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The Hollywood Impasse Around a 1970s Comic-Book Character

Oct 30, 2015 | 831 videos
Video by Charlie Tyrell

In the late seventies, Reid Fleming, the World's Toughest Milkman, emerged from the pen of David Boswell and became a comic book anti-hero. Boswell's character is, well, a crude milkman who delivers his dairy products through aggression and intimidation. The angry milkman became an instant success, and soon Hollywood came knocking. However, over three decades later, Reid Fleming is still "mired in contractual limbo," say the creators of this short documentary, I Thought I Told You To Shut Up!!. The film was directed by Charlie Tyrell, and combines stop-motion animations with various interviews.

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Author: Nadine Ajaka

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