Ernest Kinoy

Writer


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In his five-hour Archive interview, Ernest Kinoy (1925-2014) describes his early career writing for NBC radio. He discusses writing for many "live" dramatic television shows including: Studio One, Philco-Goodyear Playhouse, Playhouse 90, DuPont Show of the Week, Naked City, and Dr. Kildare. He talks of his 1964 Emmy win for an episode of The Defenders entitled "Blacklist," and his second Emmy win for the groundbreaking miniseries Roots. Kinoy also speaks of the legacy of television producer Herbert Brodkin. Sunny Parich conducted the interview in Williamsville, VT on October 29, 1998.

"The first thing you have to know is to write. The second thing is finish it. And the third is send it to somebody. And the fourth is when they send it back, send it to somebody else. Essentially...if you're going to do something - do it."

Highlights
Ernest Kinoy on working with Mel Brooks
02:21
Ernest Kinoy on The Defenders  episode "The Non-Violent" and the Civil Rights movement
01:24
Ernest Kinoy on Marlon Brando in Roots: The Next Generations
02:18
Ernest Kinoy on the most important element of a successful show
02:36
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his early years; on his interest in writing; on starting in radio
On joining NBC radio; on first seeing television; on writing for radio

Chapter 2

On starting to write for early live television; on making the transition from radio to television; on what he was paid for early television scripts and working with producers
On writing for live television; on the Golden Age of Television 

Chapter 3

On critical and viewer response to his scripts; on writing for The Imogene Coca Show; on discrimination in Hollywood; on working with Mel Brooks
On writing The Marriage for Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy
Ernest Kinoy on writing for Studio One

Chapter 4

On writing the Studio One episode "Walk Down the Hill"
On The Defenders  with Robert Reed and E.G Marshall; on the McCarthy era and the Blacklist episode of The Defenders

Chapter 5

On the Hollywood Blacklist and The Defenders; on the Hollywood Blacklist and Red Channels 
On The Defenders episode "The Non-Violent" and the Civil Rights movement; on the end of The Defenders; on writing the Playhouse 90 episode "Shadows Tremble"

Chapter 6

On working on Playhouse 90; on writing for Naked City and Route 66; on writing for Saints and Sinners
On writing The Doctors and The Nurses; on writing the unsold pilot The Happeners; on his adaptations of Pinocchio and Brigadoon; on writing Broadway musicals

Chapter 7

On being head of the WGA East; on directing the feature film "Brother John"; on writing the made-for-television movie Crawlspace 
On working with producer Herbert Brodkin; on the production schedule for made-for-television movies; on writing the made-for-television movie Victory at Entebbe

Chapter 8

On the miniseries Roots and how it came about; on the public reaction to Roots and its impact on the Civil Rights movement; on the process of writing an episode of Roots
On writing Roots: The Next Generations; on winning an Emmy for Roots; on the legacy of Roots and Roots: The Next Generations; on the made-for-television movie Skokie

Chapter 9

On writing the made-for-television movie Skokie; on his longevity in television; on advice to aspiring writers
On career highlights and regrets; on television at its best; on the then-future of television; on how he'd like to be remembered 
On various people he has worked with in his career; on his wife Barbara; on The Archive of American Television 
Shows

Alcoa Hour, The

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Ernest Kinoy on a mishap on the set of The Alcoa Hour
04:06

Defenders, The

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Ernest Kinoy on The Defenders with Robert Reed and E.G Marshall
08:24
Ernest Kinoy on the McCarthy era and the Blacklist episode of The Defenders
05:45
Ernest Kinoy on the Hollywood Blacklist and The Defenders
03:28
Ernest Kinoy on winning an Emmy for The Defenders
00:48
Ernest Kinoy on the stories of The Defenders
02:06
Ernest Kinoy on The Defenders episode "The Non-Violent" and the Civil Rights movement
01:24
Ernest Kinoy on the end of The Defenders
00:22

Imogene Coca Show, The

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Ernest Kinoy on writing for The Imogene Coca Show
06:25

Marriage, The

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Ernest Kinoy on writing The Marriage for Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy
13:06

Naked City

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Ernest Kinoy on writing for Naked City
05:08

Playhouse 90

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Ernest Kinoy on writing the Playhouse 90 episode "Shadows Tremble"
05:49
Ernest Kinoy on working on Playhouse 90
04:52

Roots

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Ernest Kinoy on how he got involved with writing Roots 
08:03
Ernest Kinoy on the public reaction to Roots and its impact on the Civil Rights movement
02:19
Ernest Kinoy on the process of writing an episode of Roots
02:43
Ernest Kinoy on winning an Emmy for Roots
00:59
Ernest Kinoy on the legacy of Roots and Roots: The Next Generations
02:22

Roots: The Next Generations

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Ernest Kinoy on writing Roots: The Next Generations
04:47
Ernest Kinoy on Marlon Brando in Roots: The Next Generations
02:18
Ernest Kinoy on the legacy of Roots and Roots: The Next Generations
02:22

Route 66

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Ernest Kinoy on writing for Route 66
02:51

Saints and Sinners

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Ernest Kinoy on writing for Saints and Sinners
02:05

