Skip to main content
The largest online newspaper archive

Independent Star-News from Pasadena, California • Page 91

Pasadena, California
Issue Date:
Extracted Article Text (OCR)

SCREEN SCENE: By Kay Duncan 0 ME OF THE pleasures of watching "The Hallelujah.Trail" at the United Artists Theatre is the character played by Brian Keith, an enterprising saloonkeeper of Denver's early days, who seeks special' favors from government because -he is "a good Republican." The niovie abounds in other such pleasant little touches of authentic nostalgia, reaching far back into '-lie almost forgotten past when Republicans had power: It is difficult to find much else to commend in this Western, except to approve once again of Lee Remick's good looks, and of color photography: and to say that blustering Burt Lancaster seems at times to be secretly aware that he is engaged in a' foolish piece of false comedy. TO CONTINUE the roll call and to fix responsibility where it Iwlongs. other major roles-are played with varying degrees of elephantine elfishness by Jim Hutton, Pamela Tiffin, Donald Pleysancp and Martin'Landau, along with a cast- of hundreds of Indians, cavalrymen, miners and temperance ladies--all directed by John Sttirges from a script prolonged almost beyond endurance by. John Gay. The downtown version of this film had an intermission halfway through, a delaying tactic which fias been eliminated for the showing here one of the many Lee Remick stars with Burt Lancaster in "Halleluiah Trail." anvantages of living in Pasadena.

THE IDEA is lively enough. It concerns a shipment of liquor by wagon-train across the. wastelands of the early West, and of the attempts by various opposing forces to hi-, jack or halt or hurry its to the thirsty miners of 'Denver. This important but earthy ei- rand could have made an ideal background 'for satirizing the formalized heroics of Western films. Unforlunalely, in" their eagerness to assure us they are only kidding, the director and his players resort, to ail sorls of ill advised exaggerations and slapsticks and" burlesques.

They water down Hie liquor of satire with thin point- FiNfti TWO pars IODAY-S BJ PM "THE TRINI LOPEZ SHOW" First of 5 Great Shows in the 1966 Winter Series GALA OPENING TUESDAY JANUARY TWO WEEKS ONLY Thru Jan. 23rd SAMMV LEWIS A PANHY DARE Present CONNIE MARTIN STEVENS MILKER to Rranimty CoWfitiJ Hit, Jan. 25 Feb. 6 Lynn Ban" Guest Tab Hunter in NKIf, SIMON'S 'Barefoot in the Park' Fsb. 2Z Mar.

Don DeFore Britfon in 'Born Yesferday' Jack Palance in 'Heaven Can Wait' Mar. 8 20 Andy Joan Bennett in 'Never Too Late' SEASON TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE EVES, at 8:30 PM, SUN. 1:00 fM. U.OO. (4.00, $5.00.

FRI. and SAT. EVES, al 1:30 PM, 12.50. S3.bO, 50 S5.50 SAT and SUN. MATINEES at 3:00 rM, 12.00, (3.00, 00.

SEATS FOR ANY WEDNESDAY now at Box Olflct, So. Calif. Miiiic 637 3. Hill, All Mutual Ajtnci.i, Wallicli Music Ed, Lewis Induitrijl For Infoimjtion call Anaheim (714) less nonsense, and leave little to intoxicate us. The film lw- comes a series of repetitive adventures that grow increasingly more desperate and strenuous as they grow more lame.

In short, "Hallelujah Trail" has ail the faults of an earlier mock- Western, "Cat Ballou," and like will probably earn a profit of many millions of dollars. My only regret is for what it could have been while earning a profit. THE with scenes of rugged Western beauty, while an invisible narrator describes the epic of the early pioneer This begins.ou the proper of high seriousness with just a faint tans; of foolery in it. The narrator fights a teinpta- toward poetic prose in his description of "mountains thrust forth from the molten rock of earth," but he holds the tone admirably for a while. Then suddenly he.

breaks away into exaggeration Pioneer West, what fervent dreams are buried here and every- tliing drops down into bad burlesque, a form of comedy which any high school student can master, and often has. In short, the narration very' quickly develops a tone, as if it were superior to Show Times ACADEMY Magnificent Men In Flying Machints 3:10. 5:50, BIG SKY Boeing, Boeing Circus World COLORADO Boeing, 7:30, The Prize, 5:19, Floih, Teen CREST MONROVIA Help Hard Day's Nfght EL MONTE Halleluiah Trail Captain Newman ESQUIRE Lonely Boy, 7:30, 4:45, 8:20 Murder She Said, 1:55, 3:45 Zirba ths Greek Sunny Lake OAKS Cant, from noon until midnight RIALTO Wtiafs New Pussycat, 12:45, 3:15 Bunny Lake, 2:44, 10:10 STATE The Nanny, 5:05, Zvrtaa the 4:45, STARL1TE Never Too Late Marriage on the Rucks UNITED ARTISTS Halleluiah Trail, 1:31, 4:33, 10:11 UPTOWN For Love or Monsy. 1:30. 5:19, 3:55 Never Too 7:05.

