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To the motion picture industry and to knowledgeable moviegoers around the world, the
phra e " A William Wy ler film"
is a ynonym for entertainment
excelle nce. " The Liberation of
L. B. Jone ," new Columbia Pict ures relea e in color at t he . . . . .
Theatre, i a William Wyler film
and therefore, excellent screen
entertainment.
tarred in t his drama of an
interracial triangle that t rigger
the hatred and passions of a
sma ll southern town are Lee J .
Cobb, Antho ny Zer be, Roscoe
Lee Br owne, Lee Majors, Ba r bara Hershey, Yaphet Kot t o,
Chill W ills and Ameri can screen
newcomer Lola Falana, as the
sultr y young wife whose a moralities trigger t he dramatic action of t he film .
The most honor ed of mot ion
picture directors, W yler a lso h a s
created the industry's greate t
variety of films. H e has ranged
from "Dead End" to " The Big
Country," from " The Best Years
of Our Lives" to " Ben H ur ,"
from " Wut hering H eigh t " to
Ml'S. Miniver," and h e recently
directed "Funny Girl," h is ini t ia l
mu sical and the fil m for which
Barbra trei and wo n t he coveted Academy Award' Osca r a
be t actress of t he year.
A three-time wi nner of t he
Academy Award for best dire ctor, William Wyl er h a s been
nominated for t he award on 14
different occasions- ll times as
a director and t hree times as a
producer.
He won Osca r s as dir ect or for
"Mr . Miniver," " The Best Years
of Our Lives," and " Ben Hur ."
He received Academy Awards
nom ination
a
best director
for "Dodsworth," " Wut her ing
Heights," " The Letter," "The
Little Foxes," " The H ei r e s,"
" Det ect ive Story," " Roman Holiday" and "Friendly P er sua sion."
Wyler ha received the D. W.
Griffith Award fro m the Dir ector' Guild of America, and the
Irving G. Thalberg Awa r d from
the Aca demy of Motion Picture
Arts & Sciences.
"The Liberation of L. B. Jones"
wa directed by Wyler and produced by Ronald Lubin. Th e
creenplay, by Stirling Silliphant and Je se Hill Ford, is
based on the Ford novel. Rober t
urtees was director of photography and El mer Bern stein
wrote t he music for t he Wyler Lubin production.
( Mat 2A ; Sti ll No. 42 ) Anthony Zerb e str ikes Ame rica n scr een newco mer
lo la Fa lan a in th is scen e fr om th e W illia m W yler film, "The lib erat ion of
l.B . Jon es," Co lumb ia Pictu res release in color. Zerb e pla ys a sma ll so ut hern
t own po lice off ice r in the film; Miss Fa lan a, his mistr ess. Also starred a re
l ee J . Cobb, Rosco e l ee Browne, l e e Ma jors, Ba rb a ra H e rshey, Yaph et
Kotto an d Ch ill W ills.
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Ro scoe Lee Br owne ha bee n
a colleg e professor, a busines
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of the stars of t he William
Wyl er film , " The L iber at ion of
L. B. J ones," a Colum bia Pi ct ure re lease in color. Br own e
p lays t he t itle ro le, t hat of a
wealt hy
egro und er taker in a
mall southe r n communit y who
pursues, wi th dignity, hi s rights
as a hum an bein g, a nd loses h is
lif e in the process.
A lso starre d in " T he Liberat ion of L. B. J ones" a re Lee J .
Cobb, Anthony
Zer be, Lee
Major, Ba rbar a Her sh ey , Yaphet Kotto a nd Chill Wills. Lo la
Falana make h er Am eri can film
bow in the film , playing Br own e's
eductive young wife whom he
is trying to divorce becau e of
h er ind iscreet liaison with a
white police officer.
A graduate of Lincoln Univerity, Browne did post-graduate
work in comp ara t ive literature
and F r ench at Middlebury 01-
lege and Columbia University.
He returned to Lincoln to teach
until 1952, when he abandoned
teaching to become national
sale repre entative for a liquor
company.
ew Jer ey-born Br own e was
a college track tar, twice U. S.
ch ampion in t he 1000-ya rd competition, and hold er of t he 1951
SOO-meter record es tablished in
P a ri . H e participa ted in track
compet it ion fo r 10 years on inte rnationa l AA U teams .
