Paul Bogart

Director


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In his three-and-a-half-hour Archive interview, Paul Bogart (1919-2012) recalls his early days working at NBC in New York as a floor manager on programs including Broadway Open House and Your Show of Shows. He explains how he soon became a director, working on 1950's programs including The Alcoa Hour and The U.S. Steel Hour, and he talks about the phenomenon of working in live television. Next, he discusses various programs he directed in the 1960's and 1970's, such as The Defenders, Get Smart and CBS Playhouse. Mr. Bogart goes on to talk about his work on the groundbreaking 1970's sitcom All in the Family, including working with the cast and on specific episodes. Finally, he talks about some of his later work, including a stint with The Golden Girls, plus made-for-television movies such as Natica Jackson and The Heidi Chronicles. Michael Rosen conducted the interview on May 19, 2001 in Chapel Hill, NC.

"I draw on everything I ever knew about -- painting, music, any kind of art. I use it all the time. I think that's what a director needs, a good liberal arts education."

Interviewee(s)
Highlights
Paul Bogart on directing the All in the Family episode "Edith's 50th Birthday" (airdate: October 16, 1977), where Edith is almost raped by an intruder
Paul Bogart on his directing style
Paul Bogart on working in front of a live audience on All in the Family
Paul Bogart on the Hollywood Blacklist
Paul Bogart briefly on being a stage manager on Your Show of Shows
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his childhood and early influences; on the confusion over his birthday; on growing up during the Great Depression; on childhood hobbies and loving Preston Sturges movies; on liking radio comedies; on his high school years
On working for a printer after high school; on getting into puppetry; on the talents of a puppeteer; on the first time he saw television; on getting hired as an NBC stage manager; on being an Assistant Director on One Man's Family

Chapter 2

On on being a stage manager on Broadway Open House, The Aldrich Family, Voice of Firestone, and Your Show of Shows; on being an AD on One Man's Family; on working with NBC Opera director Kirk Browning; on getting married and directing One Man's Family; on directing The Marriage and "The Conversation" on Alcoa Playhouse Theatre with Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronym
On working in live television; on shows he directed in the 1950s; on directing Armstrong Circle Theatre, U.S. Steel Hour, Justice, and Kraft Television Theatre; on directing Pinocchio in 1957, starring Mickey Rooney; on directing Shirley Temple and Boris Karloff in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Chapter 3

On working with celebrities; on working with writers; on the Hollywood Blacklist
On working at CBS and ABC; on the introduction of videotape; on working with Fred Coe on a remake of Spellbound; on fighting Standards and Practices on a Reginald Rose production; on directing The Defenders; on working with Herbert Brodkin on The Defenders; on his favorite episodes of The Defenders

Chapter 4

On The Defenders' "700 Year Old Gang" episode; on working with Jack Gilford, E.G. Marshall, and Robert Reed; on fighting Standards and Practices on The Defender; on working with Bob Markell; on directing The Nurses, Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theatre, and NET Playhouse
On his directing style; on his preparations for directing; on the editing process; on the effect of color TV on his work; on directing a few episodes of Get Smart

Chapter 5

On directing Ages of Man; on directing the Reginald Rose play "Dear Friends" and several other productions on CBS Playhouse; on his on set demeanor; on directing films in the 1970s; on
On returning to television directing; on movies he turned down; on directing the Hallmark Hall of Fame production of "The Country Girl"; on directing the TV movie Tell Me Where It Hurts; on two times he quit a production; on directing "A Memory of Two Mondays" for PBS

Chapter 6

On working with PBS; on directing The Adams Chronicles; on directing All in the Family; on directing the All in the Family episode "Edith's 50th Birthday" (airdate: October 16, 1977), where Edith is almost raped by an intruder
On some of the behind-the-scenes difficulties on the set of All in the Family; on nerves when joining a new show; on some of the writers on All in the Family and working in front of a live audience

Chapter 7

On on directing the All in the Family episode "The Draft Dodger" (airdate: December 25, 1976); on specific episodes of All in the Family; on Archie Bunker's Place; on directing Alice and on his children being in the business
On directing Golden Girls; on plays he directed; on working in cable; on his advice to aspiring directors
Shows

Ages of Man

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Paul Bogart on directing Ages of Man

Alcoa-Goodyear Theatre

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Paul Bogart on directing "The Confidence Man" on Alcoa-Goodyear-Theatre with Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronym

Aldrich Family, The

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Paul Bogart on being a stage manager on The Aldrich Family

Alice

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Paul Bogart on directing the pilot of Alice

All in the Family

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Paul Bogart on why he took on the job of directing All in the Family even though he despised the repetitive nature of the work
Paul Bogart on directing the All in the Family episode "Edith's 50th Birthday" (airdate: October 16, 1977), where Edith is almost raped by an intruder
Director Paul Bogart on some of the behind-the-scenes difficulties on the set of All in the Family
Director Paul Bogart on some of the writers on All in the Family and working in front of a live audience
Paul Bogart on directing the All in the Family episode "The Draft Dodger" (airdate: December 25, 1976)
Paul Bogart on specific episodes of All in the Family and the show's legacy

