missing the chance to ask cissy about “night of the hunter”

With all the Shadow Art Fair planning, I didn’t get a chance to drop by Gordon’s Five and Dime and say hello to Cissy from “Family Affair” like I’d wanted to. Fortunately, however, Shannon Gordon was able to ask her a few questions over beer about “Night of the Hunter.” Here, with his permission, are his brief notes.

…I’m sorry I didn’t get a chance to come by the SAF with Cissy. I did get to have a couple of beers with her, though. She really liked the Frog Island Creme Ale, and the Sidetrack Burgers, and the Luwak Rueben. I asked her about “Night of the Hunter”. She said Lillian Gish brought the kids lunch every day, and was really kind to all of them. Laughton was totally focused, since it was his directorial debut. It slipped my mind to find out about Mitchum. Kathy was often used as the double for the other girl who was the star. I talked with her quite a bit (2 or 3 hours altogether), and she is very nice….

OK, my appetite has been whetted. I’m going to send her an email right now and see if she might want to do an interview.

Speaking of “Night of the Hunter,” I’ve got the DVD. If someone’s got a generator and a projector, I say we head down to Riverside Park some night this summer, string up a sheet between two trees and watch it… And I’m not kidding about this either. I’ve been wanting to set up a guerilla drive-in for a while now, and I can’t think of a better film to start with.

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  1. Mark D
    Posted July 18, 2007 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    “Night of the Hunter” would be particularly good to watch on the banks of a river in the summer, as the narrative follows a river. I’m trying to think of other “river” movies and nothing’s coming to me. I’m sure there’s something though. Old monster movies would also be cool.

  2. DanIzzo
    Posted July 18, 2007 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    I could borrow our backup projector from work. We’d need power (obviously) and some means of getting the sound out (our projector relies on the attached computer for proper sound – as do most of them).

  3. Mark D
    Posted July 18, 2007 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    If you do it in the park, you’ll probably get booted, unless you go through proper channels. There might be other cool venues though. I do like the idea of being in the grass by the river though.

    The city owns the Water Street property. Why not put it to use. Or is it too toxic?

  4. UBU
    Posted July 18, 2007 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    I’ve got a flashlight and some batteries — we could do a hand shadow version…

  5. Kurt A.
    Posted July 18, 2007 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    I’m in for this. We’ve been having neighborhood backyard movie nights but the park would be even better. I can bring a DVD/Receiver combo for the player and sound.

    I wonder how many car batteries and inverters would take to run a projector and a sound system for a couple of hours. It seems a gas generator would be too loud. Of course someone could build a bike powered generator and we could take turns.

    Kurt A.

  6. edweird
    Posted July 18, 2007 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    Films with rivers:
    Rivers Edge, The African Queen, Apocalypse Now, Showboat, A River Runs Through It, Ugetzu.

    I own the first and the last. Should own the second and third.

    I’d be really into this (huge film geek that I am).

  7. Ol' E Cross
    Posted July 18, 2007 at 12:21 pm | Permalink


  8. Posted July 18, 2007 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    plugfinder.com ?

    We’re definitely in.

    We might even be willing to bring our projector and screens as long as your movies aren’t during Bluish Barn movies (Thursdays.)

  9. Posted July 18, 2007 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    I’ll bring the popcorn, pop, and candy. I think I can borrow a big screen from a friend.

  10. Anonymous
    Posted July 18, 2007 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

    I have a small PA I could bring as long as it isnt on Tuesdays when we have our open mic.

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