A recent story in the Salina Journal relative to the suit by Ryan O'Neal suing the University of Texas over a photograph of Farah Fawcett brought back memories of a lawsuit in which Mr. O'Neal and others were involved in Ellis County in 1973.
Paramount studios with a crew of about 200 employees came to Hays for the purpose of shooting the movie "Paper Moon," in which Ryan O'Neal and his daughter had the lead, and they engaged a home at 16th and Elm owned by Gregory J. Herrman as the place where they would stay during the filming of the movie. They did not fulfill the terms of the contract but moved out promptly after viewing the premises and went to the local Ramada Inn, where they stayed during the duration of filming the movie.
Whereupon Herrman, a Hays attorney, now deceased, promptly brought an action in the District Court of Ellis County against Paramount Studios, Peter Bogdanovich and Ryan O'Neal for breach of contract and $1 million in punitive damages.
The studio, the director and O'Neal engaged this office to make their defense. After some maneuvering, the case was disposed of by summary judgment. During the court proceedings, there were many humorous incidents that occurred involving Mr. Herrman, as well as Ryan O'Neal and Mr. Bogdanovich.
Mr. O'Neal has been subject to criticism over the years concerning his many romances. During the filming of this movie, several movie stars visited Ryan O'Neal on location. Both he and his daughter received Academy Awards for their performances and many local people in Hays had small parts in the movie, mainly, Harriet Ketcham, drama teacher at Fort Hays State University, and George Scotty Philip. The movie premiered at the local Fox Theatre.
The undersigned spent approximately two weeks in constant contact with Mr. O'Neal and Mr. Bogdanovich.
Thomas C. Boone