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Special Assignment (Howard Hughes) #72588

ABC Evening News for Monday, Jul 13, 1981
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(Studio) No. claiming to be Howard Hughes' cousin in response to Houston court decision with regard to his estate noted.
REPORTER: Max Robinson

(Houston, Texas) Hughes' death and life recalled; films shown. Scenes from "Melvin and Howard" shown courtesy Universal Studios; movie said based on Melvin Dummar's alleged association with Hughes; details given. Later discrediting of "Mormon will" noted. Extent of Hughes' estate cited; response today to court's ruling with regard to estate going to Hughes' cousins mentioned. Hughes' business conglomerate, beginning with inheritance of Hughes Tool Company, examined; various companies named in report Scenes from "The Outlaw" with Jane Russell shown courtesy United Artists; basis of his NV hotel and gambling empire discussed. His telephone interview with reporters in 1972, condemning author Clifford Irving's phony autobiography, recalled; films shown. [Judge Pat GREGORY - notes his trepidation in deciding case.] Amt. of Hughes' estate taken by state and federal govts. due to lack of will mentioned.
REPORTER: Tom Schell

Reporter(s):
Robinson, Max;
Schell, Tom
Duration:
00:04:20

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