Daniel Petrie, Sr.

Director


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About this interview

In his four-and-a-half hour interview, Daniel Petrie, Sr. (1920-2004) recalls his introduction to television directing, in Chicago in the 1950's, working on programs including Studs' Place and Billy Rose's Playbill. He talks about directing episodes of many television series during the 1950's, including The U.S. Steel Hour, The Alcoa Hour, Armstrong Circle Theatre, Excursion, Justice, and Omnibus. Petrie discusses his directing assignments in the 1960s and 1970s, including Bob Hope Presents Chrysler Theatre, The Defenders, Ironside, Marcus Welby, M.D., and Medical Center. Finally, he touches upon some of his feature film work (including "A Raisin in the Sun"), as well as his made-for-television movies such as Sybil, Eleanor and Franklin, The Dollmaker, Kissinger and Nixon, and Inherit the Wind. Michael Rosen conducted the interview on February 28, 2001 in Los Angeles, CA.

"The wonderful thing about directing, is that you're playing all the parts - you're the king, you're the queen, you're the jester. It's fun being able to do that."

Highlights
Daniel Petrie, Sr. on Chicago's contribution to television in the 1950s, and on the end of Studs' Place
04:15
Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing Ironside, starring Raymond Burr
05:43
Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing Eleanor and Franklin, with Jane Alexander and Edward Herrmann, for which he won an Emmy Award
01:50
Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing Sally Field in Sybil
07:08
Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing the The United States Steel Hour episode "Bang the Drum Slowly," starring Paul Newman
03:58
Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing the features film "The Bramble Bush" and "A Raisin in the Sun"
05:03
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On deciding what to do with his life; on his education
05:11
On serving in the Royal Canadian Army; on taking courses at NBC
08:03

Chapter 2

On Johnny Carson; on directing Studs' Place, starring Studs Terkel; on how the studio was set up for Studs' Place
12:50

Chapter 3

On directing Panhandle Pete and Jennifer; on going from Chicago to NBC in New York to direct The Billy Rose Show; on dealing with different temperaments while directing The Billy Rose Show
06:18
On Chicago's contribution to television in the 1950s, and on the end of Studs' Place; on learning on the job to be a director in early television, and on the craft of directing television
15:02

Chapter 4

On directing The Alcoa Hour for producer Herbert Brodkin and Alex Segal; on directing an Armstrong Circle Theatre, featuring Fred Allen; on directing Treasury Men in Action, and on his experience with the Hollywood Blacklist
14:59

Chapter 5

On directing the pilot for Justice and appearing as an actor in the show; on directing the The United States Steel Hour episode "Bang the Drum Slowly," starring Paul Newman
09:41

Chapter 6

On directing the features film "The Bramble Bush" and "A Raisin in the Sun"; on directing The Defenders, and on feature films versus television; on directing Bob Hope Presents Chrysler Theatre
11:08

Chapter 7

On directing Ironside, starring Raymond Burr; on directing McMillan & Wife, starring Rock Hudson
08:38
On directing Marcus Welby, M.D. and Medical Center; on directing Sally Field and Joanne Woodward in Sybil
10:27

Chapter 8

On how he feels about his projects when he has finished directing them; on directing Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years
06:20
On directing Jane Fonda in The Dollmaker; on directing "Cocoon: The Return," starring Hume Cronyn; on directing My Name Is Bill W.
07:50

Chapter 9

On how directing for network compares to directing for cable; on career and personal highlights
07:51
On advice to aspiring television directors; on filmmakers who inspired him
05:10
Shows

Alcoa Hour, The

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing The Alcoa Hour for producer Herbert Brodkin and Alex Segal
04:38

Armstrong Circle Theatre

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing an Armstrong Circle Theatre, featuring Fred Allen
01:29

Art Carney Specials

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing the Art Carney Special "Victory"
04:09

Bob Hope Presents Chrysler Theatre

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing Bob Hope Presents Chrysler Theatre
01:46
Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing Bob Hope Presents Chrysler Theatre
01:37

Calm at Sunset

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing Calm at Sunset and Inherit the Wind, with Jack Lemmon and George C. Scott
06:23

Defenders, The

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing The Defenders, and on feature films versus television
04:19

Dollmaker, The

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing The Dollmaker, starring Jane Fonda, and on the benefits of on-location shooting
03:53

DuPont Show of the Month, The

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing The DuPont Show of the Month, adaptations of classic books producer David Susskind
08:42

Eleanor and Franklin

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing Eleanor and Franklin, for which he won an Emmy Award
12:59

Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing the sequel to Eleanor and Franklin, Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years, which also won multiple Emmy Awards
02:44

Hallmark Hall of Fame

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing Hallmark Hall of Fame
01:55

Inherit the Wind

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing Calm at Sunset and Inherit the Wind, with Jack Lemmon and George C. Scott
06:23

Ironside

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing Ironside, starring Raymond Burr
05:43

Justice

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing the pilot for Justice and appearing as an actor in the show
05:42

Kissinger and Nixon

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing Kissinger and Nixon for TNT, starring Beau Bridges and Ron Silver
03:50

Marcus Welby, M.D.

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing Marcus Welby, M.D. and Medical Center
03:17

McMillan & Wife

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing McMillan & Wife, starring Rock Hudson
02:53

Medical Center

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing Marcus Welby, M.D. and Medical Center
03:17

My Name Is Bill W.