Acting fir st cla imed hi allegiance when h e jo ined an a mate ur t heatrical gro up wh ile living at ew York's Int ern a t ion al
Honse. H e m ade h i professional
debut in t he
ew York Shakepeare Fe s t i v a l' s " J uliu
Cae ar," On t he screen he was
featured in " The Comedians,"
and won critical plaudits for hi
work a s t he police informer in
" U pt ig ht ." Alfred Hitchcock's
"Topaz" was Browne's la t film
prior to " The Liberation of L. B.
Jones," which was direct ed by
William Wyler.
Barbara Hershey
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For actor Lee J . Cobb, who not
o long ago dominated the
Broadway stage with a majestic,
and memorable, portrayal of the
title role of Shakespeare's "King
Lear," anything el e would eem
a nt i-climact ic. Yet obb found
challenging in the extreme hi
current part in the W ill ia m
Wyler film, " T he Li beration of
L. B. Jones," a Columbia picture
in color at t he .. '.... Th ea t r e.
As an aristocratic sout hern
lawyer, a respectable pillar of
t he commu nity with certain pret ensions to a n enlightened attitude, Cobb find s him self heavily
involve d when an adu lterous,
inter-racial love a ffa ir raises a
stor m of passion and h a t e.
One of t he na t ion' s mo t brilliant st ar of stage and screen,
Cobb ha s created mem or a ble
characterization in such films
as " On t he Wa t erfr ont " "12
Angry Men," "Golden Bo~" and
" Anna and the King of Siam."
Before "King Lear," Cobb wa
remembered by t heatre buffs for
his masterful delineation of the
character Willy Loman in
"Death of a Sale man."
Cobb, a native
ew Yorker,
entered the City College of ew
York a a student of aeronautical engineering, and he subsequently became a flight instructor holding a commercial licen se
and an instrument rating.
I n college, he fir st beco me interested in the drama via cla ss
p lays but his professional debut
ca me with a walk-on part in a
P a sad en a Playh ou e production.
H e rema ined with t hat company
un til h e was 21, r etu rn in g to
Br oa dwa y to star in t he Group
Th eat r e's "C lash by Night."
Starred with Cobb in " The
Liberation of L. B. Jones" are
Anthony Zerbe, Roscoe Lee
Br own e, Lee Majors, Barbara
Hershey, Yaphet Kotto and Chill
Wills. The drama introduce
Lola Falana. William Wyler directed and Ronald Lubin produced the film who se sc r eenpla y,
by tirling Silliphant and Je e
Hill Ford, is based on the Ford
novel. Robert Surtee wa director of photography of "The Liberation of L. B. Jones" and
Elmer Bern stein wrote the mu ic
for the Wyler-Lubin production.
Anthony Zerbe met a number
of police officer in the cour e of
his pre-acting career, when he
wa s a ditch digger, a sk ip tracer,
a tennis hu tler, a peace-oriented
Air Force soldier and a prehippie junketeer, am ong other
activities. But, to play hi st a r ring role a s a sma ll south er n
town police officer in the William
Wyler film, " Th e Liberation of
L. B. J ones," Zerbe undertook
a con iderable amount of reearch. He rode with mall town
night patrol officer in Tenne see
unti l he was sa t isf ied that both
his drawl and hi s demeanor were
authentic.
Zerbe actively pursues hi s
craft, so to peak, a fact which
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T hea t r e.Also st a r r ed in " The
Liberation of L. B. Jones," in
which Zer be's blatant backdoor
affair with a egro woman triggers a community's hates and
passions, are Le e J. Cobb, Roscoe
Lee Br own e, Lee Majors, Barbara Hershey, Yaphet Kotto and
Chill Will s. Lola Falana makes
her American film bow a Zerbe's
eductive lover.
