NBC Evening News for Friday, Nov 25, 1983
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(Los Angeles, California) Legal battle surrounding issue of the living exploiting images, character portrayals of famous performers examined; legal case noted known as the Lugosi ruling due to case stemming from Bela Lugosi's Dracula portrayal. Implications for estates of Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne, Elvis Presley, Clark Gable noted. [GABLE - "frankly, my dear..." scene in "Gone with the Wind."] Scenes from several films shown. [Rich LITTLE - imitates Gable.] Various prods. and performances either considered exploiting the dead or not considered. [LITTLE - claims he's asked to imitate deceased to avoid legal suits.] Use of W.C. Fields, Wayne images in cigarette ads cited as example by those opposing exploitation of deceased. [Plaintiffs' attorney Roger RICHMOND - explains impact of such ads on deceased's survivors.] Legis. pushed by Richmond giving control of situation to survivors outlined on screen, discussed. [LITTLE - doesn't consider such legislature realistic; explains.]
REPORTER: Frank Bourgholtzer