Studio One

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Ernest Kinoy on writing for Studio One
04:02
Ernest Kinoy on the Studio One episode "Walk Down the Hill"
08:08
Topics

1939-40 World's Fair

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Ernest Kinoy on the first time he saw television at the 1939 World's Fair
01:01

Advice

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Ernest Kinoy on advice to aspiring writers
01:55

Bloopers

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Ernest Kinoy on a mishap on the set of The Alcoa Hour
10:39

Diversity in Television

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Ernest Kinoy on The Defenders  episode "The Non-Violent" and the Civil Rights movement
01:24
Ernest Kinoy on the public reaction to Roots  and its impact on the Civil Rights movement
02:20
Ernest Kinoy on the legacy of Roots  and Roots: The Next Generations
02:22

Emmy Awards

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Ernest Kinoy on winning an Emmy for The Defenders
00:48

Historic Events and Social Change

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Ernest Kinoy on the first time he saw television at the 1939 World's Fair
01:01
Ernest Kinoy on The Defenders  episode "The Non-Violent" and the Civil Rights movement
01:24
Ernest Kinoy on the public reaction to Roots  and its impact on the Civil Rights movement
02:20
Ernest Kinoy on the legacy of Roots  and Roots: The Next Generations
02:22

Hollywood Blacklist

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Ernest Kinoy on the McCarthy era and the Blacklist episode of The Defenders
05:43
Ernest Kinoy on the Hollywood Blacklist and The Defenders
03:28
Ernest Kinoy on the Hollywood Blacklist and Red Channels 
10:56

Industry Crossroads

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Ernest Kinoy on the McCarthy era and the Blacklist episode of The Defenders
05:43
Ernest Kinoy on the Hollywood Blacklist and The Defenders
03:28
Ernest Kinoy on the Hollywood Blacklist and Red Channels 
10:56

Minorities

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Ernest Kinoy on The Defenders  episode "The Non-Violent" and the Civil Rights movement
01:24
Ernest Kinoy on the public reaction to Roots  and its impact on the Civil Rights movement
02:20
Ernest Kinoy on the legacy of Roots and Roots: The Next Generations
02:22

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

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Ernest Kinoy on the Golden Age of Television 
06:33

Television Industry

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Ernest Kinoy on the McCarthy era and the Blacklist episode of The Defenders
05:43
Ernest Kinoy on the Hollywood Blacklist and The Defenders
03:28
Ernest Kinoy on the Hollywood Blacklist and Red Channels 
01:01
Ernest Kinoy on the then-future of television
00:47
Ernest Kinoy on advice to aspiring writers
01:55
Professions

Writers

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Ernest Kinoy on advice to aspiring writers
01:55
Genres

Classic Anthology Series

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Ernest Kinoy on writing for Studio One
04:02
Ernest Kinoy on writing for Studio One  
08:08
Ernest Kinoy on writing for Playhouse 90
05:49
Ernest Kinoy on writing for Playhouse 90
04:52

Comedy Series

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Ernest Kinoy on writing The Marriage  for Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy
13:06

Cop/Detective/Mystery Series

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Ernest Kinoy on writing for Naked City
05:08

Drama Series

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Ernest Kinoy on writing The Defenders (Part 2)
19:04
Ernest Kinoy on writing for Route 66
02:51
Ernest Kinoy on writing for Saints and Sinners
02:05

Legal Dramas

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Ernest Kinoy on writing for The Defenders
13:24

Music Shows & Variety Shows/Specials

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Ernest Kinoy on writing for The Imogene Coca Show
06:25
Ernest Kinoy on his adaptation of Pinocchio 
03:13
Ernest Kinoy on his adaptation of Brigadoon  in 1966
00:57

TV Movies/Miniseries/Dramatic Specials

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Ernest Kinoy on writing the made-for-television movie Crawlspace 
03:05
Ernest Kinoy on writing the made-for-television movie Victory at Entebbe
10:17
Ernest Kinoy on writing Roots and Roots: The Next Generations
23:31
Ernest Kinoy on writing the made-for-television movie Skokie
07:41
People

Gertrude Berg

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Ernest Kinoy on starting to write for early television 
04:15

Marlon Brando

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Ernest Kinoy on Marlon Brando in Roots: The Next Generations
02:18

Herbert Brodkin

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Ernest Kinoy on meeting producer Herbert Brodkin
06:36
Ernest Kinoy on working with producer Herbert Brodkin
01:30
Ernest Kinoy on Herbert Brodkin's legacy in television 
00:41

Mel Brooks

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Ernest Kinoy on writing for The Imogene Coca Show
06:25

Imogene Coca

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Ernest Kinoy on writing for The Imogene Coca Show
06:25

Hume Cronyn

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Ernest Kinoy on writing The Marriage  for Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy
13:06

Danny Kaye

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Ernest Kinoy on writing the made-for-television movie Skokie
07:40

E. G. Marshall

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Ernest Kinoy on The Defenders  with Robert Reed and E.G Marshall
08:24

Robert Reed

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Ernest Kinoy on The Defenders  with Robert Reed and E.G Marshall
08:24

Edward G. Robinson

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Ernest Kinoy on writing the Playhouse 90  episode "Shadows Tremble"
05:49

Jessica Tandy

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Ernest Kinoy on writing The Marriage  for Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy
13:06

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