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Elliot Norton Reviews; Jack Lemmon


Originally recorded 12/8/1972

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Elliot Norton Reviews
Jack Lemmon
Series Description

Boston theatre critic Elliot Norton interviews prominent actors, directors and producers on their craft. (Aired from October, 1958 to 1982. Winner of both Peabody and Tony Awards.) Series release date: 1958

Program Description

Jack Lemmon returns to his home town for the opening of his fifth film under the direction of Billy Wilder.

A good part of this discussion with Mr. Norton is an unusually insightful analysis of the roles of film actor and of film director. Mr. Lemmon is both and in reflecting on the differences of these two jobs and how they contributed to each other in his experience he defines the basic elements for success in them in very refreshing terms.

This man who accepts new roles when he is a bit afraid of them and finds the acting process difficult work, has a charisma which is matchless. Additional topics include Jack Lemmon's work with Billy Wilder, Neil Simon, and Walter Matheau.



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Talk Show
Performing Arts
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