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The Paper Chase (1973) Poster

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John Houseman was cast as Professor Kingsfield only after director James Bridges tried and failed to interest James Mason, Edward G. Robinson, Melvyn Douglas, Sir John Gielgud, and Paul Scofield. Although Houseman had appeared in a small but important role in Seven Days in May (1964), he had previously been known primarily as a radio (The Mercury Theatre of the Air; 1938's 'The War of the Worlds'), stage (Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre) and film (Julius Caesar (1953)) producer, and this was his first major film role. It won him the 1973 Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor.
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First film of David Clennon.
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Hart's first name, James, is hardly used in the film. It is spoken only once, when Hart introduces himself to Brooks. His full name, James T. Hart, appears on Hart's final exam and, in tiny lettering, on the envelope containing his grades.
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Average Shot Length = ~8.7 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~8.1 seconds.
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