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STL County man owns rare silent movies

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Australian silent movie director JP McGowan

By Kevin Lavery, KWMU

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St. Louis, MO – For years, a St. Louis County man kept a rare treasure. In Willis Goldschmidt's basement lay a small collection of silent films.

Recently, his son learned that two of them are the only known copies in existence.

The 77-year-old films are the work of Australian director J-P McGowan. Most Americans don't know his name.

But as KWMU's Kevin Lavery reports, McGowan was a trailblazer who helped build the modern-day action thriller.

To learn more about McGowan, tune in to KETC-Channel 9 at 7:00 p.m. Monday for "Living St. Louis."

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