Roy Huggins

Show Creator / Producer / Director


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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About this interview

In his five-hour Archive interview, Roy Huggins (1914-2002) talks about his early years as a novelist and member of the Communist Party. He recalls getting into screenwriting at Columbia Pictures with films like "Hangman's Knot," and subsequently being blacklisted. He describes testifying in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee, where he confirmed the names of several suspected communists. He recounts his early years with Warner Bros. Television, where he wrote for shows like King's Row and Cheyenne, as well as creating the smash hit western series Maverick  starring James Garner and Jack Kelly. Huggins discusses creating 77 Sunset Strip for Warner Bros. before leaving for Universal Television where he wrote and produced The Virginian and created the smash hit The Fugitive. He speaks of creating the movie of the week concept, which he claims was stolen from him, and outlines having a hand in creating several hit '70s shows including Toma, The Rockford Files, and Baretta. He concludes by talking about the many television and feature film revivals of his shows, and recalling several people with whom he has worked in his career. Lee Goldberg conducted the interview on July 21, 1998 in Brentwood, CA.

"I did some things that were widely imitated. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. That was flattering to me. 'Maverick' was imitated, 'The Fugitive' was imitated. I did all right. I had a great time."

Highlights
Roy Huggins on meeting with ABC's Leonard Goldenson about The Fugitive
05:26
Roy Huggins on the Maverick  episode "Shady Deal at Sunny Acres"
01:53
Roy Huggins on writing and producing Cheyenne
04:05
Roy Huggins on co-creating The Rockford Files  with Stephen J. Cannell
02:40
Roy Huggins on his career and his biggest contribution to television
01:38
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his early life and influences; on his early interest in writing and the entertainment industry; on going to UCLA
11:17
On getting into politics; on joining the Communist Party
09:24
On his activities during World War II; on becoming a writer
08:44

Chapter 2

On writing his first novel; on how his communist leanings impacted the work he was doing as a novelist
09:43
On his career as a novelist; on getting into writing for television 
20:10

Chapter 3

On learning to write for the screen; on writing various screenplays; on being under contract at Columbia 
12:15
On writing unused narration for the feature film "Stromboli"; on writing the feature film "Hangman's Knot"; on being placed on the Hollywood Blacklist
17:07

Chapter 4

On writing and directing the feature "Hangman's Knot" despite being blacklisted; on being subpoenaed by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) and naming names
15:18
On getting into television; on writing and producing King's Row  at Warner Bros. Television; on writing and producing Cheyenne
13:39

Chapter 5

On coming up with stories and producing for television; on a typical workweek on Cheyenne;  on Leonard Goldenson and Jack L. Warner's role in shaping television; on working with Cheyenne  star Clint Walker and the success of Cheyenne
14:29
On creating Maverick;  on the pilot of Maverick;  on casting James Garner as "Bret Maverick" on Maverick 
13:51

Chapter 6

On the production schedule of Maverick,  which necessitated the addition of a second "Maverick" brother; on casting Jack Kelly as "Bart Maverick" on Maverick;  on the writers and directors of the show
08:13
On Maverick being a different kind of western and the public reaction to the show; on interference from the studio and network on Maverick  and Budd Boetticher directing the show; on the Maverick  episode "Guy-Shy," which was a spoof of Gunsmoke
13:24
On the Maverick  episode "Shady Deal at Sunny Acres"; on Maverick  winning an Emmy; on creating 77 Sunset Strip
07:21

Chapter 7

On the creation of 77 Sunset Strip;  on casting Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Edd Byrnes and Roger Smith on 77 Sunset Strip;  on leaving Maverick  in its third season
07:24
On leaving Warner Bros. Television
11:05
On his post-Warner Bros. career and pitching The Fugitive
08:16

Chapter 8

On The Fugitive  and initial reaction to his concept; on leaving Twentieth Century Fox; on writing and producing The Virginian 
05:25
On meeting with ABC's Leonard Goldenson about The Fugitive;  on casting The Fugitive; on going to Universal Television 
15:19
On creating Run For Your Life; on The Outsider;  on creating The Bold Ones
08:32

Chapter 9

On creating the movie of the week concept; on meeting Stephen J. Cannell and creating Toma; on co-creating The Rockford Files with Stephen J. Cannell
12:14
On his relationship with Stephen J. Cannell and the other writers of The Rockford Files; on writing Baretta and working with Robert Blake; on leaving Universal Television in 1980
10:14
On revivals of Maverick; on briefly on serving as executive producer on Hunter;  on how changes in television led to him leaving Universal Television; on various feature film and television revivals of shows he created
07:37

Chapter 10

On being invited to work on the feature film version of Maverick;  on his career and his biggest contribution to television
04:49
On various people with whom he worked in his career
15:17
Shows

