“They Say All Native Californians Come From Iowa…” *

di.jpgWord is out on the Cinespia website that this Saturday night’s screening of Stanley Kubrick’s Lolita at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery has been strangely “postponed due to act of nature.”

But if you’re still craving that outdoor movie-going experience, you are so in luck. Grand Performances will be kicking off it summer series at downtown’s California Plaza (350-350 S. Grand Avenue) with a screening of Mad Hot Ballroom tonight at 8 p.m. Then on Saturday night it’s all about seeing Double, baby ó as in Billy Wilder’s 1944 noir classic Double Indemnity, starring Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck.

Did I mention the shows are free? So pack a picnic dinner and a bottle of two-buck chuck. Seating opens up at 6 p.m. and is on a first-come, first-served based.

* Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) in Double Indemnity, screenplay by Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler; direction by Billy Wilder.

5 Replies to ““They Say All Native Californians Come From Iowa…” *”

  1. Hey Will – thanks for including the screenwriting credit. :)

    And don’t forget to give some love to Charles Brackett, Wilder’s writing partner on the picture. Fella also co-wrote Lost Weekend and Ninotchka, to name just a couple.

  2. Much love to Charles Brackett, but I looked on IMDB and instead of finding him listed I found a screenplay credit for Raymond Chandler! I’ve updated the post to include him.

  3. You simply CANNOT top Double Indemnity for snappy repartee filled with sexual tension, e.g.:

    FM = Fred MacMurray
    BS = Barbara Stanwyck

    BS “There’s a speed limit in this state, Mr. Neff – 45 miles per hour.”

    FM “How fast was I going, officer?”

    BS “I’d say around 90.”

    FM “Suppose you get down off your motorcycle and give me a ticket?”

    BS “Suppose I let you off with a warning this time?”

    FM “Suppose it doesn’t take?”

    BS “Suppose I have to whack you over the knuckles?”

    FM “Suppose I bust out crying and put my head on your shoulder?”

    BS “Suppose you try putting it on my husband’s shoulder?”

    FM “That tears it.”

    BTW, this is the REAL Fred MacMurray, not the one most people remember from My Three Sons or the Flubber movies. Also see him in The Caine Mutiny and The Apartment. IMHO, a terribly underrated actor.

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