Stanley Rubin

Producer


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In his nearly two-and-a-half hour Archive interview, producer Stanley Rubin (1917-2014) talks about his early years in the entertainment business working in the mailroom at Paramount Pictures and as a reader for several studios, including Universal. He speaks of his transition to screenwriting and ultimately producing, which began with the now-classic film noir, The Narrow Margin (1952). He details his first work as a producer in television, on the dramatic anthology series Your Show Time. He discusses the creation of the pilot (which he co-wrote and co-produced with Louis Lantz), the shooting schedule of the series, and the source material that was used for the episodes. He also describes the experience and significance of winning the first Emmy Award ever given to a "film made for television," which he accepted at the very first Emmy Awards on January 25, 1949. Rubin outlines his other credits as a television producer, including the series The General Electric Theater and Bracken's World, and the television movie Babe. B-roll consists of Rubin holding his 1949 Emmy and talking about the win, as well as still photos from Your Show Time, a promotional brochure from Your Show Time, the script cover of "The Necklace" (the pilot of Your Show Time), a 1949 photo of Rubin holding his Emmy Award, two photos from The General Electric Theater, and other photos representing his career. Gary Rutkowski conducted the interview in Century City, CA on June 17, 2004.

"I'd like to be remembered as a hands-on producer who always worked closely with the writer, closely with the director, who always had tried to achieve the vision that I had of the picture combined or adjusted with the vision of the director, so that there's one vision between us. And as much as possible, to make pictures that were entertaining and positive."

Highlights
Stanley Rubin on winning the first Emmy Award ever to awarded a "film made for television" for Your Show Time at the first Emmy Awards ceremony on January 25, 1949
03:50
Stanley Rubin on joining the Screenwriter's Guild and helping to negotiate the first minimum basic agreement
04:25
Stanley Rubin on Ronald Reagan as host of General Electric Theater
04:31
Stanley Rubin on not being allowed to select stories written by Russian authors for Your Show Time
03:24
Stanley Rubin on serving in the Motion Picture Unit during World War II
01:24
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his early years and influences; on attending UCLA; on getting a job in the newspaper business
10:52
On magazine writing and breaking into writing for the movies in the 1940s; on working in the Story Department at Paramount and writing his first screenplays
18:16

Chapter 2

On joining the Screenwriter's Guild and helping to negotiate the first minimum basic agreement; on serving in the Motion Picture Unit during World War II; on writing the movie "Decoy"
14:16
On his first work as a producer in television, the dramatic anthology series Your Show Time.; on the pilot episode, "The Necklace" (which he co-wrote and co-produced with Louis Lantz) and the show's actors and host
13:56

Chapter 3

On the source material, directors, and producers for the anthology series Your Show Time; on the show's shooting schedule, budget, and syndication rights
17:29
On favorite episodes of Your Show Time; on the formation of the Television Academy and the Emmys; on winning the first Emmy Award ever awarded to a "film made for television" at the first Emmy Awards ceremony on January 25, 1949
08:51
On returning to writing movies and writing "The Narrow Margin"
02:11

Chapter 4

On producing feature films, including "The Narrow Margin"; on producing CBS' Peck's Bad Girl and Hotel De Paree; on the Hollywood Blacklist
11:54
On producing General Electric Theater and the show's cancellation (the only way the show could get rid of Ronald Reagan as host); on producing The Ghost and Mrs. Muir and Bracken's World
16:41

Chapter 5

On working with Eleanor Parker on Bracken's World; on producing The Man and the City
08:01
On his work in the 1970s, including the television movie Babe
03:38
On some of his favorite movie work; on advice to an aspiring producer; on how he'd like to be remembered
07:00
On his Emmy statue for Your Show Time; on B-roll photos from his career
08:54
Shows

Babe

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Stanley Rubin on producing the TV movie Babe
03:38

Bracken's World

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Stanley Rubin on producing Bracken's World
04:08
Stanley Rubin on working with and replacing Eleanor Parker on Bracken's World
01:07

Emmy Awards, The (Primetime and Daytime)

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Stanley Rubin on winning the first Emmy Award ever awarded a "film made for television" for Your Show Time at the first Emmy Awards ceremony on January 25, 1949
03:50
Stanley Rubin on the formation of the Television Academy and the Emmys 
01:25
Stanley Rubin on his Emmy statue for Your Show Time
01:22
Stanley Rubin on the 50th anniversary of the Emmy win for Your Show Time
00:43

General Electric Theater, The

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Stanley Rubin on producing General Electric Theater
08:49
Stanley Rubin on favorite episodes of General Electric Theater
01:14
Stanley Rubin on a photo with cast and crew from General Electric Theater
00:35

Ghost & Mrs. Muir, The

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Stanley Rubin on producing The Ghost & Mrs. Muir
02:21

Hotel De Paree

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Stanley Rubin on producing Hotel De Paree
01:05

Man and the City, The

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Stanley Rubin on producing The Man and the City
06:54

Peck's Bad Girl

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Stanley Rubin on producing CBS' Peck's Bad Girl
00:58

