Thursday, January 25, 2007

"The Preacher" Hangs On East Locust!




Okay, it's really John Carradine in a bit part as a street bum in the Crown International film "The Hostage"--among many other appearances, you'll probably remember him as the preacher from "The Grapes of Wrath". But here he is, near the beginning of the film, crossing the street on East Locust, as if he had just left a matinee at the Amuzu and decided to wander over to the bar.

And, okay, he wouldn't have been coming from the Amuzu, since this was 1967 and the Amuzu had been closed for 14 years already. But I can dream, can't I?

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Had to comment - love this site! I live behind IngerDahl's in a house built in 1908. I spent many years in Sherman Hill and love anything to do with the history of DSM. I also freelance as a stylist for a small production company, so I think this site and your upcoming documentary are really cool. Thanks! Christi

Mark said...

Thanks to you too, Christi! And please, if you have friends who also are into the history of old Des Moines, send them here! (And don't forget to ask them if they have any cool goodies hidden in their attics or scrapbooks!)

Jeff said...

Hi Christi
I also grew up in your neighborhood...658-36th St. My grandfather and father owned a pharmacy for years at Harding Road (now MLK) and Mondamin. I worked at theatres in Des Moines from 1971 to 1983, which includes a stint as manager of the River Hills/Riviera. Now I own a theatre in Hillsboro Illinois. www.bestmoviedeal.com
Jeff

Jeff said...

Mark:
Keep up the good work. I will search for any old material I may have. Have you heard anything new on the Ingersoll?
Also, I have been watching the grosses for the Merly Hay Cinema (Plaza) for several months now. It's really in a tailspin and I hope it survives. I e-mailed the mall for info on the theatre but they failed to respond. Keep in touch.
Jeff
p.s. My family and I will make our annual trek to Hollywood in March for Showest. Lets do lunch.
Jeff

Mark said...

Hey Jeff!
No news on the Ingersoll just yet; one of my brother's friends shot a whole bunch of nice digital shots of it--which I will begin putting up on the site here soon.

If the Plaza closes (and of course I hope it won't), I guess that won't be the first time! If it does, maybe it will reopen again.

I would be happy to meet with you in March! Drop me a line at lostcines@earthlink.net and we'll figure out the details!

Thanks for writing.

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