Bob Claver

Producer


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About this interview

In his nearly two-hour Archive interview, Bob Claver (1928-2017) talks about breaking into television in Chicago and his move to New York, where he worked as a writer on various children's shows. He speaks in detail about working with Bob Keeshan as a writer-producer for five years on Captain Kangaroo. He then talks about his work with Four Star Playhouse and his subsequent employ at Screen Gems. He discusses such Screen Gems properties as The Farmer's Daughter, the pilot of Gidget and Occasional Wife. Claver details the creation of The Partridge Family, for which he served as executive-producer and occasional director. Finally, he talks about his work as a freelance director on such series as Welcome Back, Kotter and Gloria. Karen Herman conducted the interview on October 11, 2004 in Chicago, IL.

"People forget that nobody tunes in a television show to see producers. So, if sometimes you have to step back a little bit, that's OK."

Highlights
Bob Claver on his directing style
00:57
Bob Claver on working with the kids of The Partridge Family  and how they dealt with celebrity
01:10
Bob Claver on the early Captain Kangaroo  broadcasts
01:01
Bob Claver on directing one season of Welcome Back, Kotter
04:38
Bob Claver on advice to an aspiring television director
01:07
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his early life and influences; on the first time he saw television and his interest in theater; on early television-related jobs and meeting Bob Keeshan
09:39
On how he came to write Captain Kangaroo; on the early Captain Kangaroo broadcasts and coming up with ideas for the show; on the different elements of the Captain Kangaroo broadcasts
07:23
On a typical work week on Captain Kangaroo; on Bob Keeshan on the set of Captain Kangaroo; on the guest stars and legacy of the show
08:21
On associate-producing Four Star Playhouse and directing Ensign O'Toole; on deciding to go into directing
02:42

Chapter 2

On directing Four Star Playhouse and going to work for Screen Gems; on producing The Farmer's Daughter, The Second Hundred Years, Gidget, The Girl with Something Extra, Occasional Wife, Here Come the Brides, and The Interns
13:11
On producing and directing The Partridge Family; on casting The Partridge Family; on the characters of The Partridge Family and the musical aspects of the show
12:03
On the opening sequence and theme song of The Partridge Family; on The Partridge Family bus; on working with the kids of The Partridge Family and how they dealt with celebrity
02:51

Chapter 3

On his duties on The Partridge Family, the addition of Rick Segall to the cast, and the end of the show; on his favorite episodes of The Partridge Family and the show being a product of its time; on the questions he gets asked about the show and its continuing popularity
06:32
On working with Grant Tinker at MTM; on directing All's Fair; on directing one season of Welcome Back, Kotter
07:27
On directing one season of Mork & Mindy; on directing The Facts of Life; on the craft of directing television
10:41
On directing Gloria
03:15

Chapter 4

On directing Gloria, Small Wonder, and The New Leave it to Beaver; on directing T he New Love, American Style, The Munsters Today, Automan, and Charles in Charge
08:23
On the way sitcoms have changed since he started and things he wanted to do as director but couldn't; on moving back to Chicago in 1993 and then-current activities; on advice to an aspiring television director
05:15
On choosing what projects he wanted to direct; on career highlights and regrets and his mentors Hy Averback and Jackie Cooper; on his directing style and how he'd like to be remembered 
05:31
Shows

All in the Family

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Bob Claver on directing Gloria
03:15

All's Fair

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Bob Claver on directing All's Fair
01:14

Captain Kangaroo

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Bob Claver on how he came to write Captain Kangaroo
02:27
Bob Claver on the early Captain Kangaroo broadcasts
01:01
Bob Claver on writing early Captain Kangaroo and coming up with ideas for the show
01:03
Bob Claver on Hugh Brannum as "Mr. Green Jeans" on Captain Kangaroo
00:55
Bob Claver on the puppets of Captain Kangaroo
01:14
Bob Claver on Alan Rafkin, stage manager for Captain Kangaroo
00:44
Bob Claver on a typical work week on Captain Kangaroo
01:45
Bob Claver on the cartoons of Captain Kangaroo
00:59
Bob Claver on Bob Keeshan on the set of Captain Kangaroo
01:20
Bob Claver on the guest stars of Captain Kangaroo
01:47
Bob Claver on the legacy of Captain Kangaroo
01:15
Bob Claver on leaving Captain Kangaroo
01:16

