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21 THE JACKSON SUN, WEDNESDAY, JULY 19, 1972 Producer Mort-- (Continued From Page 1) j spending in McNairy County on caterers, (125 meals a day) motel accommodations, and other services if he had been met with "the right kind of cooperation in the beginning," Briskin said he would have sacrificed convenience and used several Selmer motels for the approximately 90 rooms he needed to house the film crew. Pusser, the ex-wrestler who is seeking another term as McNairy County sheriff, is "deeply hurt" by the local response to the movie, Briskin said. He said Pusser "was proud of his record" in crime fighting, and was proud of his home and his people, and wanted them to feel that - same pride in McNairy County as an example of a place where crime doesn't pay. Briskin said he first heard of Buford Pusser while watching a CBS News television special about the ex-sheriff; minutes after the broadcast, he was on the telephone talking to Pusser, and the next day he was on a plane headed for West Tennessee. He visited all sites where the action of the film happened in real life, and wrote his script "based on facts obtained from old court records and newspaper articles." Briskin pointed out that he would have been happy to let anyone in Selmer or McNairy County read the script of "Walk ing Tall," but that no interest had been shown by any city of ficial. They were interested in condemning it, he said, without even seeing for themselves what is in it. Briskin's son, Joel, assisting with the production, remarked several days earlier that he and his company "were delighted with West Tennessee, we have found that southern hospitality is not a cliche but a real thing, and the buildings and people in these towns are so beautiful and so picturesque because they are real, not something on a movie "Walking Tall" will premiere in January in Jackson and in New York. Briskin says as in all his pictures, "Walking Tall" has a sense of reality because of Joe Don Baker s suitability to the role. "As a strong man and a Southerner," B r i s kin said, "Baker is a natural for the Pusser role. I talked with other actors until I found the right man to play this part." The 24-year veteran of the movie business said he had had full and gratifying cooperation from Madison and Chester Counties during the filming he has done to date. Filming should be finished, he said, by Sept. 1. "In all likelihood " he said. "a TV series will be spun off I L f.l BOYD False Lashes, Little Eyes That pinstripe personality dancer turned man-about-the-world, years old before he revealed is Ruffalo. THE CLAIM that no twin has been proved wrong. But the was recognized to be a genius remains unrefuted. FALSE EYELASHES, it's said, make the eyes of some girls look smaller. Not every ingenue should wear same. NEVER HAS there been enough single women in the 20-to-30 age bracket to match up with the available bachelors, not ever. This contra-

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  1. The Jackson Sun,
  2. 19 Jul 1972, Wed,
  3. Page 2

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