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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 ti rf "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. . . Entertaining Team 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 SATURDAY NIGHT HOWIE & HIS COUSINS at the FRONTIER 219 14th Ave. S.E. play your favortite card game 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. ★ TONITE ★ THE BANK presents, “LONNIE t THE LUGNUTZ” • . . 50‘s SHOW! Marion Independent Board Awards Roofing Contract Marion Churches 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. AAA Marion Shoe Shop now open 7:30-5:30 Mon-Sat. 377-9943 -Adv. AAA 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 Rendezvous”. 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. ADULTS $2.00 COLLINS ROAD theaVre '/« MILE EAST OF CENTER POiNT ROAD CHILDREN UNDER 12 75« # O NOW thru TUES. • • mum* The greatest love (bug) story ever told! mniiT oisnEU PROOucnons PLAZA 393-8439i»' ^ . Af. Mt .ss? Now! Finol Week Walt Disney's “CASTAWAY COWBOY” and 'ABSENT-MINDED PROFESSOR" — G— first Show at 2 PM “EASY RIDER” and "LAST PICTURE SHOW” — «— WWSAGft'f helen ken STEFANIE TECHNICOLOR JOHN    KEENAN HAYES BERRY POWERS MCINTIRE WYNN Bill WALSH .I . Bill WALSH    .ROBERT STEVINSON G ar • • PLUS • • TIMfS 364-8613 WALT DISNEY'S “ DUMBO” LAMP BAR OPEN SUNDAY NOON TO IO P.M. mm: MOTOR EASTOWN 2    - Jack" - I. 3. 5, 7, 9 “Billy MARION — Features at ll, I, 3. 5, 7, 9, ll. Trophy Lounged presents WEBSTERS playing Tonight Sat. 51 9 H Street S.W. PRI. 4 SAT. NIGHT LOOK! “lyn County” MODERN COUNTRY MUSIC OPEN 9-2 Don Geater, Bob Tiscber FIREPLACE LOUNGE HIAWATHA AIR CONDITIONE!)—NO COVER ( TWIN WEST THEATRE I. 6300 ATH STREET S.W.    J OPTM 7:41 SHOW 8:30 ★ NOW thru TUES. * ★ 3 (R) RATED COLOR EPICS! ★ No. A * J«T 4 "* is.    K    HOT    LEAD FIRST I -JBL s.}*/ ^£2i Pm. MOT CARS MEN MONEY and MOONSHINE WHEN IT COMES TO VICE MAMA KNOWS BEST. th AND FINAL WK BANNED IN SWEDEN, DENMARK AND IT S TOO HOT FOR JAPAN! “HEAVEN OR HELL” I = PLUS = “A.W.O.I BUSTER LOVED HER t HO OHE UNDERSTOOD BUSTER and BILLIE RATED-XXXX - COLOR - ORIN 6:30 SAT—I, 3, 3, 7, 9 7-OflYS OHLY TOM LAUGHLIN — IS—- BILLY JACK tx ONI OF THE MOST POPULAR PICTURES OF OUR TIME * Ho. 2 * ACTIONI * (I) toto*- “STACY and NER GANG BUSTERS" .. SMI'S A PWtVATI OfTtCTIVEI FIRST AVK. At 19th St. 94. ’ TIMES 70 t FREI PARKING 364*61 J (R) COLOR “STUDENT TEACHERS" It ACHING A Unit MORI! ORIN 7:49 * SHOW 8:30 TWIN EAST DRIVEIN THEATRE 6300 ATH ST, SW W— Si. - «.»*■&“ sr :• * . •» Alar * ■>,T* bb.Ms FIRST COMPLETE SELF SERVICE RESTAURANT INSTANT SERVICE (HELP YOURSELF TO ALL THE GOODIES) HOURS    PRICE    SUNDAYS i HOLIDAYS 6:30 am to 9 am BRF4KEAST BUFFET 194 +IAT    BREAKFAST 6:30 am to 11:30 am    CONTINENTAL BUFFET    ' 11:45 am to 1:30 pm    LUNCH BUFFET 194 + TAX    DINNER    BUFFET 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm    BINNER BUFFET 2 76 + TAX 11:45 oin lo I . JO pin 5 30 pm lo 7 JO pm 2.76 -f TAX ROOSEVELT MOTOR BOTE!. Connecting FREE Parking Downtown Cedar Rapids rap ■ ‘ J ? Al WEIK WINNER 7 ACADEMY AWARDS • • BEST PICTURE • BEST DIRECTOR OPEN —8;30, SHOW—9:00 wrmismwm THE STING Jiff 4 all it takes is a little Confidence^ J BONUS HITS--1*® (2) 11:20 “PETE ’N TILLIE” (3) “TWO PEOPLE” easy Ruma PETER FONDA DENNIS HOPPER JACK NICHOLSON moesaaaim * BONUS FILM GIANT * 2 ACADEMY AWARDS! IHE LAST (hi PICTURE SHOW • PLUS AT TWIN WIST ONLY * “SIMON KING OF WITCHES" (RI ;