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performed it illegally in New England. The problem with the estate of Bruce, Speiser claims is that all his routines are tied up in it as well as with dozens of other promoters and recor- ding/filming studios. "Six million law suits are out over the rights to his stuff," he said. "Really, everyone has got his hooks into Lenny." About Bruce he said: "Toward the end, he was more into a righteous trip than an obscenity one. That's what wiped him out. The farther he went, the more righteous he got." , According to Speiser, Lenny Bruce "dug the "system". It was the people that are in it that got to him in the end."

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The second Trial. What strikes one about Bruce in the final trial scene is the arrogance and confidence he displays yet the inevitable legal defeat that faces all "outlaws" attempting to strike a verdict of "not guilty" with a court that is higher and more meaningful than any on earth. And the legal defeat which brings a with- drawal more bitter than any withdrawal from narcotics. Bruce was a righteous warrior whose impact has not yet been felt by t-he world, or even by Americans. What strikes one about Speiser's routine is his superb handling of lines and gestures. His presence is Lenny Bruce's for all of the first trial and much of the second. The only disappointment was the final plea to the court, the final clutch of legal briefs which figuratively-speaking slipped through Speiser's hands. But - only Bruce could do justice to such institutional injustice . ON SPEISER AS BRUCE A graduate of Yale University's Drama School, Frank Speiser has a solid background in acting. He has been deeply interested in Lenny Bruce for a long time. .He met Bruce once at a New Year's Eve Party in New York. The booking agents claim that Speiser is an understudy to Cliff Gorman in the New York production. He isn't. He worked with Julian Barry, though, on the script but much of that was scrapped 111 favor of parts of the movie "Dirty Mouth" which eventually became part of the New York pro- A ion. . .,pc· ;er's road show is the only one going at the time and has only been presented on and off during the past year at the larger colleges in the country. The entire "speed-rap" which constitutes the last "trial" he compiled himself and at first he

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