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Nat Segaloff

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813129761

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813129761.001.0001

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Arthur Penn
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Nat Segaloff

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DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813129761.003.0024

Arthur Penn's life reentered television at the strangest time. After he had already spent his salary earned from Bonnie and Clyde and while the film went through a studio writeoff that was profitless, he had to take on a new project. This project reminded him that television has fallen as a medium. William Hanley was paid $112,500 by NBC for Flesh and Blood—one of the first TV movies shot on video. Penn agreed to direct the movie without knowing that the actress had a drinking problem, and this almost threatened the whole production. Penn did not entertain another TV offer for the next twenty-five years, and this arrangement however turned into another shotgun marriage for Penn.

Keywords:   television, TV movies, William Hanley, Flesh and Blood, NBC, TV offer

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