Hal Kanter

Writer


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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About this interview

In his three-hour Archive interview, Hal Kanter (1918-2011) talks extensively about his first television work as a writer for famed comedian, Ed Wynn, on The Ed Wynn Show. He discusses how he ultimately wrote and directed The George Gobel Show. Kanter recalls his pioneering sitcom, Julia, which starred Diahann Carroll, and featured the first black, female lead on television. Kanter also mentions his writing for the Academy Awards shows and dozens of feature films. Sam Denoff conducted the interview in Encino, CA on May 22, 1997.

"We couldn't get black people on the air until 'Julia' came along to prove that white people will watch black people on television. I feel some gratification when I see that."

Highlights
Hal Kanter on how his show Julia originated out of his feeling a responsibility to help the image of African-Americans
03:37
Hal Kanter on being nominated for an Emmy for Julia; felt he was "accomplishing something"
00:34
Hal Kanter on writing for The Ed Wynn Show; on the show's Emmy win
11:11
Writer Hal Kanter on working on Chico and the Man; on the death of the show's star Freddie Prinze
01:54
Writer Hal Kanter on working on The Academy Awards shows and winning an Emmy Award for the show in 1991
04:29
Full Interview

Chapter 1

Introduction
On his early years and beginnings as a writer
On his first jobs in radio; on his World War II military service
On the first things he wrote for Bob Hope

Chapter 2

On working in radio on such shows as The Alan Young Show and The Danny Kaye Show
On his first television job, writing for The Ed Wynn Show; on Ed Wynn; on writing for early television; on the show's guests

Chapter 3

On some of the guests on The Ed Wynn Show including Ann Sheridan and Dinah Shore; on the transition from radio to television from a writer's perspective; on The Ed Wynn Show's Emmy Award win

Chapter 4

On working on The George Gobel Show and Kraft Music Hall
On creating and producing Julia
On The Jimmy Stewart Show

Chapter 5

On being executive producer during All in the Family's 1975-1976 season; on his difficulties working with Norman Lear
On working on Chico and the Man; on the death of the show's star Freddie Prinze
On working on The Academy Awards shows and winning an Emmy Award for the show in 1991
On some of his film work; on winning The Writers Guild of America's Valentine Davies Award; on how television has eveolved; on how he would like to be remembered
On some of the people he worked with in his career

Chapter 6

On some of the people he worked with; on photos illustrating points in his career
Shows

Academy Awards, The

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Writer Hal Kanter on working on The Academy Awards shows and winning an Emmy Award for the show in 1991
04:29

All in the Family

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Hal Kanter on being executive producer during All in the Family's 1975-1976 season; on his difficulties working with Norman Lear
07:08

Chico and the Man

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Writer Hal Kanter on working on Chico and the Man; on the death of the show's star Freddie Prinze
01:54

Ed Wynn Show, The

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Hal Kanter on writing for The Ed Wynn Show
19:32
Hal Kanter on writing for The Ed Wynn Show; on the show's Emmy win
11:11

Emmy Awards, The (Primetime and Daytime)

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Writer Hal Kanter on working on The Academy Awards shows and winning an Emmy Award for the show in 1991
04:29

Jimmy Stewart Show, The

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Hal Kanter on The Jimmy Stewart Show

Julia

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Hal Kanter on how his show Julia originated out of his feeling a responsibility to help the image of African-Americans
03:37
Hal Kanter on why he changed the title of his show from "Mama's Man" to Julia
01:31
Hal Kanter on why Julia had no laugh track
02:14
Hal Kanter on being nominated for an Emmy for Julia; felt he was "accomplishing something"
00:34
Topics

Minorities

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Hal Kanter on how his show Julia originated out of his feeling a responsibility to help the image of Black Americans
03:37
Genres

Comedy Series

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Hal Kanter on why Julia had no laugh track
02:14
People

Diahann Carroll

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Hal Kanter on how Diahann Carroll was cast as the lead on Julia
00:26

Gary Cooper

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Writer Hal Kanter on Ann Sheridan's guest appearance on The Ed Wynn Show
02:33

Bob Hope

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Hal Kanter on first writing for Bob Hope
01:58

Norman Lear

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Hal Kanter being executive producer during All in the Family's 1975-1976 season; on his difficulties working with Norman Lear
07:08

Carroll O'Connor

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Hal Kanter  being executive producer during All in the Family's 1975-1976 season; on his difficulties working with Norman Lear
07:08

Freddie Prinze

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Writer Hal Kanter on working on Chico and the Man; on the death of the show's star Freddie Prinze
01:54

Ann Sheridan

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Writer Hal Kanter on Ann Sheridan's guest appearance on The Ed Wynn Show
02:33

James Stewart

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Hal Kanter on The Jimmy Stewart Show

Ed Wynn

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Hal Kanter on writing for The Ed Wynn Show; on the show's Emmy win
11:11

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