Charles in Charge

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Bob Claver on directing Charles in Charge
00:29

Ensign O'Toole

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Bob Claver on associate producing Four Star Playhouse and directing Ensign O'Toole
01:31

Facts of Life, The

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Bob Claver on directing The Facts of Life
01:03

Farmer's Daughter, The

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Bob Claver on producing The Farmer's Daughter starring Inger Stevens
01:52

Four Star Playhouse

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Bob Claver on associate producing Four Star Playhouse and directing Ensign O'Toole
01:31
Bob Claver on directing Four Star Playhouse
02:15

Gidget

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Bob Claver on producing the pilot of Gidget
01:03

Girl With Something Extra, The

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Bob Claver on the problems of producing The Girl with Something Extra 
00:53

Gloria

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Bob Claver on directing Gloria
02:55
Bob Claver on directing Gloria
01:25

Here Come the Brides

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Bob Claver on producing Here Come the Brides
02:26

Interns, The

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Bob Claver on producing and directing The Interns
02:03

Mork & Mindy

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Bob Claver on directing one season of Mork & Mindy
03:44

Munsters Today, The

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Bob Claver on directing The Munsters Today and Automan
00:59

New Leave it to Beaver, The

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Bob Claver on directing The New Leave it to Beaver
01:12

New Love American Style, The

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Bob Claver on directing The New Love, American Style
00:52

Occasional Wife

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Bob Claver on producing Occasional Wife
00:59

Partridge Family, The

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Bob Claver on producing and directing The Partridge Family
02:23
Bob Claver on casting The Partridge Family
07:07
Bob Claver on the characters of The Partridge Family and the musical aspects of the show
02:33
Bob Claver on the opening sequence and theme song of The Partridge Family
00:34
Bob Claver on The Partridge Family bus 
01:07
Bob Claver on working with the kids of The Partridge Family and how they dealt with celebrity
01:10
Bob Claver on his duties on The Partridge Family, the addition of Rick Segall to the cast, and the end of the show
01:22
Bob Claver on his favorite episodes of The Partridge Family and the show being a product of its time
01:34
Bob Claver on meeting President Richard Nixon during the run of The Partridge Family
00:41
Bob Claver on the questions he gets asked about The Partridge Family and the continuing popularity of the show
01:52
Bob Claver on the Partridge Family spin-off Getting Together
01:02

Second Hundred Years, The

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Bob Claver on producing The Second Hundred Years
00:33

Small Wonder

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Bob Claver on directing Small Wonder
03:27

Welcome Back, Kotter

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Bob Claver on directing one season of Welcome Back, Kotter
04:38
Topics

Advice

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Bob Claver on advice to an aspiring television director
01:07
Bob Claver on advice to aspiring television producers
00:52

Characters & Catchphrases

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Bob Claver on the characters of The Partridge Family  and the musical aspects of the show
02:33

Creative Influences and Inspiration

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Bob Claver on his mentors Hy Averback and Jackie Cooper
00:49

Fame and Celebrity

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Bob Claver on working with the kids of The Partridge Family  and how they dealt with celebrity
01:10

Pop Culture

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Bob Claver on the characters of The Partridge Family  and the musical aspects of the show
02:33
Bob Claver on the opening sequence and theme song of The Partridge Family
00:34
Bob Claver on The Partridge Family  bus
01:07

TV Theme Songs

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Bob Claver on the opening sequence and theme song of The Partridge Family
00:34

Television Industry

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Bob Claver on working with the kids of The Partridge Family  and how they dealt with celebrity
01:10
Bob Claver on the way sitcoms have changed since he started
01:35
Bob Claver on advice to an aspiring television director
01:07
Bob Claver on advice to aspiring television producers
00:52
Professions

