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rts Enterta inm ent Thursday, January 8, 1976 Page Five


No doubt smiling for reasons other than the result of "Lucky Lady," the lu-kless crew of
Stanley Donen's ill fated movie appear in the film's official artwork.
TV's el e ors proves
the ultimate test of friendship

Remember a television show'
called Turn-On? Not many do.
Turn-On, as the name tips off,
was one of the many imitators
bred by the success of Laugh-
In. Spinoffs are so common in
television that no matter how
cheap they seem at first, the
bad taste soon wears off, not
unlike the loud hum in a new
stereo that mysteriously "dis-
appears" after a record has
been playing for a while. Turn-
On never made it that far. It
was such a monumental turn-
off that it never got past its
first prime-time showing, chas-
ed off the air, to the hoots of
the critics, by viewer outrage.
Even by 1976 standards, Turn-
On was Grade A Bad Taste, due
mostly to its playground - sex-,
poke - cleaned - up - for 1968-
TV skits and deafening artific-
ial laughter.
The only reason I even bother
to resurrect Turn-On is that
I have finally seen worse; after
eight years of some pretty close
competition: The Neighbors, an
ABC daytime game show (2:301
p.m., channel 7). Every person
in the USA should watch The
Neighbors once in this, the Bi-
centennial Year, because after
30 minutes of it your garbage
pail will look like the Liberty
Shrine in comparison.
. The Neighbors, hosted by
Regis Philbin (a resurrection of

sorts itself), shows just how low
Americans - mostly Califor-F
nians - will stoop in order to'
win big cash. On Let's Make a
Deal, which seems to be ev-
eryone's favorite show to hate,
people at least expose only their
own greed and pettiness: the
Newlywed Game manages to
keep the damage done limited
to within the family. On The
Neighbors, whole blocks of folks
attack each other to the howls
of a live audience and walk off
the set with up to a thousand
dollars, thank you, for their
The premise of The Neigh-
bors: five people who live near
each other and know each oth-
er well ("friends" sounds a bit
foreign here) sit in a set made
to look like neighboring front
porches (how ABC missed the
obvious back fence is a puzzle.)
Working as a team, three of
the neighbors make unanimous
character generalizations about
each of the remaining two, each
of whom has a chance to guess
whether the comment was
meant for her or for her op-
A typicA1 "round" will illus-
trate: Cathy, Sharon, and Dee-
Dee have agreed that one of
their neighbors, Annette or
Ruby, would be more likely to
put the moves on a visiting TV
weatherman at a neighborhood
cocktail party.


Naturally, Annette will guess
that her three neighbors are
talking about Ruby (and will
elaborate on just why she
thinks so), while Ruby will
claim that they must mean An-
nette. M. C. Philbin: "Show
your cards, ladies - it's An-
nette!!" Poor Annette has rea-
son to scowl - not only is the
cat out of the bag on national
TV, not only does she have a
trio of real shrews for neigh-
bars, but she herself has in-
sulted Ruby.
Worst of all, she winds up
with a big goose egg on her
scoreboard while Ruby picks up
a nifty hundred with a chance
to win more Personal sniping
escalates as the show moves
along, and by the close the
only hope is that contestants
have been searched for wea-
pons before being allowed on
the set.
The mechanics of the show
are somewhat more complicat-
ed than what I've run down
(mainly as concerns the hand-
ing out of the cash), but I leave
that for you to choke down. Al-
though daytime television
seems to be mainly background
noise for dishwashers and
steam irons, The Neighbors
may raise enough eyebrows to
warrant a quick yank by ABC,
so if you want to see it, do it
soon. If you don't want to see
it, that's okay by me, too.
CHICAGO (. - John Seeger,
chairman of the Boating Indus-
try Assn., said that in 1974-75,
sales of new boats and boating
equipment again neared the $2
billion mark, but fell short by
less than 5 percent of the prev-
ious year.
He estimatedretail sales of
new boats, motors and trailers
at $1.86 billion for the 1974-75
fiscal year as compared with
$1.89 billion the previous year.
He said his figures did not in-
clude accessories.

