Independent Star-News from Pasadena, California on January 2, 1966 · Page 91
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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 ·the 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 '.farcical 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 .BASIC 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 delivery.' 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, ..however, .' 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 llth--8:30 TWO WEEKS ONLY Thru Jan. 23rd SAMMV LEWIS A PANHY DARE Present CONNIE MARTIN STEVENS MILKER to 7Vii» Rranimty CoWfitiJ Hit, Jan. 25 · Feb. 6 Lynn Ban" Vp,cf*l Guest S(«r Tab Hunter in NKIf, SIMON'S 'Barefoot in the Park' Fsb. 2Z · Mar. · Don Fame/a DeFore Britfon in 'Born Yesferday' Jack Palance in 'Heaven Can Wait' · Mar. 8 - 20 ' Andy - Joan Dev/ne Bennett in 'Never Too Late' SEASON TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE TUES., WED., THURS., EVES, at 8:30 PM, SUN. »t 1:00 fM. $?.00. U.OO. (4.00, $5.00. FRI. and SAT. EVES, al 1:30 PM, 12.50. S3.bO, }4 50 S5.50 SAT and SUN. MATINEES at 3:00 rM, 12.00, (3.00, M 00. SEATS FOR ANY WEDNESDAY now at Box Olflct, So. Calif. Miiiic Co., 637 3. Hill, 1_A., All Mutual Ajtnci.i, Wallicli Music Cltv'«, Ed, Lewis Induitrijl Ag«ncl». For Infoimjtion call Anaheim (714) 77«-7220. ' 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 .it will probably earn a profit of many millions of dollars. My only regret is for what it could have been while earning t h a t profit. THE FILM,starts with scenes of rugged Western beauty, while an invisible narrator describes the epic of the early pioneer .trek. This begins.ou the proper ···note of high seriousness with just a faint tans; of foolery in it. The narrator fights a teinpta- ...tion toward poetic prose in his _ description of "mountains thrust forth from the molten rock of earth," etc.. but he holds the tone admirably for a while. Then suddenly he. breaks away into exaggeration ("O 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 ·smirking tone, as if it were superior to Show Times ACADEMY Magnificent Men In Flying Machints U:JO, 3:10. 5:50, t:M BIG SKY Boeing, Boeing Circus World COLORADO Boeing, Bo^fiirtfl, 3:», 7:30, lt:« The Prize, 1:W, 5:19, ?:2s Floih, Teen Aa* Otter--12:33.' 3:'w, i:3fl 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, 5:JO, 3:45 Zirba ths Greek Sunny Lake OAKS Cant, from noon until midnight RIALTO Wtiafs New Pussycat, 12:45, 4:M, 3:15 Bunny Lake, 2:44, f:25. 10:10 STATE The Nanny, 1:N. 5:05, f:is Zvrtaa the Greek,-3:15, 4:45, 1*:M STARL1TE Never Too Late Marriage on the Rucks UNITED ARTISTS Halleluiah Trail, 1:31, 4:33, 7:3!, 10:11 UPTOWN For Love or Monsy. 1:30. 5:19, 3:55 Never Too Lat*, 3:K, 7:05. 1«:44 WASHINGTON · Girls Without Roomi--l:S(, 4:33, 7:11, 9:47 . Everybody Lovtt It--12:M, 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 Swc* Ipcress File MONTEREY (Monterey Park) . HelD A Hard Day's Night CAPRI (Alhambra) How nit Weit Wai Won Untlnkable Molly Sri COWARDS - - -Thai D a r r _ . · Indian Paint EDWARDS DRIVE IN (Peck Rd.-Llvt O a k 1 Never Too Lale Marriage on the R*ck$ 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 \y$ William Congreve ' / it 2:jo pm. Stli $3, $4 ami $J. PASADENA PLAYHOUSE vt Soiilli El Molina, I'aaJ.n- 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 Trail"'manages 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 u p . the movie's own marksmanship in wit.' . . PASADENA OPERA CO. 1966 SEASON PASADENA CIVIC AUDITORIUM ALLEN JENSEN. MUSIC 1. ARTISTIC DIRECTOR TWELVE GREAT STARS v *' SATURDAY, JANUARY 29 Elinor Ross ' / * / " ' Blanche Thebom fi . t . M^J; JonVlcken t^l-tCUt [rank Guarrsra Cuiseppe Di SUtao SATURDAY," MARCH 12 1 : 1 jean Fenn Guisappe Di Stefan* 1 ' .Robert Weeds ?« ,, THURSDAY, MARCH 31 Jk^'-S Culsjppe DI stsf iiu litoGobbl fc4 !* Marcella Pobb* SATURDAY, APRIL 18 Marcslla Pobbi - fiui Bonlnl BiriyMorslI PRICES: Orth. I 1st Illc. ?7.50, 6.50. 5.50, 4.50 '_ (A few Orel!. «t S«.50)r 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. Htlll« Ce. B7 S. Hill. L.A. «n,t Mnl. Aievi MA 7-1211 Mall oVirV lo Pai.itna CiJtt """.. 3M " . O r TM . St.! Paudena. Calif. Ordir now u NlW f , F UtlHnCO ,.«.,,_ PrOjram . Chit An*. « sl v '·"'" M TM' «- up - 0-6770 w ul- !-««: »». Calll. M U ,I. ... L.A. and Mill. IIMtrt ocvt. 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