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Jean Shepherd At The Movies

aka "Rear Bumpers"

1983

The seven films in this series: 1) Ruby Sears 2) Rin Tin Tin 3) Movie Technology - Hand cranked cameras 4) DW Griffith - Lillian Gish on the ice flows of the Connecticut River in "Way Down East" 5) DW Griffith - "Feast of Bal Shazar in Babylon" 6) Special effects in silent movies 7) Harold Lloyd - The richest actor to have left the movies when sound came in.
In his "Rear Bumper" spots, writer and raconteur Jean Shepherd reminisces with several people on a boating excursion. Topics of discussion include his work in television, humor, and writing. Interspersed with this dialogue are anecdotal television spots recorded several years earlier. The seven films in this series: 1) Ruby Sears 2) Rin Tin Tin 3) Movie Technology - Hand cranked cameras 4) DW Griffith - Lillian Gish on the ice flows of the Connecticut River in "Way Down East" 5) DW Griffith - "Feast of Bal Shazar in Babylon" 6) Special effects in silent movies 7) Harold Lloyd - The richest actor to have left the movies when sound came in.
Fan Comments
[ Courtesy: Dan Beach - - ]
Jean was making a series of short "bumpers", 2-3 minute programs, dealing with old film legends, to be used by PBS to fill uneven time periods at the end of their Masterpiece Theatre series. He was charming during this shoot (we shot all the shows in one day). He was fascinated that one of the production assistants was Raquel Welch's son. He loved rearranging my collectibles around the room to fill in the 'set'. The photo of Leigh applying his makeup was taken that day. [Dan was Production Coordinator at WGBH]

Production Information:
Studio / Network: WGBH Boston
Director: Fred Barzyk
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Producer: Fred Barzyk
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1983
Jean Shepherd At the Movies - Shep

Courtesy: Dan Beach


1983
Jean Shepherd At the Movies - Shep with Leigh and "Boy Wonder" Fred Barzyk

Courtesy: Dan Beach