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Changeling' Beats Most Ghostly Movies 0k By ED BLANK Press Drama Editor "The Changeling" is almost what "The Haunting" was and what "The Amityville Horror" should have been: a good haunted house movie. It's unlikely you can accept all of "The Changeling," no V matter how strong your resolve to suspend disbelief, be cause it pinches plausibility. You can buy the part about the ghost and even its powers over the uouse, out n- r -i, ?j rally you might ftffhj, ho forced to ! iwi be forced to challenge its in fluence on out- SCOTT side tragedies and in moving an object into the house. "The Changeling" is at the Cheswick and at Showcase Cinemas North, East and West, as well as at the Fiesta, where the gum-crackers were out in full force yesterday. George C. Scott portrays a New York composer whose wife (Jean Marsh) and child are killed during the opening credits. He accepts a teaching job in Seattle, moving alone into a house that may have been occupied once by rich, crusty ex-senator Melvyn Douglas. Scott's real-life wife, Trish Van Devere, plays a historical society employee who helps rent him the house before experiencing some of its peculiar habits with him. s AS IS CUSTOMARY in films of this kind, something in the house intends to be noticed. Noises, self-starting faucets and self-opening doors command Scott's attention, soon making him obsessive to learn its secret. We've had so many rotten movies in the past couple of years that my inclination is to respond benignly to "The Changeling's" deficiencies. Bat a fact of life with which filmmakers and moviegoers must contend is that stories in the haunted houseghost genre simply do cot work as well on screen as they do on a printed Page. Imagination is a delicate instrument. Somehow it absorbs more fully the details of ghost stories in print. Truth can become almost anything the author wants it to be. Film works differently on the mind, which tends to be more selective about the way visuals are perceived. It's like magic shows, which are great on stage but usually deadly on screen. Most viewers are instinctively (if often unconsciously) aware of film technique and can't help dismissing as cameraediting trickery a lot of what they see. An author could tell you Scott sees a ghost, and you'd accept your own concept of ghost as part of the story. But when you see a specific child actor -your mind fixes on his particulars and he's not so much a ghost as a co-star you know darn well Scott can reach out and touch. SELF-PROPELLED inanimate objects, such as closing doors, are useless devices on screen. Movie tricks, that's all. That much understood, we can appreciate "The Changeling" for what it is: an unexceptional but diverting horror story with better-than-average performers, including Madeleine Thornton-Sherwood in a bit part, with interesting direction by Peter Medak ("The Ruling Class") that keeps us looking around comers and down ominous corridors. The screenplay contains comparatively few contradictions for a film of this kind. The picture is 11 minutes shorter than it was when reviewed in West Coast trade papers earlier this year. Oh, and the Fiesta has one reel with faulty sound about 17 minutes at the beginning of the second hour just as the largest hunk of exposition is going on. Wouldn't you know? m II -V Bares Faces The Music On Contrasting Styles BARE' By JERRY SHARPE Bobby