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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - March 9, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Tbe Cedar Rapids Gazette: Sat.. Mai. 9, 1974 Typical Farce: 'How To Seduce a Woman' "How To Seduce n Woman" with Angus Duncan and An gel Tompfeins. A Forward Films presentation released by Cinerama releasing. At the Paramount theater. Hollywood rating: R un- der J 7 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. By Doc Halliday Every red-blooded American he bends his efforts toward seducing a woman the basic rules of thumb: Be polite; Try to steer the conversation away from lep- rosy and hog butchering; Don't spit on the carpet unless the cuspidor is full and so forth. But in "How To Seduce a Woman" Luther Lucas (Angus Duncan) is much too sophis- ticated for such rudimentary tactics. He goes to incredible lengths to get his prey into bed even to recruiting four cronies to help him. Seduction Squad As the film begins, the four members of his "seduction squad" are sitting around re- miniscing about Luther's ex- ploits. Estelle (Janice Carroll) recalls the first seduction she helped him that of bank teller Ramona Kent (Ju- dith "The first time he saw Estelle bur- bles, "he was determined to bag her, skin her and nail her to the wall." Contrary to the impression you might get from this, Luther does not brain Miss Kent with a baseball bat. No! He takes her to the race track and, by sur- reptitiously buying all the tick- ets to every race, convinces her that he uncanny knack for picking winners. This, plus the fact that he lets her keep, the winnings, has the effect of a. strong aphrodisiac. Luther goes after wilier game. He conquers a jaded so- cialite (Jo Anne Meredith) ;'by posing as a homosexual in need therapy." He snares a. chilly psychiatrist (Heidi Bruhl) by pretending to be a pa- tient then turning the He entraps a beautiful art dealer (Alexandra Rayby) by taking the guise of an artist who a model for a nude paintiii'g. And last but not least, he gets to his virginal, secretary (Angel Tpm- by simply; -getting 'her drunk. One wonders.' why he didn't think of that sooiier. Mini-Plots j None of this seems lo tire Luther in the least but the audi- ence is not so Jucky. Each ol these mini-polls is sprouting gray hairs after countless ex- posures in countless bedroom farces. Duncan's performance con- sists mainly of putting forth roguish leers and doing rat effective imitations of Robert Cummings. The five seductees handle their roles with varying degrees of competence although Misses Ray and Meredith are best. The "seduction squad" members (Miss Carroll, Hope Holliday, Marty Ingels and Vito Scotli) will be remembered from numerous television shows and movies. All are veteran performers and all arc quite jood. It is entertaining in itself :o watch these four try to steal scenes from each other. Fraternity House Damaged by Fire IOWA CITY.- Firemen today were continuing an investigation of a fire on the third floor of Delta Chi fraternity house, which broke out about 4 a.m. Residents of the house were evacuated, but returned later. Considerable smoke and water damagf; was reported. KEYSTONE BASEBflLL CLUB presents: SAT. MAR. 9 9 PM to 1 AM KEYSTONE TURNER Mil j KEYS TONE, IA. Theater Time For Saturday PARAMOUNT- "Pippi Langstoekiiig" 2, "How To Seduce a Woman" IOWA "Serpico" WORLD "Sting" shorts TIMES "Chariots of the PLAZA "Superdad" 2, :45, "Son of Flubber" STAGE 1 "American Graf- STAGE 2 "Paper Chase" STAGE 3 "Busting" STAGE 4 "Cinderella Liber- ty" EASTOWN 1 "The Exor- cist" EASTOWN 2 "The Exor- cist" MARION Features at 11, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11. COLLINS "Without a Stitch" "Playmates" "The Oldest Profession" Jump from Ski Lift Injures 6 S.QUAW VALLEY, Calif! ;UPI) Six persons were in- jured Friday when they and about 14 others jumped from a ski lift that started to slide jackward at Squaw Valley, site of the 1960 winter Olympics. Youth, 18, Charged For Drug Possession IOWA CITY James W. Pierce, 18, of 711 Tenth street, Cedar Rapids, was charged Fri- day night with possession of marijuana. Police said they received an anonymous phone call that drugs could be found in Pierce's car. He was arrested in a down- town tavern and an alleged plantlike material was found in his nearby car. Iowa City Authorities Nab Two on Gun Count IOWA CITY Carl of Oxford and Michael Hem- mers, 24, of Coralville were being held in city jail today after being charged with having an assembled uncased shotgun in their possession. Remmers also was charged with larceny over S20 in connection with the alleged theft of a shot-gun earli- er. The two were arrested about midnight at the rear of a local business place. Trophy