77 Sunset Strip

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Roy Huggins on creating 77 Sunset Strip
04:40
Roy Huggins on the creation of 77 Sunset Strip
02:10
Roy Huggins on casting Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Edd Byrnes and Roger Smith on 77 Sunset Strip
02:57

Baretta

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Roy Huggins on writing Baretta and working with Robert Blake
02:03

Bold Ones, The

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Roy Huggins on The Outsider and The Bold Ones
02:09

Cheyenne

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Roy Huggins on writing and producing Cheyenne
04:05
Roy Huggins on a typical workweek on Cheyenne  
03:34
Roy Huggins on working with Cheyenne star Clint Walker and the success of Cheyenne
01:23

Conflict

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Roy Huggins on writing and producing Conflict 
01:12

Emmy Awards, The (Primetime and Daytime)

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Roy Huggins on Maverick  winning an Emmy
00:48

Fugitive, The

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Roy Huggins on creating The Fugitive 
08:15
Roy Huggins on The Fugitive and initial reaction to his concept
01:24
Roy Huggins on meeting with ABC's Leonard Goldenson about The Fugitive
05:26
Roy Huggins on developing The Fugitive with ABC and bringing in Quinn Martin to produce
05:01
Roy Huggins on casting The Fugitive
00:34

Gunsmoke

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Roy Huggins on the Maverick episode "Guy-Shy," which was a spoof of Gunsmoke
07:09

Hunter

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Roy Huggins on briefly on serving as executive producer on Hunter
01:24

King's Row

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Roy Huggins on writing and producing King's Row  at Warner Bros. Television
05:40

Maverick

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Roy Huggins on creating Maverick  
08:31
Roy Huggins on the pilot of Maverick
01:06
Roy Huggins on casting James Garner as "Bret Maverick" on Maverick 
04:14
Roy Huggins on the production schedule of Maverick which necessitated the addition of a second "Maverick" brother
02:15
Roy Huggins on casting Jack Kelly as "Bart Maverick" on Maverick
01:27
Roy Huggins on the writers and directors of Maverick 
04:30
Roy Huggins on Maverick being a different kind of western and the public reaction to the show
01:56
Roy Huggins on interference from the studio and network on Maverick and Budd Boetticher directing the show
04:19
Roy Huggins on the Maverick episode "Guy-Shy," which was a spoof of Gunsmoke
07:09
Roy Huggins on the Maverick  episode "Shady Deal at Sunny Acres"
01:53
Roy Huggins on Maverick  winning an Emmy
00:48
Roy Huggins on leaving Maverick in its third season
02:17
Roy Huggins on the various revivals of Maverick
00:55
Roy Huggins on being invited to work on the feature film version of Maverick 
03:09

Rockford Files, The

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Roy Huggins on co-creating The Rockford Files with Stephen J. Cannell
02:40

Run For Your Life

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Roy Huggins on creating Run For Your Life
05:25

Toma

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Roy Huggins on meeting Stephen J. Cannell and creating Toma
01:49

Virginian, The

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Roy Huggins on writing and producing The Virginian 
02:05
Topics

Characters & Catchphrases

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Roy Huggins on casting Jack Kelly as "Bart Maverick" on Maverick
01:27

Classic TV series episodes

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Roy Huggins on the Maverick  episode "Shady Deal at Sunny Acres"
01:53

Emmy Awards

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Roy Huggins on Maverick  winning an Emmy
00:48

Historic Events and Social Change

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Roy Huggins on his activities during World War II
04:10

Hollywood Blacklist

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Roy Huggins on joining the Communist Party
05:28
Roy Huggins on how his communist leanings impacted the work he was doing as a novelist
02:01
Roy Huggins on writing the feature film "Hangman's Knot" and being placed on the Hollywood Blacklist
09:41
Roy Huggins on writing and directing the feature "Hangman's Knot" despite being blacklisted 
04:16
Roy Huggins on being subpoenaed by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) and naming names
11:02

Industry Crossroads

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Roy Huggins on joining the Communist Party
05:28
Roy Huggins on how his communist leanings impacted the work he was doing as a novelist
02:01
Roy Huggins on writing the feature film "Hangman's Knot" and being placed on the Hollywood Blacklist
09:41
Roy Huggins on writing and directing the feature "Hangman's Knot" despite being blacklisted 
04:16
Roy Huggins on being subpoenaed by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) and naming names
11:02

Pop Culture

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Roy Huggins on casting Jack Kelly as "Bart Maverick" on Maverick
01:27
Roy Huggins on the Maverick  episode "Shady Deal at Sunny Acres"
01:53

