St. Odo Parish
While Mrs. Reilly, Santa Bataglia and Mr. Robichaux walk to a Debbie Reynolds movie, they pass the fictional St. Odo Parish church, which was “really at it” that night. They went to a theatre, which was probably the Prytania and settled in for a show. The only clue about the movie’s plot comes from Santa, when she says, “I betcha little Debbie’s gonna have her a baby!”
“How the West Was Won” was an epic western that starred Debbie Reynolds and Gregory Peck, among others. It followed several generations of a family making their way in the frontier of the American west. In the movie, Reynolds plays a character that ties several generations together and appears in three of the five chapters. It was released on February 20, 1963, which lines up nicely with my theory that Confederacy was set in the winter of 1962-1963.