Cedar Rapids Gazette, February 16, 1974, Page 9

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February 16, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - February 16, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 'Superdad1 Not at Usual Disney Level "Superdad" w i tJi Crane, liarbara Hush, Hob Kurt Russell, Joe Plynn and Kath- leen Cody. A Walt Disney Production released by liuena Vista Distribution Co. At the Plaza theater. Hollywood Rating eral audiences. By Bcverley Dulfy ..There was a time when the imitators of Disney were easy to spot. The plots were a liltle too ob- viously contrived, the pace a lit- tle awkward and the scripts a litllc talky, when stacked up against products from the master of family films, at least. But now comes along a genu- ine item that is tough to tell from the copies. It's not that the imitations have improved; "Su- perdad" simply falls short what audiences have come t expect from Walt Disney Pro- ductions. Struggling Script .The picture stars Kurt Russel and Jr? Flynn from the Disne gaggle of regulars plus Bo! Crane of Hogan's Heroes" re nown, attractive Barbara Rush and a fresh young beauty, Kath leen Cody. The problem Is not with tb actors, but with the script struggles to milk comedy from situations long since wrung dr; of potential for humor. Crane plays successful stuffy lawyer Charlie ..Ixxlginf! is arranged at Ihd supposedly proper residence of Mother Barlow (Judith a silver-haired, tottering pool shark: Funny huh? Get it? Old lady-pool shark. Tee lice. Ha ha. Well, maybe you laughed the first lime you saw it, however long ago that might have been. Mother Barlow's, it turns out, is a coed establislum'iit, where the weird residents roam the place at all hours, but where Charlie can't speak with his daughter because it's "after hours." Predictably, he ends up in the swimming pool, and then the police station (where making exasperated (how explanations until bailed out by Wendy and boyfriend (who Theater Time for Saturday COMMUNITY THEATER "Play It Again, Sam" 8. PARAMOUNT "The Last House on the tell" 2, "Don't Look in the Base- STAGE 1 "American Graf- fiti" STAGE 2 "Sleeper" IOWA "Scrpico" STACK 'Don't Look Now', Well Made Thriller The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Feb. 16, 1974 Crcady, who is determined wrench his precious only daugh tcr away from her lifeloni friends, whom he consider unfit companions because their fun-loving attitude toward life. One of the Gang ..At one point, urged on by hi: super-understanding wife (Mis: Rush) and a television psy chologist, Charlie makes a di sastrous attempt to become part of his daughter's gang. 0 course, he only succeeds making a fool of himself as wel as a physical wreck. Otherwise, Charlie is such a grump it's hard to imagine wh> daughter Wendy (IVIiss Cody, gives a hoot about what he minks of her friends or any sub ject. The friends seem to be a harmless lot, mainly concernet with screeching off to the bead in a rickety hearse owned by an employer of one of the fellows. Unlike Charlie, Mother Me Cready takes an extremely tol- erant view of all this, and wil tell you so every time she gets home from shopping or can take a break from setting out pe- tunias. Old Lady Gag Charlie eventually sloops to outright deception, arranging for a phony "scholarship" to fashionable college near San Francisco, to separate Wendy and friends. SAT. Tcmitei don't miss 'em... the group you've been asking for! Skillfully prepared in in of Iowa's moil oxporiencod Pizza Kllchons Prompt Sorvico plus big, meaty ITALIAN BEEF or HAM SANDWICHES NASO'S PIZZA HOUSE 134J flRST AVI.S.t. 363-9697 11 Trl. nrol Sol. 