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Genius on Hold (2012)

PG | | Documentary | 1 March 2013 (USA)
The story of Walter L. Shaw, a telecommunications genius, and his son Walter T. Shaw, a ruthless jewel thief, is a metaphor and a symbol for its time - for the twentieth century and for today.


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Credited cast:
Howard Abadinsky ...
Himself (as Professor Howard Abadinsky)
Nathanial Barone ...
Himself (as Nathanial Barone Esq.)
Marco Ceritelli ...
Himself (as Deputy Chief Marco Ceritelli)
Sylvester Glaser ...
Yaacov Heller ...
Linda Honey ...
Narrator (voice)
Milton L. Mueller ...
Himself (as Professor Milton L. Mueller)
Greg Ottensmeyer ...
Dan Riemer ...
Himself (as Detective Dan Riemer)
Walter L. Shaw ...
Himself (archive footage)
Walter T. Shaw ...
Himself (as Walter 'Thiel' Shaw)


True story of Walter L. Shaw and Walter T. Shaw, father and son, and the Shaw family, a typical American family with reasonable hopes and bright aspirations. The future looked fine for them. Unfortunately life was not to deliver on the promise of good fortune and stability. They would suffer disillusionment with life and the twisting of their dreams into gut-wrenching nightmares. Written by Gregory Marquette

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Rated PG for thematic elements, brief language and some smoking images


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The credits say, "Excerpts from the motion picture 'A License to Steal', and the book 'A License to Steal' by Walter T. Shaw and Mary Jane Robinson, provided courtesy of Omega Publishing Group" - however there is no film released under that title at this time. If anything, Genius On Hold appears to be the official title for what may have been the working title 'A License to Steal'; but there is no such film to attribute excerpt credit to. See more »


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Informative and full of surprises
23 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

This excellent documentary provides new information about the Mafia, the FBI as well as AT&T. It shows the phone monopoly was far more ruthless than most of us knew. It shows what really went on with Joe Valachi and the FBI at the Kefauver hearings. My lasting insight from this film is the connection between corporatism and fascism.

It is also the story of a brilliant man brought down because he was too successful and his strange turn to the dark side in attempt to survive. The audience for this film is everyone interested in AT&T, the nature of monopolies, or power shift in America since the 1960's.

This film is well produced with lots of archive footage.

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