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PRODUCTION SET TO BEGIN ON JOHN HUGHES' 'DENNIS THE MENACE' STARRING WALTER MATTHAU, JOAN PLOWRIGHT AND MASON GAMBLE

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 PRODUCTION SET TO BEGIN ON JOHN HUGHES' 'DENNIS THE MENACE,'
 STARRING WALTER MATTHAU, JOAN PLOWRIGHT AND MASON GAMBLE
 BURBANK, Calif., Aug. 5 /PRNewsire/ -- Principle photography has begun in Chicago for "Dennis the Menace," a live-action comedy based on Hank Ketcham's comic strip characters, to be distributed by Warner Bros. The announcement was made by Bruce Berman, Warner Bros. president of worldwide theatrical production. Written and produced by John Hughes, the film stars Academy Award-winner Walter Matthau and Joan Plowright as Mr. and Mrs. Wilson, Christopher Lloyd as a visitor to Dennis' hometown, Lea Thompson and Robert Stanton as Alice and Henry Mitchell and newcomer Mason Gamble as Dennis Mitchell. Hughes and Dick Vane are producing; Nick Castle is directing; Ernest Chambers is executive producing; and William Ryan is associate producing. Filming will take place on location in Chicago.
 Matthau's first major motion picture role was in 1965's "The Fortune Cookie," which earned him the Academy Award for best supporting actor in 1966. He has also been twice-nominated by the Academy for best actor, for "Kotch" and "The Sunshine Boys."
 Among Matthau's other film credits are "The Odd Couple," "Cactus Flower," "A New Leaf," "Charley Varrick," "The Bad News Bears," "Hopscotch," "House Calls," "The Little Devil" and the recent telefilms "The Incident" and "Against Her Will -- An Incident in Baltimore."
 Plowright made her London stage debut with "The Duenna" and her Broadway debut with "The Entertainer." She received a Tony Award for her role in "A Taste of Honey" and has performed in numerous distinguished productions on both sides of the Atlantic. Her film credits include "Moby Dick," "The Entertainer," "Three Sisters," "Equus," "The Dressmaker," "Drowning By Numbers," "I Love You To Death" and "Avalon."
 Lloyd has received critical and popular applause for a diverse series of comic and dramatic roles. He starred off-Broadway in "Kaspar," winning Drama Desk and Obie Awards, and built an international reputation with his role in the hit TV series, "Taxi." His many film credits include "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," "The Onion Field," "The Postman Always Rings Twice" (with Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange), "Mr. Mom," "Back to the Future" Parts, I, II and III, "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?," "Eight Men Out" and "Dream Team."
 Thompson made her acting debut in "Jaws 3-D" and went on to appear in films including "All the Right Moves," "Red Dawn," "The Wild Life," "Back to the Future" Parts I, II and III, "Some Kind of Wonderful," "The Wizard of Loneliness" and "Montana."
 Texas-born Stanton currently lives in New York, where he frequently appears onstage. He performed on Broadway in "A Small Family Business" and numbers among his film credits "The House on Carroll Street," "A League of Their Own" and the upcoming "Bob Roberts."
 Six-year-old Gamble makes his feature-film debut in the title role of "Dennis the Menace."
 Director Castle received an Academy Award (with John Carpenter) while still a film student at USC for his short subject, "The Resurrection of Bronco Billy," and again collaborated with Carpenter on the screenplay for "Escape From New York." Castle wrote and made his directorial debut with the feature "T.A.G." and wrote and directed "Taps" and "The Boy Who Could Fly." He also directed "The Last Starfighter."
 The behind-the-camera talent on "Dennis the Menace" includes Director of Photography Tom Ackerman ("Beetlejuice"), Production Designer Jim Bissell ("Twins"), Costumers Ann Roth and Bridget Kelly ("The Mambo Kings") and Editor Alan Heim ("Valmont").
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