Archie Bunker's Place

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Paul Bogart on directing Archie Bunker's Place

Armstrong Circle Theatre

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Paul Bogart on directing Armstrong Circle Theatre and U.S. Steel Hour
Paul Bogart on the Hollywood Blacklist and learning of behind-the-scenes goings-on at Armstrong Circle Theatre

Bob Hope Presents Chrysler Theatre

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Paul Bogart on directing Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theatre

Broadway Open House

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Paul Bogart on being a stage manager on Broadway Open House

CBS Playhouse

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Paul Bogart on the Hollywood Blacklist and CBS Playhouse
Paul Bogart on directing the Reginald Rose play "Dear Friends" and several other productions on CBS Playhouse

Defenders, The

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Paul Bogart on directing The Defenders; on his favorite episodes
Paul Bogart on The Defenders' "700 Year Old Gang" and winning an Emmy for it
Paul Bogart on directing The Defenders

Get Smart

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Paul Bogart on directing a few episodes of Get Smart

Golden Girls, The

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Paul Bogart on his negative experience as director and supervising producer for the first few episodes of The Golden Girls

Hallmark Hall of Fame

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Paul Bogart on directing the Hallmark Hall of Fame production of "The Country Girl"

Justice

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Paul Bogart on directing Justice, produced by David Susskind and Gordon Duff

Kraft Television Theatre

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Paul Bogart on directing Kraft Television Theatre

Marriage, The

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Paul Bogart on directing The Marriage with Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronym and working with the two of them

NBC Opera Theatre

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Paul Bogart briefly on working with NBC Opera director Kirk Browning

NET Playhouse

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Paul Bogart on directing NET Playhouse

Nurses, The

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Paul Bogart on directing The Nurses

One Man's Family

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Paul Bogart on being an Assistant Director on One Man's Family
Paul Bogart on being an AD on One Man's Family
Paul Bogart on directing One Man's Family

Tell Me Where It Hurts

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Paul Bogart on directing the TV movie Tell Me Where It Hurts

United States Steel Hour, The

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Paul Bogart on directing Armstrong Circle Theatre and U.S. Steel Hour

Voice of Firestone

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Paul Bogart on being a vacation relief stage manager on The Voice of Firestone

Your Show of Shows

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Paul Bogart briefly on being a stage manager on Your Show of Shows
Topics

Censorship / Standards & Practices

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Paul Bogart on fighting Standards and Practices
Paul Bogart on fighting Standards and Practices on The Defenders
Paul Bogart on directing the All in the Family episode "The Draft Dodger" (airdate: December 25, 1976)

Comedy

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Paul Bogart on directing the All in the Family episode "Edith's 50th Birthday" (airdate: October 16, 1977), where Edith is almost raped by an intruder
Paul Bogart on directing the All in the Family episode "The Draft Dodger" (airdate: December 25, 1976)

Comedy-Variety

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Paul Bogart briefly on being a stage manager on Your Show of Shows

Emmy Awards

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Paul Bogart on The Defenders' "700 Year Old Gang" and winning an Emmy for it

Hollywood Blacklist

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Paul Bogart on the Hollywood Blacklist

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

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Paul Bogart briefly on being a stage manager on Your Show of Shows

Technological Innovation

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Paul Bogart on how videotape changed directing
Paul Bogart on the effect of color TV on his work

Vietnam War

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Paul Bogart on directing the All in the Family episode "The Draft Dodger" (airdate: December 25, 1976)
Professions

Directors

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Paul Bogart on his directing style
Paul Bogart on his preparations for directing and editing
Paul Bogart on his advice to aspiring directors
Genres

Classic Anthology Series

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Paul Bogart on working in live television
Paul Bogart on directing the Reginald Rose play "Dear Friends" and several other productions on CBS Playhouse

Comedy Series

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Paul Bogart on directing a few episodes of Get Smart
Paul Bogart on directing All in the Family, including episode "Edith's 50th Birthday" (airdate: October 16, 1977), where Edith is almost raped by an intruder
Paul Bogart on directing All in the Family

Drama Series

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Paul Bogart on directing The Defenders; on his favorite episodes
Paul Bogart on directing The Defenders
People

Don Adams

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Paul Bogart on directing a few episodes of Get Smart

Ralph Bellamy

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Paul Bogart on working with celebrities

Ingrid Bergman

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Paul Bogart on turning down an opportunity to direct Ingrid Bergman

Walter Bernstein

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Paul Bogart on using blacklisted writers

Lloyd Bridges

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Paul Bogart on fighting Standards and Practices on a Reginald Rose production

Herbert Brodkin

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Paul Bogart on working with Herbert Brodkin and other producers on The Defenders
Paul Bogart on directing The Nurses

Kirk Browning

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Paul Bogart briefly on working with NBC Opera director Kirk Browning

Red Buttons

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Paul Bogart on directing Hansel and Gretel

