Arthur Gardner

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In his one-and-a-half-hour Archive interview, Arthur Gardner (1910-2014) talks about how he got his start in the entertainment industry working as an extra at Universal and landing a role in the acclaimed film, All Quiet On the Western Front. He discusses working at the Hal Roach Studio with The First Motion Picture Unit during World War II and later forming Levy-Gardner-Laven Productions with two friends he met through The First Motion Picture Unit. He then elaborates on the many classic TV series he produced in the 1950s and 1960s, including The Rifleman, The Detectives and The Big Valley. Gardner also recounts memories of working on films with both John Wayne and Elvis Presley and shares his reflections on the longevity of his producing career in Hollywood. Stephen J. Abramson conducted the interview in North Hollywood, CA on December 3, 2009.

"We had a working relationship with everybody who worked with us. There was nothing imperial about it. We would always work hand in hand with everybody."

Highlights
Arthur Gardner on his reflections about his life and how he would like to be remembered
01:23
Arthur Gardner on the longevity and legacy of The Rifleman
02:34
Arthur Gardner on why The Rifleman first aired as a pilot for the Zane Grey Theater
00:36
Arthur Gardner on advice he would give to producers today
00:24
Arthur Gardner on the movie Clambake with Elvis Presley
04:52
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his first acting job at Universal as an extra; on how the studio system operated; on working as an actor on All Quiet On The Western Front; on working at the Hal Roach Studio with The First Motion Picture Unit during World War II; on forming Levy-Gardner-Laven Productions and the projects they produced
17:01
On producing the TV show The Rifleman; on the production schedule for The Rifleman; on working with the cast of The Rifleman; on his close working relationship with ABC
11:39
On the experience of The Rifleman winning an Emmy Award; on the longevity and legacy of The Rifleman; on the depiction of Native Americans in television in the 1950's; on his memories of The Red Scare and the Blacklist; on the decision-making process for producing The Rifleman; on casting Chuck Connors as "The Rifleman"
09:16
On producing the show The Detective; on his involvement in the TV show The Big Valley; on Barbara Stanwyck's role on The Big Valley; on the production schedule for The Big Valley; on the writers and directors of The Big Valley
10:39
On the movie Clambake with Elvis Presley; on working with John Wayne on several films
06:52

Chapter 2

On his memories and impression of people within the TV and film industry including studio heads and stars; on his partnership with Jules Levy and Arnold Laven; on the meaning of the title of his autobiography
07:56
On what makes a successful production; on his thoughts about his longevity in show business; on advice he would give to producers today; on his philosophy about ambition; on the legacy of his company, Levy-Gardner-Laven; on his reflections about his life; on how he would like to be remembered
07:08
Shows

Big Valley, The

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Arthur Gardner on The Big Valley star Barbara Stanwyck
02:10
Arthur Gardner on the number of episodes and production schedule of The Big Valley
02:00
Arthur Gardner on his busy schedule producing feature films and television shows simultaneously, such as The Big Valley
00:47
Arthur Gardner on the premise for the TV show The Big Valley
00:30

Detectives, The

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Arthur Gardner on producing The Detective s starring Robert Taylor
00:27

Rifleman, The

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Arthur Gardner on his involvement in The Rifleman
08:57
Topics

Characters & Catchphrases

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Arthur Gardner on why Chuck Connors was the perfect actor to play "The Rifleman"
00:31

Emmy Awards

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Arthur Gardner on the experience of winning The Rifleman winning an Emmy Award
01:20

Hollywood Blacklist

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Arthur Gardner on his memories of working during The Red Scare and the Blacklist
00:42

Minorities

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Arthur Gardner on the depiction of Native Americans in television in the 1950's
01:25
Professions

Producers

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Arthur Gardner on his busy schedule producing feature films and television shows simultaneously, such as The Big Valley
00:47
Arthur Gardner on the legacy of his company, Levy-Gardner-Laven
01:52
Genres

Cop/Detective/Mystery Series

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Arthur Gardner on producing The Detective s starring Robert Taylor
00:27

Western Series

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Arthur Gardner on the genre of Westerns in the late 50's
00:44
Arthur Gardner on the number of episodes and production schedule of The Big Valley
02:00
Arthur Gardner on his involvement in the TV show The Rifleman
08:57
People

Candice Bergen

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Arthur Gardner on his impressions of Candice Bergen
00:25

Harry Cohn

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Arthur Gardner on his memories of Harry Cohn as head of Columbia Studios
00:19

Chuck Connors

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Arthur Gardner on The Rifleman star Chuck Connors
00:58
Arthur Gardner on working with Chuck Connors on The Rifleman
00:52
Arthur Gardner on why Chuck Connors was the perfect actor to play "The Rifleman"
00:31

Johnny Crawford

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Arthur Gardner on working with Johnny Crawford on The Rifleman
00:23

George Cukor

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Arthur Gardner on working with George Cukor on All Quiet On The Western Front
00:50

Shelley Fabares

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Arthur Gardner on his impressions of Shelley Fabares and Elvis Presley working together on Clambake
00:34

Clark Gable

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Arthur Gardner on his recollections of fellow actors, William Holden, Clark Gable and Ronald Regan
01:32

William Holden

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Arthur Gardner on his recollections of fellow actors, William Holden, Clark Gable and Ronald Regan
01:32

James Wong Howe

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Arthur Gardner on his impressions of cameraman, James Wong Howe
00:13

Carl Laemmle

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Arthur Gardner on his first meeting with Carl Laemmle
02:37

Arnold Laven

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Arthur Gardner on working with Arnold Laven
10:05
Arthur Gardner on his business partners Jules Levy and Arnold Laven, and the naming of their production company
02:04

Jules Levy

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Arthur Gardner on working with Jules Levy
10:05
Arthur Gardner on his business partners Jules Levy and Arnold Laven, and the naming of their production company
02:04

Lee Majors

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Arthur Gardner on his memories of Lee Majors on The Big Valley
01:48

Hal Needham

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Arthur Gardner on his memories of stuntman Hal Needham
00:12

Sam Peckinpah

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Arthur Gardner on working with Sam Peckinpah on The Rifleman
02:07

Dick Powell

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Arthur Gardner on working with Dick Powell at Four Star Revue
02:15

Elvis Presley

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Arthur Gardner on his interactions with Elvis Presley on the movie Clambake
04:52

Ronald Reagan

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Arthur Gardner on his recollections of fellow actors, William Holden, Clark Gable and Ronald Regan
01:32

Burt Reynolds

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Arthur Gardner on working on films with Burt Reynolds
00:26

Lalo Schifrin

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Arthur Gardner on his impression of composer, Lalo Schifrin
00:17

Barbara Stanwyck

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Arthur Gardner on The Big Valley star Barbara Stanwyck
02:10
Arthur Gardner on what it was like working with Barbara Stanwyck on The Big Valley
01:44

Robert Taylor

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Arthur Gardner on producing The Detectives starring Robert Taylor
00:27

John Wayne

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Arthur Gardner on his impressions of John Wayne
02:00

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