The People vs. Paul Crump

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The People vs. Paul Crump
The People vs. Paul Crump.jpg
Directed byWilliam Friedkin
Produced bySterling "Red" Quinlan
Music byMarty Rubenstein
CinematographyWilmer Butler
Edited byGlenn McGowean
Distributed byFacets
Release date
  • 1962 (1962)[1]
Running time
60 mins
CountryUnited States

The People vs. Paul Crump is a 1962 documentary about the prisoner Paul Crump who was on death row for robbery and murder.[3]

The film was made for Chicago television and was highly praised and crucial to the career of its director William Friedkin, helping him get an agent and jobs making documentaries for David Wolper, and then an episode of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour.[4] The film won the Golden Gate Award Winner for Film as Communication at the 1962 San Francisco International Film Festival.[1]

Friedkin says when he made the film he was convinced Crump was innocent but now feels he was guilty.[5]

A digitally restored version of the film was released by Facets in May 2014.[6]

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  1. ^ a b 1962 San Francisco International Film Festival accessed March 11, 2014
  2. ^ Friedkin p 39
  3. ^ David Weiner, "The Forgotten Case of Paul Crump", Chicago Tribune, June 20, 2010 accessed 18 January 2014
  4. ^ Friedkin p 31 - 53, 57-60
  5. ^ Friedkin p 57
  6. ^ "The People vs. Paul Crump". Facets.

Friedkin, William, The Friedkin Connection, Harper Collins 2013

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