May 25, 1995 |
Percy Adlon loves sending his favorite muse, the ample Marianne Sagebrecht, on personal journeys into quirk-dom. The cheeky German filmmaker pushed her through the Berlin subway on a quest for love in "Sugarbaby" (1985), and he dropped her in the Mojave Desert for a soul search in "Bagdad Cafe" (1988).
September 27, 1992 |
Even a romantic, curious, adventuring Irishman like Shanty Devlin wasn't fully aware of the history he had encountered. He knew when he leased the abandoned Sidewinder Cafe on Route 66 that he was signing to operate a chunk of '40s folklore. But Devlin--a former teacher of hotel and restaurant management--undertook running a roadside greasy spoon as little more than a retirement pastime. Enter a traveler from another desert: Hollywood.
January 31, 1991 |
Ever since Iraq invaded Kuwait, curious motorists passing through the Mojave Desert have stopped to ask the way to Bagdad, the California ghost town named in the 1800s for the Middle Eastern capital. "Every day they come into our gas station or restaurant and ask, 'Where's Bagdad? We can't find it,' " said Buster Burris, 81, owner of the town of Amboy, population 27, eight miles east of where maps indicate Bagdad is located. Burris tells them Bagdad is but a memory these days.
December 17, 1990 |
Writer Sues CBS Over 'Bagdad Cafe' Series: Television writer Mort Lachman sued CBS Inc., contending that it violated an agreement to pay him thousands of dollars stemming from his work on the TV series "Bagdad Cafe." In the federal lawsuit seeking at least $1 million in damages, Lachman and his R. F. Productions Inc. said he was compensated for his work on the show's first six episodes, which aired in 1989-1990.
November 27, 1990 |
'Cafe' Closes: "Bagdad Cafe," the CBS comedy starring Whoopi Goldberg and Jean Stapleton, has gone out of production, CBS confirmed Monday. Sources close to the show say production shut down after a dispute between Goldberg and the show's co-executive producer, Thad Mumford, during a Nov. 16 taping. A CBS spokeswoman said the network had not yet determined a date the show would go off the air. Goldberg's representatives had no immediate comment on the matter.