Genius on Hold

Genius on Hold
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At the heart of GENIUS ON HOLD is the story of Walter L. Shaw-a brilliant inventor with an astonishing list of telecommunications patents to his name including call forwarding, touchtone dialing, speakerphone and voice recognition. His ground-breaking designs should have earned him great fortune and lasting fame, but for one thing-the...

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Starring

Walter L. Shaw, Frank Langella

Production Details

  • Rating:
    N/A
  • Run Time:
    1 hr. 31 min.
  • Format(s):
    2D

Synopsis

At the heart of GENIUS ON HOLD is the story of Walter L. Shaw-a brilliant inventor with an astonishing list of telecommunications patents to his name including call forwarding, touchtone dialing, speakerphone and voice recognition. His ground-breaking designs should have earned him great fortune and lasting fame, but for one thing-the power, greed, and oppression of AT&T, the largest, government-sanctioned, telecommunications monopoly in the United States which blocked him from realizing his dream. Punished, imprisoned, and eventually destitute, Shaw was drawn to the only organization that would reward him for his talent-the mob, whose bookies used his "black box" and "blue box" to run their gambling operations and evade the Feds. His son, Walter T. Shaw, embittered by his father's destruction, turned to organized crime and became one of the most notorious jewel thieves in American history. All to get back at the system that destroyed his family -- but at what cost?

Production Details

  • Run Time
    1 hr. 31 min.
  • In Theaters
    Friday, March 29, 2013-Limited
    Friday, March 15, 2013-Limited
    Friday, March 01, 2013-NY/LA
  • Rating
    N/A
  • Genre
    Documentary
  • Producer(s)
    Walter T. Shaw, Diana Ross-Shaw, Matthew T. Weiner
  • Director(s)
    Gregory Marquette
  • Writer(s)
    Gregory Marquette, Walter T. Shaw
  • Studio
    Freestyle Releasing
  • Format(s)
    2D

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