Anthology Drama


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Interviewees discuss the "Golden Age" of television dramas.

Highlights
Maria Riva on the Golden Age of "live" TV in New York in the 1950s, exemplified by such classic anthology series as Studio One
Tad Mosel on the camaraderie among writers during the Golden Age of Television
Ellen M. Violett on writing Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" for Cameo Theater
Jack Lemmon on appearing on the Playhouse 90 production of "Face of a Hero"
John Conte on appearing as an actor on live television in the 1950s
Piper Laurie on performing in the Playhouse 90 production "The Days of Wine and Roses"
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Edward Asner

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Ed Asner on acting in the Studio One episode "The Night America Trembled"

Erik Barnouw

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Erik Barnouw on early television shows and television writers he admired, including Playhouse 90 and Paddy Chayefsky

Dick Berg

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Dick Berg on writing for Kraft Television Theater  and Studio One
Dick Berg on writing "Hollywood Award Winner" for Kaiser Aluminum Hour  and "The Clay Pigeon" for Robert Montgomery Presents
Dick Berg on writing "The Right Hand Man" for Playhouse 90
Dick Berg on writing "Man Under Glass" for Studio One 

William Clotworthy

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William Clotworthy on working on Robert Montgomery Presents
William Clotworthy on the format of General Electric Theater, produced by William Frye

John Conte

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John Conte on appearing as an actor on live television in the 1950s
John Conte on appearing in various live television productions
John Conte on hosting Matinee Theater

Hume Cronyn

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Hume Cronyn on directing live television in the '50s
Hume Cronyn on directing Jessica Tandy in "Portrait of a Madonna" for Actors Studio
Hume Cronyn on appearing as John Quincy Adams on Omnibus
Hume Cronyn on appearing in Studio One's  presentation of "A Member of the Family"

Sam Denoff

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Sam Denoff on observing the early days of live television while working as a page at NBC's Studio 8H where Kraft Television Theater, Robert Montgomery Presents, and other live anthology series were filmed

David Dortort

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David Dortort on writing for Suspense
David Dortort on adapting William Faulkner's "An Error in Chemistry" for Climax!, produced by Martin Manulis

Norman Felton

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Director Norman Felton on his long association with Robert Montgomery Presents (Part 1)

Imero Fiorentino

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Imero Fiorentino on lighting The U.S. Steel Hour at ABC
Imero Fiorentino on a shadow thrown on the actors from a microphone on live TV, during the first U.S. Steel Hour production "P.O.W." with Richard Kiley

Jerry Goldsmith

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Jerry Goldsmith on the craft of composing music for live television broadcasts and on the process of composing for television
Jerry Goldsmith on the pressure of composing for live television in the '50s and what he learned in that time

Arthur Hiller

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Arthur Hiller on the schedule for producing NBC Matinee Theater and the excitement of directing for live television
Arthur Hiller on dealing with an athlete who couldn't act appearing on NBC Matinee Theater, and his love of doing "live" television
Arthur Hiller on camera tricks and fast changes he had to make while directing Playhouse 90

Kim Hunter

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Kim Hunter on appearing on various live television broadcasts in the 1950s
Kim Hunter on acting on live television in the 1950s
Kim Hunter on appearing on various Playhouse 90  productions

Russell Johnson

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Russell Johnson on enjoying working in live television

Lamont Johnson

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Lamont Johnson on directing NBC Matinee Theater

Jeff Kisseloff

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Jeff Kisseloff on interviewing people about the classic live drama anthology 1950s series for his book "The Box: An Oral History of Television, 1929-1961"

Eartha Kitt

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Eartha Kitt on acting on the anthology series Omnibus

Jack Klugman

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Jack Klugman on co-starring in the Producers' Showcase production of "The Petrified Forest" with Humphrey Bogart (airdate: May 30, 1955)

Sheila Kuehl

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Sheila Kuehl on acting in live and filmed television dramas in the 1950s

Piper Laurie

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Piper Laurie on performing in the Playhouse 90 production "The Days of Wine and Roses"

Jack Lemmon

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Jack Lemmon on acting on Kraft Television Theatre  and appearing on live television
Jack Lemmon on working on Studio One 
Jack Lemmon on appearing on Ford Television Theatre's  "The Day Lincoln Was Shot"
Jack Lemmon on appearing on the Playhouse 90  production of "Face of a Hero"

Sidney Lumet

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Sidney Lumet on the end of the Golden Age of Television

Delbert Mann

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Delbert Mann on directing Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse

Abby Mann

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Abby Mann on being a part of the Golden Age of Television, and how television has changed the world

Jayne Meadows

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Jayne Meadows on the challenges of working in live television

Priscilla Morgan

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Priscilla Morgan on the Golden Age of Television

Tad Mosel

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Tad Mosel on writing for Ominbus
Tad Mosel on writing for Medallion Theater
Tad Mosel on writing "The Haven" for Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse  produced by Fred Coe and on Coe's contribution to television 
Tad Mosel on writing for Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse
Tad Mosel on writing for Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse
Tad Mosel on writing for Studio One
Tad Mosel on writing "The Waiting Place" for Playwrights '56
Tad Mosel on writing for Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse
Tad Mosel on working with Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, and Henry Fonda on Producers' Showcase: "The Petrified Forest"
Tad Mosel on working with Martin Manulis on Playhouse 90
Tad Mosel on writing "The Five Dollar Bill" for Studio One
Tad Mosel on writing for Playhouse 90
Tad Mosel on watching Playhouse 90 and other live dramas of his be performed
Tad Mosel on what the Golden Age of Television means to him 
Tad Mosel on the camaraderie among writers during the Golden Age of Television

Agnes Nixon

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Agnes Nixon on writing for the Golden Age anthology dramas

Carroll O'Connor

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Carroll O'Connor on the role dramatic anthologies played for New York actors during the 1950s-60s

Don Pike

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Don Pike on acting as technical director for Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse
Don Pike on being technical director for Chevrolet on Broadway

David Pressman

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David Pressman on early television's relationship to theater

Frances Reid

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Frances Reid on the challenges of working on live television

Gene Reynolds

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Gene Reynolds on working in live television in the '50s

Maria Riva

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Maria Riva on the Golden Age of "live" TV in New York in the 1950s, exemplified by such classic anthology series as Studio One

Cliff Robertson

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Cliff Robertson on starring in the Playhouse 90 live production of "The Days of Wine and Roses"
Cliff Robertson on The U.S. Steel Hour's   "The Two Worlds of Charly Gordon" and the feature film "Charly"

Joseph Sargent

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Joseph Sargent on acting on live television in the '50s

Ralph Senensky

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Ralph Senensky on working on Playhouse 90

Jack Shea

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Jack Shea on working on live anthology dramas like Philco Television Playhouse

Robert Vaughn

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Robert Vaughn on "The Troublemakers" on Playhouse 90 with Ben Gazarra, directed by John Frankenheimer

Ellen M. Violett

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Ellen M. Violett on writing Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" for Cameo Theater
Ellen M. Violett on writing "Breakdown" for Suspense
Ellen M. Violett on writing for Omnibus
Ellen M. Violett on writing for Producer's Showcase

Ruth Warrick

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Ruth Warrick on acting in live television

Jane Wyatt

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Jane Wyatt on the excitement of working in live television
Jane Wyatt on the differences between acting for film, television, and the stage

Alan Young

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Alan Young on appearing in the live Studio One teleplay "This Will Do Nicely" (airdate: April 2, 1956)

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