A.C. Lyles

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In his over three-hour Archive interview, A.C. Lyles (1918-2013) talks about his 77-year-long association with Paramount, for which he holds the record for the longest continuously-employed person at a motion picture studio. He details his early years, and at the age of ten working at the Florida Theater in Jacksonville, part of the Paramount-Publix theater chain. He talks about meeting Paramount studio head Adolph Zukor and his continual correspondence with him, until in 1937, Lyles took the train to Hollywood and arrived at the studio gate where he expected, and was given, a job at the studio. He describes his ascent in the ranks at the studio, from working in the publicity department to producing feature films. He discusses the layout of personnel in the publicity department and talks about his work in promoting movies and establishing the "golden circle" of talented young performers. He talks about many of Paramount Pictures' notables, including Cecil B. DeMille, John Barrymore and William Holden. He speaks about Paramount's interest in television, and describes the line-up of early shows on Paramount-owned KTLA. He describes the televising and impact of the "Kathy Fiscus tragedy," which aired on KTLA in 1949. Lyles also talks about knowing and working with television luminaries including Lucille Ball, Michael Landon and DeForest Kelley. He talks about his later associations with television as the producer of Here's Boomer and consulting producer of Deadwood. Finally, Lyles discusses his association and friendship with Ronald Reagan, including his dedicated work for the Reagan Administration as advisor and liaison. Gary Rutkowski conducted the interview on August 30, 20015 in Lyles' office at Paramount Pictures in Los Angeles, CA.

"I think A.C. stands for 'awful corny,' because I am awful corny. It's going to sound very Pollyanna, but I think the greatest achievement that I have, is wanting to work for Paramount on my 10th birthday and now celebrating my 87th birthday 77 years later and still being with Paramount."

Highlights
A.C. Lyles on his various duties at Paramount Studios working for Adolph Zukor and Cecil B. DeMille
12:42
A.C. Lyles on Michael Landon doubling DeForest Kelley on Rawhide
04:07
A.C. Lyles on producing Here's Boomer
00:53
A.C. Lyles on appearing in the feature film "The Hunt for Red October"
04:44
A.C. Lyles on Paramount's early interest in television
01:55
A.C. Lyles on how he would like to be remembered
01:55
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On being promoted from office boy at Paramount, to pairing actors on the lot with bit parts; on collecting script pages from writers at Paramount on a weekly basis, and on running the Golden Circle; on William Holden
14:41

Chapter 2

On his various duties at Paramount Studios working for Adolph Zukor and Cecil B. DeMille
12:42

Chapter 3

On associate producing Rawhide; on DeForest Kelley guest-starring on Rawhide
11:06

Chapter 4

On why he liked working in the Western genre, and on working with John Wayne and John Ford; on the number of Western features per year he was produced
08:59
On Gulf and Western taking over Paramount; on producing Here's Boomer
04:50

Chapter 5

On his friendship with Jack Webb and John Barrymore; on Lucille Ball; on his association with the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations
12:02

Chapter 6

On his greatest career achievements; on advice to an aspiring producer
04:21

Chapter 7

On the legacy of Paramount Pictures as a studio; on how he would like to be remembered
07:47
Shows

Deadwood

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A.C. Lyles on his relationship with HBO while Deadwood was running, and on show creator David Milch
00:52

Here's Boomer

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A.C. Lyles on producing Here's Boomer
00:53
A.C. Lyles on Johnny Carson plugging Here's Boomer on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and on his friendship with Carson
04:50

Rawhide

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A.C. Lyles on DeForest Kelley guest-starring on Rawhide
04:31

Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The

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A.C. Lyles on Johnny Carson plugging Here's Boomer on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and on his friendship with Carson
04:50
Topics

Advice

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A.C. Lyles on advice to an aspiring producer
01:24
A.C. Lyles on advice for aspiring producers
02:21

George H.W. Bush

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A.C. Lyles on his association with the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations
01:50
A.C. Lyles on his association with the Reagan and Bush administrations
13:41

Media Consolidation

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A.C. Lyles on Gulf and Western taking over Paramount
03:57

Memorable Moments on Television

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A.C. Lyles on the early years of KTLA and the impact of the Kathy Fiscus tragedy
04:03

Ronald Reagan

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A.C. Lyles on his association with the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations
01:50
A.C. Lyles on his association with the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations
13:41

Television Industry

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A.C. Lyles on Paramount's association with the DuMont Network
03:41
A.C. Lyles on Gulf and Western taking over Paramount
03:57
A.C. Lyles on advice to an aspiring producer
01:24
A.C. Lyles on advice for aspiring producers
02:21

Television and the Presidency

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A.C. Lyles on his association with the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations
01:48
Professions

Producers

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A.C. Lyles on advice to an aspiring producer
01:24
A.C. Lyles on advice for aspiring producers
02:21
Genres

Children's Programming

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A.C. Lyles on producing Here's Boomer
00:53

Western Series

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A.C. Lyles on associate producing Rawhide
11:06
A.C. Lyles on why he liked working in the Western genre, and on working with John Wayne and John Ford
05:42
A.C. Lyles on Michael Landon doubling DeForest Kelley on Rawhide
04:08
A.C. Lyles on working as an executive consultant on David Milch's Deadwood
07:57
People

Lucille Ball

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A.C. Lyles on Lucille Ball
06:55

John Barrymore

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A.C. Lyles on his friendship with Jack Webb and John Barrymore
03:16

Cecil B. DeMille

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A.C. Lyles on working with Cecil B. DeMille at Paramount
01:37

John Ford

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A.C. Lyles on why he liked working in the Western genre, and on working with John Wayne and John Ford
05:42

William Holden

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A.C. Lyles on William Holden
01:44
A.C. Lyles on William Holden being discovered, and on the Gabor sisters
09:19

DeForest Kelley

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A.C. Lyles on DeForest Kelley guest-starring on Rawhide
04:31
A.C. Lyles on Michael Landon doubling DeForest Kelley on Rawhide
04:07

David Milch

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A.C. Lyles on his relationship with HBO while Deadwood was running, and on show creator David Milch
00:52

John Wayne

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A.C. Lyles on why he liked working in the Western genre, and on working with John Wayne and John Ford
05:42

Jack Webb

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A.C. Lyles on his friendship with Jack Webb and John Barrymore
03:17

Adolph Zukor

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A.C. Lyles on going to Hollywood to work for Adolph Zukor at Paramount
07:19

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