Robert Justman

Director


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In his over four-hour Archive interview, Robert Justman (1926-2008) talks about breaking into the entertainment industry as a production assistant in low budget feature films, and discusses his entrance into television as a second assistant director on the series Adventures of Superman. Justman describes his continued work in television where he moved up to first assistant director and unit production manager on such series as The Outer Limits. He discusses in great detail his work as an associate producer on the classic science fiction series Star Trek and its later incarnation Star Trek: The Next Generation (for which he served as the supervising producer in its first season). Regarding Star Trek, he discusses working with creator Gene Roddenberry, talks about the cast members, and describes memorable episodes. B-roll consists of an extensive collection of memos, letters, budgets, and cast lists from the series Star Trek, Then Came Bronson and Star Trek: The Next Generation, preserved in scanned files by the Archive as the "Robert Justman Collection." Stephen J. Abramson conducted the two-part interview in Los Angeles, CA on June 17 and 18, 2003.

"I understood very quickly the theory of how to make film work for you. Nothing exists outside of that box. What's in that box is what counts. Everything else can fall away and it doesn't matter. You create your own world."

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Highlights
Robert Justman on meeting Gene Roddenberry
Robert Justman on who Gene Roddenberry based the character of Captain Kirk 
Robert Justman on Captain Kirk's chair
Robert Justman on advice to aspiring producers and ADs
Robert Justman on making the monster in the pilot episode of The Outer Limits
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his early years; on college and serving in the Navy; on his start in the film industry as a production assistant
On his transition to television as an assistant director; on entering the Directors Guild; on getting the job as second assistant director on Adventures of Superman

Chapter 2

On his work on Adventures of Superman - shooting schedule, budgets, production; on The Doctor; on Amos 'N' Andy; on The Loretta Young Show
On his work on Lassie, My Friend Flicka, The Mickey Mouse Club

Chapter 3

On working on various filmed shows and features; on working with Fritz Lang; on the Hollywood Blacklist; on working with Peter Lawford and meeting JFK
On working on Northwest Passage; on working as first assistant director on Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond; on Best of The Post; on The Tab Hunter Show; on The Asphalt Jungle

Chapter 4

On his work as produciton supervisor at MGM Television 
On his work on The Outer Limits

Chapter 5

On working on the Mission: Impossible pilot and the Star Trek pilots; on the development of Star Trek
On the casting of Star Trek; on production of Star Trek after the second pilot was approved; on filming at Desilu; on the props and effects created for Star Trek

Chapter 6

On birthday parties that Gene Roddenberry threw on Star Trek; on working with the cast and crew of Star Trek
On various episodes of the series - "The City on the Edge of Forever", "Mudd's Women", "Spock's Brain", "Amok Time", "The Menagerie"

Chapter 7

On the "Mirror, Mirror", "Shore Leave", "The Trouble with Tribbles" episodes of Star Trek; on memorable set pieces; on fans of the show; on leaving the series
On the development of Star Trek: The Next Generation; on joining the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department; on the casting of Patrick Stewart as Captain Picard

Chapter 8

On ILM; Star Trek: The Next Generation; on the Star Trek movies; on syndication; on his book on Star Trek; on the legacy of Star Trek;
On producing Then Came Bronson, Man from Atlantis, McClain's Law, Gideon's Trumpet, Emergency Room, Force Seven, Magruder and Loud, and Dark Mansions

Chapter 9

On his (then) current projects; on Star Trek conventions; on his favorite film projects
On the differences between working in film and television; on his greatest career achievememt; on advice to aspiring producers and ADs; on how he'd like to be remembered
Shows

Adventures of Superman

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Robert Justman on getting the job as second assistant director on Adventures of Superman
Robert Justman on working as second assistant director on Adventures of Superman

Amos 'N' Andy

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Robert Justman on working as second assistant director on Amos 'N' Andy

Asphalt Jungle, The

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Robert Justman on working on Asphalt Jungle

Best of the Post

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Robert Justman on working on Best of the Post

Dark Mansions

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Robert Justman on producing Dark Mansions

Doctor, The

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Robert Justman on working as second assistant director on The Doctor

