Leo and Loree

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Leo and Loree
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Directed by Jerry Paris
Written byJames Ritz
Story byJames Ritz
Ron Howard
Produced byJim Begg
Starring Donny Most
Linda Purl
CinematographyCosta Petals
Edited byEd Cotter
Music byLance Rubin
Major H Productions
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
  • April 25, 1980 (1980-04-25)
Running time
97 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$517,988 [2]

Leo and Loree is a 1980 American romantic comedy film directed by Jerry Paris, starring Donny Most and Linda Purl. It was the first theatrical film from Ron Howard's production company.



Leo and Loree are a young couple and aspiring actors trying to succeed in show business. Leo's career is hampered by his attitude, and Loree's career is helped by her mother – an Oscar-winning actress – who has opened doors for her. In spite of their feelings for each other, the ups and downs of the couple's professional lives affect their relationship.



Ron Howard started the project in 1975 during spare time on weekends while filming Happy Days and started shooting scenes on 16 mm film. [3] James Ritz, a writer for Happy Days, started a script but the project was put on hold until Howard took it to ABC as a potential television movie which led to Ritz expanding the rough script. [3] After ABC later decided not to progress the project further, Howard set the project up at Major H Productions, which he had created in 1977 with his father Rance and brother Clint, funding most of the low budget himself. [3] The film was their first theatrical release with United Artists acquiring domestic distribution rights in 1979. [3]

The director, Jerry Paris, had filmed every episode of Happy Days at the time. [3] The star, Donny Most, was also a regular on Happy Days, as Ralph Malph. [3]

The film was shot in Southern California, including Malibu, Beverly Hills and Venice, Los Angeles. [1]

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  1. 1 2 Leo and Loree at the American Film Institute Catalog
  2. Leo and Loree at Box Office Mojo
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "UA Picks Up 'Leo and Loree'". Variety . June 13, 1979. p. 20.