Greg Lingo Swore He Was Done With Upper Darby. Nope.

David Bjorkgren
Greg Lingo in front of alma mater Beverly Hills Middle School. Image via Tyger Williams, The Philadelphia Inquirer

So what possessed Greg Lingo to make a film about Upper Darby, a town he swore he’d never look back on, as his career propelled him toward being a successful Main Line developer? asked Maria Panaritis for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Upper Darby stayed with him. It created who he was, even when he left for Cornell and Villanova, bought a big house in Wayne and became a developer-builder out of Media.

His film, “Crabs in a Bucket,” is a comedic look at the blue-collar, West Philadelphia border suburb in the ‘70s and ‘80s.

Early lessons in business taught him how even flawed childhood bonds can be the most valuable asset you cherish as you age.

As an adult, one guy he befriended stole from him, another swindled him out of a piece of land.

“I was going into it from the mind-set of these friends that I grew up with, where we would never do that to each other,” he said. “I realized that what made me who I am was this neighborhood and Upper Darby.”

The film, with Bruce Dern and Taryn Manning, is in final editing stages. No release date has been set.

Read more about Lingo and his upcoming film here.

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