John Rich

Director


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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In his seven-hour Archive interview, John Rich (1925-2012) talks about getting his start in television - as a stage manager for NBC's The Colgate Comedy Hour - and describes his big break into directing on The Ezio Pinza Sho w. He discusses numerous shows he directed throughout his career, including I Married Joan, The Ray Bolger Sho w, Our Miss Brooks, Gunsmoke, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Gilligan's Island, The Brady Bunch, and All In the Family, on which he also served as producer. Rich shares his experiences directing the pilot episodes of Maude, The Jeffersons, Barney Miller, and Newhart and speaks of his role as executive producer of Benson   and MacGyver. To conclude, Rich details his thoughts on the state of television directing in the 1990s and offers advice to aspiring directors. Henry Colman conducted the interview on August 3, 1999 in Los Angeles, CA.

"I never plotted anything. I never wrote anything down. It was always in my head. It's the only way to do it. Otherwise, you get nailed to a formula that you think may work. What happens if the actor doesn't like it? I used to let the actors run the first reading on its feet.  I'd say, 'you guys do it. Let me see it.' And they would do some things that would be good; but, they'd fall apart and say 'help'. I would step in and say, 'save this, save that. The impulse to go there is correct, but don't do this....'"

Highlights
John Rich on directing Gunsmoke and James Arness
02:22
John Rich on the development and casting of the 3rd (and final) pilot and early seasons of All in the Family
15:33
Director John Rich on the creation of the classic "ottoman" opening of The Dick Van Dyke Show
01:55
John Rich on telling the truth
00:21
John Rich on insisting that "MacGyver" would solve every problem without a gun and making an enemy of the NRA
00:30
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his childhood and early influences; on his love of reading, radio and plays
09:15
On writing for his high school newspaper; on attending college at the University of Michigan and entering the service during World War II; on studying with Professor Garland Garrison - NBC radio director
14:07
On working for radio station WHRV in Michigan
03:13

Chapter 2

On reporting basketball for WHRV; on moving to New York and starting the radio program Wanted
20:22
On F.B.I involvement with Wanted; on the Willy Sutton episode of Wanted
07:32

Chapter 3

On becoming a stage manager at NBC television; on his union activities and working in Hollywood
22:32
On working in live television on The Colgate Comedy Hour; On how working on the West Coast differed from the East Coast
04:30

Chapter 4

On his efforts to promote the Director's Guild of America; On directing The Ezio Pinza Show  and The Dennis Day Sho w
13:59
On the new story, "Let's Watch Florence Chadwick Leave Catalina Island at Midnight and Watch her Swim Across the Channel"
06:18
On directing I Married Joan
07:30

Chapter 5

On the first broadcast of the Academy Awards; On directing I Married Joan
10:31
On directing The Ray Bolger Show; on union minimums in the 1950s; on directing Our Miss Brooks
16:04
On sitcoms in the 1950s
01:49

Chapter 6

On directing Gunsmoke; on the challenges of directing Westerns; on being in the editing room
16:09
On directing Elvis Presley; On the cast of Gunsmoke
08:18

Chapter 7

On directing episodes of Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Bat Masterson  and The Twilight Zone
09:24
On the 1955 live broadcast of the opening of Disneyland ("Dateline: Disneyland")
10:02
On guild strikes and negotiations for pension plans and 1948-1960 movie royalties 
08:28

Chapter 8

On the Hollywood Blacklist (and witnessing an actor being fired during a reading of an episode of I Married Joan)
03:15
On getting hired to direct The Dick Van Dyke Show; on Carl Reiner and Sheldon Leonard; on banning set visitors on the first 3 days of rehearsals
08:47
On the visual aspects of The Dick Van Dyke Show;  On Dick Van Dyke's physical comedy and the creation of the classic "ottoman" opening
08:17
On negotiating his deal on The Dick Van Dyke Show with Sheldon Leonard; on his directing style on The Dick Van Dyke Show
07:42