Donen's LuckyLadyAFNo such luck
By JAMES VALK man. meant to be a commercial ve- because, if nothing else, it is Gene Hackman, an actoro
The film itself is the story of hile that would appeal to those consistent. Although ih Rey- considerable merit when prope
Last summer, somewhere off ,a crew of rum-runners that who make the blockbusters: tnat nolds-Minelli-Hackman menage ly cast, has his very preenc
the coast of Guaymas, Mexico, !operated during the Prohibition, gigantic segment of the public d'trois comes off a gross mis- converted into an exercise
Burt Renyolds was contemplat- seeking their fortune through that sees three or four movies calculation, the mood of :he distaste when slammed agams
ng the future of his latest clandestine dealings in order to a year. film is maintained, building to the backdrop of the sexual ove
movie, Lucky Lady,.ar.eThis deliver the goods. Their ven- their decision to make yet an- tones involving Ms. Minell
one is working. It's geared to tures, although illegal and theo- Somewhere in the miIst of all other run. Where Reynolds comes off a
make money-sort of like The retically immoral, were harm- the excitement, those in control the energetic bungler who sriar
Sting-and being the crass com- less, and, like The Sting, make lost sight of their long range What causes the static in the his lines with a deviously un
mercial person I am, it seemed the entire scenario a breezy potential and decided to get proceedings is the sudden de- convincing sarcasm, Hackma
right to me from the beginning lighthearted caper-no one gets serious for no apparent reason. cision of the screenwriters to reeks of d ob
and it got better as the people hurt, only the bad guys get the The result is the now infamous kill off Billy, the fourth mem- y oe behind ety, a
got involved and the chemistry shaft. abandoned ending in which Rey- ber of the group who was evi thays onesalr op f nthe pac
started working. The balance is nolds and Hackman were killed dently written in the script for This "snowballing" effect hb
good. All three of us are a couple The proceedings continue on in the climax. Because the re- the exclusive purpose of being comes so lethal to the hemistr
of frames out, and it makes a their whimsical way, complete sults of a test audience proved written out. Because of this of the throee characters trt ee
funny combination-where two with splashy cinematographv, a that the public didn't want to bizzare juncture, it becomes of f teynord'scWaker s rnee
and two make five, I hope." couple of numbers for Liza. lid see their heros done in, a new little concern that the original led s Walker b ms wit
aPm "inI littlersconkeern thatig the ormidinal ichace , with his liaison wt
What Reynolds didn't know a million one-liners to keep he ending was filmed in wnihending was scrapped, ,perhaps Minelli becoming so juxtapose
WshatRel dHkwtempo up. But after living la everybody lives happily ever saving a bad film from becom- that it never suggests anythin
was that fate, Willard Huyck, dolce vita, the trio becomes after, projecting the trio some gin worse. The fault with the I-tnarmate ss.
Gloria Ktzh and Stanleyo nen restless, itching to make that twenty in the future still having script was its unmotivatedk
would deal him and his co-stars next big run that would prove a grand o1' time. change ind
a fatal blow. What was once !ngekindirection. Te moment It remains a mystery to m
intended to be a sort of Sting the kid gets the lead in the how Donen, Katz, et al. thoug
At Sea instead turned out a $12 >;...:... ...:::::«:: :;;:::: : .::.:.:. ....:..... face, the film not only loses this entire mess would actuall
million headache for 20th-Cen- momentum but loses its purpose. function as a whole. Obiousl
tury Fox. Whatcaus. i i the static is there perhaps some philo- intended for the mass marke
turyFox rvU~a (YlI5C aue i uuE3 p~in Is her perapssom phlo-the replacement of Sgal 1l
There is little doubt that high sophical message that the H m ouldmnt onegprob
hopes pervaded from the con- ceedings is the sudden decision to kill screenwriters have intereced? a factor in its commercial r
ception of Lucky Lady. Screen- I prey not, for the first two cts
writers Huyck and Katz, the hot fthirds is merely surviving on the
young duo from UCLA whol othefourth membero the superficial level of pure enter- But the audience that LucJ~
penned American Graffiti, had tainment. To try to extract some Bat seks toat wan k
- tellLady seeks to attract wants t
sold their script for a whopping] -y4() m 7 ired n ytteintellectual statement would be entertained, not bother
$400,000. What could have been l7e(1tIe1liiy prove not only futile but f )olish. Ie cenetindte othered
In conception the film isregk
an interesting low-keyed, less i " fC '1 Bit the greatest paradox is escanism at its pinnacle, an
commercially responsible film tet oe u i p rpos yet to come. Just after the smoot- somber endings to jovial e
was instantly turned into a po- y out that would make even Peck- canades don't play big at i
tential blockbuster by a stroke. inpa proud, the film reverses box office. Imagine if Robe
of t e p n. f b 'ZI f) lt el2 C)I t. eca u e o th s m ah Prou , t e flm evesesitself back to the robust bhisi-Redford has shot atfl V w ria
In keeping with the inflated t !iiture it becoties -of little, ness of bootlegging, thus afow-I at the end of The Sting afte
scale, Liza Minelh, whose per- ing an excuse for the Arnd everything that has unfolde