'Ill ".m. Simloy 4 13 p.m. Naturally ..When the ruse is inevitably exposed, sweet Wendy rebels, taking up with an artist-activist goon. Next to "Klutch" hood sweetheart Bart child- (Kurt Russell) has all the studious, wholesome appeal of a David Eisenhower. Naturally, Charlie sees the error of his ways. And after a tired 'series of puffed-up compli- cations, Wendy and Bart are married, naturally. And Charlie is there, reeking of liverwurst, naturally. First Indictment For Violation of Gas Price Rules LOS ANGELES (AP) A gas oline station operator has been indicted by a federal grand jurj for allegedly violating price controls on gasoline. Assistant U.S. Atty. Rober Bonner says it's the. first such criminal prosecution in the na lion. A federal grand jury here re turned the indictment agains Robert Steffler, operator of twi gasoline stations in suburban Downey, Bonner said Wednes day. The indictment charge( Steffler with two counts of sub milling false gasoline prici records to the Internal Revenui Service. Steffler is accused of altering his records to make the base period'price 6 cents higher than it actually was'. The base date set by the Economic Stabiliza tion Act was May If convicted, Steffler faces- a maximum penalty of 10 years ir prison and a fine. Now" STAGE 4 "I'apillon" 7, "Don't "Don't I.ooft with WORLD "Sling" EASTOWN 1 "The Day of! shorts the Dolphin" j Julie Christie and Donald iSutllertand. An Anglo-lluiiun jCo. 'I'uramounl production, released by save Christine. mritinl nit'inrftv At thf' House Approves Plan On Solar Energy runs from the house where hci WASHINGTON (UP1) The! has been working, too late to house of representatives has ap-' I hnetinn k 4 dtnly has a premonition ,andi pictures. At the "lca'cr- TIMES Three Stooges! EASTOWN ,ine-R_Rc xtricted; no one under 17 ad- in Orbit" There Sex After shorts PLAZA "Son of Flubbcr1 MAiilON features at II, 1, COLLINS "The Cheer- leaders" "Fritz the "McQ" miffed without guardian. 'Hie couple John. goes to Venice, proved a five-year, million Cut Prices, Producers of Propane Told WASHINGTON (AP) Pro- ducers of propane have been or- parent or "Superdad" Cat" "Grimms' Fairy iTalesfor Adults" ''Don't Look in Basement', Promise of Gore Fulfilled "Don't Look in Base- Chinese Scientist Dies TOKYO (AP) Chu Ko-chen, 14, a leading Chinese scicntisl who was educated at the Uni- versity of Illinois and Harvard, lied Feb. 7 in Peking, 'the of- 'icial Chinese news agency Hsinhua reported Thursday. Trophy Lounge presents Every Fri. Sal. "KAYiVE" 519 H Sired S.W. OPEN 9-2 Don Center, flofa FIREPLACE LOUNGE HIAWATHA LAMP SUNDAY NOON TO 10 P.M. ROOSEVELT mm Bom Convcmionl parking in our ramp DOWNTOWN ment" with William "Bill" IMcGhce and Anne McAdams. A Walter L. Krusz produc- tion released by Hallmark Re- leasing Corp. At the Para- mount theater. Hollywood rating: R Un- der 17 requires accompanying parent or adull guardian. By Doc Halliday Look in the Basement' begins as psychiatrist Dr. Ste phens is experimenting with a new treatment for murderous p'sychoiics. He lives with them as members of a family in house with no locked doors. As a result, the audience is to two homicides (in- Dr. Stephens) before treated eluding they even see the credits. At this point, in walks pretty little Charlotte Beal, a psychia trie nurse, whom Dr. Stephen; had hired before his untimely demise. The person in charge- kindly, matronly Dr. Masters- honors the contract. Strange Things ..But then, some pretty strange things begin to happen. One pa- tient is found sprawled on the floor with her tongue cut out Miss Beal's telephone line is cut. A man from the phone com being pushed into closet by a nymphomaniac pa found slain. By the end of the movie thi body count totals ten. All dii spectacular deaths with plent' of fake blood. Patently Absurd It is patently absurd to talk about such things as acting plot, direction and theme in "Don't Look in the- Basement1 The acting is awful; the plot is Pabst Blue Ribbon 6 pk. 1.29 FREE the Emergency Room 46501stAve. NE ROOSEVELT MOTOR HOTEL Adjacent Guest