Chapter 9

On the writing staff and memorable episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show; on leaving The Dick Van Dyke Show  to make feature films
13:08
On feature films, Gilligan's Island  and I Spy
14:36

Chapter 10

On directing the first three episodes of Gilligan's Island;  on the talents of creator Sherwood Schwartz and the cast
03:36
On directing the first six episodes of The Brady Bunch;  on working with the cast and the casting process
08:02
On directing episodes of Gomer Pyle   (briefly)
00:54
On the development and casting of the 3rd (and final) pilot and early seasons of All in the Family
15:33

Chapter 11

On the casting of Sherman Hemsley as "George Jefferson" on All in the Family; on dress rehearsals of All in the Family; on rehearsing eating scenes
19:25
On problems with Standards and Practices; on breakthrough episodes of All in the Family
09:20

Chapter 12

On Fred Silverman; on the "Sammy's Visit" episode of All in the Family; on Gloria's pregnancy and All in the Family's only music cue
13:16
On leaving All in the Family; on working with Henry Fonda; on directing Barney Miller
08:19
On directing the pilot of Maude; On The Jeffersons
03:47
On being executive producer on Benson
02:36

Chapter 13

On directing and executive producing Benson; On directing the pilot of Newhart
06:45
On producing and directing Mr. Sunshine; On producing MacGyve and his favorite episodes of MacGyver
12:35
On ending his producing partnership with Henry Winkler; on directing an episode of Murphy Brown
03:10
On his thoughts on the industry today; on television shows he watches; on advice to aspiring directors
05:52

Chapter 14

On doing a pilot with Walter Slezak on which there was a major problem with the set
05:05
On television directing today and the future of television; on career highlights and regrets; on how he'd like to be remembered
08:29
On the final shot of the movie The New Interns
01:48
On thoughts on people with whom he's worked
07:57
Shows

Academy Awards, The

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John Rich on working on the first Academy Awards in 1952; the 3-camera technique
02:45

All in the Family

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John Rich on the development and casting of the 3rd (and final) pilot and early seasons of All in the Family
15:33
John Rich on how Sherman Hemsley was cast as George Jefferson on All in the Family, and later, The Jeffersons (spin-off)
03:35
John Rich on leaving All in the Family
01:20
John Rich on shooting rehearsals of All in the Family
12:40
Director John Rich on Sammy Davis Jr.'s suggestion, as a guest on The Tonight Show, that he would make a funny guest star on All in the Family (leading to his appearance on the classic episode "Sammy's Visit")
01:04
Director John Rich on informing guest star Sammy Davis, Jr. on the way All in the Family was rehearsed
01:07
Director John Rich on the invention of the "kiss" for the third act in the All in the Family episode "Sammy's Visit"
01:03
Director John Rich on the audience's reaction to the kiss in the All in the Family episode "Sammy's Visit"
00:42
Director John Rich on insisting that guest star Sammy Davis Jr. not use cue cards on the episode "Sammy's Visit"
00:49

All in the Family: "Sammy's Visit"

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Director John Rich on Sammy Davis Jr.'s suggestion, as a guest on The Tonight Show, that he would make a funny guest star on All in the Family (leading to his appearance on the classic episode Sammy's Visit)
01:04
Director John Rich on the set-up of All in the Family's episode "Sammy's Visit"
01:41
Director John Rich on informing guest star Sammy Davis, Jr. on the way All in the Family was rehearsed
01:07
Director John Rich on the invention of the kiss for the third act in the All in the Family episode Sammy's Visit
01:03
Director John Rich on the audience's reaction to the kiss in the All in the Family episode "Sammy's Visit"
00:42
Director John Rich on insisting that guest star Sammy Davis Jr. not use cue cards on the episode "Sammy's Visit"
00:49

Barney Miller

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Director John Rich on wanting a casting change for the wife in Barney Miller
05:37

Bat Masterson

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John Rich on directing Bat Masterson
02:37