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing My Name Is Bill W.
01:50

Omnibus

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing "Excursion," a segment of an Omnibus episode featuring Kim Stanley
08:13

Silent Night, Lonely Night

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing Silent Night, Lonely Night
02:24

Studs' Place

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing Studs' Place, starring Studs Terkel
04:52
Daniel Petrie, Sr. on NBC production head Ted Mills offering him the job as director of Studs' Place
05:24
Daniel Petrie, Sr. on how the studio was set up for Studs' Place
01:49
Daniel Petrie, Sr. on Chicago's contribution to television in the 1950s, and on the end of Studs' Place
04:17

Sybil

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing Sally Field and Joanne Woodward in Sybil
07:09
Daniel Petrie, Sr. on the challenges of directing Sybil
04:20

Treasury Men in Action

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing Treasury Men in Action, and on his experience with the Hollywood Blacklist
08:33

United States Steel Hour, The

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing the The United States Steel Hour episode "Bang the Drum Slowly," starring Paul Newman
03:58
Topics

Advice

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on advice to aspiring television directors
02:45

Creative Influences and Inspiration

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on filmmakers who inspired him
02:21

Emmy Awards

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing Eleanor and Franklin, for which he won an Emmy Award
12:08
Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing the sequel to Eleanor and Franklin, Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years, which also won multiple Emmy Awards
02:44

Hollywood Blacklist

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing Treasury Men in Action, and on his experience with the Hollywood Blacklist
08:33
Daniel Petrie, Sr. on dealing with the Hollywood Blacklist
10:03

Industry Crossroads

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing Treasury Men in Action, and on his experience with the Hollywood Blacklist
08:33
Daniel Petrie, Sr. on dealing with the Hollywood Blacklist
10:03

Pivotal Career Moments

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on filmmakers who inspired him
02:21

Television Industry

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing Treasury Men in Action, and on his experience with the Hollywood Blacklist
08:33
Daniel Petrie, Sr. on dealing with the Hollywood Blacklist
10:03
Daniel Petrie, Sr. on how directing for network compares to directing for cable
02:11
Daniel Petrie, Sr. on advice to aspiring television directors
02:45
Professions

Directors

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on learning on the job to be a director in early television, and on the craft of directing television
06:13
Daniel Petrie, Sr. on his process for directing live programming in the 1950s
04:07
Daniel Petrie, Sr. on using his previous experience on stage when directing television, and on keeping his temper in check
05:58
Daniel Petrie, Sr. on the experience of directing a live television production in the 1950s
03:56
Daniel Petrie, Sr. on not having "final cut" as a director
05:23
Daniel Petrie, Sr. on how he feels about his projects when he has finished directing them
00:48
Daniel Petrie, Sr. on his involvement in the casting process of the shows and features he directs
02:35
Daniel Petrie, Sr. on advice to aspiring television directors
02:45
Genres

Children's Programming

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing Panhandle Pete and Jennifer
01:15

Classic Anthology Series

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing The Billy Rose Show
05:02
Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing "Excursion," a segment of an Omnibus episode featuring Kim Stanley
08:13
Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing the The United States Steel Hour episode "Bang the Drum Slowly," starring Paul Newman
03:58
Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing Bob Hope Presents Chrysler Theatre
01:37
Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing Hallmark Hall of Fame
01:55

Cop/Detective/Mystery Series

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing Ironside
05:43
Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing McMillan & Wife
02:53

Legal Dramas

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing the pilot for Justice and appearing as an actor in the show
05:39

Medical Dramas

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing Marcus Welby, M.D. and Medical Center
03:20

TV Movies/Miniseries/Dramatic Specials

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing Silent Night, Lonely Night
02:24
Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing Sally Field in Sybil
07:08
Daniel Petrie, Sr. on the challenges of directing Sybil
04:20
Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing Eleanor and Franklin and Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years
15:43
Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing The Dollmaker
03:53
Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing My Name Is Bill W.
01:51
Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing Kissinger and Nixon
03:50
Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing Calm at Sunset and Inherit the Wind
06:26

Talk Shows

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing Studs' Place
05:04
People

Herbert Brodkin

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing The Alcoa Hour for producer Herbert Brodkin and Alex Segal
04:38

Raymond Burr

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing Ironside, starring Raymond Burr
05:43

Art Carney

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing the Art Carney Special "Victory"
04:07

Johnny Carson

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on Johnny Carson
00:39

Hume Cronyn

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing "Cocoon: The Return," starring Hume Cronyn
01:36

James Dean

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on working with James Dean
05:04

Sally Field

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing Sally Field and Joanne Woodward in Sybil
07:09
Daniel Petrie, Sr. on the challenges of directing Sybil starring Sally Field
04:20

Jane Fonda

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing The Dollmaker, starring Jane Fonda
03:53

Rock Hudson

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing McMillan & Wife, starring Rock Hudson
02:53

Jack Lemmon

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing Calm at Sunset and Inherit the Wind, with Jack Lemmon and George C. Scott
06:23

Ted Mills

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on NBC production head Ted Mills offering him the job as director of Studs' Place
05:24

Paul Newman

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing the The United States Steel Hour episode "Bang the Drum Slowly," starring Paul Newman
03:58

Mickey Rooney

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing My Name Is Bill W., starring Mickey Rooney
01:51

George C. Scott

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing Calm at Sunset and Inherit the Wind, with Jack Lemmon and George C. Scott
06:23

Alex Segal

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing The Alcoa Hour for producer Herbert Brodkin and Alex Segal
04:38

Kim Stanley

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing "Excursion," a segment of an Omnibus episode featuring Kim Stanley
08:13

David Susskind

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing The DuPont Show of the Month, adaptations of classic books producer David Susskind
08:42

Studs Terkel

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing Studs' Place, starring Studs Terkel
04:52
Daniel Petrie, Sr. on having "creative differences" arguments with Studs Terkel on Studs' Place
01:17

Joanne Woodward

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Daniel Petrie, Sr. on directing Sally Field and Joanne Woodward in Sybil
07:09

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