David Shaw

Writer


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In his two-hour Archive interview, David Shaw (1916-2007) discusses his prolific career as a television writer. He talks of his start in TV with the 1949 ABC "live" dramatic anthology series Actors Studio. He details his work on the series Philco-Goodyear Playhouse, comments on several of his individual teleplays (he contributed the most teleplays of any writer), and talks about working with legendary producer Fred Coe. Shaw describes knowing and working with other figures of the Golden Age of Television, such as director Delbert Mann, writer Paddy Chayefsky, and actress Eva Marie Saint. He discusses several series for which he served as a story editor including Mr. Peepers and The Defenders. He describes his teleplays for Producers' Showcase ( including his Emmy-nominated adaptation of "Our Town") and the six shows he wrote for Playhouse 90. B-roll consists of two photos - a head shot from the 1960s and a photo of Shaw behind-the-scenes on his Tony-Award-winning musical "Redhead," starring Gwen Verdon. Gary Rutkowski conducted the interview in Beverly Hills, CA on August 31, 2004.

"The Golden Age of Television was bound to happen because all the young writers at the time were thinking they were playwrights, and then suddenly this medium came along where you could do the same thing in two weeks and there was an audience for it. There was a market for it."

Highlights
David Shaw on the directors and actors of Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse
02:22
David Shaw on The Defenders dealing with the Hollywood Blacklist
02:14
David Shaw on various episodes of Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse he wrote and working with director Delbert Mann on the show
04:06
David Shaw on advice to aspiring writers and his proudest career achievement
01:04
David Shaw on how he'd like to be remembered
00:50
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his early life and influences; on his activities during World War II; on writing the story for the Billy Wilder feature "The Foreign Affair" and getting into television
On writing for the series Actors Studio and Prudential Family Playhouse; on writing for The Hartmans; on working for producer Fred Coe and with writer Paddy Chayefsky on Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse

Chapter 2

On the production of Philco-Goodyear Television Playhous e and writing the musical "Redhead" for Gwen Verdon; on writing "The Huntress" for Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse starring Judy Holliday; on the process of writing scripts for Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse
On the producer's relationship with the sponsor on Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse; on Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse going live on-air; on various episodes of Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse he wrote and working with director Delbert Mann on the show
On Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse productions of "Rescue" and "The Lantern Copy"; on Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse production of "Double Jeopardy"; on Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse productions of "The Recluse," "Nothing to Sneeze At," and "The New Process"

Chapter 3

On the directors and actors of Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse; on "Kitchen Sink Dramas" and leaving Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse; on writing for Studio One and Schlitz Playhouse of Stars
On the Hollywood Blacklist; on writing for Mr. Peepers
On writing for Bonino; on writing for Producers' Showcase

Chapter 4

On writing "Our Town" for Producers' Showcase; on writing for Playhouse 90; on writing various episodes of Playhouse 90
On becoming involved with The Defenders; on The Defenders dealing with the Hollywood Blacklist; on the cast and storylines of The Defenders

Chapter 5

On writing for The Defenders and Shane; on writing the Broadway musicals "Redhead" and "Tovarich"; on writing the special Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall for George C. Scott
On writing the feature "If It's Tuesday, It Must Be Belgium"; on writing for various series; on the Golden Age of Television
On advice to aspiring writers and his proudest career achievement; on how he'd like to be remembered
On B-roll pictures from his career- with Gwen Verdon, a head shot from 1962, and others
Shows

Actors Studio

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David Shaw on writing for the series Actors Studio
05:44

Bonino

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David Shaw on writing for Bonino
01:45

Defenders, The

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David Shaw on becoming involved with The Defenders
01:49
David Shaw on working with Reginald Rose on The Defenders
02:43
David Shaw on The Defenders dealing with the Hollywood Blacklist
02:14
David Shaw on the cast of The Defenders
02:38
David Shaw on the storylines of The Defenders
03:21
David Shaw on writing for The Defenders and Shane
01:25

Hartmans, The

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David Shaw on writing for The Hartmans
01:47

Mister Peepers

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David Shaw on writing for Mr. Peepers
07:38

Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse

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David Shaw on writing for Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse
02:25
David Shaw on working for producer Fred Coe and with writer Paddy Chayefsky on Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse
06:05
David Shaw on the production of Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse and writing the musical "Redhead" for Gwen Verdon
02:46
David Shaw on writing "The Huntress" for Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse starring Judy Holliday
01:27
David Shaw on the process of writing scripts for Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse
02:18
David Shaw on the producer's relationship with the sponsor on Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse
01:07
David Shaw on Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse going live on-air
02:50
David Shaw on various episodes of Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse he wrote and working with director Delbert Mann on the show
04:06
David Shaw on Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse productions of "Rescue" and "The Lantern Copy"
04:48
David Shaw on Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse production of "Double Jeopardy"
02:15
David Shaw on Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse productions of "The Recluse," "Nothing to Sneeze At," and "The New Process"
07:39
David Shaw on the directors and actors of Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse
02:22
David Shaw on "Kitchen Sink Dramas" and leaving Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse
01:33

Playhouse 90

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David Shaw on writing for Playhouse 90
01:49
David Shaw on writing various episodes of Playhouse 90
12:00

Producers' Showcase

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David Shaw on writing for Producers' Showcase
04:26
David Shaw on writing "Our Town" for Producers' Showcase
01:31

Prudential Family Playhouse

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David Shaw on writing for Prudential Family Playhouse
01:15

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars aka Celebrity Playhouse

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David Shaw on writing for Schlitz Playhouse of Stars and The Autobiography of Grandma Moses
03:59

Shane

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David Shaw on writing for The Defenders and Shane
01:25

Studio One

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David Shaw on writing for Studio One
01:31
Topics

Advice

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David Shaw on advice to aspiring writers and his proudest career achievement
01:04

Historic Events and Social Change

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David Shaw on his activities during World War II
01:28

Hollywood Blacklist

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David Shaw on the Hollywood Blacklist
04:04
David Shaw on The Defenders dealing with the Hollywood Blacklist
02:14

Industry Crossroads

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David Shaw on the Hollywood Blacklist
04:04
David Shaw on The Defenders dealing with the Hollywood Blacklist
02:14

TV's Golden Age (1940s & '50s)

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David Shaw on the Golden Age of Television>
01:00

Television Industry

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David Shaw on the Hollywood Blacklist
04:04
David Shaw on The Defenders dealing with the Hollywood Blacklist
02:14
David Shaw on advice to aspiring writers and his proudest career achievement
01:04

War

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David Shaw on his activities during World War II
01:28

World War II

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David Shaw on his activities during World War II
01:28
Professions

Writers

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David Shaw on the process of writing scripts for Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse
02:18
David Shaw on advice to aspiring writers and his proudest career achievement
01:04
Genres

Classic Anthology Series

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David Shaw on writing for the series Actors Studio
05:44
David Shaw on writing for Prudential Family Playhouse
01:15
David Shaw on working for producer Fred Coe and with writer Paddy Chayefsky on Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse
06:05
David Shaw on writing various episodes of Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse
29:16
David Shaw on writing for Philco-Goodyear Playhouse
03:55
David Shaw on writing for Studio One
01:31
David Shaw on writing for Schlitz Playhouse of Stars
03:59
David Shaw on writing for Producers' Showcase
04:26
David Shaw on writing "Our Town" for Producers' Showcase
01:31
David Shaw on writing for Playhouse 90
13:49

Comedy Series

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David Shaw on writing for The Hartmans
01:47
David Shaw on writing for Mr. Peepers
07:38
David Shaw on writing for Bonino
01:45

Legal Dramas

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David Shaw on writing for The Defenders
12:45
David Shaw on writing for The Defenders and Shane
01:25

Western Series

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David Shaw on writing for The Defenders and Shane
01:25
People

Paddy Chayefsky

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David Shaw on working for producer Fred Coe and with writer Paddy Chayefsky on Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse
06:05

Fred Coe

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David Shaw on working for producer Fred Coe and with writer Paddy Chayefsky on Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse
06:05
David Shaw on Fred Coe
01:29

Wally Cox

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David Shaw on writing for Mr. Peepers starring Wally Cox and Tony Randall
07:38

Judy Holliday

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David Shaw on writing "The Huntress" for Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse starring Judy Holliday
01:27

Delbert Mann

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David Shaw on various episodes of Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse he wrote and working with director Delbert Mann on the show
04:06

Tony Randall

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David Shaw on writing for Mr. Peepers starring Wally Cox and Tony Randall
07:38

Robert Reed

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David Shaw on the cast of The Defenders -  Robert Reed
02:38

Reginald Rose

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David Shaw on working with Reginald Rose on The Defenders
02:44

George C. Scott

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David Shaw on writing the special Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall for George C. Scott
01:33

Gwen Verdon

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David Shaw on the production of Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse and writing the musical "Redhead" for Gwen Verdon
02:46

Billy Wilder

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David Shaw on writing the story for the Billy Wilder feature "The Foreign Affair" getting into television
03:57

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