sona had been absent from the! . finale that amounts to nothing Sure, it would be a sh ^-k en
screen for some time, was sign- (' lcer that the O Ic()11c11, R(Seiuti'Wsi more than an aquatic car chase. 'na but totally unanoopri
ed along with the now bankable for the circumstances.
Bnrt Reynolds and the forever ,It's almost beyond comre-
adaptable George Segal. But aba iension that the original scriptWt the filmmakers hiet
;when Segal tak sick and was then did another 180 and had relie is that they mist dlive
unable to fulfill his commitment, froni be orPC itii wO re.' Reynolds and Hackman bumpedto the commercial audinc
a last minute panic arose to find off. Anyone who can keep a 'hat they promise, and wh
a name big enough to fit the a m :::uz:::::::....................................straight face and tell me this is the crowd roars in the first ha
bill. But, of course, Gene Hack- more than commercial chptrap while Liza Minelli fumhle s wi
is either Gloria Katz, Willard Moltov cocktails while bein
, the ultimate adventure. Yet Unfortunately, again, the Huyck, a lunatic or all m-ece. filmed through gauze, they ha
when the monetary succ ss of eleventh hour effort produced better kee that grin on the
the operation becomes perman- unacceptable footage (the new face when they leave th-
ent rather than one-shot, the ending literally had ta'-be shot theatre, because nothing mak
IIOUSTON (UPI) - Amid the morality changes. Running boze in a single day), so the version Join T Daily a bad script worse than wordo
drone of cocktail conversation for cash is no longer cute- it's of Lucky Lady that was finaly Temoith,
and the clinking of ice the be-greedy, it's big business. And released on Christmas Day Phone 76-DAILY
jeweled woman in evening dress that gives the screenwriters an doesn't end-it stops. James Valk is The Daily
stood at a brown-felt table, blew Iexcuse to reverse the rules, thus
seson ed louisbnd theIjustifying a dose of hard-core In what can only be termed
seasoned flounrish, bounced the bloodshed perhaps the most abrupt and
dice off the end rail. uncomfortable finale in modern
Whether any of the plot logis- film, the credits appear after a YOGA AND INTRODUCTION
"Oh, goodie, you owe me a
thousand dollars," she said to tics are substantiated becones mere exchange of no descript TO MEDITATION
the oil mogul standing next to purely an issue of secondary dialogue, superimposed over
her. importance. The "point" is that "highlights" of the film, a tech- REGULAR CLASSES
these issues of justice or mo'al- i nique that is rarely used simpy I SAT. Jan. 10-Feb. 28: 1:00-2:30$....20.00
r EACH PLAYER begins with itv should never have been rnis- because it is the ultimate in I
$2 million petrodollars tosdevel- ed in Lucky Lady. We acep t I shoddy showmanship. Nothing MON., Jan. 12-Mar. 1: 6:45-8:15 . . $20.00
op oil leases. The game's chal- the ground rules that the film 'belittles a work like recapitulat- TUES., Jan. 13-Mar. 2: 6:45-8:15 . . $20.00
lenge is to buy up the most oil proceeds on-that the trio is ing those memorable momenis,
leases and make the most mon- engaged in a'n illegal and there- perhaps confessing that they i ALSO: OPEN CLASS-YOGA WORKSHOP
ey within the time limit of one fore potentially dangerous busi- weren't strong enough to stand Ipresented by
hour. ness. But any question of m-ral- on their own. SIDDHA YOGA DHAM
itv isn't even secondary here, 902 Baldwin, Ann Arbor 994-5625
"It explains the world of it just doesn't exist. The difficulty I have with
petroleum from the drilling Lucky Lady was one which ap- - -
stages to the cracking and pro- The screenwriters obviously narently never dawned on either
duction of industrial, pharma- knew it, as their only legitimaite the screenwriters or the direc-(
ceutical and medical products," representative of actual legal tor. The "un-ending" that re- HUMPHREY BOGART in
the baron said. and moral righteousness is a i mains is not the primary fault
The baron said the game also coast guard captain who is little of the film-it merety adds in- TH E MA LTESE FALCON
provides a high-rent form of es-more than a dime store clown. salt to injury. The tirs two-i
thirds of the film is xvtcabe
cape. Director Stanley Donen and tr h While George Segal chases the famous black
"IN EACH depression there is oroduc Mihael Cruskoffalso bird downtown, we present the real thing. John
a need for games," he said. knew what their film was about ANN ARBOR CIVIC THEATRE IONSHuston's suspenseful mystery that features o-
'There i is a need to entertain frmtesat nal-u ug U II N
yourself and your friends at at a box office hit. Tnere were FOR gart as Detective Sam Spade. Also starring Mary
home. no real etual nceso FOR Astor, Syndney Greenstreeet and Peter Lorre.
to be resolved simply be a use T ENG T This is the Classic-and perhaps the defitative
" 'Peropolis' is like a little there never was any intellectual TR Us Amican Mystepyt
community with a leader and concern to start with. This wasI THOREAU SPENT -American Mystery.
groups of people. It is necessary --- IN JAIL
to act counter to established ha- by Lawrence & Lee FRI: Bogart &Hepburn in THE AFRICAN QUEEN
bits," he said. s Jan. 7 & 8,7:30 p.m.
"In the game you make the 201 MULHOLLAND *G i Tonight at OLD ARCH AUD.
best deal you can - you screw (near 7th & Washinqton) 7 & 9:05 Admission $1.25
- all the people. That's the name T4, or ore ino 6672 2
of the game." Roles for 4 Women, 10 Men