Benson

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John Rich on ABC President Anthony Thomopoulos' daughter wanting to observe a rehearsal of Benson
02:29
John Rich on being an executive producer on Benson (starting on the second season)
02:36
John Rich on directing and executive producing Benson
01:10

Bonanza

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John Rich on directing Bonanza
00:25

Brady Bunch, The

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John Rich on directing the first six episodes of The Brady Bunch; on working with the cast; on casting
08:02

Colgate Comedy Hour, The

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John Rich on setting up The Colgate Comedy Hour at the El Capitan Theater
11:18

Dennis Day Show. The

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John Rich on directing The Dennis Day Show
06:40
John Rich on Jack Benny guest starring on The Dennis Day Show
01:22

Dick Van Dyke Show, The

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John Rich on directing and motivating actors on The Dick Van Dyke Show
00:27
John Rich on getting hired to direct The Dick Van Dyke Show; on Carl Reiner and Sheldon Leonard; on banning set visitors on the first 3 days of rehearsals
08:47
John Rich on the visual aspects of The Dick Van Dyke Show; Dick Van Dyke's physical comedy; and the creation of the classic "ottoman" opening
08:17
John Rich on negotiating his deal on The Dick Van Dyke Show with Sheldon Leonard; on his directing style on The Dick Van Dyke Show
07:42
John Rich on Carl Reiner and other Dick Van Dyke Show writers
00:57
John Rich on his favorite episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show - "Where Did I Come From?" - the birth of Rob and Laura's son
00:40
John Rich on Proctor & Gamble and CBS having issues with the "That's My Boy?" episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show
03:51
John Rich on his favorite episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show - "Where Did I Come From?" - the birth of Rob and Laura's son
00:03

Dick Van Dyke Show, The: "That's My Boy?"

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John Rich on Proctor & Gamble and CBS having issues with the "That's My Boy?" episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show
03:51

Dick Van Dyke Show, The: "Where Did I Come From?"

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John Rich on his favorite episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show - "Where Did I Come From?" - the birth of Rob and Laura's son
00:40
John Rich on his favorite episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show - "Where Did I Come From?" - the birth of Rob and Laura's son
00:33

Dunninger

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John Rich on being a stage manager at The Dunninger Show
01:15

Ezio Pinza Show, The

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John Rich on directing The Ezio Pinza Show
04:45

Gilligan's Island

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John Rich on directing Gilligan's Island
09:20
John Rich on directing the first three episodes of Gilligan's Island; and the talents of creator Sherwood Schwartz and the cast
03:36

Gomer Pyle - USMC

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John Rich on directing episodes of Gomer Pyle
00:54

Gunsmoke

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John Rich on directing Gunsmoke when he wanted to switch to drama from comedy directing
16:09
John Rich on the actors of Gunsmoke
01:39
John Rich on directing Gunsmoke and James Arness
02:22

I Married Joan

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John Rich on directing I Married Joan
John Rich on directing I Married Joan, and Joan Davis
06:27
John Rich on the Hollywood Blacklist (and witnessing an actor being fired during a reading of an episode of I Married Joan)
03:15

I Spy

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John Rich on working with Bill Cosby on I Spy
00:54

Jack Carter Show, The

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John Rich on being a stage manager at The Jack Carter Show
01:56

Jeffersons, The

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John Rich on casting Mike Evan as "Lionel Jefferson" on All in the Family
06:45
John Rich on how Sherman Hemsley was cast as George Jefferson on All in the Family , and later, The Jeffersons (spin-off)
03:35

Kraft Television Theatre

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John Rich on being a stage manager at Kraft Television Theatre
04:22

Law & Order

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John Rich on acting with Julia Roberts on Law & Order
01:20

MacGyver

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John Rich on producing MacGyver
07:57

Maude

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Director John Rich on Maude with Bea Arthur
00:39

Mr. Sunshine

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John Rich on producing Mr. Sunshine
04:38

