Mort Lachman

Producer


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About this interview

In his three-hour Archive interview, Mort Lachman (1918-2009) talks about his early years becoming a writer in network radio for Eddie Cantor and Bob Hope. He describes in detail, working as a writer, and later head writer/ director/ producer on the Bob Hope Television Special s. He vividly recalls Bob Hope's topical humor and gift for ad libbing. He speaks about his work as a writer for several Ralph Edwards series. He also describes his work as a producer and writer on All in the Family (for which he won an Emmy Award), Archie Bunker's Place, One Day at a Time, Sanford, Gimme a Break, Kate & Allie and Bagdad Café. Jeff Abraham conducted the interview in Los Angeles, CA on January 26, 2004.

"I never wrote early. I never wrote on time. Until it was almost too late, I never wrote anything. Bob Hope once said: 'if Mort Lachman could ever write one day ahead of time, he would own the world.'"

Highlights
Mort Lachman on his trademark style of writing
Writer Mort Lachman on the beginning of his working relationship with Bob Hope
03:03
Writer Morth Lachman on working on This is Your Life; on Roy Rogers as a guest; on writing a spoof of the series for Bob Hope
02:14
Mort Lachman on writing for network shows, like the Bob Hope Specials , and the restrictions from the network S&P
Mort Lachman on the work environment of All in the Family
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his formative years and breaking into show business in radio as a writer for Eddie Cantor; on becoming a writer for Bob Hope's radio show

Chapter 2

On working with producer Ralph Edwards on Truth or Consequences and This is Your Life
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On reuniting with Bob Hope for his television work

Chapter 3

On working as a writer, and later head writer/ director/ producer on the "Bob Hope Television Specials";  on Bob Hope's topical humor and gift for ad libbing.

Chapter 4

On his work on Bob Hope's specials; on the sitcoms One Day At A Time and All in the Family, the latter of which won him an Emmy Award.
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Chapter 5

On his work on the series All in the Family, Archie Bunker's Place, Sanford (the spin-off of Sanford and Son), Gimme a Break, and Kate and Allie.

Chapter 6

On his work on the series Bagdad Caf é; on several of the famous figures he worked with throughout his career, including Cary Grant. 
Shows

All in the Family

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Mort Lachman on the work environment of All in the Family

Bagdad Café

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Mort Lachman on the premise of Bagdad Cafe

Bob Hope Specials

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Writer Mort Lachman on writing for Bob Hope's shows
Mort Lachman on writing for network shows, like the Bob Hope Specials , and the restrictions from the network S&P

Colgate Comedy Hour, The

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Writer Mort Lachman on Bob Hope hosting the The Colgate Comedy Hour (airdate: December 24, 1950) and his discomfort with TV cameras
02:30

One Day at a Time (1975-84)

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Mort Lachman on producing One Day at a Time and how it led to working on All in the Family
05:51

This Is Your Life

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Writer Mort Lachman on working on This is Your Life; on Roy Rogers as a guest; on writing a spoof of the series for Bob Hope
02:14

Truth or Consequences

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Writer Mort Lachman on doing warmup on Truth or Consequences hosted by Ralph Edwards
01:51
Topics

Censorship / Standards & Practices

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Mort Lachman on writing for network shows, like the Bob Hope Specials , and the restrictions from the network S&P
People

Ralph Edwards

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Writer Morth Lachman on working on This is Your Life; on Roy Rogers as a guest; on writing a spoof of the series for Bob Hope
02:14

Bob Hope

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Writer Mort Lachman on the beginning of his working relationship with Bob Hope
03:03
Writer Mort Lachman on Bob Hope hosting the The Colgate Comedy Hour (airdate: December 24, 1950) and his discomfort with TV cameras
02:30

Roy Rogers

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Writer Morth Lachman on working on This is Your Life; on Roy Rogers as a guest; on writing a spoof of the series for Bob Hope
02:14

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