The young actor' ca r eer, in
the pa t six year , h a included
a minimum of 36 tage, scr een
and television productions. H e
was featured or tarred with
some of the nation' mo st repected actor and acting groups,
inc luding roles in Shakespearean
p lays at the Stratford Festival
in Ontario, Canada; other Bard
of Avon works at the San Diego
Shakespeare Festival, and a var iety of roles in contemporary
drama presented by the Washington (D .C.) Arena Theatre. He
appeared in Broadway and offBroadway st ag e roles; a dozen
top-rated television eries, and
in three hit motion pictures :
" Cool Hard Luke," " Will Penny"
and "The Molly Maguires."
"The Liberation of L. B. Jones"
wa directed by William Wyler
and produced by Ronald Lubin.
The screenplay wa written by
tirling illiphan t and J es e Hill
F ord ba sed on the Ford novel.
Robert urtee wa directer of
photography and Elmer Bernstein wrote the mu ic for the
Wyler-Lubin production.
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Th e Cinderella story, H ollywood's f avorite success theme,
really app lie d in the case of
lovely Ba rbara H ersh ey , now
st ar r ed in the William Wyl er
film , " The Liber ation of L. B.
Jones," n ew Colu mbi a Pi ctur es
release in color at the
Th eatre. A se nior a t H ollywo od
Hi gh School, Ba r ba r a was a
dr am a te ache r's cho ice when a
talent agent ca lled at t he school
asking to see any outstanding
you ng acting aspirants. She was
cast on te levision in "Gidget,"
a nd since ha s played a wide variety of starring and supporting
ro les on top-rated te levision
shows and in films. Ba rb a ra
scored a personal professional
triumph in "Last Summer."
She had h ardly completed that
picture when she was chosen by
director William Wyler for h er
key role in the contemporary
dr am at ic story " The Liberation
of L. B. J ones," about an in t er rac ial love trian gl e wh ich triggel'S t he h a t es and passions of
a small so uthern t own.
Following h er fir st telev ision
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A W ill iam Wyl er fil m, " The
Liberation of L. B. J ones," Columbia Pictures re lease in color,
will be the next attraction a t the
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tarring Lee J . Cobb, An th ony
Zerbe, Ro coe Lee Br owne, Lee
Majors, Barbara H er sh ey , Yaph et Kotto and Chill W ill s and
introducing Lo la Falana, " The
Liberation of L. B. J on es" was
directed by W illiam Wyler and
produced by Ronald Lubin. Th e
drama, written for t he screen by
t irling Silliphant a nd J esse Hill
Ford, i based on t he Ford novel.
Robert Surtees was director of
photography and Elmer Bern stein wrote t he m usic for t he
William W yler - Ronal d Lu bin
production.
appearance, Bar ba r a landed th e
ro le of Kathy, olde t of five 01'phaned youngsters making the ir
way alone in the frontier west
in a series t it led " The Monroes."
When that show we nt off t he
air, she appeared in two segments of the TV serie , " The
Farmer's Da ugh t er ," and in another of t he "G idget" series .
Su bsequently, he appeared on
CBS Pl a yh ouse, Chrysler Thea tre and in segments of " Run for
Your Life," " The I nvader s" and
the " Da n iel Boone" television
h ows. She appeared with Doris
Day in " With Six You Get Eggroll" and with Glenn Ford in
" Heaven with a Gun ."
" The Liberation of L . B. J one "
also stars Lee J . Cobb, Anthony
Zerbe, Roscoe Lee Br own e, Lee
Majors, Yaphet Kot t o, Chill
Wills and introduces Lola Falana. W ill iam Wyler directed and
Ronal d Lubin produced. Th e
screenplay by Stirling Sill iphant
and J esse Hill Ford is based on
the Ford novel. R obert urtees
was director of photography a nd
E lmer Bernstein wrote the music.
( Mat 2 B; St ill No . 63 ) l ee J . Cobb , as an attorne y a nd lea din g figure in
his sma ll south ern communit y, ce leb rates t he arrival of l ee Ma jors, his ne p hew
a nd new pa rt ne r, in th e W illiam W yler film, "The libe ra tion of l.B . Jones."
Ba rb ara H e rshey also sta rs in th e C olumbia Pict ures release, in col or , as
Ma jors' wife. O t he r stars include Ant hony Zerb e, Yaph et Kotto , C hill Wills
an d scre e n newcom er lola Fa lan a.
