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"The Paper Chase" (1978) More at IMDbPro »TV series 1978-1986

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Overview

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Writer:
James Bridges (developed for television by)
Contact:
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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4
Release Date:
9 September 1978 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
A TV Series about a bunch of Law students, their everyday lives and their effort to make it through Law School... See more »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 4 wins & 18 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
WONDERFUL SERIES..THE CHASE CONTINUED TILL GRADUATION See more (18 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 9 of 65)

John Houseman ... Professor Charles W. Kingsfield Jr. (58 episodes, 1978-1986)
James Stephens ... James T. Hart (58 episodes, 1978-1986)
Tom Fitzsimmons ... Franklin Ford III (58 episodes, 1978-1986)

James Keane ... Willis Bell (55 episodes, 1978-1986)
Betty Harford ... Mrs. Nottingham / ... (43 episodes, 1978-1986)

Michael Tucci ... Gerald Golden (36 episodes, 1983-1986)
Clare Kirkconnell ... Rita Harriman (29 episodes, 1984-1986)
Andra Millian ... Laura Kiernan (27 episodes, 1984-1986)

Penny Johnson Jerald ... Vivian Conway (27 episodes, 1984-1986)
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Series Directed by
Jack Bender (8 episodes, 1979-1984)
Ralph Senensky (7 episodes, 1985-1986)
Corey Allen (5 episodes, 1983-1984)
Philip Leacock (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
Alex March (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
Robert C. Thompson (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
Lynn Roth (3 episodes, 1984-1986)
Larry Elikann (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
Seymour Robbie (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
Nick Havinga (2 episodes, 1983-1984)
Joseph Pevney (2 episodes, 1983)
John Herzfeld (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
 
Series Writing credits
James Bridges (58 episodes, 1978-1986)
John Jay Osborn Jr. (58 episodes, 1978-1986)
Max Eisenberg (4 episodes, 1979-1985)
Joe S. Landon (4 episodes, 1983-1986)
Lee Kalcheim (4 episodes, 1983-1985)
Paul L. Ehrmann (3 episodes, 1984-1985)
Marshall Goldberg (3 episodes, 1984-1985)
Gordon Hoban (2 episodes, 1978)
David P. Harmon (2 episodes, 1979)
Judy Merl (2 episodes, 1984-1985)
Paul Eric Myers (2 episodes, 1984-1985)
Stephen Schneck (2 episodes, 1985-1986)

Series Produced by
Lynn Roth .... executive producer (36 episodes, 1983-1986)
Ernest A. Losso .... producer (26 episodes, 1984-1986)
Robert C. Thompson .... executive producer / producer (22 episodes, 1978-1979)
Richard Glassman .... associate producer (21 episodes, 1978-1979)
Keith Alexander .... associate producer (13 episodes, 1983-1985)
Robert Lewin .... producer (12 episodes, 1978)
Michael Van Himbergen .... associate producer (12 episodes, 1984)
Albert Aley .... producer (9 episodes, 1979)
Carl Kugel .... associate producer (6 episodes, 1978)
Cleve Landsberg .... producer (6 episodes, 1983)
Steve Ecclesine .... associate producer (4 episodes, 1986)
 
Series Original Music by
Stephen Seretan (39 episodes, 1978-1986)
Richard Shores (4 episodes, 1978)
Charles Fox (2 episodes, 1978)
 
Series Cinematography by
Gene A. Talvin (18 episodes, 1983-1984)
John Elsenbach (15 episodes, 1978-1979)
Alfred Taylor (14 episodes, 1978-1986)
Charles F. Wheeler (1 episode, 1978)
 
Series Film Editing by
Art Seid (16 episodes, 1978-1986)
Axel Hubert Sr. (14 episodes, 1978-1984)
Michael Eliot (8 episodes, 1978-1979)
Rod Stephens (5 episodes, 1984)
Sidney Katz (2 episodes, 1978)
 
Series Casting by
Joe Scully (12 episodes, 1978)
Sally Powers (8 episodes, 1979)
Jane Feinberg (7 episodes, 1983)
Mike Fenton (7 episodes, 1983)
Valorie Massalas (7 episodes, 1983)
Joyce Agu (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
Penny Ellers (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
Robert C. Thompson (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
 
Series Art Direction by
Carl Anderson (24 episodes, 1983-1985)
Serge Krizman (19 episodes, 1978-1979)
Steven P. Sardanis (3 episodes, 1978)
Bill Camden (2 episodes, 1986)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Ethel Robins Richards (19 episodes, 1978-1979)
Travis Nixon (8 episodes, 1984)
James Hassinger (7 episodes, 1983)
Sharon Thomas (5 episodes, 1985)
Robert C. Furginson (4 episodes, 1984)

Rick Simpson (unknown episodes)
 
Series Makeup Department
Benjamin Douglas .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 1985-1986)
Carol Pershing .... hair stylist (2 episodes, 1985)

Marilyn Patricia Phillips .... hair department head (unknown episodes, 1978)
 
