In October of 1978, the soap opera Ryan's Hope filmed at Lake Minnewaska.
The filming was spread out over about a dozen episodes. Finding this video
personally means a lot to me as I was there when the filming took place. I also
remember sitting around an old black & white TV with other employees to watch
the latest installment.
I did some major editing on this thing. Took me about 6 hours. I split it up
into 5 basic scenes. The plot is kind of weird, so I didn't bother keeping in
details that would describe what is going on.
Scene 1 is brief and starts with a view of
Wildmere with the actors on a cliff overlooking the lake.
Scene 2 shows the actors walking out the back doors of Wildmere
(where the cigarette machine was??) onto the porch, then down (in a weird way)
to the Wildmere dock.
Scene 3 has the actors getting in a rowboat and rowing on the lake. There are
shots of signs (props) cautioning boaters about the falls (which of
course in reality the lake does NOT lead to). The actress then falls asleep in
Scene 4 shows the big scene of the rowboat going over Awosting falls.
Scene 5 The actor who had gotten out of the boat before the falls, goes to save her,
and carries her up from the falls to the cliff house ruins (the Cliff House burned in Jan 1978). Apparently
the actor is hearing voices from this imaginary woman who is trying to get him
to get rid of the actress, so he locks her in what is supposed to be a basement
in all the burned out ruins of the Cliff House. I'm fairly sure this little
burned out basement is a set. Be sure to check out the credits at the end!
If you're interested in the plot of all this, check it out at Soapnet
for the episodes staring around episode number starting 871. It
takes a little doing to zero in on it, but it's there.
I strongly encourage those with dialups to download the DSL versions for better clarity. See below on how to do this.
These clips are analog captures from a 2nd generation videotape, so the quality isn't good. When these episodes come
around again on Soapnet we'll update it to crystal clear digital.
I'd like to thank the Ryan's Hope fan whom I
bugged the heck out of for this video. Thank you Wanda!