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Although Roscoe Le e Bro wne and Anthony Zerbe are screen
antagonists-over seductive Lola Falana , who plays Browne 's wife
and Zerbe's mistress-in the W illia m Wyler film, "The Liberation
of L. B. Jones," new Columbia Pictures release in color, in real
life they ar e close friends.
In fact. they have given joint poetry and dramatic readings
at t he Los Angeles Music Center and in other auditoriums around
th e country.
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Celeb rated on st age and screen as an interpreter of dramatic
and cha racte r roles , Lee J. Cobb was an aeronautica l eng ineering
st ud e nt in his younger days. Flying was his passion and he subsequently became a flight instructor holding a commercia l licen se
a nd an inst rume nt rati ng . Currently, Cobb is sta rred a s a small
so ut he rn t own lawye r in the W illiam Wyler film, " The Liberation of
L. B. J ones," C olumb ia Pictures release in co lor.
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in the William Wyler film, " The Liberation of L. B. Jo nes," a Columbia Pictures release in color , was an outstanding int ernatio na l
track star before winning fam e as an actcr.
Browne was twic e American champion in th e 1000-ya rd indoor
competition and in 195 1, in Paris , ran th e fast est 800 meters in
th e world for that yea r.
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Fayard Nicho las, o ne- half of t he famed d a ncing and singing
Nicho las Brothe rs, ha s his first drama t ic role in th e W illia m W yler
film, "The Liberation of L. B. J ones," C o lumb ia Pictures relea se
in colo r, con tempora ry d rama set aga inst t he passions and hates
of a small so uth e rn to wn.
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Lola Falana , th e exciti ng musical com edy performer who
makes her America n screen debut in th e W illiam W yler film,
" The Liberation of L. B. Jones ," plays an amora l you ng wife whose
affai r with a white policema n triggers t he hatred s and pass io ns
of the small so uth er n community. It's her first d ram at ic role.
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The Cast
(Not for Publication) Fresh from law school, Steve
Mundine and his wife Nella come down from th e
north to join his uncle Oman Hedgepath , attorney
and most important figure in the small southern
community of Somerton , Tennessee. On the same
train is Sonny Boy Mosby who, after a long exile , is
determined to kill police officer Stanley Bumpas in
revenge for a beating given him as a boy. The day
Steve arrives, Hedgepath agrees to serve as attorney
for L. B. Jones , wealthy Negro undertaker seeking
to free himself from his young wife Emma because of
her blatant affair with white policeman Willie Joe
Worth. On Hedgepath 's less-than-subtle prodding,
W illie Joe tries to beat Emma into agree:ng to the
divorce because, if she contests it , he will be named
co-respondent and the town will have a racial situa tion. When Emma refuses , Willie Joe desperately
t akes up her jee ring suggestion he " t a lk" to L. B.
Jones. Aware he is in grave danger, L. B. Jones
hires Sonny 'Boy as a bodyguard but Willie Joe, with
t he he lp of Bumpas, brutally murders the man and
t ries to t hrow the blame on Emma. Hedgepath frees
Emma from Mr. Ike's jail, but he also arranges fo r
Willie Joe to esca pe his crime unscath ed , unblemished and even red eemed in his own eyes. Horrified
at what H edg epath has become, Steve and Nella
qui t him and the town; also leaving on the same train
is Sonny Boy, who has a venged L. B. Jones by forcing Bumpas to a horrible d eath.
Oman Hedgepath
Willie Joe Worth
Lord Byron Jones
Emma Jones
Steve Mundine
Nella Mundine
Sonny Boy Mosby
Stanley Bumpas
Mr. Ike
Mama Lavorn
Benny
Henry
Erleen
Mayor
Jelly
The Grocer
Chief of Police
Miss Griggs ..
Miss Ponsella
Blind Man ...
Driver
Suspect
Lee J. Cobb
Anthony Zerbe
Roscoe Lee Browne
Lola Falana
Lee Majors
Barbara Hershey
Yaphet Kotto
Arch Johnson
Chill Wills
Zara Cully
Fayard Nicholas
Joe Attles
Lauren Jones
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Dub Taylor
Brenda Sykes
Larry D. Mann
Ray Teal
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Eve McVeagh
. . Sonora McKeller
Robert Van Meter
.. Jack Grinnage
... John S. Jackson
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Directed by
Produced by
Screenplay by
William Wyler
Ronald Lubin
Stirling Silliphant
and Jesse Hill Ford
Based on "The Liberation of
Lord Byron Jones" by
Jesse Hill Ford
Elmer Bernstein
Music by
Director of Photography
Robert Surtees, A.S.C.