Bare, the Ironton, Ohio, native who bad a hit with "Drop Kick Me, Jesus, Through the Goalposts of Life," has seesawed between traditional country music and kookery for years. Some people , love him as the sad, deep-voiced balladeer who lamented how his farm-girl wife left him to walk "The Streets of Baltimore." Others laugh with him as he sings of how the witch ' "Marie Leveau" did away with a two-bit philanderer in the bayou country. Then, too, Bare has turned out a few songs that you won't hear on the radio because of the "vivid" language. Asked to explain the flipping back and forth between seriousness and kookery, he said, "Everybody is a little crazy at times. Our moods aren't always the same. And so, that's the way those songs are." Bare, 45, will bring his Tennessee 1 Pulleybone five-piece band from shows at New York City's Lone Star Cafe to entertain tomorrow at Country Paradise Park near Kittanning. He'll also perform Tuesday at 9 and 11 p.m. in Mancini's Lounge, 826 Island Ave., McKees Rocks. IN A PHONE INTERVIEW from New York, Bare, who has been a country music hit-maker since the 1950s, gave his viewpoint on entertaining. "I never analyze a song as to whether it will be country, serious, funny, crossover or what. I just ask myself whether I like a new song. If I do, I do the song." Why did he switch from RCA records, after years of success, to Columbia back in 1977? "Problems with the management," be said. "One guy who took charge was so dumb about country music that he never even knew who Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson were. He thought they were one guy called Waylon Willie." And, he explained, his reason for dropping West Coast rock mogul Bill Graham as a manager in favor of Nashville's Sound Seventy was simply for convenience in communications. Bare lives in Music City with his wife and three children. We got on the subject of one of Bare's hits, "Margie's at the Lincoln Park Inn" and out came that humor he is noted for. The words go like: ". . . my hands are dirty from fixin' my little girl's bike. "The preacher came by, and I chatted a moment with him. "My wife's in the kitchen . . . and Margie's (his girlfriend) at the Lincoln Parklim." "You know, Jerry, that damn thing like to got me into trouble. Tom T. Hall wrote it. Well, one day my wife got into one of them thoughtful moods and said she wondered how I could just make up a song like that unless it was true. "I TOLD HER all I did was sing it, that it was Tom T. who made it up. "Well, it turned out his wife asked him the same kinda question, and he told her, 'It was Bobby Bare who thought that up. Not me.' " Did his record sales dip for a while during several experiments with various sounds? "Yeah, but they're doin' just great now. My new album, 'Down and Dirty,' is selling." What kind of songs will you do in the Pittsburgh area? Serious, kooky, part-rock or what? "I'll be myself. I'll do "Detroit City" and other serious ones like that ... and I'll so some stuff from my new album. I'll mix the serious with the light stuff. If I'm doin' songs I really like, as I said before, then entertain' is fun. When it isn't fun, I'll get the hell out of it." 1 iuum.1. lin mm mi. in in .ii inn iMiunj,mM m i i if Pfpr&mV lJi A 94 hour nightmare of terror. ..met ! ' tmt..a t t . NOW SHOWING! U!E1t Downtown Pgh. imu. mm few pa CINEMA WOSLO Century III Ual C1XEMETTE SOUTH .Mm Ii CREATES PSH. 01 IN It. 30. E. NORTH