Murphy Brown

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John Rich on directing one episode of Murphy Brown
00:47

Newhart

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John Rich on directing the pilot of Newhart; the concept, format of the series
05:35

Our Miss Brooks

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John Rich on directing Our Miss Brooks
02:59
John Rich on format changes on Our Miss Brooks
01:37

Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse

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John Rich on working with producer/director Fred Coe on The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse
01:06

Ray Bolger Show, The

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John Rich on directing The Ray Bolger Show
07:20

Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The

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Director John Rich on Sammy Davis Jr.'s suggestion, as a guest on The Tonight Show, that he would make a funny guest star on All in the Family (leading to his appearance on the classic episode "Sammy's Visit")
01:04

Twilight Zone, The

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John Rich on directing two episodes of The Twilight Zone
03:15

Wonderful World of Disney, The aka Magical World of Disney, The

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John Rich on the live broadcast of the opening of Disneyland ("Dateline: Disneyland")(airdate: July 17, 1955)
05:44

Your Show of Shows

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John Rich on wanting to work on Your Show of Shows
00:16
Topics

Censorship / Standards & Practices

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John Rich on problems with Standards & Practices on All in the Family
03:23

Characters & Catchphrases

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John Rich on All in the Family's "Archie Bunker"
00:40
John Rich on using props to tell backstory of characters - as he did with Sherman Hemsley's "George Jefferson"
01:06

Classic TV series episodes

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John Rich on the live broadcast of the opening of Disneyland ("Dateline: Disneyland")(airdate: July 17, 1955)
05:44
John Rich on memorable episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show
05:04
John Rich on Proctor & Gamble and CBS having issues with the "That's My Boy?" episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show
03:51
Director John Rich on the audience's reaction to the kiss in the All in the Family episode "Sammy's Visit"
00:42
Director John Rich on Sammy Davis Jr.'s suggestion, as a guest on The Tonight Show, that he would make a funny guest star on All in the Family (leading to his appearance on the classic episode "Sammy's Visit")
01:04

Comedy

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John Rich on memorable episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show
05:04
John Rich on Proctor & Gamble and CBS having issues with the "That's My Boy?" episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show
03:51
Director John Rich on Sammy Davis Jr.'s suggestion, as a guest on The Tonight Show, that he would make a funny guest star on All in the Family (leading to his appearance on the classic episode "Sammy's Visit")
01:04
Director John Rich on the audience's reaction to the kiss in the All in the Family episode "Sammy's Visit"
00:42

Diversity in Television

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Director John Rich on Sammy Davis Jr.'s suggestion, as a guest on The Tonight Show, that he would make a funny guest star on All in the Family (leading to his appearance on the classic episode "Sammy's Visit")
01:04

Emmy Awards

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John Rich on working with Gunsmoke producer Norm McDonnell and assisting the editor, who won the Emmy that year
03:02

Hollywood Blacklist

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John Rich on the Hollywood Blacklist (and witnessing an actor being fired during a reading of an episode of I Married Joan)
03:15

Minorities

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John Rich on casting Mike Evan as "Lionel Jefferson" on All in the Family
06:42
Director John Rich on Sammy Davis Jr.'s suggestion, as a guest on The Tonight Show, that he would make a funny guest star on All in the Family (leading to his appearance on the classic episode "Sammy's Visit")
01:04

Pop Culture

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John Rich on memorable episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show
05:04
John Rich on Proctor & Gamble and CBS having issues with the "That's My Boy?" episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show
03:51
John Rich on All in the Family's "Archie Bunker"
00:40
John Rich on using props to tell backstory of characters - as he did with Sherman Hemsley's "George Jefferson"
01:06
Director John Rich on the audience's reaction to the kiss in the All in the Family episode "Sammy's Visit"
00:42
Director John Rich on Sammy Davis Jr.'s suggestion, as a guest on The Tonight Show, that he would make a funny guest star on All in the Family (leading to his appearance on the classic episode "Sammy's Visit")
01:04

