On Wednesday the hilarious 1965 western comedy "Cat Ballou" kicks off the second free series of movies sponsored by the Deseret News and Cineplex Odeon Theaters - this time at the new Trolley Square Cinemas, located on the south side of Trolley Square.
"Cat Ballou" is one of those movies you tend to forget about. I'm not sure why, unless it has to do with the bulk of Jane Fonda's movies during her so-called "sex kitten" days being largely forgotten.But "Cat Ballou" was arguably the best movie she made during that period, and it is unarguably a very funny movie.
Fonda has the lead role as a school marm who turns outlaw in the Old West, but Lee Marvin steals the show (and won an Oscar) for two roles, the down-and-dirty, clad-in-black bad guy, complete with artificial nose (it was bitten off in a fight, natch), and the scoundrel's fastest-gun-in-the-West gunfighter brother.
Unfortunately for Ballou and her band of clumsy cohorts (including Dwayne Hickman and Michael Callan), the latter Marvin is also consistently drunk.
Marvin makes the show (and his horse nearly steals it from him - Marvin even thanked the horse when he received his Oscar), but everyone looks good here, including Nat `King' Cole and Stubby Kaye as strolling, banjo-playing minstrels who narrate the proceedings in song.
"Cat Ballou" is a delightful, often hysterically funny spoof of traditional westerns, and it will be shown Wednesday at 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 p.m.
The other free films in this weeklong series are "Some Like It Hot" (Thursday), "The Wizard of Oz" (Friday), "Ben-Hur" (Saturday), "Singin' in the Rain" (Sunday), "The Sting" (Monday) and "Doctor Zhivago" (Tuesday).
Each movie will play only one day, but there will be several showings throughout that day. The screenings are free with an original advertisement for the series from the Deseret News (there is one in this section today). Simply present the ad at the box office for two free admissions - if you want to take more people, just collect more ads (no photocopies, please). You cannot purchase tickets to these films; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
The new Trolley Square Cinemas is a four-plex on the south side of Trolley Square, 602 E. Second South. - Christopher Hicks