' S

Michigan style baked
beans cooked 'slow'
By CECILY BROWNSTONE apple, onion, corn syrup, catch-
Associated Press Food Editor up, salt, mustard and pepper;
cover tightly and refrigerate -
When an electric slow cooker as long as 8 hours if you like.
came into our kitchen, the first After beans have cooked with
dish we wanted to use it for the water for the required time,
was "baked" beans. A glance stir in the apple mixture. Keep
over slow cooker cookbooks covered with control set at low,
suggested several methods. The and continue cooking until reans
following recipe gives one we are tender throughout but still
found successful. Here the beans firm enough to have some bite
are rinsed, turned into the slow - 10 to 12 hours. Makes about
cooker and precooked in water' 2 quarts.
for eight hours; other ingre-
dients are added and the cooking Note: If you work away from
is finished in another 10 to 12 home, you can cook the beans
hours. in the water overnight aad pre-
"Baked" beans cooked this pare and then refrigerate the
way are tender throughout but apple mixture overnight. The
next morning, add the apple
still have a little bite - al mixture to the beans and let
dente as Italians say. We served , c~ook while you are awa<y durisng
half the beans right after cook- the day. The dish will be ready
ing; the rest were refrigerated to serve for supper.
w_.- ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ p e _____t 1 __ __ .____..



for several days and quickly
but thoroughly reheated in our
countertop microwave oven - a
plus for eaters who want t1 -;r
beans on the really soft siIc
BEANS (Michigan Sty!e)
1 pound (2 to 2% cups) dry
red kidney or pea (navy)
3 cups water
4 slices bacon, cut into
/inch crosswise pieces
3 cups chopped pared tart
2 cups chopped onion
cup dark corn syrup
cup catchup
1 tablespoon salt

Toniaht at 7 & 9, Open 6:45
Paramount Pictures Presents
ANN ARBOR-Prepare yourself for the RETURN INVASION of
A RoiurtProductoI In
APsamon iCt *
Ann Arbor's
' own comedy
Tonight at 8:00, Only
Movie rofesionalsQccT , nr^T

Jan. 27: KAREN DE CROW, President of National Organization of
Feb. 3: ROLLO MAY, Psychologist, Changing Social Values
Feb. 10: JONATHON KOZOL, Educator, Death at an Early Age
Feb. 17: DAVID BROWER, Environmentalist, Friends of the Earth
Feb. 24: NICHOLAS JOHNSON, Communications and Citizens
Mar. 2: GERALD O'NEILL, Space Scientist, Colonies in Space
Mar. 16: DICK GREGORY, Social Critic, World Food Issues
Mar. 23: SUSAN BROWNMILLER, Against Our Will, study on rape
Apr. 6: JULIAN BOND, Minorities in Politics, State Legislator
All Lectures at Hill Auditorium
TUESDAYS: 3:00-5:00
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