Studio and Network Management

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John Rich on the live broadcast of the opening of Disneyland ("Dateline: Disneyland")(airdate: July 17, 1955)
05:44

TV Theme Songs

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Director John Rich on the creation of the classic "ottoman" opening of The Dick Van Dyke Show
01:55

Television Industry

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John Rich on problems with Standards & Practices on All in the Family
03:23
Professions

Directors

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John Rich on his early directing responsibilities
01:16
John Rich on protecting actors
00:48
John Rich on moving from comedy to directing drama- he wanted to direct Playhouse 90 but got Gunsmoke from CBS
01:24
John Rich on negotiating his deal on The Dick Van Dyke Show with Sheldon Leonard; on his directing style on The Dick Van Dyke Show
07:42
Director John Rich on the casting process
00:45
John Rich on the type of directing that isn't done anymore
01:02
John Rich on his view of directing today, and his disappointment with television today (1999), and how directors are being phased out by networks. "You don't hire a legend."
03:11

Performers

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Director John Rich on the casting process
00:45
Genres

Adventure/Espionage Series

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John Rich on producing MacGyver
07:57

Comedy Series

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Director John Rich on the creation of the classic "ottoman" opening of The Dick Van Dyke Show
01:55
John Rich on the writing staff and memorable episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show; on leaving The Dick Van Dyke Show to make feature films
13:08
John Rich on directing All in the Family
15:33
John Rich on All in the Family
28:45
Director John Rich on All in the Family
13:16
John Rich on directing the pilot of Newhart
05:35

Music Shows & Variety Shows/Specials

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John Rich on being stage manager/AD on The Colgate Comedy Hour
11:17
John Rich on directing The Ezio Pinza Show
04:43

Western Series

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John Rich on directing Gunsmoke
16:09
John Rich on directing Gunsmoke and James Arness
01:43
People

Richard Dean Anderson

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John Rich on MacGyver's Richard Dean Anderson
02:05

Eve Arden

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John Rich on Eve Arden of Our Miss Brooks
02:59

James Arness

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John Rich on the actors of Gunsmoke
01:15
John Rich on directing Gunsmoke and James Arness
01:43

Danny Arnold

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Director John Rich on wanting a casting change for the wife in Barney Miller
05:36

Beatrice Arthur

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Director John Rich on Maude with Bea Arthur
01:35

Rene Auberjonois

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John Rich on the cast of Benson  
01:57

James T. Aubrey

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John Rich on Jim Aubrey
01:07

Jim Backus

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John Rich on directing Jim Backus in I Married Joan
00:47
John Rich on directing Jim Backus in I Married Joan
02:10

Gene Barry

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John Rich on Gene Barry of Bat Masterson
02:19

Jack Benny

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John Rich on Jack Benny guest starring on The Dennis Day Show
01:22

Milton Berle

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John Rich on watching Milton Berle rehearse
00:19

Ray Bolger

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John Rich on directing Ray Bolger
01:32
John Rich on Ray Bolger
02:06

Jack Carter

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John Rich on being a stage manager and becoming an AD at The Jack Carter Show
01:56

Fred Coe

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John Rich on working with producer/director Fred Coe on The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse
01:06

Hal Cooper

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John Rich on getting Hal Cooper on as Associate Producer for Gilligan's Island
00:19

Bill Cosby

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John Rich on working with Bill Cosby on I Spy
00:54

Tony Curtis

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John Rich on working with Jerry Lewis and Tony Curtis
01:08

Joan Davis

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John Rich on meeting and working with Joan Davis of I Married Joan
John Rich on directing Joan Davis in I Married Joan
01:11

Sammy Davis, Jr.

