Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - August 24, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
6 The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Sat., Aug. 24, 1974
‘California Split’ More
Than a Gambling Movie
"California Split" with Elliott Gould and George Segal. A Robert Altman Production released by Columbia Pictures. At the St age I theater.
Hollywood rating: R — Re stricted, no one under 17 admitted without accompanying adult parent or guardian.
By Doc Halliday
It is one of the minor mysteries of our time that Hollywood has not flooded America's theaters with gambling pictures.
How can they fail? The dramatic tension is created by the very nature of the games. All the scriptwriter and director have to do is figure out an ingenious twist of plot and make sure the actors learn their lines.
Director Robert Altman has done substantially more than tutor his cast and his cast has done more than study their scripts.
Get Drunk Together
“California Split" is the story pf Bill Denny (George Segal), a magazine writer who meets Charlie Waters (Elliott Gould) at a California poker parlor. Waters wins but gets into a dispute with a palooka sitting on the other side of the table. Denny gets punched in the nose. Denny and Waters get drunk together; then they get beaten and robbed.
In spite of all this. Denny becomes intrigued with Waters’ hand-to-mouth existence as a full-time gambler. Denny
begins a classic slide downhill. He neglects his job. gets in over his head financially and has some nasty run-ins with his creditors.
To make matters worse, Waters, who is Denny’s only guide to the world of gambling, vanishes. He returns just as Denny is pawning his last possession to stake a trip to Reno for a try at high-roller poker. Denny has a lucky feeling and this time he wins. . . and wins. . .and wins. . .
Gould and Segal are two able performers and form quite an entertaining team The plot takes them through some sharp turns between comedy and drama but. through it all, the two bounce lines off one another with marvelous effect. They are supported in fine style by Ann Prentiss and Gwen Welles who play two amiable prostitutes with whom Waters takes up housekeeping.
Altman’s comedy direction works better than it has since he directed ”M*A*S*H”. He seemed to have puzzled most of his audience with the constant mumbling which Gould mouthed in “The bing Goodbye”. The mumbling is still there but Altman defines it better in “Split” and he gives the comic “takes” more emphasis.
He gives us more than a mere gambling movie. "California Split" is an excellent comedy-drama about rootless, homeless Americans and the meaningless games they play.
Theater Time Schedule for Saturday
PARAMOUNT - Lady COLLINS - “Herbie Rides Sings the Blues” — 2. 7; Again’’ — 8 45; “Dumbo" — “Serpico” — 4:35, 9:35. 10:30; “Bang the Drum Slow
ly’’ - ll 45.
IOWA — “Mr Majestyk” —
1:40, 3:40. 5:40, 7:40, 8:40 TWIXT TOWN - “The
Sting” — 9; “Pete ’n’ Tillie”
WORLD — “That’s Enter- - ll 20; “Two People” — tainment!” - 2. 4:30, 7. 9:30 I 15
TIMES — “Easy Rider” — TWIN WEST — “Big Bad
2, 5:40. 9:35; “The Last Pie- Momma" — 8:30; “Stacy and
ture Show” — 3:35. 7:25. Her Gang Busters” — 10:10;
“The Student Teachers” —
PLAZA - “The Absent 1135 Minded Professor” — 1:30, TWIN EAST — “Easy Hi-4:5(1. R IO; “The Cutaway dCT- _ 8:50; "The Last Pie-lowboy —3:15. 6:35. 9:55. (ure show" — 10:40; “Simon.
King of Witches" — 12:45.
STAGE I — "California I Split” - 2:30. 4:35, 7 45, 9:50.
STAGE 2 - “The Macon County Line” — 2:30, 4:15, 0. 7:50, 9:35.
STAGE 3 - “Kor Pete’s Sake” - 2 40. 4:25. 8:15, 8. 9:50
STAGE 4 - “S*P*Y*S” -2:40, 4:30 . 7:55 , 9:45.
EASTOWN I — “Buster and Billie” - 2, 3:50, 5:40 , 7:30. 9:20
HOWIE & HIS COUSINS
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Rule Boy Slew 4 Of Family, Self
PARK RIDGE, III (API A coroner’s jury has ruled that Jeffrey Fuchs, 17, mur dored four members of his family June 14 and then committed suicide
The jury deliberated 15 minutes before reaching its decision. It said he killed his father, Raymond, 49. his mother. Ruth. 48. a brother Scott, 15, and a sister. Lynda 14
The five bodies were found in the family home in this Chicago suburb after firemen were called to extinguish blaze.
An investigator said th* tragedy may have started with a quarrel between Jeffrey and Scott
The jury said the victims were either strangled stabbed, shot or beaten, and Jeffrey swallowed drugs and alcohol He set off an incen diary device to cover up the murders, the panel said.
Thais Lock Up Japanese Heads
BANGKOK (AP) - Over 2.-IMHl striking factory workers locked 16 Japanese executives inside a factory Thursday and threatened to burn it down unless their demands were met. the Thai labor department reported
The hostages were released a few hours later after police and labor officials intervened and negotiations were promised The workers walked off their jobs at the gunny bag factory in Saraburi province, 65 miles north of Bangkok, on Tuesday.
They charged the Japanese were mistreating them and demanded the ouster of the Japanese manager and a Thai executive.
