Thaddeus Rose and Eddie was the first script written by Wittliff to be produced. The working title was "Sledge and Eddie," and some of the early drafts are titled as such. Wittliff's agent brought the script to the attention of producers Rod Sheldon and Dan Paulson. The TV movie was directed by Texas director Jack Starrett and starred Bo Hopkins and Johnny Cash. The film aired on the CBS network Friday Night Movies, February 24, 1978 to generally favorable reviews. The production brought Wittliff to the attention of producer/director Francis Ford Coppola who hired Wittliff to work on the script for The Black Stallion (1979). Wittliff credited the Coppola job for providing him validation as a screenwriter. This series contains drafts of the script, production forms, publicity and reviews. Also contains the drafts and galleys for the paperback Pinnacle Book based on the teleplay.
- From the Collection: Wittliff, William D. (1940-2019) (Person)
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Collection is open for research.
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From the Collection: 498 Linear Feet
From the Collection: 517 boxes
Language of Materials
From the Collection: English