Series Production Management
Mark Evans .... executive production manager (48 episodes, 1978-1986)
Joseph Silver .... post-production supervisor (36 episodes, 1978-1985)
Jack Oliver .... unit production manager (16 episodes, 1984-1985)
Carl 'Major' Roup .... unit production manager (14 episodes, 1978-1979)
Robert Braithwaite .... post-production supervisor (9 episodes, 1984)
Richard Glassman .... unit production manager (7 episodes, 1978)
Joan Carson .... unit production manager (7 episodes, 1983)
Gary LaPoten .... production supervisor (5 episodes, 1986)
Jack W. Cash .... unit production manager (2 episodes, 1986)
Skip Lusk .... post-production supervisor (2 episodes, 1986)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Babu Subramaniam 'T.R.' .... second assistant director (23 episodes, 1983-1985)
Donald White .... first assistant director (22 episodes, 1978-1986)
William Cosentino .... second assistant director (14 episodes, 1978-1979)
Ron Kinwald .... first assistant director / second assistant director (14 episodes, 1978-1979)
Jack W. Cash .... first assistant director (9 episodes, 1984-1985)
Carol Green .... second assistant director / first assistant director (5 episodes, 1986)
Carl 'Major' Roup .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 1978)
Peter Schindler .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Art Department
Al Smutko .... construction coordinator (25 episodes, 1978-1986)
Michael Casey .... property master (2 episodes, 1985)

Robert M. Anderson .... property master (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Steve Cantamessa .... sound recordist (9 episodes, 1978-1979)
Charles Lewis .... sound mixer (2 episodes, 1985)
Bud Wolfe .... sound boom man (2 episodes, 1985)

Jeremy Hoenack .... supervising sound editor (unknown episodes)
Eileen Horta .... supervising sound editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
Billy Myatt .... special effects (2 episodes, 1985)
 
Series Stunts
Jean Coulter .... stunts (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Doug Mathias .... gaffer (19 episodes, 1983-1984)
Bill Brocias .... key grip (3 episodes, 1985-1986)
Robert Porcello .... first assistant camera (3 episodes, 1985-1986)
Ron McManus .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1985)
Peter Norkus .... second assistant camera (2 episodes, 1985)
Larry Rake .... gaffer (2 episodes, 1985)
Tex Williams .... crab dolly grip (2 episodes, 1985)
Douglas Yonker .... best boy (2 episodes, 1985)

Curtis Foster .... best boy (unknown episodes)
Michael Hofstein .... additional camera operator (unknown episodes)
Bill Sheehan .... film loader (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Justine Jacoby .... casting associate (2 episodes, 1986)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Henry Grethel .... wardrobes designed and furnished by (7 episodes, 1983)
Brian O'Dowd .... costumer: men (3 episodes, 1985-1986)
Jane Ruhm .... costumer: women (2 episodes, 1985)

Marion Kirk .... set costumer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Lionel Newman .... music supervisor (45 episodes, 1978-1985)
 
Series Transportation Department
James Nordberg .... driver (37 episodes, 1978-1986)
Dean E. Mason .... transportation coordinator (17 episodes, 1985-1986)
 
Series Other crew
John Jay Osborn Jr. .... program consultant / program advisor (46 episodes, 1978-1986)
Charles B. Rosenberg .... technical consultant (22 episodes, 1983-1986)
Ruth Crego Benson .... technical advisor (21 episodes, 1978-1979)
Marvin Kupfer .... executive story consultant / story editor (14 episodes, 1978-1979)
Hilary Baum .... assistant to the producers (12 episodes, 1984)
Judy Merl .... story editor (12 episodes, 1984)
Paul Eric Myers .... story editor (12 episodes, 1984)
Worley Thorne .... executive story consultant (11 episodes, 1978-1979)
Don Carlos Dunaway .... story editor (6 episodes, 1978)
Lynne Kelsey .... story editor / executive story editor (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
James Menzies .... executive story consultant (4 episodes, 1978)
Marshall Goldberg .... executive story editor (4 episodes, 1985)
Joel Lipman .... program coordinator (4 episodes, 1985)
Noreen Stone .... story editor (4 episodes, 1985)
Joe S. Landon .... story editor (3 episodes, 1983)
Roberta Sherry Scelza .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 1985)
Paul L. Ehrmann .... executive story editor (2 episodes, 1986)
Michael Zaldivar .... program coordinator (2 episodes, 1986)

Lisa Hackett .... production coordinator (unknown episodes, 1983-1984)
 
Series Thanks
Robert Bolt .... thanks: for permission to quote from "A Man for All Seasons" (1 episode, 1986)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Paper Chase: The Fourth Year" - USA (fourth season title)
"The Paper Chase: The Graduation Year" - USA (fifth season title)
"The Paper Chase: The Second Year" - USA (second season title)
"The Paper Chase: The Third Year" - USA (third season title)
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Runtime:
60 min (57 episodes)
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Trivia:
The show lasted only one season on CBS, from 1978 to 1979, and was canceled because of low ratings. The cable channel Showtime revived the series in 1983, where it ran for three years without commercials and was a great success. John Houseman passed away two years after the series went off the air. The first season was released on DVD in April 2009, with Season 2 scheduled to follow in December.See more »
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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
WONDERFUL SERIES..THE CHASE CONTINUED TILL GRADUATION, 13 August 1999
Author: gary renfield (gary_renfield@email.com) from NEW JERSEY, USA

This was such a great show it was continued as a SHOWTIME cable series. An improvement on the film of the same name, the continuity was seamless and was done expertly and lovingly. The adventures of Mr. Hart and his co-horts was a pleasure to watch. The small screen version so defined the Paper Chase and Harvard Law School that I find the big screen, Timothy Bottoms, version very unsatisfying and dated.

Timothy bottoms is not missed as Mr. Hart, due to the great performance of James Stephens. John Houseman reprising his role of the scholarly, curmudgeon, Professor Kingsfield, provides the link to the original movie that makes the series work. He was exceptional in the role. First feared and hated (by some), he gradually wins you over becoming admired and even loved by those that understand him best (like Hart), providing a near father figure.

An intelligent series for the masses, try to see it in chronological order. ENJOY.........

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