Dr. Kildare

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Robert Justman on his role on recommending composer Jerry Goldsmith for Dr. Kildare

Emergency Room

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Robert Justman on producing Emergency Room

Gideon's Trumpet

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Robert Justman on producing Gideon's Trumpet

Loretta Young Show, The

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Robert Justman on working as second assistant director on The Loretta Young Show

Man From Atlantis

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Robert Justman on producing Man from Atlantis

Martha Raye Show, The

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Robert Justman on working as second assistant director on The Martha Raye Show

McClain's Law

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Robert Justman on producing MClain's Law

Mickey Mouse Club, The

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Robert Justman on working as second assistant director on The Mickey Mouse Club

Mission: Impossible

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Robert Justman on working on the Mission: Impossible pilot and the Star Trek pilots
Robert Justman on the Mission: Impossible pilot and series

My Friend Flicka

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Robert Justman on working as second assistant director on My Friend Flicka, where an actor was injured during a stunt

Northwest Passage

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Robert Justman on working on Northwest Passage

One Step Beyond

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Robert Justman on working as a first assistant director on One Step Beyond

Outer Limits, The (1963-65)

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Robert Justman on working as a co-producer/production manager on The Outer Limits
Robert Justman on "The Zanti Misfits" episode of The Outer Limits

Outer Limits, The (1963-65): "The Zanti Misfits"

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Robert Justman on "The Zanti Misfits" episode of The Outer Limits

Planet Earth

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Robert Justman on producing Planet Earth

Search

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Robert Justman on producing Search

Star Trek

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Robert Justman on working on the Mission: Impossible pilot and the Star Trek pilots
Associate producer Robert Justman on the development of Star Trek
Associate producer Robert Justman on the props created for Star Trek
Robert Justman on working with the cast and crew of Star Trek; on various episodes of the series
Robert Justman on "The City of the Edge of Forever" episode of Star Trek
Robert Justman on "The Menagerie" episode of Star Trek
Robert Justman on some notable episodes of Star Trek; on leaving the series

Star Trek: "The City on the Edge of Forever"

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Robert Justman on "The City of the Edge of Forever" episode of Star Trek

Star Trek: "The Menagerie"

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Robert Justman on "The Menagerie" episode of Star Trek

Star Trek: The Next Generation

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Robert Justman on the development of Star Trek: The Next Generation; on the casting of Patrick Stewart as Captain Picard
Robert Justman on ILM and Star Trek: The Next Generation

Tab Hunter Show, The

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Robert Justman on working on The Tab Hunter Show

Then Came Bronson

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Robert Justman on producing Then Came Bronson
Topics

Censorship / Standards & Practices

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Associate producer Robert Justman on notes from Standards & Practices for Star Trek

Characters & Catchphrases

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Robert Justman on Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley and William Shatner and their Star Trek characters
Robert Justman on LeVar Burton's character on Star Trek: The Next Generation

Classic TV series episodes

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Robert Justman on "The Zanti Misfits" episode of The Outer Limits

Hollywood Blacklist

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Robert Justman on the Hollywood Blacklist

Minorities

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Robert Justman on the development of Star Trek: The Next Generation
Professions

Directors

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Robert Justman on becoming a first assistant director

Producers

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Robert Justman on advice to aspiring producers and ADs

Unit Production Manager

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Robert Justman on the differences between Unit Production Manager and first assistant director
Genres

Children's Programming

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Robert Justman on working as second assistant director on The Mickey Mouse Club

Sci-Fi/Supernatural Series

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Robert Justman on working as a first assistant director on One Step Beyond
Robert Justman on working as a co-producer/production manager on The Outer Limits
Associate producer Robert Justman on the props and effects created for Star Trek
Robert Justman on working with the cast and crew of Star Trek; on various episodes of the series
Robert Justman on the development of Star Trek: The Next Generation; on the casting of Patrick Stewart as Captain Picard
Robert Justman on ILM and Star Trek: The Next Generation
People

Bud Abbott

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Robert Justman on working as a PA on Abbott and Costello films

Robert Aldrich

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Robert Justman on as an assistant director for director Robert Aldrich
Robert Justman on working as second assistant director on The Doctor

