Dirty Mary Crazy Larry | 1974
British director John Hough takes on that most American of genres, the road movie, and uses the low budget to great effect – no studio sets, no process shots, no fakery…
Every road movie needs a kickstart to set the characters off, and this comes with the robbery of a supermarket. The “nice little town” is Sonora, about 50 miles east of Stockton, where you can still find Save Mart, 130 West Stockton Street.
Once on the road, Larry and Deke attempt to dump her at ‘Ogilvie’s Grocery’ store, only to discover that the canny girl has hung onto their map. The store is Farmington General Store, 25520 East Hwy 4, in Farmington, about 15 miles east of Stockton.
Fleeing the law, Mary gets possibly the most redundant line ever used in a road movie, as their Chevy Impala approaches a raising bridge… “Hey, wait a minute – why aren’t we slowing down?” She’s clearly not aware of the golden rule of Hollywood, which states that whenever a bridge opens up, the near side always rises slightly faster than the far side, allowing speedy cars to make a clean leap across the gap.
The bridge can be seen on South Tracy Boulevard crossing the Grant Line Canal, a couple of miles north of Tracy, down to the southwest of Stockton.
‘Dutton Flats’, the swap meet where there’s an alternative car waiting, is 6th Street, a little cul-de-sac running south from State Route 88 at the eastern end of Clements, northeast of Stockton.
Roaring off in the stylish – if rather easily spotted – lime green ’69 Dodge Charger, they lay low for a game of pool at Bill's Beer, Pool & Gas Store, 19500 H-26 at Flood Road 5200N, in Linden – ‘No spitting, no swearing, no risqué women’. Or rather, ‘No riskew women’. You can’t get a beer or a game of pool here any more, but the building still remains.
It’s around the area of Linden that the extensive walnut groves in which they plan to hide out, and which dictated the location of the production, can be found.
The unexpectedly shocking ending was filmed just to the west of Linden, on Archerdale Road, just south of the junction with Ketcham Lane. You’ll be safe now – although the railway line is still there, the Stockton Terminal and Eastern Railroad is no longer running.