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April 16, 2008

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Cynthia Close

I recently had a conversation with a very prominent filmmaker who informed me that Titicut Follies was really a John Marshall film. It was shot almost entirely by John Marshall, edited for the most part by John Marshall, and should be considered a John Marshall Film. At the time it was made Fred Weisman was a lawyer, rather than a filmmaker and a myth has grown up around the idea that Titicut Follies is a Weisman Film. In name only.

S.E.E.

Mr. Sherman omitted Parole, a made for TV movie (shot in 1980, aired in 1982) shot in and around Boston and at (then) MCI Walpole. It starred James Naughton, Mark Soper, and Ellen Barkin. One other point: In listing the Boston locations used in The Last Detail, he omitted a great long-shot of the old Suffolk County House of Correcton on Deer Island, shot from Shirley Street in Winthrop, MA, my home town.

Paul Sherman

I didn't really deal with TV movies; only a few homegrown movies that weren't specifically made for TV, but ended up getting more exposure that way, made it into the book. Thanks for the tip on the shot in The Last Detail. Great bit of info! I'm wondering if it was used during the Boston section or if the moviemakers liked the looks of the jail, shot it and then stuck it in the movie somewhere else. If I recall, the prisons shown in the movie were in only Norfolk, Virginia and Portsmouth, NH, right?

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