Supervising Film Editor and
2nd Unit Director
Robert Swink, A.C.E.
Production Designer
Kenneth A. Reid
Film Editor
Carl Kress
Assistant Film Editor
Pieter Bergema
Set Decorator
Frank Tuttle
Unit Production Manager Russell Saunders
Assistant Director
Anthony Ray
Second Unit Photography
Jordan Cronenweth
Make-up Supervisor
Ben Lane
Hair Styles by
.Virqinie Jones , C.H.S .
Sound ...... Jack Solomon, Arthur Piantadosi
A William Wyler Film
Running Time : 102 minutes
CAPSULE COMMENT : A vivid , contempora ry
dra ma set ag a inst th e pass ions and hates of a
south e rn t own.
In Color
A William Wyler-Ronald Lubin Production
A Columbia Pictures Release
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Sultry Lola Falana, dynamic
musical comedy and night club
ent er t a iner , makes her A merican
film bow in the W illiam Wy ler
film, "Th e Liberation of L. B.
Jones," new Columbia Pictures
relea e in color at t he
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Theatre. Mis Falana, who has
appeared in three Italian-made
pictures and in both t he New
York and London companies of
" Golden Boy," the musical hi t
with Sammy Davis, J r ., plays an
adulterous young wife whose
blatant affair with a wh ite
police officer triggers the h at es
and passions of their small
souut her n town.
During production of the film,
Miss Falana was very much t he
magnet wh ich drew observers to
the set of the controversial W illiam Wyler-Ronald Lubin production . This was apparent as
soon a s word got out about her
fir st scenes-wit h Roscoe Lee
Browne, as her older h usban d
who wants to divorce her. Th e
cenes occur in their bedroom,
which Miss Falana herself had
decorated in the style she favors
- flimsy, frilly white, against
white walls and furnish ings.
Lola tantalizes Br own e in a
mo st provocative way - stark
nude, and with some derisive
language. Knowing herse lf to be
in top-drawer professional h ands,
Miss Falana had no qualms
about doing th e scene. Her attitude divested t he shoot ing of
peep show prurience, and her
acting mad e t he sce ne a dramatic hi ghli gh t .
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A native of Ca mde n,
Miss Falana took h er fir st da ncing lessons w he n sh e was t hree
years old . Subsequently, she
studied ba llet, modern and Af r ican dancing. She joi ned t he
chorus line at Small's P a r a dise
in H a rl em , a nd then was a ha r dworking mem ber of t he Din ah
Wash ington Sh ow. While working in A tl a nti c City, Lola audit ioned for, a nd won a pla ce in,
"Go lden Boy."
" The Liberation of L. B. J ones"
a lso stars Lee J. Cobb, Anth ony
Zer be, Lee Majors, Ba rbar a Her shey, Yaphet Kotto and Chill
Wills.
William Wyler directed and
Ronald Lubin produced the
drama. T he creenplay by Stirling Sillip hant and J esse H ill
Ford is based on t he Ford novel.
Robert Surtees was director of
photography and Elmer Bernst ein wrote the mu sic.
(M at IA ; St ill No. 55 ) A me rica n
screen ne wcomer Lola Fa la na tr ig ge rs
hat e a nd p assio n in a small southern
tow n, in th e co urse of th e W illia m
Wyler film , "The Libe ratio n of L.B.
J ones ," Columb ia Pictures rel ease in
color with Le e J . C obb hea din g t he
st ella r cast. Also starred ar e A nt hony
Ze rb e , Roscoe Le e Brown e , Lee
Ma jo rs, Ba rba ra H ershey, Ya ph et
Kotto an d C hill Will s.
