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WATCH: Exclusive Clip for Documentary on Legendary Songwriter 'AKA Doc Pomus'

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood October 7, 2013 at 1:50PM

Check out an exclusive clip for documentary "AKA Doc Pomus," on legendary New York songwriter Doc Pomus, which hit theaters in New York October 4, and will open in Los Angeles October 11.
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"AKA Doc Pomus"
"AKA Doc Pomus"

Check out an exclusive clip for documentary "AKA Doc Pomus," on legendary New York songwriter Doc Pomus, which hit theaters in New York October 4, and opens in Los Angeles October 11.

Bob Dylan and Doc Pomus
Bob Dylan and Doc Pomus

Brooklyn Jew Pomus started out as an improbable blues singer inspired by Joe Turner, and wound up a Brill Building songwriter who churned out more than 1000 songs with a series of collaborators over the years. He churned out many classics (“Save the Last Dance for Me,” “This Magic Moment,” "Little Sister," “A Teenager in Love,” “Viva Las Vegas,” and hundreds of other hits). 

This new doc sheds light on the man behind the lyrics. Revered in the music community for his generosity and charity to the less fortunate, Pomus suffered from polio from an early age and through most of his life was confined to crutches and a wheelchair. Yet during his sixty-five years he managed to work with the likes of Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Ben E. King, Lou Reed, and Dr. John.

The film is directed by Peter Miller and Will Hechter. The Huffington Post recently gave it a rave review.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.