Sid Caesar

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Paul Bogart briefly on being a stage manager on Your Show of Shows

Sidney Carroll

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Paul Bogart on directing the Hallmark Hall of Fame production of "The Country Girl"

Fred Coe

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Paul Bogart on working with Fred Coe on a remake of Spellbound; on Coe as a producer

Hume Cronyn

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Paul Bogart on directing The Marriage with Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronym and working with the two of them

Gordon Duff

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Paul Bogart on directing Justice, produced by David Susskind and Gordon Duff

Barbara Feldon

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Paul Bogart on directing a few episodes of Get Smart

James Garner

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Paul Bogart on directing James Garner in a film

Jack Gilford

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Paul Bogart on working with Jack Gilford

Robert Goulet

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Paul Bogart on directing "Kiss Me, Kate" on CBS Playhouse

Buck Henry

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Paul Bogart on directing a few episodes of Get Smart

Bob Hope

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Paul Bogart on directing Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theatre

James Earl Jones

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Paul Bogart on the Hollywood Blacklist and CBS Playhouse
Paul Bogart on directing James Earl Jones in The Defenders

Hal Kanter

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Director Paul Bogart on some of the writers on All in the Family

Boris Karloff

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Paul Bogart on directing Shirley Temple and Boris Karloff in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Shirley Knight

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Paul Bogart on directing the Hallmark Hall of Fame production of "The Country Girl"

Piper Laurie

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Paul Bogart on working with celebrities

Carol Lawrence

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Paul Bogart on directing "Kiss Me, Kate" on CBS Playhouse

Norman Lear

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Director Paul Bogart on some of the behind-the-scenes difficulties on the set of All in the Family
Paul Bogart on Norman Lear leaving All in the Family

Jack Lemmon

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Paul Bogart on advice between Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau

Bob Markell

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Paul Bogart on working with producer Bob Markell

E. G. Marshall

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Paul Bogart on directing The Defenders

Walter Matthau

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Paul Bogart on advice between Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau

Arthur Miller

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Paul Bogart on directing "A Memory of Two Mondays" for PBS

Rita Moreno

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Paul Bogart on directing Rita Moreno in a film

Carroll O'Connor

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Paul Bogart on directing Carroll O'Connor in a film
Director Paul Bogart on some of the behind-the-scenes difficulties on the set of All in the Family

Maureen O'Hara

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Paul Bogart on working with Fred Coe on a remake of Spellbound

Arthur Penn

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Paul Bogart on getting hired as an NBC stage manager

Michelle Pfeiffer

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Paul Bogart on directing Michelle Pfeiffer in Power, Passion and Murder

Vanessa Redgrave

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Paul Bogart on turning down an opportunity to direct Vanessa Redgrave

Robert Reed

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Paul Bogart on working with Robert Reed

Rob Reiner

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Director Paul Bogart on some of the behind-the-scenes difficulties on the set of All in the Family

Lee Remick

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Paul Bogart on directing a miniseries with Lee Remick

John Rich

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Director Paul Bogart on some of the behind-the-scenes difficulties on the set of All in the Family

Jason Robards, Jr.

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Paul Bogart on directing Jason Robards
Paul Bogart on directing the Hallmark Hall of Fame production of "The Country Girl"

Richard Rodgers

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Paul Bogart on pressure from Richard Rodgers on a production

Mickey Rooney

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Paul Bogart on directing Pinocchio in 1957, starring Mickey Rooney

Reginald Rose

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Paul Bogart on fighting Standards and Practices on a Reginald Rose production
Paul Bogart on directing The Defenders
Paul Bogart on directing the Reginald Rose play "Dear Friends"

Bob Schiller

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Director Paul Bogart on some of the writers on All in the Family

Rod Serling

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Paul Bogart on Rod Serling

Kim Stanley

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Paul Bogart on working with celebrities

Maureen Stapleton

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Paul Bogart on directing the TV movie Tell Me Where It Hurts

Jean Stapleton

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Paul Bogart on directing the All in the Family episode "Edith's 50th Birthday" (airdate: October 16, 1977), where Edith is almost raped by an intruder

Leonard Stern

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Paul Bogart on directing a few episodes of Get Smart

Sally Struthers

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Director Paul Bogart on some of the behind-the-scenes difficulties on the set of All in the Family

Preston Sturges

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Paul Bogart on loving Preston Sturges movies

David Susskind

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Paul Bogart on directing Justice, produced by David Susskind and Gordon Duff
Paul Bogart on the Hollywood Blacklist
Paul Bogart on directing the Hallmark Hall of Fame production of "The Country Girl"

Jessica Tandy

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Paul Bogart on directing The Marriage with Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronym and working with the two of them

Shirley Temple

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Paul Bogart on directing Shirley Temple and Boris Karloff in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Paul Bogart on working with celebrities

Mel Tolkin

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Director Paul Bogart on some of the writers on All in the Family

Bob Weiskopf

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Director Paul Bogart on some of the writers on All in the Family

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