Sunday, May 4, 7:00pm – Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Presented in conjunction with “Robert Altman: A Retrospective”
Restoration Premiere. Restored by Northwest Chicago Film Society, with funding from the National Film Preservation Foundation. Additional material courtesy of the Wisconsin Center for Film & Theater Research. Laboratory services by FotoKem.
Directed by Robert Woodburn
Scripted by Altman after his disappointing sojourn as a Hollywood screenwriter, Corn’s-A-Poppin’ is a bargain-basement backstage musical that puts the corn in cornpone. Country-western crooner Jerry Wallace gleefully hosts the Pinwhistle Popcorn Hour—until he discovers that the TV program is a corrupt ad man’s scheme to liquidate the sponsor. Can Wallace and his kid sister Little Cora Rice save the day and save the popcorn? Produced in Kansas City by a cast and crew of Calvin Company veterans, Corn’s-A-Poppin’ saw extremely limited play in Midwestern drive-ins before disappearing for decades. Introduced by Kyle Westphal
Crest Productions Inc. Producer: Elmer C. Rhoden, Jr. Screenwriter: Robert Altman, Robert Woodburn. Cinematographer: Robert Woodburn. Editor: Carl Pierson (uncr.) Cast: Jerry Wallace, Pat McReynolds, Little Cora Rice, James Lantz, Keith Painton, Hobie Shepp and the Cowtown Wranglers
35mm, b/w, 58 min
Chicago Premiere Coming Soon!