Sidney M. Katz

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In his nearly hour-and-a-half Archive interview, Sidney M. Katz (1918-2009) discusses his early life and his time in the Army during World War II as a filmmaker and editor. He recalls going to work for RKO, working as a splicer on Orson Welles' classic feature "Citizen Kane," and starting his own editing company. He talks about his time working with Edward R. Murrow on his weekly See It Now series, and in particular, working on Murrow's special broadcast dealing with Senator Joseph McCarthy and the Hollywood Blacklist. Katz outlines his fruitful association with Herbert Brodkin, including editing his classic law series, The Defenders, starring E.G. Marshall and a young Robert Reed. He discusses editing footage of The Beatles for The Ed Sullivan Show and also editing several made-for-television movies and feature films including Teacher, Teacher, "The Swimmer" and "Diary of a Mad Housewife." He concludes with this thoughts on being honored by A.C.E. and offers advice to aspiring editors. Karen Herman conducted the interview on February 14, 2009 in a joint venture with American Cinema Editors (ACE) at Universal Studios in Universal City, California.

"I have a whole group of editors out there who I think I'm responsible for. The other night I was shocked when a young man come up to me and said, 'Sid Katz, I want to thank you. I remember you teaching me to cut and I'll never forget you.' And I thought that was the biggest thing."

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Highlights
Sidney M. Katz on editing Edward R. Murrow's See It Now series and the episode on Joseph McCarthy
Sidney M. Katz on winning a Emmy for editing The Defenders
Sidney M. Katz on splicing the feature film "Citizen Kane" and becoming an assistant editor at RKO Pictures
Sidney M. Katz on dealing with Hollywood Blacklist
Sidney M. Katz on the kind of person it takes to be an editor
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his early life and influences; on his experience as a filmmaker in World War II; on going to work for RKO and editing "Citizen Kane"
On editing Edward R. Murrow's See It Now; on the Hollywood Blacklist; on directing the series Information Please
On editing The Defenders; on working with Herbert Brodkin; on directing The Defenders and winning an Emmy for editing the show
On editing various made-for-television movies; on editing film of The Beatles for The Ed Sullivan Show; on what an editor does and his editing process

Chapter 2

On working with Frank Perry and editing the made-for-television movie Teacher, Teacher; on directing various feature films; on editing for television vs. editing for film
On his retirement and being honored by A.C.E.; on advice to aspiring editors; on career highlights and how he'd like to be remembered
Shows

Defenders, The

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Sidney M. Katz on editing The Defenders for producer Herbert Brodkin
Sidney M. Katz on directing the episode "The Bum's Rush" from The Defenders
Sidney M. Katz on the controversial topics of The Defenders
Sidney M. Katz on winning a Emmy for editing The Defenders

Ed Sullivan Show, The aka Toast of the Town

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Sidney M. Katz on editing film of The Beatles for The Ed Sullivan Show

Emmy Awards, The (Primetime and Daytime)

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Sidney M. Katz on winning a Emmy for editing The Defenders

Nurses, The

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Sidney M. Katz on editing The Nurses and other Herbert Brodkin shows

See It Now

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Sidney M. Katz on editing Edward R. Murrow's See It Now series and the episode on Joseph McCarthy

See It Now: "A Report on Senator Joseph R. McCarthy"

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Sidney M. Katz on editing Edward R. Murrow's See It Now series and the episode on Joseph McCarthy
Topics

Advice

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Emmy Awards

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Sidney M. Katz on winning a Emmy for editing The Defenders

Historic Events and Social Change

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Sidney M. Katz on his experience as an editor and filmmaker in World War II

Hollywood Blacklist

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Sidney M. Katz on editing Edward R. Murrow's See It Now  series and the episode on Joseph McCarthy
Sidney M. Katz on dealing with Hollywood Blacklist

Industry Crossroads

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Sidney M. Katz on editing Edward R. Murrow's See It Now  series and the episode on Joseph McCarthy
Sidney M. Katz on dealing with Hollywood Blacklist

Television Industry

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Sidney M. Katz on editing Edward R. Murrow's See It Now  series and the episode on Joseph McCarthy
Sidney M. Katz on dealing with Hollywood Blacklist
Sidney M. Katz on advice to aspiring editors

War

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Sidney M. Katz on his experience as an editor and filmmaker in World War II

World War II

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Sidney M. Katz on his experience as an editor and filmmaker in World War II
Professions

Editor

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Sidney M. Katz on the kind of person it takes to be an editor
Sidney M. Katz on the difference between editing film and editing for television and various other projects he was involved in editing
Sidney M. Katz on advice to aspiring editors

Post-Production Professionals

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Sidney M. Katz on the kind of person it takes to be an editor
Sidney M. Katz on the difference between editing film and editing for television and various other projects he was involved in editing
Sidney M. Katz on advice to aspiring editors
Genres

Legal Dramas

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Sidney M. Katz on editing The Defenders
People

Herbert Brodkin

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Sidney M. Katz on editing The Defenders for producer Herbert Brodkin
Sidney M. Katz on editing The Nurses  and other Herbert Brodkin shows

E. G. Marshall

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Sidney M. Katz on editing The Defenders for producer Herbert Brodkin
Sidney M. Katz on directing the episode "The Bum's Rush" from The Defenders

Edward R. Murrow

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Sidney M. Katz on editing Edward R. Murrow's See It Now series and the episode on Joseph McCarthy

Robert Reed

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Sidney M. Katz on directing the episode "The Bum's Rush" from The Defenders

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