Parking mindless; the direction is slip- shod and there is no discernible theme. It can be described succinctly as a stag film without sex. But the film was not made tilh these things in mind. It promises its audience (which is considerable) only violence, made a film that builds slowly1 to a beautifully ironic (and shocking) conclusion. j Oddly enough, "Don't Lookjcasionally has visions, Now" continues lo build it's over the more about it, the more you realize! just out of reach. UA I -i I nil; llludaul U WUU1U how good it was and you can To go into more detail would NASA, working wilh other fed- enjoy yourself for quite a give away some secrets agencies, to develop solar wouldn't do justice to the film.jheating plants within three anyway, as it plays much betters-ears and combination heating bloodshed and fake gore, promise is fulfilled. The Guard at Nazi Camp Gets Death Sentence WARSAW (AP) A Polish court has sentenced a guard at a Nazi concentration camp to death for personally hanging 10 prisoners and beating five others to death, according to press reports Thursday. The reports said the defen- dant, a Pole named Henryk Ma- tuszkowiak, was stationed at a camp in Litomerice, Czechoslo- vakia, during World war II. He was discovered in the city of Poznan, in western Poland. while after you leave the the- ater by piecing together the events and coincidences thai man it reads. cooling plants within five may have confused you while! Anthony Richmond's for demonstration pur- igraphy is top-flight, as is j score by Pino Donnagio. j The funds would be used to Basques Sentenced BURGOS, Spain (AP) Two members .of the Basque libera- n organization were sen- tenced to prison Thursday for "insulting military authority" during a court-martial. program to experiment to lower their price or the >lar and Order a Price church. Laura is still and businesses. j ffalfcer a, by Christines death, but im- The authorization Of Federal Energy Of- :proves when she meets hvo which still needs a separate Thursday that the By Mike Dcuprec jsistcrs, Wendy (Clelia bill to provide expects prompt reduc- 11 you're partial to very welliaml Hcalhcr (Hilary was approved made thrillers you can is but claims the on a 253-2 roll call vote and sentj jonn Sawhill, deputy adminis- without feeling you've of "second sight" and the senate. itrator of tne sajd it is an evening, "Don't Look Christine is happy, provides a rare opportunity to! Jonn> '00> 'las tne indulge. Director and Philip Crane (R- Mhough he doesn't know it, and'III.) cast the dissenting votes. Nicolas HOCK wilh Lallra's belief; llomi! ownors Rettine tne [demonstration units automati- jcally would have ownership of Reps. Barbara Jordan j prepared to take any steps nec- in Heather. Iteeurring Vision Nevertheless, John them after five years without they conformed with re- to report on recurring one that appears to'formance Of ,ne during the you think, be his dead daughter, running'five-year demonstration period. ill rAii hvrt intf mil -_ r The measure would authorize the film was running. Slow Realization That fact discourages most obvious comparison, that! Hitchcock at his best. It none of the terror associated with work, just a slow realization of uneasiness as you begin lo understand what's happening. T h e acting is excellent I For those of you who discrimi-j develop ill SUCh lhin.8S' H10 "R" in ndlune is based nrimarilv on sex.li nnn mmr, on scx> Can't Find Safe Drivers, Give Up RENO, (DPI) The police throughout, from Donald Suther- department's drive to find the land and Julie Christie in thejcity's best drivers has been a leads to a fine group of Italian and British supporting actors. the units and install private homes and buildings. department of housing and urban development would desig- nate which private residences and business places should get the demonstration units, subject