Ethel and Ernest opened in Los Angeles on December 15th 2017 at the Nuart Theatre.

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Nuart Theatre Los Angeles showing Ethel and Ernest (photo courtesy Robbie Little)

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Ethel and Ernest gets a week long run at the Nuart Theatre in Los Angeles starting on Dec 15th 2017. (Photo courtesy of Ruth McCartney and Angie McCartney, pictured).

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Ruth McCartney (L) and Angie McCartney (R) at the Nuart Theatre, Los Angeles.

Among the first to see the film were local LA residents Ruth McCartney and Angie McCartney who have a particular connection to the film. Ruth is Paul McCartney’s step sister and Angie is his stepmother.  Paul McCartney wrote and performed a song for Ethel and Ernest called ‘In the Blink of an Eye’ . It is played over the end credits. Also featured in the film is a composition that Paul’s father Jim McCartney wrote in the 1920s when he was a leader of  Jim Mac’s jazz band. It was called ‘Walking In the Park with Eloise’    and was recorded in Nashville in 1974 by Paul McCartney (washboard), Chet Atkins (guitar), Floyd Cramer (piano). They called themselves The Country Hams. The tune was re-recorded for the film and was arranged and conducted by Carl Davis.

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Jim McCartney’s ‘Walking in the Park with Eloise’ is heard on the soundtrack when Ethel and Ernest are outside a ballroom at the start of the film. It is also played over the end credits after Paul McCartney’s composition ‘In the Blink of an Eye’.

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Eagle eyed viewers will notice that the poster outside the ballroom advertises Jim Mac’s band. That was the name of the band that Paul’s father led in the 1920s.