Directors

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Bob Claver on the craft of directing television 
05:53
Bob Claver on advice to an aspiring television director
01:07
Bob Claver on choosing what projects he wanted to direct
00:43
Bob Claver on his directing style
00:57

Producers

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Bob Claver on advice to aspiring television producers
00:52
Genres

Adventure/Espionage Series

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Bob Claver on directing The Munsters Today  and Automan
00:59

Children's Programming

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Bob Claver on working on Time for Fun  with Bob Keeshan
01:53
Bob Claver on writing for Captain Kangaroo 
15:45

Classic Anthology Series

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Bob Claver on associate producing Four Star Playhouse  and directing Ensign O'Toole
01:31
Bob Claver on directing Four Star Playhouse
02:15

Comedy Series

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Bob Claver on associate producing Four Star Playhouse  and directing Ensign O'Toole
01:31
Bob Claver on producing The Farmer's Daughter  starring Inger Stevens
01:52
Bob Claver on producing The Second Hundred Years
00:37
Bob Claver on producing the pilot of Gidget
01:02
Bob Claver on the problems of producing The Girl with Something Extra 
00:53
Bob Claver on producing Occasional Wife
00:59
Bob Claver on producing Here Come the Brides
02:26
Bob Claver on producing and directing The Partridge Family
14:54
Bob Claver on writing and directing The Partridge Family (Part 2)
06:31
Bob Claver on directing All's Fair
01:14
Bob Claver on directing one season of Welcome Back, Kotter
04:38
Bob Claver on directing one season of Mork & Mindy
03:44
Bob Claver on directing Gloria
02:55
Bob Claver on directing Gloria ( Part 2)
01:25
Bob Claver on directing Small Wonder
03:27
Bob Claver on directing The New Leave it to Beaver
01:12
Bob Claver on directing The New Love, American Style
00:52
Bob Claver on directing The Munsters Today  and Automan
00:59
Bob Claver on directing Charles in Charge
00:29

Medical Dramas

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Bob Claver on producing and directing The Interns
02:03
People

Hy Averback

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Bob Claver on his mentors Hy Averback and Jackie Cooper
00:49

Danny Bonaduce

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Bob Claver on casting The Partridge Family: Danny Bonaduce 
00:25

Hugh Brannum

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Bob Claver on Hugh Brannum as "Mr. Green Jeans" on Captain Kangaroo
00:55

David Cassidy

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Bob Claver on casting The Partridge Family: David Cassidy
01:12

Jackie Cooper

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Bob Claver on his mentors Hy Averback and Jackie Cooper
00:49

Susan Dey

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Bob Claver on casting The Partridge Family: Susan Dey
01:31

Sally Field

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Bob Claver on producing the pilot of Gidget starring Sally Field
01:05

Shirley Jones

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Bob Claver on casting The Partridge Family: Shirley Jones
00:31

Gabe Kaplan

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Bob Claver on directing one season of Welcome Back, Kotter  starring Gabe Kaplan
04:38

Bob Keeshan

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Bob Claver on working on Time for Fun with Bob Keeshan
01:53
Bob Claver on Bob Keeshan on the set of Captain Kangaroo
01:21

David Madden

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Bob Claver on casting The Partridge Family: David Madden
00:16

Alan Rafkin

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Bob Claver on Alan Rafkin, stage manager for Captain Kangaroo
00:44

Ben Stein

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Bob Claver on directing All's Fair  on which Ben Stein was a political consultant 
01:35

Inger Stevens

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Bob Claver on producing The Farmer's Daughter starring Inger Stevens
01:52

Grant Tinker

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Bob Claver on working with Grant Tinker at MTM
01:35

John Travolta

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Bob Claver on directing one season of Welcome Back, Kotter  starring John Travolta
04:38

Robin Williams

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Bob Claver on directing one season of Mork & Mindy  starring Robin Williams
03:44

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