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RIP Joel Freeman

Sherman Oaks, Calif–Joel Freeman, a veteran producer behind such films as “Shaft,” “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter” and “Love at First Bite,” died Jan. 21 at his home here. He was 95.

Before he became a successful producer, he was a production manager for a number movies, including the movie in episode 524- 12 TO THE MOON. has the story.

Thanks to Tim for the heads up.

4 Replies to “RIP Joel Freeman”

  1. goalieboy82 says:

    the rare two RIP’s in one day.


  2. jay says:

    “He received the NAACP Image Award for SHAFT”. In a nutshell, does that not say how much things have advanced in Hollywood when the best the black community could get back then was a blacksploitation movie?

    Well I’m talkin’ ‘bout history… Wacka-Chika Wacka-chika!


  3. One of my favorite movies is “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter”. Chuck McCann was great in it.

    Prayers for him and his.


  4. SaveFerris says:

    I too love The Heart is a Lonely Hunter…..but I came to it in a (relatively) strange way.

    (Okay…….and not that anyone asked……..but hunker down…. ;-)

    Back in 1977-1978, during my senior year of high school (Cudahy (Wisconsin) High School (Go PACKERS!!)), for some reason, the seniors that year got to see two movies screened (a few months apart) in our school’s theater (Something, I’m not sure, was ever done at our school before, or since).

    The first was Midway (1976), which was very impressive, as it had only been released in theaters a little over a year earlier, followed by The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1968)…..both were great, for different reasons, but “Heart” really hit home with me, due to its very sensitive portrayal of the two deaf-mute friends (incredible performances by Alan Arkin and Chuck McCann), and the ‘delicate’ teenager (impressively played by Sondra Locke) who’s life is forever affected by her short, complicated relationship with the Arkin character, “John Singer”.

    It was a great lesson for me, an eighteen year old male, that movies don’t necessarily have to be loud and ‘explosive’ (see Midway, above), to effectively tell a story, and leave lasting impressions……impressions that are still with me, 40 years later.

    To this day, I have no idea who the teacher/teachers, or faculty member(s) were that went to the trouble to set up the little in-house ‘film festival’ that year for our class…..but I am forever grateful that they did….


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