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Director John Rich on informing guest star Sammy Davis, Jr. ("Sammy's Visit") on the way All in the Family was rehearsed
01:07
Director John Rich on insisting that guest star Sammy Davis Jr. not use cue cards on the episode "Sammy's Visit"
00:49

Dennis Day

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John Rich on working with Dennis Day
00:55
John Rich on Jack Benny guest starring on The Dennis Day Show
01:22

Bob Denver

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Director John Rich on the cast of Gilligan's Island
01:25

Walt Disney

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John Rich on the live broadcast of the opening of Disneyland ("Dateline: Disneyland")(airdate: July 17, 1955)
05:39

Hugh Downs

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John Rich on meeting Hugh Downs 
00:37

Jerry Van Dyke

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John Rich on Dick Van Dyke's brother, Jerry, and Jerry's role on The Dick Van Dyke Show
04:21

Dick Van Dyke

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John Rich on meeting and working wtih Dick Van Dyke 
05:15
John Rich on the visual aspects of The Dick Van Dyke Show; Dick Van Dyke's physical comedy; and the creation of the classic "ottoman" opening
08:17

Douglas Edwards

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John Rich on his first memories of television - seeing Douglas Edwards do the news on a TV in a hamburger joint
00:30

Michael Eisner

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John Rich on Michael Eisner
01:34

Mike Evans

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John Rich on casting Mike Evan as "Lionel Jefferson" on All in the Family
06:45

Henry Fonda

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Director John Rich on his television movie with Henry Fonda
01:38

Zsa Zsa Gabor

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John Rich on directing The Ezio Pinza Show
00:23

Robert Guillaume

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Director John Rich on Benson's Robert Guillaume
00:32
John Rich on Benson's Robert Guillaume
00:34

Sherman Hemsley

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John Rich on casting "George Jefferson" on  All in the Family
03:38
John Rich on how Sherman Hemsley was cast as George Jefferson on All in the Family, and later, The Jeffersons (spin-off)
03:35
Director John Rich on using props to tell backstory of characters - as he did with Sherman Hensley's "George Jefferson"
01:06

Florence Henderson

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Director John Rich on shooting the first few episodes of The Brady Bunch around Florence Henderson 
02:29

Norman Lear

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John Rich on working with Norman Lear on The Colgate Comedy Hour
00:19
Director John Rich on All in the Family's co-creator Norman Lear
01:17
John Rich on casting Mike Evan as "Lionel Jefferson" on All in the Family
06:43
John Rich on Norman Lear's involvement and casting on All in the Family
05:21
John Rich on how Sherman Hemsley was cast as George Jefferson on All in the Family, and later, The Jeffersons (spin-off)
03:35
John Rich on the difficulties of getting All in the Family on the air
01:06

Sheldon Leonard

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John Rich on getting hired to direct The Dick Van Dyke Show; on Carl Reiner and Sheldon Leonard; on banning set visitors on the first 3 days of rehearsals
06:18
John Rich n negotiating his deal on The Dick Van Dyke Show with Sheldon Leonard; on his directing style on The Dick Van Dyke Show
07:42
John Rich on Sheldon Leonard and Carl Reiner's reaction to Rich leaving The Dick Van Dyke Show
00:56

Jerry Lewis

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John Rich on working with Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin
00:40
John Rich on working with Jerry Lewis and Tony Curtis
01:08

Art Linkletter

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John Rich on the live broadcast of the opening of Disneyland ("Dateline: Disneyland")(airdate: July 17, 1955)
05:44

David Lloyd

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John Rich on writing Mr. Sunshine
00:56

Tina Louise

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Director John Rich on the cast of Gilligan's Island
01:25

Norman Macdonnell

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John Rich on working with Gunsmoke producer Norm McDonnell and assisting the editor, who won the Emmy that year
03:02

Rose Marie

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John Rich on Rose Marie's amazing talent as a comedy straight woman
00:27

Dean Martin

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John Rich on working with Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin
00:40

Ted Mills

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John Rich on working with Ezio Pinza and Ted Mills on The Ezio Pinza Show
04:43

Bob Newhart

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John Rich on directing the pilot of Newhart; the concept, format of the series
01:51