The company, .Saraburi jute mill, is owned 99 8 percent by the Japanese and the rest by the Thais.
ON THIS DATE in 1912, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to make a non-stop air flight across the U S She flew from Los Angeles to Newark. N.J., in 19 hours and five minutes.
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Marion Independent Board Awards Roofing Contract
By Janet Jones
The Marion Independent school board Friday evening awarded a $33,725 contract to Nieman Roofing Co. of New Prague, Minn
The low hid will re-roof the present gym. the art, music, and industrial arts wing and the home economies and girls locker room wing of Vernon junior high
The firm’s original bid was the only one received, but arrived one day after the Aug. 12 deadline.
One other firm also submitted a bid Friday.
Excavators have discovered rock that had not been shown in test samples taken in the area of the Vernon addition.
The architect recommended. and the* board approved, that a soil sampling firm be employed to take more samples and additional borings.
Footings under the old boiler room were not as low as thought. The board approved the architect’s recommendation that the wall be replaced at a cost of $6,691 Modifications of two change orders were approved for the new addition and renovation of the junior high.
Heating and electrical work for the science labs will cost $5,940 The old building will be rew ired at a cost of $31,210.
Other changes suggested by the architect will he studied by the directors and action taken at a later meeting.
Contracts were approved for four teachers: Kathleen
Koenig will replace Marjorie Holub, 6th grade Starry; Ernest Strauss will replace lames Fox, high school industrial arts; Karla Schmidt and Kathleen Dolinaj will be Title I teachers.
Contracts for three other teachers were modified. Sondra Herman, Washington kindergarten, will go from half time to full time; Richard Sloan will add sophomore boys’ basketball to his duties and Lester Hippie will add freshman hoys’ basketball to his schedule.
Dr Clark Stevens, superintendent, was given permission to hire an additional half-time kindergarten teacher at Mentzer if enrollment remains as now indicated when school opens Monday.
A student teaching contract with Mt. Mercy college was approved for a student wishing to work at Mentzer.
Marion Shoe Shop now open 7:30-5:30 Mon-Sat. 377-9943 -Adv.
Car Eire—Marion firemen were called to the Ily-Ve grocery store parking lot Friday night for a car fire. The car, owned by Vicki Von Stein, 1465 Meadowview drive, backfired through the carburetor. Minor damage was caused to the carburetor and wiring in the engine compartment, firemen said
Antioc h Church of Christ —
Marion YMCA, Lawrence W Merritt, pastor. Sunday school 9:30 Worship IO 30 and 6
Bethel Baptist - UMH)
Eighth avenue. The* Rev Calvin Thorpe* Sunday school 9:30, Worship 10:30 Sermon “Why in the World’’” All church picnic at Bever park. 6
Grace Baptist — 440 South Fifteenth street The Rev Don R Martin. Sunday sc hool 9:45, Worship 10:50 and 6:30.
Squaw (reek Baptist — Wilkins school. The Rev. Kermit W Jeltneland. Worship 9 Sunday school IO
Robins Eailh Bible — Corner of Main and Mentzer. The Rev PM Bateman. Worship 9:30 and 7. Sunday sc hool in 15
St. Joseph’s Catholic — 99.! Fifth avenue. The Rev. John Gallagher, the Rev. Martin W. [’fab and the Rev. John Casey will celebrate Mass Saturday at 7 p m at the school, 1430 Fourteenth street and Sunday at 7, 9:30 and ll a m. and 5 p.m. at the church and 8:30, IO and 11:30 at the school.
Marion Christian — 1050
McGowan boulevard The* Rev. Peter M. Morgan. Sunday school 9. Worship 10:15
Sermon: “Arrangers of
Robins Church of the
Brethren — 355 Second street Sunday school IO Worship ll and 7.
Church of Christ — 1087
Eighteenth street. William
Cain.Bible school IO Worship ll and 6 30
Ascension Lutheran — 2210 Grand avenue. The Rev Denny J Brake Worship 9 Sermon: “Space Children"
Lutheran Church of the Resurrection — 2770 Eighteenth avenue. The Rev. Otto A Zwanziger Worship 9
St. Paul’s Lutheran (Missouri Synod)— 915 Twenty-seventh street. The Rev. John I). Huber, jr Worship 8 and IO 30. Sunday school 9:15.
First Ignited Methodist — 1277 Eighth avenue. The Rev Glen W Lamb, the Rev. Gene Cresset, jr. and the Rev. J M. Stevenson Sunday school 8: 30 Worship 8 30 and IO Sermon “The Boy Who Came Back’’.
Prairie Chapel I nited
Methodist - Route 3 The Rev (Jive Cook Sunday school
8 45 Worship 9 45.
First Presbyterian — 801
Twelfth street The Rev Jay A Miller. Sunday school 8:30 Worship 9 30 Sermon “God Will Carry You”.
Reformed Presbyterian—865 South Fifteenth street. The Rev. John M McMillan Sunday school IO Worship ll Evening study group Church of God (Seventh Day)—600 Ninth avenue W. J Kuryluk, pastor Song Service
9 45. Sabbath school IO, worship ll, Saturday. Friday, Bible study 8
United Seventh Day Brethren— 24<HI Second avenue. W Allen Bond, pastor Worship IO, church school ll Saturday.
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