Your Show Time

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Stanley Rubin on his first work as a producer in television, the dramatic anthology series Your Show Time and producing its pilot, "The Necklace"
13:26
Stanley Rubin on the source material, directors, and producers for the anthology series, Your Show Time
08:44
Stanley Rubin on the shooting schedule, budget, and syndication of Your Show Time
08:04
Stanley Rubin on favorite episodes of Your Show Time
02:00
Stanley Rubin on the syndication of Your Show Time
01:08
Stanley Rubin on winning the first Emmy Award ever awarded a "film made for television" for Your Show Time at the first Emmy Awards ceremony on January 25, 1949
03:50
Stanley Rubin on his Emmy statue for Your Show Time
01:22
Stanley Rubin on a program made for Your Show Time
00:39
Stanley Rubin on the script of and pictures from Your Show Time
01:09
Stanley Rubin on production stills from Your Show Time
00:59

Your Show Time: "The Necklace"

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Stanley Rubin on creating Your Show Time and producing its pilot, "The Necklace"
08:23
Stanley Rubin on his Emmy statue for Your Show Time
01:22
Topics

Emmy Awards

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Stanley Rubin on winning the first Emmy Award ever to awarded a "film made for television" for Your Show Time at the first Emmy Awards ceremony on January 25, 1949
03:50
Stanley Rubin on the Emmy nominations for his TV movie, Babe
00:57
Stanley Rubin on his Emmy statue for Your Show Time
01:22
Stanley Rubin on a picture with his Emmy statue for Your Show Time
01:52

Industry Crossroads

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Stanley Rubin on the Hollywood Blacklist and producer Lou Lantz being blacklisted
03:09
Stanley Rubin on the Hollywood Blacklist and producer Lou Lantz being blacklisted
03:09

War

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Stanley Rubin on serving in the Motion Picture Unit during World War II
01:24

World War II

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Stanley Rubin on serving in the Motion Picture Unit during World War II
01:24
Professions

Producers

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Stanley Rubin on producing General Electric Theater
01:49
Stanley Rubin on advice to an aspiring producer
02:55

Writers

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Stanley Rubin on writing his first screenplay and working with Marshall Grant
02:04
Stanley Rubin on joining the Screenwriter's Guild and helping to negotiate the first minimum basic agreement
03:01
Genres

Awards Shows

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Stanley Rubin on winning the first Emmy Award ever to awarded a "film made for television" for Your Show Time at the first Emmy Awards ceremony on January 25, 1949
03:50

Classic Anthology Series

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Stanley Rubin on his first work as a producer in television, the dramatic anthology series Your Show Time and producing its pilot, "The Necklace"
13:26
Stanley Rubin on the source material, directors, and producers for the anthology series, Your Show Time
08:44
Stanley Rubin on the shooting schedule, budget, and syndication of Your Show Time
08:04
Stanley Rubin on favorite episodes of Your Show Time
02:00
Stanley Rubin on winning the first Emmy Award ever to awarded a "film made for television" for Your Show Time at the first Emmy Awards ceremony on January 25, 1949
03:50
Stanley Rubin on producing General Electric Theater
08:49

TV Movies/Miniseries/Dramatic Specials

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Stanley Rubin on producing the TV movie Babe
03:38
People

Susan Clark

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Stanley Rubin on producing the TV movie Babe
02:41

Mike Farrell

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Stanley Rubin on working with Mike Farrell on The Man and the City
00:44

Norman Felton

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Stanley Rubin on meeting Norman Felton while producing CBS' Peck's Bad Girl
00:10

Marsha Hunt

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Stanley Rubin on producing CBS' Peck's Bad Girl
00:58

Alex Karras

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Stanley Rubin on producing the TV movie Babe
02:41

Jennings Lang

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Stanley Rubin on producing General Electric Theater
00:32

Hope Lange

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Stanley Rubin on producing The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
01:06

Louis Lantz

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Stanley Rubin on his first work as a producer in television, the dramatic anthology series Your Show Time and producing its pilot, "The Necklace"
08:23
Stanley Rubin on Your Show Time producing partner Louis Lantz
01:12
Stanley Rubin on the Hollywood Blacklist and producer Lou Lantz being blacklisted
03:09

Ida Lupino

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Stanley Rubin on working with director Ida Lupino on The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
00:55
Stanley Rubin on a photo with cast and crew from General Electric Theater
00:35

Joel Malone

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Stanley Rubin on writing the movie "Decoy"
04:19

Sobey Martin

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Stanley Rubin on working with Your Show Time director Sobey Martin
00:59

Burgess Meredith

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Stanley Rubin on seeing a picture of Burgess Meredith with a movie poster of the film "San Francisco Docks", which Rubin wrote, in the background
01:37
Stanley Rubin on a picture of Burgess Meredith
00:50

Edward Mulhare

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Stanley Rubin on producing The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
01:06

Eleanor Parker

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Stanley Rubin on a major change on Bracken's World
02:36
Stanley Rubin on working with and replacing Eleanor Parker on Bracken's World
01:07

Otto Preminger

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Stanley Rubin on working with director Otto Preminger
02:16

Anthony Quinn

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Stanley Rubin on working with Anthony Quinn on The Man and the City
04:26

Ronald Reagan

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Stanley Rubin on Ronald Reagan as host of General Electric Theater
04:31
Stanley Rubin on a photo with cast and crew from General Electric Theater
00:35
Stanley Rubin on a photo with cast and crew from General Electric Theater
01:43

William Saroyan

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Stanley Rubin on favorite episodes of General Electric Theater
21:59

William Self

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Stanley Rubin on a major change on Bracken's World
02:36

Arthur Shields

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Stanley Rubin on Arthur Shields, the host of Your Show Time 
01:51

Ray Stark

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Stanley Rubin on reading "The Untouchables" and wanting to develop it with Ray Stark as a film
02:18

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