NIUS North His SHOWCASE EAST Uonroeye SHOWCASE WEST lotoson Twp. ,' FILM CLASSICS! DOUIU FEATURE numrnnci duvnhi in CASABLANCA 3 30 7 30 MALTESE FALCON 1 30 s so jo CHAPTER 3 f "ZORRO" Hi $1 50 TIU 5 45 FRIDAY THE 13TH 3:JJ 3:S 7:4) 9:33 (R) $1 50 Till 4 45 BEING THERE 1:10 4:45 7:20 9:45 (PG) P.tw Stlltn . MATINEE TIU 2 30 ADULTS SI 50 CHILD 11 00 (OAl MINU S DAUCHTEB 2:30 5:05 7 35 9 55 (PG THE CHANCELINC 1 30 3 30 5 35 7 45 9 55 (R) HOLLYWOOD I UMTS 2:30 4 20 6:05 8:05 9:55 (R) TNE 10NC BIDEBS 2 00 3:55 5 55 7 55 9 55 (R) michael j's Banksvlile Rd. Banksville Plata Tonite SIDEWINDER DRIVE-IN ' L l;U. h&4lJ( THEATRES ASS'N. Lj,jJ..,y ALL THAT JAZZ 7:30 & 9 35 IR) 9-NOMINATIONS MAD MAX V.' T7 5 ' K -7T J 7 30 i 9:15 IRI Mf'' JUFI M J " '! BARGAIN 1ST SHOW SI.50 C'fTTrlWlTl MEATBALLS VSTCrnt" 1 Ji1S7!j0 9!;0(fG) MAD MX ) 1:00 t 9-45 (R) J ALL THAT JAZZ 7:00 4 9:15 (R) All SEATS $1.50 J MEATBALLS 2 )5 7:309 30 IPGI J All ALL . SEATS $1 50 TIU 5 45 N LL THAT JAZZ ) 5 45 8 00 10 00 iB I J gMBM ALL THAT JAZZ ) fx prBgjij (OAL WINER'S DAUGHTER &mt&m 7-30 i 9 40 IX?) Sm, J "HIGHFrr HATING!" VV tj ii 80$ Proposals NOTICE TO BIDDERS '"" UPPER ST. CLAIR TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA Sealed proposals will b9 received m the office of the Secretary of the Board of Education (t 1870 McLaughlin Run Road. Upper St. Clair Township Pennsylvania 15241 until 10:00 a.m. prevailing time, June 9, 1980 for the following: Science Equipment, School Buses, Printing. Specifications and bid forms will be furnished upon applied, tion to the office of the Secretary of the Board of Education, 1870 McLaughlin Run Road, Upper St. Cair, Pennsylvania 15241 on or after Mav 27, 1980. The Upper St. Clair Township Board of Education reserves the right to reiect any or all proposals and to accept or re-lecf any part of any proposal. GEORGE 6. BETCHER, Secretary Board of School Directors over 14 mummwiiAQmmi MZRiCA'swoxomcEiinis... "A TOn OF PLEASURE..." -Oene Shalit HBC-TV "A TOTAL JOY..." -Rex Reed Syndicated Columnist "Coal Miner's Daughter positively shines with freshness and power" -Lynn Minion HcCall Magazine A UNIVERSAL PICTURE H PG cttto LNivERSALcrrv motot. inc .au rights reserved SHOUJCASCCinCMfl tlOOTH HcCAIDLISS GANTfiCD.I. CBUNTBEE t - - - -K mail i i ti "HI ti"Ai'mmtkm&?rMii'Wt1tiMi jfciHiJii?laf liiViMmi " S l ? t p 1 " i . ' T , " I narrnii' ,WiiMihii iiiiiiiiiiiiiim imiWii r iwm'awiairtrjtuUMn TTiaLontlRldart.. 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Apl. 164-7011 HOT LEGS IX) MOONSHINE GIRLS (X) THE V AMPII1E (R) ECHO fit 51 at large 314-7510 LADY AND THE TRAMP (G) Child Adm. 50c UNIDENTIFIED FLYING ODDBALL (G) Sl'NOAY Dl'SK TO DAWN SHOW NO REPMTS ELRANCHO InlirwctiOft 50 A 79. ndtfvita, 11M790 MEL GIBSON IN MAD MAX IRI DEFIANCE (PG) FAIR GROUND anwnivi. Id., Nt N Sa. PorkFagravidi.l3l-4iaS A HOT ROOCl.l'B! HOLLYWOOD KNIGHTS (R) SKATETOWN USA (R) GATEWAY Ugonl fenr-GfnYg Id. Nw KHiwgm, 335-11 11 MEL GIBSON IN MAD MAX (Rl DEFIANCE (PG) GBEATERPGH.il II 30, Mil. toil ot Wl- iitghwMtndga. 114-5590 MAO MAX IRI DEFIANCE (PG) HOLLERBALLlRl GREATER PGH. 1 I. 30. MiU toll of Wl-.nghoviM llidga, 134-5111 SIX PA K ANNIE 1R1 HOLLYWOOD KNIGHTS (R) GATOR (R) Burt Reynolds GREENTREE NoblMtewn Id., latwtan Ctoftan A CarnagM, 93 1 -1049 SISSV SPACER IN - COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER (PG) SAME TIME NEXT YEAR (PG) KANE ROAD 8avr Voavy liprt Em IJI4. 