to location in varying climatic areas of the nation. Sutherland and Christie play John and Laura Baxter, a young English couple. Premonition The film opens with an ago- nizing scene in which the Baxters' daughter, Christine, is drowned in a pond near their home. With no warning, John sud- 1075 -6th AVE., MARION TONITE 15c BEER 8-9 P.M. HAVE FUH WITH OURGAMESI POOL -k AIR HOCKEY T.V. TABLE TENNIS c'mon! we're gain JERRY PALO, IOWA In five months officers could ed one outside the city limits. "From now on, instead of looking for a safe driver every month, we'll look for one period- Police Capt. Ken Pulvcr said Wednesday. French Farmers Invade Council STRASBOURG, France (AP! About French farmers forced their way into the Coun cil of Europe headquarters Fri day to protest what they sak were unfair farm prices set fo: 1974-75 by the Common Market. Some of the group' exchange! punches with police and severa panes of glass were broken, sit-in lasted about 15 minutes then the demonstrators left. essary to bring about a reduc- tion, a position echoed by Walker. Sawhill added that a special Internal Revenue Service force would investigate possibility of illegal activities of propane spec- ulators. Sawhill and Walker said civil ir criminal proceedings will be iled against price manipulators f the facts warrant. Walker and Cost of Living representatives testified jefore a house subcommittee in- vestigating fuel prices. The ommittee is headed by Rep. Randall Randall noted that propane jrices have increased more harply than the cost of other uels, up to 359 percent in some )arts of the country. Officials have noted that in- creases in propane prices have hit low and middle income budg- ets hardest, especially families n the Midwest and South who rely on it for cooking and heat- ing. flRST AVE.- At '1 Slh-St: FREE PARKING 364-8613 SAT. AND SUN. AT P.M. MATINEES ALL ilOOGES '77 ALL LAUGH SHOW THIS WEEKEND presents "SUGARCANE HARRIS and the rn THIS GROUP RECEIVED ENGLAND'S PLATINUM L.P. GOLD L.P. AWARDS WAS VOTED "BEST ROCK VIOLINIST" By PLAYBOY THE LAST 3 YEARS. The In The Cedar Hills Shopping Center "Folks (ell us our pizza is worth driving a lilllc fart tier for" Try it you'll like it! Serving. Sundays from .1 Mil 10 pm 175 Jacolyn Drive NW, Phone IIMIS HAVE CHANGED IABY! This Is One FUm That Will Your CAN A SHY LITTLE GIRL FIND SUCCESS IN THE QIC CITY AS A PORNO-QUEEN RATED XXX 1ATE SHOW FRI SAM I p.m. Stye GJt bar laptbjs Established In 18BJ by The Goietle Co. and published dally and Sunday at 500 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52406. Second Class Postage paid at Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Subscription rotes by carrier 85 cents i week. BY moll: Night edition and iunday Issues S2.25 a month, i year: Afternoon editions and Sunday 7 issues 12.50 a month, S25 a year, other states and U.S. territories S40 No mall subscriptions ace having Gazette carrier sen slvely to the use tar republ alt the local news printed in this news per as well as all AP news dispatches. ol icwspa- Every Sqt. p.m BEEFEATERS BUFFET per person Children under ROOSEVELT MOTOR HOTEL CEDAR RAPES, IOWA ADJACENT GUEST PARKING ...he's X rated and animated! BONUS LATE SHOW SAT. "GRIMMS FAIRY TALES. FOR ADULTS" OPEN tr.fl Soon AL PACING DOUB1E SHOCK DON'T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT NOW! All Seats IS THERE SEX AFTER DEATH? -x- NOW Walt Disney's SUPERDAD and SON OF FLUBBER Don'l Miss III AMERICAN GRAFFITI color tml Soon WOODY ALLEN'S ZanJoit comedy "SLEEPER" -PG- JULIE CHRISTIE. DONALD SUTHERLAND DON'TLOOK NOW STEVE MCQUEEN DUSTIN HOFFMAN PAPILLON McQ-he's a busted cop, his gun is unlicensed, and his story Is incredible! GEORGE MIKE NICHOLS film THEDAYiVI, DOLPHIN SAT.-SUN. HELD OVER.' 2nd BIG WEEK! TWO OF THE YEAR'S MOST EXCITING FEATURES! LOCATED ACROSS FROM LINDALE SHOPPING CENTER! ;