1969: ‘Easy’ does it

JUNE 6, 1969

So many pals of Peter Fonda and “Easy Rider” company wanted to see the Col pic, two screenings (7:45 and 10:15) were set at the Directors Guild…Shirlee and Hank Fonda were on hand for the early show and pere Fonda, who viewed “Easy” since its original 3½ hours’ length, proudly asked his son, who produced and wrote, “When are you going to put me under contract to you?” … Hank, with time off “There Was a Crooked Man,” checked in-outta Cedars for a check-up, is A-OK as anyone can see… “Rider,” exec produced by Bert Schneider, received an R rating although he fought for an M (With grass, acid, violence, sex, nudity?)… The cost — $600,000 — looks like mucho more. … The talented youngsters continue their projects singly — but perhaps joining ’em together in a company: Schneider with “Drive, He Said”; director/co-star/co-scripter Dennis Hopper’s in London readying “The Last Movie”; and Fonda’s preparing Howard Fast’s “Conceived in Liberty.” … The dual preview turnout of gaily costumed, heavy-haired guests threw usually all-knowing fotogs into a state of identification confusion. Among those we could spot were Peter Sellers, Candy Bergen and Terry Melcher, Bobby Darin, John Saxon, Jim Mitchum and mother Dorothy, Jim Coburn, Michael Caine, John Philip Law, Michele Phillips, Stella Stevens, Skip Ward, Donna Reed and Tony Owen. But like we said, there were many others camouflaged under buckskin and hair. So what else is new today?

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