This is an ORIGINAL 18 page photo Pressbook , measuring 8-1/2" x 13" ", It features a great photo images, biographies, synopsis and movie tie-ins with great photos of the two leads for the 1973 Western Motion picture,

The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing

Director: Richard C. Sarafian

Based on the novel by: Marilyn Durham

Screenplay by: Eleanor Perry

Although he began his career in bit parts in television and film Westerns, Burt Reynolds delivers a rare star-billed turn in the genre with The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing (1973). The film, set in the 1880s Southwest, chronicles a man named Jay (Reynolds) on the run from the law after murdering the man who raped and killed his Native American wife. Along with two outlaw cronies, Jay takes to robbing trains, a situation which leads him to kidnap Catherine (Sarah Miles), a woman who is running away from her husband. Together the group heads west toward Indian territory where Jay hopes to reclaim his children, now under the protection of his dead wife's tribe. Meanwhile, a posse of bounty hunters led by Catherine's husband stalks them every step of the way.

The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing was made at the time Reynolds' fame was about to shift into overdrive. His performance in Deliverance the previous year had earned him critical praise, while a controversial Cosmopolitan magazine semi-nude centerfold gained him a certain notoriety in the Hollywood press. Over the next few years, Burt portrayed himself on-screen as a "good ol' boy" in such hits as The Longest Yard (1974), Gator (1976) and Smokey and the Bandit (1977).

"It was an astounding kind of time," Reynolds said of his early success in the 1970s. "I've often said to people, 'If I met you between '73 and '78, I'm sorry, I don't remember three or four of those years.' You're on such a fast track, and you're up in such heady air you can't breathe."

MGM studio head James Aubrey was convinced that Reynolds and Sarah Miles were going to generate a lot of publicity for their on-screen sexual chemistry and he even invited talk show host Merv Griffin to the set to do a TV special on the making of the film. What he didn't count on was the negative buzz the film generated during production - but more on that later.

Along with Reynolds and Miles, The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing included a diverse cast of Hollywood veterans and Native American extras. Lee J. Cobb plays Harvey Lapchance, the agent tracking the fugitives across the West, and George Hamilton plays Catherine's spurned husband. Jay Silverheels, best known as Tonto on TV's The Lone Ranger, turns up as an Indian chief.

The entire cast included:

Burt Reynolds ... Jay
Sarah Miles ... Catherine Crocker
Lee J. Cobb ... Lapchance
Jack Warden ... Dawes
George Hamilton ... Crocker
Bo Hopkins ... Billy
Robert Donner ... Dub
Sandy Kevin ... Ben
Larry Littlebird ... Iron Knife
Nancy Malone ... Sudie
Jay Silverheels ... The Chief
Jay Varela ... Charlie
Owen Bush ... Conductor

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MORE INFO ON BURT REYNOLDS: Enduring, strong-featured and genial star of US cinema, Burt Reynolds started off in TV westerns in the 1960s and then carved his name into 1970/1980s popular culture as a male sex symbol (posing near naked for "Cosmopolitan" magazine) and on-screen as both a rugged action figure and then as a wisecracking, Southern-type "good ol?' boy".

Handsome Reynolds originally hailed from Waycross, Georgia, before his family moved to Florida, where he excelled as an athlete and played with Florida State University. He became an All Star Southern Conference halfback (and was earmarked by the Baltimore Colts) before a knee injury and a car accident ended his football career. Midway through college he dropped out and headed to New York with aspirations of becoming an actor. There he worked in restaurants and clubs while pulling the odd TV spot or theatre role.

He was spotted in a New York City production of "Mister Roberts" and signed to a TV contract and eventually had recurring roles in such shows as (1955), (1959) and his own series, (1966).

Reynolds continued to appear in non-demanding western roles, often playing an Indian halfbreed, in films such as (1966), (1969) and (1969). However, it was his tough-guy performance as macho Lewis Medlock in the backwoods nightmare (1972) that really stamped him as a bona-fide star. Reynolds' popularity continued to soar with his appearance as a no-nonsense private investigator in (1973) and in the comedy (1972). Building further on his image as a Southern boy who outsmarts the local lawmen, Reynolds packed fans into theaters to see him in (1973), (1974), (1975) and (1976).

At this time, ex-stuntman and longtime Reynolds buddy came to him with a "road film" script. It turned out to be the incredibly popular (1977) with and , which took over $100 million at the box office. That film's success was followed by (1980) and (1983). Reynolds also appeared alongside in the hit football film (1977), with friend in the black comedy _End, The (1978)_ (which Reynolds directed), in the stunt-laden buddy film (1978) and then in the self-indulgent, star-packed road race flick (1981).

The early 1980s started off well with a strong performance in the violent cop film (1981), which he also directed, and he starred with in (1982) and with fellow macho superstar in the coolly received (1984). However, other projects such as (1983), (1985) and (1981) failed to catch fire with fans and Reynolds quickly found himself falling out of popularity with movie audiences. In the late 1980s he appeared in only a handful of films, mostly below average, before his old friend television came to the rescue and he shone again in two very popular TV shows, (1989) and (1990), for which he won an Emmy.

He was back on screen, but still the roles weren't grabbing the public's attention, until his terrific performance as a drunken politician in the otherwise woeful (1996) and then another tremendous showing as a manipulative porn director in (1997), which scored him a Best Supporting Actor nomination. Like the phoenix from the ashes, Reynolds had resurrected his popularity and, in the process, had gathered a new generation of young fans, many of whom had been unfamiliar with his 1970s film roles. He put in entertaining work in (1999), (1999), (2001) and (2002). Definitely one of Hollywood's most resilient stars, Reynolds has continually surprised all with his ability to weather both personal and career hurdles and his 40-plus years in front of the cameras is testament to his staying ability, his acting talent and his appeal to film audiences.

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