Don Nicholl

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John Rich on All in the Family writer Don Nicholl
00:52

Carroll O'Connor

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John Rich on the cast of All in the Family
01:43
Director John Rich on actor Carroll O'Connor
01:45

Jerry Paris

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John Rich on training Jerry Paris to direct The Dick Van Dyke Show
00:20

Ezio Pinza

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John Rich on working with Ezio Pinza and Ted Mills on The Ezio Pinza Show
04:43

Ronald Reagan

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John Rich on the live broadcast of the opening of Disneyland ("Dateline: Disneyland")(airdate: July 17, 1955); on Reagan as an actor
10:02

Robert Reed

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Director John Rich on Robert Reed of The Brady Bunch
00:50

Rob Reiner

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John Rich on the casting of Rob Reiner as "Mike Stivic" on All in the Family
02:12
Director John Rich on Rob Reiner on the first day of All in the Family
00:42

Carl Reiner

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John Rich on directing The Dick Van Dyke Show
03:07
John Rich on Carl Reiner and the creation of the opening of The Dick Van Dyke Show
01:55
John Rich on Carl Reiner and other Dick Van Dyke Show writers
00:57
John Rich on Proctor & Gamble and CBS having issues with the "That's My Boy?" episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show
03:51
John Rich on Sheldon Leonard and Carl Reiner's reaction to Rich leaving The Dick Van Dyke Show
00:56
John Rich on the casting of Rob Reiner as "Mike Stivic" on All in the Family
02:12

Julia Roberts

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John Rich on acting with Julia Roberts on Law & Order
01:20

Pernell Roberts

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John Rich on working with Gunsmoke casting agent Lynn Stalmaster and wanting Pernell Roberts
03:41

Michael Ross

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John Rich on All in the Family writers Bernie West and Mickey Ross
01:00

Aaron Ruben

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John Rich on Aaron Ruben
01:02

David Sarnoff

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John Rich on David Sarnoff
02:54

Sherwood Schwartz

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John Rich on Sherwood Schwartz writing for I Married Joan
00:21
John Rich on Sherwood Schwartz
00:58
John Rich on directing Gilligan's Island  
09:11
John Rich on Gilligan's Island and the talents of Sherwood Schwartz
00:16
Director John Rich on Sherwood Schwartz's The Brady Bunch
07:37

George Segal

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John Rich on actor George Segal and top billing in The Jerusalem Post
02:06

Jerry Seinfeld

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John Rich on Jerry Seinfeld on Benson
00:56

Rod Serling

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John Rich on directing two episodes of The Twilight Zone
02:44

Fred Silverman

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John Rich on trading wit with Fred Silverman
01:22
Director John Rich on Fred Silverman
01:03

Sid Smith

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John Rich on his first shot directing The Colgate Comedy Hour, replacing Sid Smith
00:58

Lynn Stalmaster

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John Rich on working with Gunsmoke casting agent Lynn Stalmaster and wanting Pernell Roberts
03:41

Sally Struthers

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John Rich on the cast of All in the Family
00:08

David Susskind

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John Rich on getting hired by David Susskind to direct a pilot that got cancelled and the beginning of "pay or play"
02:23

Jeffrey Tambor

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John Rich on producing Mr. Sunshine
03:44

Anthony D. Thomopoulos

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John Rich on ABC President Anthony D. Thomopoulos' daughter wanting to observe a rehearsal of Benson
02:29

Bernard West

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John Rich on All in the Family writers Bernie West and Mickey Ross
01:00

Henry Winkler

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John Rich on partnering with Henry Winkler to producie Mr. Sunshine
02:46
John Rich on ending his producing partnership with Henry Winkler
02:23

Robert D. Wood

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John Rich on CBS President Robert D. Wood
01:52

Bud Yorkin

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John Rich on working with Bud Yorkin on The Colgate Comedy Hour
00:23
Director John Rich on All in the Family's co-creator Bud Yorkin
01:53

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