John Phillip Law

  1. Jon Voight, Midnight Cowboy, 1969.    Preferred producer-director Otto Preminger (and his Skidoo flop) to UK film-maker John Schlesinger’s US debut – it won Oscar nods  for Voight and six others – and three statuettes.  JPL’s career never recovered.
  2. Scott Wilson, The Gypsy Moths, 1969.      Director John Frankenheimer wanted a Law close-up, landing after a parachute jump.  JPL was hoisted  by a crane, then released to float into the shot… except he put out his hand to break his fall, and broke his wrist.  Bye bye,  JPL.  Hello, Scott.
  3. Ken Howard, Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon, 1969. For his   sixth consecutive flop, producer-director-ogre Otto Preminger – totally out of whack with the 60s/70s public – skated between Howard, Austin Pendleton and a third Otto film for JPL as the seizure prone Arthur. Even Paramount vp Peter Bart said the drama – about three hospital patients, physically, mentally or sexually scarred, moving in together – was “intrinsically down beat and depressing.” Right.

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