At the age of 71, John Houseman finally broke through. Having been a movie and TV producer for many years, this was his big break as an actor -- and what a smash it was. To this day, I imagine my wife's law school days must have been like this, with a crusty old know-it-all making the hotshot students feel like utter shit. God, that must feel awesome! As for the story of The Paper Chase, it has long-hair Timothy Bottoms becoming obsessed with Houseman's prof, not to mention bedding his daughter. Eventually he'll have to find a balance -- or make a choice -- between the girl and the books. But never mind all that, because Houseman owns you whenever he's on camera.