“Professor Kingsfield” – The Paper Chase
The Paper Chase
Story of the first-year law student at Harvard Law School.
“Professor Kingsfield” – The Paper Chase – Note
The Paper Chase is a 1973 film starring Timothy Bottoms, Lindsay Wagner, and John Houseman, and is directed by James Bridges.
According to John Houseman, the inspiration for Professor Kingsfield was crusty professor Edward “Bull” Warren, also reflected in The Boston Globe in 2004.
Houseman noted that Kingsfield’s behavior is actually a toned-down version of Warren’s famous classroom rudeness, as enshrined in classroom lore, and recounted several examples of the professor’s putdowns.