James Arness

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Robert Justman on producing MClain's Law  starring James Arness

Lucille Ball

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Associate producer Robert Justman on one of Lucille Ball's favorite pilots
Associate producer Robert Justman on Lucille Ball

Majel Barrett-Roddenberry

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Robert Justman on Majel Barrett-Roddenberry

John Barrymore

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Robert Justman on working on Fritz Lang's film While the City Sleeps

LeVar Burton

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Robert Justman on LeVar Burton's character on Star Trek: The Next Generation

Rosemary Clooney

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Robert Justman on working with Rosemary Clooney on The Martha Raye Show

Gene Coon

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Associate producer Robert Justman on the cast and casting of Star Trek

Lou Costello

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Robert Justman on working as a PA on Abbott and Costello films

Wally Cox

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Associate producer Robert Justman on Wally Cox in the pilot episode of Alfred of the Amazon

James Doohan

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Robert Justman on working with James Doohan

Patrick Duffy

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Robert Justman on casting Patrick Duffy in The Man from Atlantis

Henry Fonda

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Robert Justman on producing Gideon's Trumpet starring Henry Fonda

Jerry Goldsmith

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Robert Justman on recommending composer Jerry Goldsmith for Dr. Kildare

John Houseman

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Robert Justman on producing Gideon's Trumpet with John Houseman

Boris Karloff

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Robert Justman on working with Boris Karloff on The Martha Raye Show

DeForest Kelley

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Robert Justman on DeForest Kelley guest starring on Northwest Passage
Associate producer Robert Justman on the cast and casting of Star Trek
Robert Justman on working with DeForest Kelley

John F. Kennedy

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Robert Justman on Peter Lawford introducing him to brother-in-law John F. Kennedy

Walter Koenig

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Robert Justman on working with Walter Koenig

Fritz Lang

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Robert Justman on working on Fritz Lang's film While the City Sleeps

Peter Lawford

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Robert Justman on working with Peter Lawford

Cloris Leachman

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Robert Justman on Cloris Leachman guest starring on One Step Beyond

Jack Lord

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Robert Justman on Jack Lord

Ida Lupino

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Robert Justman on Ida Lupino calling his house

David McCallum

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Robert Justman on working with David McCallum on The Outer Limits
Robert Justman on an episode of The Outer Limits with David McCallum

Burgess Meredith

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Robert Justman on producing Search

John Newland

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Robert Justman on host John Newland of One Step Beyond

Nichelle Nichols

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Robert Justman on working with Nichelle Nichols

Leonard Nimoy

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Associate producer Robert Justman on the cast and casting of Star Trek
Robert Justman on working with Leonard Nimoy

Hugh O'Brian

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Robert Justman on producing Search

Michael Parks

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Robert Justman on producing Then Came Bronson

Otto Preminger

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Robert Justman on working as a PA on Otto Preminger's film The Moon is Blue

George Reeves

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Robert Justman on working with George Reeves on Adventures of Superman

Cliff Robertson

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Robert Justman on the pilot episode of The Outer Limits

Gene Roddenberry

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Robert Justman on Gene Roddenberry hiring DeForest Kelle
Robert Justman on meeting Gene Roddenberry
Associate producer Robert Justman on the development of Star Trek
Associate producer Robert Justman on the cast and casting of Star Trek
Robert Justman on working with Gene Rodenberry
Robert Justman on the development of Star Trek: The Next Generation; on the casting of Patrick Stewart as Captain Picard
Robert Justman on producing Planet Earth

William Shatner

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Robert Justman on William Shatner
Associate producer Robert Justman on the cast and casting of Star Trek
Robert Justman on working with William Shatner

Herbert F. Solow

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Associate producer Robert Justman on Herb Solow declaring that Justman work on Star Trek

Aaron Spelling

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Robert Justman on producing Dark Mansions

Joseph Stefano

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Robert Justman on working as a co-producer/production manager on The Outer Limits

Patrick Stewart

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Robert Justman on the casting of Patrick Stewart as Captain Picard

George Takei

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Robert Justman on working with George Takei

Loretta Young

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Robert Justman on being second assistant director on The Loretta Young Show

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