37H970 MAD MAX IRI DEFIANCE (PG) TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN iRl VrtlMKUD MAD MAX I H I rsCnrrmllR peeiame ip;i II 51, irwi MeKaM CORVETTE SUMMER (PCI ladn.Ctmak.77l4S77 ( APTAIN KRON'IS A THE VAMI'IIIE HI VTERS iRl MAPLE II 10 NcitMNorwin ShaPtMtgO 164-0344 Bil l. Ml KRA IN MEATBALLS(PG) UP IN SMOKE (R) MIRACLE MILE Ea.1 at Mawarviltt II. 21, 327-5557 MEL GIBSON IN MAD MAX IRI DEFIANCE (PG) MONBOEVILLE LAOY AND THE TRAMP (Gj Child Adm. 50c 1 32 " fa. 4. soon, THE WACKY WOULD OF MOTHER GOOSE (G) ii 4340 NtU.n Ma 373-9951 CNIIIENTIEIED FLYING ODDBALL Mil MT. LEBANON fl II. 19. DanaMaMM 745-7543 LADY AND THE TRAMP G) UNIDENTIFIED FLYING ODDBALL (G) DISNEY MOVIE - CHILD ADM 50c MT. LEBANON 1 II. 19, OaneldMnt 745-7541 MAD MAX IRl DEFIANCE (PG) Sl'NDAY Dl'SK TO DAWN SHOW . A NO REPEATS NORTH SIDE INSIDE DE5I8EE COUSTEAU (X) 1 o-d. ' THE ITALIAN STALLION (X) Sylvester Stallone t&.Y Id 311-1103 FHANKESTEIN S NIGHTMARE IRl PENN LINCOLN II 11. 30 Wait at ltanal f m, 695-7111 LADY AND THE TRAMP G) UNIDENTIFIED FLYING ODDBALL ( DISNEY MOVIE CHILD ADM i ROUTE 19 lautt 19 Saurii 115-4110 GEORGE C SCOTT IN THE CHANGELING (R) KILLER FISH R) SOUTH HILLS II. 51 Sa., PlaaMfll Nil 466-7 H3 124 Hnm) MAD MAX (Rl DEFIANCE (PG) ROLLERBALL IRI SOUTH PARK II la-lathaltoi 35-7717 BILL MURRAY IN MEATBALLS (PG) UP IN SMOKE (R) SUPER 71 Ii SIS. nil. 301 Sa. 939-7040 MEL GIBSON IN MAD MAX (Rl DEFIANCE (PG) TWIN Ht-WAY l 60. 1 Milai WW al CyatMa, 717-1141 HOLLYWOOD KNIGHTS R) FRATERNITY ROW (R) SIX-PACK ANNIE iRl WEXFORD STARLITE laula 19,1 Mat. flam WMlViaw. 935-2731 MEL GIBSON IN MAD MAX (Rl DEFIANCE (PG) WOODLAND HamanaaaM)uqwaM Id. Na Oid Awpmh. 462-4334 COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER IPG) SAME TIME NEXT YEAR (R) SUNDAY DUSK TO DAWN SHO SAT.. MAY 24, HID " i f i l- i r N " ( " . A t ' ( r f f - " v it?-:;"' : fl Tf t ill r I f.--n1 -: ' V1 ' A ,$' i-' 0 " ' i fiVVm r " -ii-1 . ' ' - MARK HAMILL HARRISON FORD CARRIE FISHER - BILLY DEE WILLIAMS ANTHONY DANIELS ' cm,,-, DAVID PROWSE KENNY BAKER PETER MAYHEW FRANK OZ DIRVIN KERSHNER .GARY KURTZ scww LEIGH BRACKETT oLAWRENCE KASDAN .GEORGE LUCAS ,KGEORGE LUCAS JOHN WILLIAMS 70 MM 1 1 II rjOLBY STEREO I" 3 ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK ON RSO RECORDS mxmm gudakc suGGtsno k DOWNTOWN WW A nd tn Ptfn,f.. . A 'rf"- to. f,6J 'iCS ft-("'W Ai.t AAj" i t: NO PASSES ACCf PTfD c aMaaWatt mil 1 aWMaaa' laaiy II Ml IM, W, MO, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00 i 1IHJ0 latgaii 2.00 lit Uhw Oal rjji Jdi i.iaiiiiLiiii MM'. Pittsburgh Press, Sat., May 24, 1 980 See MAXWELL SMART as AGENT 86 in his first motion picture. l- . "'"'- n "'-al t ' ' ' ' I , , I - f ' ' r. il J. i . JW' KU ij, ,iXJf ,' ' ' DON ADAMS is MAXWELL SMART in i ,: -, .M" -'N;av-Jr $v j A rfac-f, .as't ".J'M'j IA :i(-5 lil.i':lMi "i'O8: ClSD UJQtch"GTSmfij.T,,on ILJPTT-TV22 ITlof..-Sot. 6:30-7 Pfll NOW SHOWING 1KB lawn MS lib iS Hi t iii laai II 111 Mi S 15 Mill 15 11 ll I 1 00. S 00. 1 94 I imo laM H IN 311 SU. J M II M A II SO wiKio. 682-2334 . TONIGHT AT MIDNIGHT fBestBoy i M-s4 ACADEMY MUD WINNER AT 2:00, 4:00, 6:00, 8:00 $ 10:00 P.M. K. ... J a 3 .ft LLi,lUJ J.M.Mi.Ji.u THE EMPIRE STRIKES lACli utinui llffi 5 500 7 10 lOflOl liOOlK, 336 HITH AVt. 471 400 i w n5SJs ACCCfTED THE LONG RIDERS 400 400 eoo io oop m fQIBtS WOOD MJjjQIU H?rii?ii'i KJIbES WOOD ST. 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