Khrushchev: 'Why Not Disneyland?'
September 19, 2009 | 6:00 am
Photograph by Bruce Cox / Los Angeles Times |
Actor David Niven, center, in a toast at Twentieth Century Fox studios with Nikita Khrushchev, left, Eric Johnston of the Motion Picture Producers Assn., Andrei Gromyko and studio executive Buddy Adler.
Photograph by Bruce Cox / Los Angeles Times
Sept. 19, 1959: Khrushchev addresses a luncheon at Twentieth Century Fox's Cafe de Paris. The man at the far left is unidentified in the caption information, but I believe he is ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. Next is Soviet envoy Mikhail Menshikov; studio President Spyros Skouras; translator Oleg Troyanovsky; Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev; Eric Johnston of the Motion Picture Producers Assn.; Andrei Gromyko; studio executive Buddy Adler; and Khrushchev's son Sergei.
"I'm furious. I see vodka on their table!" Shelley [Winters] joked, indicating the still unoccupied table. The waitresses had just set before us bottles of Wente Bros. Pinot Chardonnay '57.Photograph by the Los Angeles Police Department
Judy [Garland] raised her glass. "I think we'll all get blind drunk and hiss and boo and carry on."
Scheuer says of Khrushchev: "Most of all he bemoaned that he had been advised against visiting Disneyland -- 'for security reasons.' "what is it they have -- a rocket launching platform -- there?' he demanded, grinning."
After lunch, Khrushchev and his entourage went to Stage 8 to see scenes reenacted from "Can-Can"
Maurice Chevalier and Louis Jourdan perform for Khrushchev.
| Photograph by Bruce Cox / Los Angeles Times|
Dancers perform a scene from "Can-Can" for Khrushchev.
Sept. 22, 1959: Khrushchev calls "Can-Can" immoral.
| Photograph by the Los Angeles Police Department|
A crowd presses around Khrushchev and Skouras at the studio, accompanied by Troyanovsky.
Photograph by the Los Angeles Police Department
Khrushchev gets into a limousine under the watchful eye of Police Chief William H. Parker.
Next, a tour of the San Fernando Valley.