Lounge presents every Fri. Sat. "KAYNE" 519 II SIrcet S.W. RJ's LOUNGE 1075 6th AVE., MARION j SATURDAY. IScSHEU 8-8; 8-9 p.m. IOWA CITY The Iowa City council, city staff, and repre- sentatives of Old Capitol As- sociates hammered out a final draft of the city urban renewal 'edevelopment contract Friday. The contract, between the city and Old Capitol Associates, is scheduled for a council vote Tuesday. The agreement would mean the city selling 11 acres of rene- wal property to the firm, ac- cepting the firm's proposal 'to spend million redeveloping the area. A new provision was added which spells out circumstances under which the city might not construct a major parking ramp. Under earlier provisions, the city is committed to building space parking facility atop a covered shopping mall. However, the city would not held to this contract, if stu- dies of mass transit and auto use projections indicate the ramp is not needed. Tha city also states it must be egally and financially able to juild the ramp. Currently, the city is awaiting the results 6E a voter referendum on a 56 mil- lion bond issue to finance it. The vote will be March 28. R-a m p comstruction also would hinge on the outcome of a lawsuit filed in U.S. districl court charging the city has not complied with federal environ- mental rules. Every Sat. p.m. BEEFEATERS BUFFET per parson Children undor 10, 51.95 Roast Round of Beef, Beef Stroganaff, Relishes; Desserlsj Grant Wood Kitchen MOTOR HOTEL OEM RAPIDS, IOWA V ADJACENT GUEST LAMP BAR The Exorcist1 Is Absorbing, Almost Flawlessly Made Film "Tlie Exorcist" with Ellen Alox von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb. Kitty Wiim. Jack AfacGowran, Jason Miller and Liniiu Blair. A William fried- kin film, released by Warner Bros. At the Easfovni I and 2 theaters. Hollywood rating: R Re- stricted, tinder 17 not admit- ted without accompanying parent or guardian. By Douglas Beach "A sermon is no good if you sleep through author Wil- liam Peter Blatly has said of the "The Well, no one is likely to sleep ;hrough the film version of Blatty's bestseller about a 12- year-old girl possessed by a demon. But contrary to widespread reports, not many are likely to 'aint, vomit or run screaming from the theater either. At the first Cedar Rapids showing of the controversial novie, I didn't hear anyone retching or see anyone topple to he floor or head for the lobby. There were a few gasps, but I don't think anyone screamed. Compare that to the first time you saw Almost Flawless Even so, "The Exorcist" is thoroughly absorbing and al- most flawlessly made film. William Friedkin's direction was justly nominated for an Oscar, and the editing is so crisp that. the audience never has a chance to become impa- ient. Not a word or frame is wasted; as soon as-the point is made, it cuts to the next impor- .ant scene. Ellen Burstyn also got an Oscar nomination for her role as the possessed girl's world- ly (she swears a lot) actress- mother. Although her perform- ance occasionally seems overly dramatic, it certainly strikes a chord when she cusses out a roomful of doctors for telling her nothing in very big words. Another of the movie's shower of Oscar got 10 in to Linda Blair, who ilays the possessed girl. Per- iaps the best measure Jof her performance is that it's almost impossible lo feel that the fresh- faced girl of the early scenes and the creature tied to the bed later arc tlie same person. Special Effects But it's hard to say just how much of the credit for that ef- fect Miss Blair deserves. The devil's voice shrieking through her lips is supplied by Mercedes MacCambridge. And a remark- perhaps slightly over- job changes her appearance completely. Then there are the remark- able special effects. A full-size bed bounces violently, then floats upward. The girl herself seemingly levitates. Heavy ob- jects slide around the room as other objects fly about. Some of Miss Blair's actions have a shock value in them- selves. She spews green vomit onto a priest and bloodily mas- turbates with a crucifix. These scenes are not, howev- er, a visual chamber of horrors. They're handled with consider- able restraint. The shock is that the scenes are there at all. More Explicit? In this sense, "The Exorcist" is reminiscent of the controver- sial sex scenes of "Last Tango in which its director later termed "too chaste." Will Friedkin someday look back and think he should have been more explicit? If "The Exorcist" has a real flaw, it's in Blatty's screenplay. Everyone knows, of course, that in translating a book to the screen some things must be emphasized and others played down. Blatty has chosen to play down his book's fascinating the- ology and the detective work in- volved in determining that the girl was, in fact, .possessed. 