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10 Reasons to Revisit James Bridges

By Jack Larson

(June 2011)

10. Because the distinguished young film critic Peter Tonguette, whose previous book on Orson Welles was much admired, has spent three years researching and writing his extraordinary new book, “The Films of James Bridges.”

9. Because John Houseman (a first-time actor) won an Academy Award as Charles W. Kingsfield Jr., the highly respected and feared professor of contracts at Harvard Law School in Bridges’ film adaptation of “The Paper Chase.”

8. Because television producer Norman Lloyd hired Bridges to write 16 episodes of “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour” that Hitchcock praised, and because he earned an Emmy nomination for his script for an episode of “Alfred Hitchcock Presents.”

7. Because after “The Paper Chase” was previewed at a theater showing Robert Altman’s “M*A*S*H,” Altman invited Bridges to dinner and told him how much he admired Bridges’ movie.

6. Because Robert Wise, Orson Welles’ film editor on “Citizen Kane” and

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