Jeff Smith 4 p.m., Dec. 20
Double Features from Hell: Flipper and The Manchurian Candidate
I've been spending far too much time on Google Newspapers pouring through back editions in search of vintage movie ads. Dig deep enough and you will eventually hit paydirt.
This ad from the June 9, 1963 edition of The Lakeland Ledger offered Floridians the rare chance to see The King of the Sea and The Queen of Hearts for one low ticket price. For whom do you feel pity: toddlers subjected to two hours of Commie brainwashing or adults forced to endure the indignity of a big screen blow-up of a puerile kiddie show?
The craziest double-bill I experienced first hand was a combo of The Sorrow and the Pity, Max Ophuls' four-hour documentary about the French resistance and Carl Reiner's Where's Poppa?, a scathing black comedy about the problem of aging in America. Jerry Lewis said that he opened his own chain of cinemas after seeing one of his family films (Which Way to the Front?) paired opposite Deep Throat. I always thought the latter would play best on the lower half of a double bill with The 400 Blows.
What's the most outrageous double-bill you ever witnessed?
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