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Salt and Pepper

Released 1968
Distributor United Artists

This 1968 film is just one in an ignoble line of un-hip hipster comedies of the late 60’s and early 70’s that included such clueless farragoes as Otto Preminger’s Skidoo and Lee Katzin’s The Phynx. Past-their-prime lotharios Sammy Davis Jr. and Peter Lawford star as club owners who back into a murder mystery and set to work solving the case. The movie is notable as director Richard Donner’s sophomore effort though it would be almost a decade before his career took off with The Omen. There was a sequel directed by Jerry Lewis (!). The saving grace of both films is that they featured poster art from Jack Davis.

About Larry Karaszewski

Larry Karaszewski with his writing/directing/producing partner Scott Alexander won the Best Screenplay Golden Globe for The People vs. Larry Flynt and was nominated by the Writers Guild of America for the cult favorite Ed Wood.  Other credits include writing the Milos Forman film Man on the Moon, adapting the Stephen King story 1408, producing Paul Schrader's Auto Focus, and writing/producing the upcoming Tim Burton feature Big Eyes.  Larry is an active Los Angeles cineaste serving on the board of advisors for the Cinefamily and  hosting a long running film series for the American Cinematheque.