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Polanski Sentencing Flight / Begelman and Columbia Pictures Case #256304

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 01, 1978
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(Studio) Background of movie director Roman Polanski's conviction on morals charge and scheduled sentencing today outlined.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Los Angeles, California) Attorney Doug. Dalton's appearance in court without Polanski and his report that Polanski's believed to have gone to London stated. Judge Laurence Riddenband's reaction cited. [DALTON - notes Polanski's call to him with regard to not being in court and director's promise to call again; hopes he'll be able to convince Polanski to return.] Film shown. Polanski's movies include "Chinatown" and "Rosemary's Baby."
REPORTER: Miriam Bjierre Artist: Bob Robles

(Studio) Statement of district attorney's office with regard to situation given. Report on scandal involving successful film executive
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Beverly Hills, California) Report on Columbia Pictures president David Begelman's admitted forgeries and embezzlement of funds from company and his reinstatement, after suspension and repayment of money, apparently because of success of co.'s films under his leadership Scenes from movies "Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Shampoo" and "The Deep" shown. Mentioned in report are actor Cliff Robertson, Hollywood, Beverly Hills and NYC. [Burbank detective Robert ELIAS - notes Columbia won't prosecute and Robertson won't either, but has agreed to testify in court] Investors' blame of Begelman affair for stock prices below expected level noted. [Los Angeles district attorney John VAN de KAMP - outlines efforts to get information in order to bring criminal charges and difficulty with studio in doing this; cites Robertson's cooperation.]
REPORTER: Terry Drinkwater

Bjierre, Miriam;
Cronkite, Walter;
Drinkwater, Terry

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