Harold & Maude Day at Western Railway Museum

Eye the railroad car that was home to Ruth Gordon's irrepressible Maude, and meet an author who wrote about the classic flick.

"Harold and Maude"

BAY AREA BELOVED: Ask any fan of "Harold and Maude" to talk about the 1971 game-changer of a film, and they'll cite the star turns by Bud Cort and Ruth Gordon, the evocative Cat Stevens soundtrack, and the memorable locations and homes. A slew of San Francisco-close communities cameo in the gray-sky'd, fog-laden lark, a comedic piece that's awash in pathos, grim grins, and moving moments aplenty. One of the best-known spots in the cinematic treat? Maude's funkily attired rail car, of course. It's where Harold finally eschews some of his theatrics and begins to get down to his real feelings, and sharing them with another human being in an authentic, heart-deep way. Good news: Maude's vintage-amazing Pullman railway car still exists, and while it is no longer outfitted in her scarves, paintings, and lamps, fans can still call upon it for a photo op or two. The rail car is the center of the movie-loving action, in fact, on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Western Railway Museum. It's Harold & Maude Day, and there are a few sing-out surprises in store.

OH, WE CAN'T WAIT: If you don't like a spoiler, then look away, but the day's delights include an appearance by author James Davidson, who shall be signing his book "Hal Ashby and the Making of Harold and Maude." As for that Jaguar hearse out front? That of course was Harold's sleek and spooky ride in the film. To see the famous vehicle, famous rail car, and maybe flaunt your Harold-esque, wide-of-tie style, make for the museum from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Mr. Davidson is signing books from 11:30 to 1 o'clock). Whether you're able to make it or not, best always take what Maude recommended to Harold upon his declaration of love for her to heart: "Go and love some more." Wise words, for sure, dear Maude.

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