'n Tonight! coming: "Dixie Flyer" Dance Mor SWISHER That was my favorite part of the bock, so I'm sotry to see U de-emphasized. In fairness though, the parts Blaily has ciwsen to emphasize make a good movie. 1 guess that's what counts. More Tax Owed By Nixon: Mills UTTIJE ROCK (AP) Rep. Mills (D-Ark.) says the staff of a congressional committee has concluded that President Nixon owes substantially more income taxes. Mills declined Friday to speci- fy the amount. He saic! "the big question" is whether a deduc- tion Nixon took for donation of his vice-presidential papers to National Archives was taken legally. Asked if the additional tax was due because of impropriety or error of judgment, Mills said, There are some errors and there are some questions, acto ally, about which accountants and lawyers can argue and differ." Mills, 64, made the comments in telling newsmen he was feel- ing good and he would run for a 19th consecutive term. He en- tered a hospital here Feb. 19 for a checkup and physical therapy in the wake of spinal surgery. Doctors pronounced him in good health. MATINEES TODAY SUNDAY fiFILBt FOR THE All Seats N.W.HUSSO posents staffing COLOR BY UOV'IELAB [gj AND I A 1 Yes, Full 24 oz.Jop Sirloin STEAK 6.59 Full Pound Top Sirloin STEAK 4.59 Half Pound Top Sirloin STEAK 2.69 Half Pound Ribejye STEAK 1 .99 Half Pound York Strip STEAK 1 .89 Above Served With Tossed Salnd and Home Made Roll Rack B.B.Q. Loin Back RIBS 3.99 Complete Dinner toin Back RIBS 2.69 Served with BrfcdJ'olalo.Jojsed Solod and Home Made Roll Opening at 4 pi 7 days a week 720 10th St. Ph. 377-6351 NOON T010 P.M. Convenient parking in our ramp NATIONAL RECORDING ARTISTS NEXT WEEK: "CHARIOT By Gordon Hanson DES MOINES (AP) Bobby m pui_ Ferguson, a man who says he'si to authorities, spent all but 17 months of Ills i10pe we might work life in institutiuns, was being (his out." Brewer saW. sought by Iowa authorities Sat-j Ferguson said the pressures urday. jof a free society in which bed ENDS TOMORROW! Adults Children 754 NOW thru MON, THIS IS THE NEW RAGE "YOU'LL SEE PLENTY AND BELIEVE ME, fe) EVEN SEEING IS NOT II Cota- Reluctant Iowa Parolee Town tt nflfifilhle Brewer said it was possible Ferguson wouldn't suffer rev- ocation of lt he sur" t e n c c, maintained contact with The Associated! Press in Des Moines late Fri-j day, calling from unrevealedj locations in the state. Despite urgings to surrender, Ferguson said he didn't want to return to the state penitentiary at Fort Madison. "I don't know what I'm going to he said, "but I won't do anything drastic like another Felony." His statement that he didn't seek re-imprisonment surprised some state officials. Ferguson, sentenced for armed robbery, last January asked Robert Ray to give him'a life term so he could stay in the prison, a place he regards as home. Custodial Job Instead, Ray arranged a cus- todial job at the prison for Fer- guson when he was paroled Feb. 16. Since then Ferguson has coped with the longest stretch of freedom he's known, living in a Fort Madison apartment and working the graveyard shift as a custodian. But Thursday night he skipped town, he said, conced- ing he'd broken provisions of his parole. However, Warden Lou were also to blame, lie said. "Out of Hassle" 'They'll keep on me until I blow he said. "They'll get you one way or another and by this (fleeing) I'm gelling out of a hassle." Ferguson's mother was an in- male in a women's reformatory when she was taken to a munic- ipal hospital to give, birth. As an infant, Ferguson was placed in a state hospital where he spent the next 14 years as a ward of Friday Saturday SKIP DYER DAVE DeMOSS STEVE BARBER From then on, Ferguson said, he committed a succession of crimes to keep him in prison, where he felt secure and he had friends. C.R. Drug Numbers To report a violation: Michael Dooley 377-8081 If you need help: Foundation II... 362-2174 (4 p.m. lo midnight) ROOSEVELT MOTOR HOTEL Adjacent Guest Parking OPEN SHOW BONUS LATE SHOW RAQUEL WELCH in. "OLDEST PROFESSION" COLOR' In The Cedar Hills Shopping Center "Folks loll us mir pizza Is worth driving a lilllc larllic'r for" Try II ynu'll like 111 Serving hum 3 'III 10 pm 175 Jacolyn Drive NW. Phone 36M600 cademy Award Nora. 10 Academy Award Nominalions Intl. Beit Picture-Bit! Actcr "THE PAUL NEWMAN ROBERT SHAW 5 Award nominations TODAY! OPEN at 1 -.45 PM 3 Award Nominations The Pape Chase Whal M-A-5.H did lo the war...This does lo Vico copil ELLIOTT BtAKE TONITE at 6-8-10PM HOW TO SEDUCE A WOMAN 3 Award Nomination Unsolved Mysteries of the Past CHARIOTS OF THE GODS? -o- LATE SHOW FRI- SAT P.M. SHOWS DAILY 11 A.M.-11 P.M. ELLEN BUKIYN-MAX Ml Wll-W. ALL SEATS SORRY NO PASSESI DOORS j j win win
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