Movie House Memories

Chinatown (1974)

Episode #61

Paramount Pictures released Chinatown to theaters on June 20, 1974. Roman Polanski directed the film which stars Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, and John Huston.

‘Chinatowns’ Movie Summary

Ida Sessions impersonates Evelyn Mulwray for a few hours in order to hire private investigator, J. J. “Jake” Gittes. She wants him to survey the real Evelyn’s husband, Hollis I Mulwray, and find out if he’s having an affair with another woman. Jake takes the job, and sets out to find out what he finds out.

He tails Mulwray, who is the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s chief engineer, to a public meeting on the creation of a new reservoir. Mulwray publicly opposes the dam because a dam he created years earlier failed; killing many people. This new dam will be built on the same earth foundations as the failed dam. So he wants no part of it.

Eventually, Jake catches Mulwray redhanded with another woman, and publishes pictures of their encounter in the daily newspaper. However, the next day, the real Evelyn Mulwray (and her lawyer) greets Jake. She’s pissed about Jake’s revelation, and how it will affect her reputation.

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