WASHINGTON Girls Without 4:33, 7:11, 9:47 Everybody Lovtt 3:11, 5:59, NEIGHBORHOOD THEATRES ALHAMBRA (Main at Atlantic) Boeing, Bating The SondDioer SANTA ANITA'(ArcadfaJ When me Boys Meet the Girls Secret of My Success TEMPLE (Temple City) Help A Hard Day's Night SAN GABRIEL (W. Las Tunat) Pinocctiio in Outer Ipcress File MONTEREY (Monterey Park) HelD A Hard Day's Night CAPRI (Alhambra) How nit Weit Wai Won Untlnkable Molly Sri COWARDS -Thai a Indian Paint EDWARDS DRIVE IN (Peck a 1 Never Too Lale Marriage on the AZUSA FOOTHILL Halleluiah Trail Captain Newman COVINA DRIVE IN Zorba Bunny Lake What's New Pussycai--Aflent Pi EL REY (Alhotnbro) The Hill What's New Pussycat LOVE FOR William Congreve it pm. Stli $3, $4 ami PASADENA PLAYHOUSE vt Soiilli El Molina, 584-" its story which, even if it were true, would be no great achievement. IN THE SAME way Burt Lancaster, as the harrassed colonel of cavalry, repeatedly makes legitimate moves toward building a character and creating conviction around it an ideal situation for the development of comedy. But suddenly the movie commands him to behave in ways that no colonel conceivably would, in the interests of easy laughs.

No movie in history has destroyed itself as often as "The Hallelujah to do in its 162 minutes of decreasing inspiration. For example, there is a scene in which the temperance worker, played with a valiant attempt at conviction by Miss Trail' TCcmiclc. samples the pnisoouus brew she is preaching against, and guess what? She gets prettily drunk! AS THE opposing forces can- verged around the liquor wagons, I grow weary of watching them being mock-angry at each other, especially since the movie has made it perfectly clear that nobody is serious and nobody is real and nobody is going to get hurt. Or, as Lancaster himself says, after a harmless battle in a sandstorm, involving hundreds of Indians and soldiers and miners, "It is a miracle that many bullets could miss' so many people in so small a space." The. remark sums the movie's own marksmanship in PASADENA OPERA CO.

1966 SEASON PASADENA CIVIC AUDITORIUM ALLEN JENSEN. MUSIC 1. ARTISTIC DIRECTOR TWELVE GREAT STARS SATURDAY, JANUARY 29 Elinor Ross Blanche Thebom fi JonVlcken Guarrsra Cuiseppe Di SUtao SATURDAY," MARCH 12 1 1 jean Fenn Guisappe Di 1 Weeds THURSDAY, MARCH 31 Culsjppe DI stsf iiu litoGobbl fc4 Marcella SATURDAY, APRIL 18 Marcslla Pobbi fiui Bonlnl BiriyMorslI PRICES: Orth. I 1st Illc. 6.50.

5.50, 4.50 (A few 2nd Bile. J4.50, 3.50 Tlckttl nd Mil Omen Now: Pasadena Civic And. 300. Eist Grejn street, PJSideni Phone -119-9173 EncIosiltanlltjaJJttsstiletlvtloptloricil ttltirit 9173, 8a Cal. Ce.

B7 S. Hill. L.A. Mnl. Aievi MA 7-1211 Mall oVirV lo Pai.itna CiJtt 3M TM Paudena.

Calif. Ordir now NlW UtlHnCO PrOjram Chit sl TM' up 0-6770 ul- Calll. L.A. and Mill. IIMtrt ocvt.

Onler now. t-ffrAsl'tro ZUB1N MEHTA' CIVIC AUDITORIUM JAN. AT 8:20 P.M. ANTAL DORATI, Guest Cond. ZARANEI.SOVA, Cellist MOZART Symphony No.

40 LALO Cello Concerto tn Major PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 5 TICKETS OH SALE HOW $4.50. 4.0D, 3.50, 3.0D, 2.25 PASADENA CIVIC AUDIIORIUM BOX OFFICE, 300 E. Green St. Phone -149-9473 for info ion Metent I JAN.

5 BRILLIANT YOUNG AMERICAN PIANIST A lUr an the internftlional mtnic leenc Winner cl the Steinway Centen Leientritt (I.M, 2.00, 2.50, 3.00, 3.50, 1.01), COLOR- FILM TRAVELOGUES MEDITERRANEAN ISLES" i'i- JAN. 7 Ram. SARDINIA: MALTA: Caitille. nrehKtoric Blue (1 rot to. hie Grotto.

BALEARICS: MaKvrea'i Palmj. 1 STAN MIDGLEY Will Present His CHUCKLELOGUE "Colorado, Today 4 Yesterday" 14 TODAT A Plus the 1966 TOURNAMENT OF ROSES COMPLETE IN BEAUTIFUI, COt.Olt-FILMS OF OVEK FLOATS, 29 BANDS. I A UNITS Per Color-Film: 1.00, 1.25, 1.75 8:20 P.M. PASADENA CIVIC AUQITOftlUM,.

Get access to

  • The largest online newspaper archive
  • 300+ newspapers from the 1700's - 2000's
  • Millions of additional pages added every month

About Independent Star-News Archive

Pages Available:
Years Available: