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T. V. Icon John Schneider Visits Tyler

When John Schneider burst onto the scene in 1979, his loveable character, Bo Duke, was no stranger to trouble.

Schneider wrote "Collier & Company" in 1982, when "The Dukes of Hazzard" was in its prime.

The movie is about a former race car driver turned used car salesman. He wins the cars he sells by racing people for their pink slips, but when he takes a Ferrari from a wealthy Texas tycoon, Duke-style mishaps start unfolding.

It's a movie Schneider tried to get produced for years, but Hollywood wouldn't bite. Now, he's on a cross country promotional tour with a familiar car in tow, and one goal in mind.

"I'm trying to do a test here. I want to see if you can make a movie for people who are 70 and 7 and everywhere in between," says Schneider.

Schneider previewed "Collier & Company" for an east texas audience tonight, but it was the one and only showing scheduled.

"We are hoping that if people like the movie, they'll call back the movie theater, and then ask to bring "Collier & Company" back, because that's the only way we're going to get a serious large distribution," says Schneider.

Tomorrow, he'll pack up his 69 Dodge Charger and head to Witchita Falls to do it all over again.

Lindsay Wilcox/KLTV 7 News/Reporting: lwilcox@kltv.com

 

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