David Carradine was living with Barbara Hershey during this time (Hershey had changed her last name to Seagull due to an involvement in an accidental death of the bird) and they had rented a home in the small town of South Haven Kansas which borders northern Oklahoma. Their presence, along with several long haired musicians and film employees, caused quite a stir among the conservative residents of the town. Carradine and others could frequently be seen at the one local ice cream/hamburger place on the highway that ran through the town.
Hank - Man in Gas Station:
What's the matter?
Carl - Man in Gas Station: Hey, Wood.
Woody Guthrie: Yeah.
Old Man Jenkins - Gas Station Owner: Cherry wine.
Old Man Jenkins - Gas Station Owner: Goddamit, Woody. I got half a notion to pull up stakes and hit the road for California.
Carl - Man in Gas Station: I been thinking about down the Gulf of Mexico... or the Rio Grande valley. Just somewheres I can grow some fruit, ...
Old Man Jenkins - Gas Station Owner: ...
Guthrie's singing partner on KFVD radio in Los Angeles was not named Memphis Sue. Her real name was Maxine Crissman, and she was known as "Lefty Lou," because she shared Guthrie's politics and was just as outspoken. In fact, Guthrie was never pressed to stop singing union-organizing songs; the station owner, Frank Burke, was a populist New Dealer who agreed with Guthrie. The reason Woody was fired was because after the Soviet Union signed a non-aggression pact with Nazi Germany in 1939, he started singing songs that, mirroring the Communist Party line, denounced the war as a capitalist fraud.