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Genius on Hold (2012)

PG | | Documentary | 1 March 2013 (USA)
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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.


Gregory Marquette
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Credited cast:
Howard Abadinsky Howard Abadinsky ... Himself (as Professor Howard Abadinsky)
Nathanial Barone Nathanial Barone ... Himself (as Nathanial Barone Esq.)
Marco Ceritelli Marco Ceritelli ... Himself (as Deputy Chief Marco Ceritelli)
Sylvester Glaser Sylvester Glaser ... Himself
Yaacov Heller Yaacov Heller ... Himself
Linda Honey Linda Honey ... Herself
Frank Langella ... Narrator (voice)
Milton L. Mueller Milton L. Mueller ... Himself (as Professor Milton L. Mueller)
Greg Ottensmeyer Greg Ottensmeyer ... Himself
Dan Riemer Dan Riemer ... Himself (as Detective Dan Riemer)
Walter L. Shaw Walter L. Shaw ... Himself (archive footage)
Walter T. Shaw 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


An Inventor ahead of his time, cheated by the system See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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


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Release Date:

1 March 2013 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Top Cat Productions See more »
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Did You Know?


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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Confusing and Dull
30 October 2014 | by beehagueSee all my reviews

What could have been an interesting bio was turned into a political propaganda piece probably written and produced by a few of the unwashed Occupy Wall Street crowd. Not quite historically accurate, very one-sided, confusing and worse - very dull. The story of Shaw is interesting but nothing new. Work done and patents applied for by individuals in corporations usually belong to the firm that provided all of the tools, supplies, equipment, money and benefits, and which is usually stipulated in the hiring contract. Shaw wanted it all for himself and in doing so ran up against one of the biggest companies in the world (at that time). Hubris kills. Shaw wanted to use his products with AT&T's system without any penalty. Think about that the next time you see the FBI warning on every DVD, or if you try to install your app on your iPhone without Apple's permission. Again, the story of Shaw would have been very interesting if the writer - director hadn't used this to promote his own distorted view of American business and capitalism. I enjoy a good story; I don't like propaganda.

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