Lee Majors
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Le e Majors, one of t he stars
of the William Wyler film, " Th e
Lib eration of L . B. Jones," now
at the
Th ea t r e in color,
felt he was choking all the way
through production. Th e feeling
was due, in part, to h is ro le th at of an idea list ic young law yer sickened by t he hatreds and
passions of a sma ll southern
town. Th e fee ling also was due ,
in part, to Majors' prior ro les;
he had beco me accustomed to
loose and comfortable outdoors
g a rb, and wore nothing else even
in private life. Now, suddenly ,
Majors had to don a white sh ir t
and tie, a tailored suit and sho es
in stead of boots.
A Columbia Pictures re lease,
" The Lib eration of L. B. Jones"
a lso st a rs Lee J. Cobb, Anthony
Zerbe, Ro coe Lee Browne, Bar bara Hershey, Yaphet Kotto and
Chill Will s . Seductive Lo la Falana, mu ical comedy st ar and
night club entertainer, makes
her American film bow a t he
amoral young wife whose li aison
wit h a wh ite po lice officer trigg er s t he drama and tragedy of
t he film.
Major consistently forgot t hat
you ng lawy er s in sma ll towns
are expected to button their sh irt
colla rs . H e preferred to keep
h is open and t he studio war drobe m an h ad to ti dy h im up
eac h t ime h e was needed befo r e
t he camera.
And by way of f urther ex planation to men who dress up
to go to work, it m ust be reme mbered t hat Lee was a playground
superv isor at a Beverl y H ill s
park before h e became an actor.
Hi wo rk clothes cons isted ma in ly of T-sh ir t s. He wore a neckerchief in h is ro le of Barb ar a
Stanwyck's youngest so n on te levision in " T he Big Va lley," and
h e was a cowpoke again in hi s
fir st film ro le, co-starring with
Charlton H eston in " Will Pe nny."
A grad uate of Ma nha t tan's
aspha lt j ungle, where he wor ke d
at eve r yth ing f r om shoe sh ine
boy to H arl em numbers r unne l',
Yaphet Kotto seems very much
at hom e in t he sma ll sout hern
community t ha t is the sce ne of
the William Wyl er film , " The
Liber ation of L . B. J ones," now
at t he
T hea t r e in color.
I n t he Columbia Pi ctur es relea se, Kot t o plays Sonny Boy
Mosby, re tu rned after ye ars of
ex ile in or der to kill t he wh ite
police officer who h ad bea t en
hi m brut ally as a boy .
Kot t o is starred in the William
Wyl er -R onald Lubin produ ct ion
a long w it h Lee J . Cobb, An t hony
Zerbe, Roscoe Lee Browne, Lee
Majors, Ba rbara Hersh ey , Chill
Will s a nd mu ical come dy star
Lola F a la na wh o makes h er
America n f ilm debu t as the
amoral youn g wife wh ose bl atan t
indi scr eti on trigg er the dram a
and tragedy of " The Lib era tion
of L. B. J ones."
A man wit h great fa ith in
himse lf, Kotto st udied dancin g
a nd dict ion on h is own, f rom
books and tape-r ecord ed r adio
comme ntators. When h e thought
him self reasonably prepared to
be an actor, h e enr olle d with th e
Ame r ica n Conse r va tory Theat r e
in Pi ttsburgh. Summer brought
st ock and st a rring ro les a s
" Othe llo" and a s W alter Youn ger in " A R ai in in the Sun."
Chill Wills
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(M at IB; Still No . 66 ) A nt hon y Zerb e
warns Rosco e Le e Bro wne he is head ing for serious t roubl e in th e W illiam
Wy le r film , "The Lib eration of L.B.
Jo nes," Co lumb ia Pictu res release in
col or with Lee J . C ob b , Lee M a i o r~ ,
Barb ar a H ershey , Ya ph et Kotto and
Chill Wills also starred . Lola Fa la na
ma kes her Ame ric a scree n bow as
Browne 's a mo ral wife , Zer be 's mistress.
Ch ill Wills, ve te r a n actor who
usually pla ys western characters, stars as an unabash edl y
p rej udiced ja iler in th e W ill iam
W yl er film , "The Lib eration of
L. B. J ones," new Columbia Pi ct ur es r elea se in color at the .. . ..
Th ea tre.
