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The E-Sylum:  Volume 10, Number 28, July 15, 2007, Article 7

NUMISMATISTS MANLEY AND MARSHALL IN A MOVIE DEAL?

This week the Orange County Business Journal's OC Insider columnist
Rick Reiff reported that "The Insider touched base with Newport Coast
businessman and sports agent Dwight Manley. He’s working on a movie
script with Penny Marshall, developing a reality TV show and advocating
for jockeys (“getting minimum mount fees raised”). And friend Jesse
Jackson was on hand at Mastro’s Ocean Club Fish House to help Manley’s
girlfriend Bella Tatarian celebrate her birthday."

Manley is a well known numismatist who's been discussed in The
E-Sylum several times before.  We've also reported that actress and
director Penny Marshall is known to be a coin collector.  Could the
coin connection have anything to do with their getting together on
a movie project?  Will they sneak any numismatic references into the
script?   How about a numismatic connection in the reality show?
If anyone has anything to report on these two projects of Manley's,
we'd be curious to know.  For fun though, it couldn't hurt to
speculate on possible numismatic ideas for film and TV.

One property I've always thought ripe for a film treatment is the
story of "The Man Who Stole Portugal", possibly the world's greatest
counterfeiting scheme. A con man who duped a British bank note printer
into believing he was an official of the Portuguese government, Alves
Reis obtained millions of dollars worth of real but unauthorized
banknotes. Rather than pass them through shills and share the profits,
he instead opened a bank and quickly undercut his competitors' rates.
Business boomed and he ALMOST got away with it.  I think it would
make the basis for an ideal caper movie.  Does George Clooney need a
follow-up for the Ocean's 11/12/13 etc series?

As for a numismatic reality show, why not send two teams of youngsters
to the ANA's Summer Seminar?  Let them sign up for any courses they
want.  Then set them loose in the numismatic marketplace with a small
grubstake.  Who can wheel and deal their way to the top like Manley
did?

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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