18-year-old Audrey Horne (played by Sherilyn Fenn), the daughter of local businessman Benjamin Horne, develops a serious crush on the eccentric FBI man. Over time, a close and affectionate friendship develops, between the two.

And Cooper falls in love with the “damn fine coffee”, and cherry pie, for which the town would become famous. Check out the YouTube clip below, to get a flavor of the place:

The Laura Palmer mystery is eventually “resolved” on an ambiguous note, with Dale Cooper’s evil doppelganger on the loose in Twin Peaks (a fugitive from the Black Lodge; watch the show on DVD, it’s too complex to go into, now), and the dead girl’s spirit vowing that “I’ll see you again in 25 years.”

His Anticipated Return

Now, 25 years on, that promise is to be fulfilled. In 2016, Showtime will be bringing us a sequel to the cult series. The network says that nine new “Twin Peaks” episodes – set in the present day – are going into production soon. And Kyle MacLachlan is set to return, as Dale Cooper – as are several other characters from the original 1990s run.

Showtime’s president, David Nevins, has even persuaded David Lynch to direct all nine episodes.

Fans will no doubt be hoping that the sequel will answer the questions left hanging at the end of season two in 1991. Nevins is keeping quiet on this.

Only time will tell.

Keep watching this space.

Peace.

Albert-Campion

Albert Campion is a fictional character in a series of some 19 detective novels and over 20 short stories by Margery Allingham. Supposedly created as a parody of Dorothy L. Sayers’ aristocratic ‘tec, Lord Peter Wimsey, Campion established his own identity, and a considerable following, as the series progressed.

After Allingham’s death her husband Philip Youngman Carter completed his wife’s last Campion book, and wrote two more before his own death.

Meet Mister Campion…

Here he is, courtesy of YouTube, as portrayed by actor Peter Davison, from the BBC Television series of 1989 and 1990:

According to the literature, Albert Campion is the pseudonym used by a man born in 1900 into a prominent British aristocratic lineage. Early novels suggest that he was part of the royal family, but this reference is dropped in later works. In “Mystery Mile”, his true first name is said to be Rudolph, while his surname begins with a K.

Educated at Rugby School and the (fictitious) St. Ignatius’ College, Cambridge, he assumed the name Campion in his 20s and began life as an adventurer and detective.

Campion is a thin, blond, bespectacled fellow, often described as affable, inoffensive and bland. His deceptively blank and unintelligent expression hides a man of authority and action. In some stories, he lives in a flat above a police station at Number 17A, Bottle Street in Piccadilly, London.

… a.k.a. Mornington Dove…

Campion uses many other names, in the course of his career.

“Mornington Dove” (or “Mornington Dodd” in the 1988 Avon edition (page 72) of “The Black Dudley Murder”) and “the Honourable Tootles Ash” are mentioned in “The Crime at Black Dudley”.

“Christopher Twelvetrees” and “Orlando” are mentioned in “Look to the Lady”.

…and His Friends

A study of the Allingham books suggests that Campion’s father was a Viscount, already dead at the start of the series.

In “Sweet Danger” it’s mentioned that his brother was “still unmarried”, and Campion is therefore likely to “come into the title some day” – although there’s no suggestion in the books that this actually occurs.

His sister Valentine Ferris plays a central part in “The Fashion in Shrouds”. In that book, it’s revealed that both are estranged from most of their family.

In the short story “The Meaning of the Act”, Campion explains that the secret of his success is to “take a drink with anyone, and pick your pals where you find ’em”. This includes having acquaintances on both sides of the law.

From “Mystery Mile” onwards, Campion is usually aided by his manservant, Magersfontein Lugg – an uncouth street tough who used to be a burglar.

Campion is also good friends with Inspector (later Superintendent) Stanislaus Oates of Scotland Yard (who is as by-the-book as Campion is unorthodox), and later with Oates’ protégé Inspector Charles Luke.

After Campion’s intelligence work during World War II, he continues to have a connection with the secret services. He also has many friends and allies, seemingly scattered across London and the English countryside – and often including professional criminals.

After a doomed passion for a married woman in “Dancers in Mourning”, Campion eventually meets Amanda Fitton, who first appears in “Sweet Danger” as a seventeen-year old, and later becomes an aircraft engineer. In that story, her brother Hal recovers the family title of Earl of Pontisbright, and Amanda becomes Lady Amanda, as the sister of an Earl. She and Campion eventually marry, and have a son called Rupert.

The Adventures

The Campion stories are generally adventures, rather than true mysteries. They rarely feature puzzles that the reader has a chance of solving; it’s the characters and situations which move the story along.

The Adaptations

Two stories were adapted by the BBC in 1959 and 1960, with Bernard Horsfall as Campion and Wally Patch as Lugg. Each story was shown in six, 30-minute episodes.

In 1968, “The Case of the Late Pig” was adapted for television, with Brian Smith as Campion, and George Sewell as Lugg. It was part of the BBC Detective series (1964–1969), which was an anthology featuring adaptations of popular detective stories.

In 1989 and 1990, the first eight of the novels (excluding “The Crime at Black Dudley”) were adapted over two seasons, with each story shown in two hour-long episodes. Peter Davison played Campion. Professional wrestler turned actor Brian Glover was Magersfontein Lugg, and Andrew Burt played Stanislaus Oates.

In the show’s second season, actress Lysette Anthony featured as Campion’s lady love, Amanda Fitton.