Th e
contempor a ry
dra ma set a gainst the passions
a nd hates of a small southern
town was direct ed by William
Wyl er a nd produced by Ronald
Lubin. Al so sta rred are Lee J .
Cobb, Anthony Zerb e, Roscoe
Lee Brown e, Lee Major s, Ba r ba r a H ersh ey , Yaphet Ko t t o and
American screen newcomer Lol a
Falan a as t he sultry young w ife
who e blatant aff air with a wh ite
police officer t r iggers " The Liber ation of L. B. J ones."
Kotto mad e h is film acting
deb ut in 1963 in "Nothing But
A Ma n," wh ich won t he top prize
at t he Ve nice Film Festiva l.
While to ur ing in 1964 in "Slow
Da nce on t he Killing Ground,"
Kot t o accepted an opportun ity to
understudy the lea d in " The
Zulu and t he Za yda ," ultimately
taking over t he ro le for more
th an six m onths on Br oa dway ,
a nd t he n in Los Angeles . Af t er
t he pl ay closed, h e p layed t he
lea d in a n N BC-TV special, "Losers Weep er s," written and produ ced as a project of t he W a t t
Writ ers W orksh op which grew
out of the Watt r iot of 1965.
Kot t o made hi s H ollyw ood film
de but as a co-star with Steve
McQuee n in " T he Th oma s Crown
Aff ai r," and later a ppeared with
Dean Marti n and R ober t Mitchum in " Five Card Stud."
A sea on of g uest starring
ro les in te lev ision shows fo llowed. Kotto appeared in segmen t s of " Bonanza," " Death
Va lley Days," " Hawaii F ive 0 ,"
" Da n iel Boon e," "Mannix" and
in a segme nt of " H ig h Chapparel ," f or wh ich h e received t h e
Western H eri t ag e Awar d and
was ens hrine d in t he Cowboy
N ati onal Hall of Fame.
Kotto wen t in t o t he lea d of t he
Bro ad way produ cti on of " The
Great Whit e H ope," and plan s
t o t our in the prize p lay w it h
the natio na l road company.
The Music
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Acad em y Awa r d-winnin g composer E lmer Bern st ein wrote a nd
conducted the scor e of William
Wyl er ' " The Lib erati on of L . B.
J on es ," Columb ia Pi ct ur es reTh ea t re in
lea se at th e
color . Lee J . Cobb, Anthon y
Zerb e. Roscoe Lee Br own e, Lee
Ma jors, Barb ar a H er sh ey , Yaph et K ot t o a nd Ch ill Wills are
starred in " The Lib er a t ion of L.
B. J ones" wh ich introduces Lola
Fala na.
Bernst ei n won an Oscar for
h is work on " Thor oughl y Modern Mill ie." Other of the mor e
t ha n 70 film s h e h a s scored include " The Ten Command ments,"
" The Man W ith t he Golden Ar m ,"
" To Kill a Mock ingbir d," " Birdman of A lcat r az " and " Hawaii."
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accused of betraying a client-lawyer relationship. Interest the lawyers
in your city in this angle of the picture's story and have them voice
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William Wyler, director of "The Liberation of L. B. Jones," is
known to fans throughout the world as the most-honored director in
motion pictu res. He has won the Academy Award as best director
three times, for "Mrs. Miniver," "The Best Years of Our Lives" and
"Ben Hur," and he has been nominated for the Oscar ten other times,
for his work on such films as "Dodsworth, " " W ut he ring Heights,"
"The Letters," "The Little Foxes," "The Heiress," "Detective Story,"
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correct answers received or those winning a sweepstakes drawing.
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one 20-second spot and two 10-second spot announcements.
These trailers hail the picture as a remarkable new screen entertainment of William Wyler and also call attention to the explosive
violence triggered by the black -white love affair. Order from National Screen Service.
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A complete radio spot announcement package is available. This
45 rpm disc record contains a variety of spot announcements-two
60-second spots, two 30-second spots and two 1O-second spots. These
spots are designed to highlight William Wyler and to showcase the
film's explosive dialogue. On the flip side of the radio spot disc is
a set of spots (two 60-seconds, one 30-seconds) specifically for
stations that have predominantly Negro audiences. Order from National Screen.
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