Television Industry

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Roy Huggins on joining the Communist Party
05:28
Roy Huggins on how his communist leanings impacted the work he was doing as a novelist
02:01
Roy Huggins on writing the feature film "Hangman's Knot" and being placed on the Hollywood Blacklist
09:41
Roy Huggins on writing and directing the feature "Hangman's Knot" despite being blacklisted 
04:16
Roy Huggins on being subpoenaed by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) and naming names
11:02
Roy Huggins on going to Universal Television 
04:16
Roy Huggins on how changes in television led to him leaving Universal Television 
01:22
Roy Huggins on his career and his biggest contribution to television
01:40

War

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Roy Huggins on his activities during World War II
04:10

World War II

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Roy Huggins on his activities during World War II
04:10
Professions

Show Creators

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Roy Huggins on coming up with stories and producing for television 
01:03

Writers

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Roy Huggins on learning to write for the screen
02:37
Genres

Cop/Detective/Mystery Series

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Roy Huggins on creating 77 Sunset Strip
04:40
Roy Huggins on creating 77 Sunset Strip
05:08
Roy Huggins on creating The Fugitive 
08:15
Roy Huggins on writing Baretta
02:03
Roy Huggins on co-creating The Rockford Files  with Stephen J. Cannell
02:40

Drama Series

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Roy Huggins on writing and producing King's Row  at Warner Bros.Television
05:40
Roy Huggins on creating Run For Your Life
05:25

Legal Dramas

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Roy Huggins on The Outsider and The Bold Ones
02:09

TV Movies/Miniseries/Dramatic Specials

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Roy Huggins on creating the movie of the week concept
07:45

Western Series

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Roy Huggins on writing and producing Cheyenne
04:05
Roy Huggins on writing Cheyenne
12:11
Roy Huggins on creating Maverick
13:51
Roy Huggins on creating Maverick (Part 2)
24:18
Roy Huggins on leaving Maverick
02:17
Roy Huggins on creating The Fugitive 
11:03
Roy Huggins on writing and producing The Virginian 
02:05
People

Richard Bare

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Roy Huggins on various people with whom he worked in his career: Richard Bare
00:16

Juanita Bartlett

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Roy Huggins on various people with whom he worked in his career: Juanita Bartlett
00:26

Robert Blake

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Roy Huggins on writing Baretta  and working with Robert Blake
03:11

Edd Byrnes

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Roy Huggins on casting Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Edd Byrnes and Roger Smith on 77 Sunset Strip
02:58

Stephen J. Cannell

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Roy Huggins on meeting Stephen J. Cannell and creating Toma
01:49
Roy Huggins on his relationship with Stephen J. Cannell and the other writers of The Rockford Files
03:27
Roy Huggins on various people with whom he worked in his career: Stephen J. Cannell
00:14

Harry Cohn

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Roy Huggins on various people with whom he worked in his career: Harry Cohn
01:01

James Garner

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Roy Huggins on casting James Garner as "Bret Maverick" on Maverick 
05:23
Roy Huggins on various people with whom he worked in his career: James Garner
01:14

Leonard H. Goldenson

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Roy Huggins on Leonard H. Goldenson and Jack L. Warner's role in shaping television 
07:00
Roy Huggins on meeting with ABC's Leonard H. Goldenson about The Fugitive
05:26
Roy Huggins on various people with whom he worked in his career: Leonard H. Goldenson
00:26

Jack Kelly

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Roy Huggins on casting Jack Kelly as "Bart Maverick" on Maverick 
01:27
Roy Huggins on various people with whom he worked in his career: Jack Kelly
00:13

Quinn Martin

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Roy Huggins on developing The Fugitive  with ABC and bringing in Quinn Martin to produce
05:01
Roy Huggins on various people with whom he worked in his career: Quinn Martin
00:09

Meta Rosenberg

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Roy Huggins on various people with whom he worked in his career: Meta Rosenberg
00:29

Jane Russell

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Roy Huggins on various people with whom he worked in his career: Jane Russell
00:20

Herbert S. Schlosser

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Roy Huggins on various people with whom he worked in his career: Herbert S. Schlosser
00:53

Sid Sheinberg

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Roy Huggins on various people with whom he worked in his career: Sid Sheinberg
00:31

Clint Walker

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Roy Huggins on working with Cheyenne  star Clint Walker and the success of Cheyenne
01:22
Roy Huggins on various people with whom he worked in his career: Clint Walker
00:21

Jack L. Warner

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Roy Huggins on Leonard H. Goldenson and Jack L. Warner's role in shaping television 
07:00
Roy Huggins on various people with whom he worked in his career: Jack L. Warner
01:06

Lew Wasserman

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Roy Huggins on various people with whom he worked in his career: Lew Wasserman
01:03

Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.

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Roy Huggins on casting Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Edd Byrnes and Roger Smith on 77 Sunset Strip
02:58
Roy Huggins on various people with whom he worked in his career: Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.
00:15

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