Peter Davison sang the title music for the first series himself. In the second series, the song was replaced by an instrumental version.

I’d best be whistling off, myself.

Till next time, then.

Peace.

Trick is a short film by Shooting Incident Productions (UK and Germany), based on an original screenplay by Des Nnochiri.

Trick follows a night in the life of John – an average guy with an extraordinary role to fulfill, in the events that unfold.

In the movie, John is played by actor Rob Proietti.

Actor Rob Proietti, star of "Trick"

Here’s a perspective on the film, in Rob’s own words:

Q: Tell us a little about yourself.

A: My name’s Rob Proietti. I live in Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire.
It’s where I’ve been all my life, it isn’t the greatest place for
opportunity. I’d love to be comfortably living in a big city, perhaps
even abroad.
I love film, photography, indie music and gaming (You can never be too old!)
I’m a creative and adventurous individual that’s always seeking the
most from life, taking opportunities as they come. A dreamer,
ambitious.

Following all sorts of career paths and discovering myself – I’m now
deciding to pursue my dream of becoming successful in the TV and film
industry.
I have a flexible job at the moment and this allows me to have more
freedom to really get out there and chase my ambitions.

Q: How did you get into acting, and what have you done, so far?

A: Me and a long time friend of 16 years (and that’s a long time
considering I’m only 22 myself). We had a completely spur of the moment
idea which began at a car boot sale. The idea was to buy several
random objects and with using these objects we should develop a story
using them. This eventually turned into amateur acting, something we
do when we’ve got spare time. We’d create basic settings at home / in
the garden and create scripts for us to play out, or even on impulse
and improvise as we got along. Working on Trick is the first
professional production I’ve been lucky enough to be involved with.

Q: How did you get involved in the Trick movie?

A: I had been introduced to the website StarNow.co.uk where I decided
to invest in a full membership. This is where I spotted the
advertisement for extra work in the film Trick. Here, I first made
contact with Jay Spencer. He then put the idea across that I could
possibly be put in for the role of JOHN. A few days later, I caught
the train to Leeds, where I met Jay at his studio (Studio19). We had a
chat about the plot and how it plays out, he’s a great guy.

Q: Tell us a bit about the character you play.

Rob Proietti - in character, as John - on the set of "Trick"

A: At first, we see John as slightly mysterious. We’re unsure what his
intentions are as he spots a young lady alone.
Giving in to temptation, we soon see another side of John as a
nervous, hesitant, bumbling man. He’s very much out of his comfort
zone as he’s being led into an unknown journey…

Q: Any noteworthy events, on set?

A:It has so far been directed fantastically, there are a few little
touches which have been thrown in to create a darker atmosphere. Such
as intimidating looks from nightcrawlers and a quick sly drug deal
over the table.

Q: Your hopes for the future? Any upcoming projects we should know about?

A: I hope to appear in more productions, taking on more small roles
and extra work. Developing myself, gaining more and more experience to
the point where some day I can appear in feature films and bigger
projects, taking on more dominant roles.

There aren’t any upcoming projects at this very moment, but with my
new contacts and through the membership of the website I’m with, I
hope to seek new projects.

Q: Thanks for your time, Rob.

John. Doe? Smith?

“Just an average guy.”

“Nothing special, really.”

“He seemed like such a mild-mannered, unassuming fellow.”

Yeah. It’s always the quiet ones.

The unremarkable guy with a dark or hidden side to his nature. A staple of horror and crime cinema.

Remember Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates, in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960)?
The shy young motel proprietor with the domineering mother proved to be much more than that. Totally bonkers. And a dab hand, with a knife.
As for his mother…

In The Usual Suspects (1995), Kevin Spacey as wimpish loser Roger “Verbal” Kint spins a yarn as twisted as his own leg. A tale of a disastrous crime caper, and an evil mastermind named Keyser Soze – a man with whom Verbal shares a remarkable history.

Director M. Night Shayamalan’s (“I see dead people; The Sixth Sense) 2000 film, Unbreakable, delivers another twist. David Dunn (actor Bruce Willis) – a man coming to terms with his recently acquired powers of indestructibility – is assisted by Samuel L. Jackson, as Elijah Price. Elijah has the reverse problem to Dunn; his bones snap, in a stiff breeze. But his fragile form and bookish exterior hide a brilliant mind. One which… well. See it yourself, and find out.

Computer geek / software mogul Eric Knox (played by Sam Rockwell) provides Charlie’s Angels (2000) with their dream client; rich, bumbling, easy to manage. But his new software holds the key to a deadly mystery. And, of course, there’s no such thing as a dream client.

In Suspect Zero (2004), director E. Elias Merhige turns the screw of expectation the other way, building up Sir Ben Kingsley as ice-cold serial killer type Benjamin O’Ryan – a man suspected of targeting other serial killers, until he’s revealed to be something else, entirely.

Good, or evil?

Player, or played?

Misrepresentation: Blurring the distinction between the trickster, and the tricked is at the heart of many a good thriller.
Trick (I hope) is no exception.

BTW, you know Rob’s anecdote about improvising movie scenes from random objects?
It might interest you to know that the tale which gave birth to Trick grew from a software-generated selection of random words:
“hungry trying to look beautiful”.

Misrepresentation, all the way.

In the next part of this series, we’ll be talking to the man who’s both a director of Trick, and the head honcho of Shooting Incident Productions.

Till then.

Peace.