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Khrushchev: 'Why Not Disneyland?'

September 19, 2009 |  6:00 am
Sept. 19, 1959, Toast, David Niven 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.


Sept. 19, 1959, Khrushchev at Fox Studios 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.

Sept. 20, 1959, Khrushchev, Studio

Reporter Marvin Miles covers Khrushchev's speech and interviews Marilyn Monroe.

Sept. 20, 1959, Studio, Speech

 Sept. 20, 1959, Philip Scheuer The Times' Philip K. Scheuer is seated with Judy Garland, Shelley Winters and Shirley MacLaine.

 
Sept. 19, 1959, Khrushchev, SpeechPhotograph by Larry Sharkey / Los Angeles Times

Khrushchev addresses the luncheon.

Sept. 20, 1959, Nina Khrushchev Nina Khrushchev is seated between Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope.

Sept. 20, 1959, Khrushchev, Scheuer "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.

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."

Sept. 19, 1959, Khrushchev, Can-Can Photograph by the Los Angeles Police Department

After lunch, Khrushchev and his entourage went to Stage 8 to see scenes reenacted from "Can-Can"

Sept. 19, 1959, Khrushchev, Can-Can Photograph by Bruce Cox / Los Angeles Times

Maurice Chevalier and Louis Jourdan perform for Khrushchev. 

Sept. 19, 1959, Khrushchev, Can-Can Photograph by Bruce Cox / Los Angeles Times

Dancers perform a scene from "Can-Can" for Khrushchev.

Sept. 22, 1959, Can-Can
Sept. 22, 1959: Khrushchev calls "Can-Can" immoral.

Sept. 19, 1959, Spyros Skouras, Khrushchev Photograph by the Los Angeles Police Department

A crowd presses around Khrushchev and Skouras at the studio, accompanied by Troyanovsky.

Sept. 19, 1959, Khrushchev, Parker 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. 
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