Archive for the ‘"Twilight Zone"’ Category

James Sheldon’s Interview is Online

Saturday, March 17th, 2007

Director James Sheldon’s Archive of American Television Interview is now online.

In part 4 of his interview, Sheldon talks about working with James Dean in “live” television. James Dean appeared in about twenty television productions in the early 1950s before embarking on his feature film career.

James Sheldon directed one of the quintessential episodes of the classic anthology series The Twilight Zone— “It’s A Good Life,” in which a boy (played by Billy Mumy) holds an entire town in fear demanding that they think “good thoughts” or face his wrath. As Rod Serling describes in his introduction to the episode: “….Oh yes, I did forget something, didn’t I? I forgot to introduce you to the monster. This is the monster. His name is Anthony Fremont. He’s six years old, with a cute little-boy face and blue guileless eyes. But when those eyes look at you, you’d better start thinking happy thoughts, because the mind behind them is absolutely in charge. This is the Twilight Zone.” Sheldon discusses “It’s A Good Life” and the other five episodes of The Twilight Zone he directed in Part 5 and Part 6 of his interview.

Interview description:
James Sheldon was interviewed for over three hours in New York, NY. He spoke about breaking into the business as an NBC page, and after a few years in advertising, turning his attentions to directing for television. He described his work on several shows from the 1950s including such diverse fare as: sitcom Mr. Peepers, daytime variety series The Eddie Albert Show, military anthology West Point Story, and drama The Millionaire. He also spoke in great detail about working with then-budding actor James Dean in two “live” television productions of Armstrong Circle Theater and Robert Montgomery Presents. He discussed his work on the anthology series The Twilight Zone, for which he directed such classic episodes as “It’s A Good Life” starring Billy Mumy. Other series he discussed included Family Affair and My Three Sons. The interview was conducted by Karen Herman on April 6, 2005.

See the full interview here.

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

On November 11, 1960 the Twilight Zone aired “Eye of the Beholder,” which would become one of the series’ classic shows.

Listen to actress Maxine Stuart relate her experiences, playing the woman under the bandages at 21 minutes into tape 1. Spoiler Alert!

Click here to view Maxine Stuart’s interview.

"Twilight Zone" and "Playhouse 90" Story Editor Del Reisman’s Archive Interview is now online

Friday, August 4th, 2006

This video is Part 8 of Del Reisman’s 12-part interview. In this segment, he talks about Rod Serling and The Twilight Zone. Click here to access the interview.

“I always knew when [Rod] came to the Twilight Zone offices because I’d hear the Coca-Cola machine going… he had a coke in one hand and a cigarette in the other. He needed neither of them. I mean, he was tremendously energetic on his own.”

Del Reisman’s six-hour Archive of American Television Interview is now available for viewing on EMMYTVLEGENDS.ORG

Interview Description:

Reisman begins by looking back on his early years growing up as a “studio brat” observing his mother at work as a secretary at Universal Studios in the 1930s. He describes his entry in television as a reader on the anthology series Four Star Playhouse. He details his most prolific period in television as an associate producer/ story editor on such television series as: the “live,” daily color anthology Matinee Theater, the prestigious ninety-minute anthology Playhouse 90, the classic filmed anthology The Twilight Zone, the popular crime series The Untouchables, the western series Rawhide, and the drama The Man and the City. He discusses his work as story consultant on the nighttime soap opera Peyton Place, for which he wrote the cliffhanging final episode (the series was canceled without a finale). He also talks about his later work as a freelance writer of such 1970s series as The Streets of San Francisco and Little House on the Prairie. Finally, Reisman describes his long service to the Writers Guild of America, west for which he ultimately served as President from 1991-93. Other subjects discussed include the Hollywood blacklist and the McCarthy era, as well as Reisman’s work (at the WGA) to restore the credits of blacklisted writers of feature films made in the 1950s-60s. The interview was conducted by Gary Rutkowski on October 28, 2003.

Just sit right back… and watch Russell Johnson’s Interview on Google Video

Tuesday, August 1st, 2006

Actor Russell Johnson’s two hour Archive of American Television Interview is now available for viewing on Google Video.

This video is Part 3 of Russell Johnson’s 4-part interview in which he talks about his favorite episodes of Gilligan’s Island. Click here to access all 4 interview segments. (Remember, if you’d like to watch the interview in the order in which it was conducted, select the parts in order (1,2,3…).)

Full interview description:

Johnson begins by talking about his early years learning his craft at the Actors Lab in Hollywood. He describes his work in movies (It Came From Outer Space) and “live television” in the 1950s. He recalls his work as a guest star on such various television series as You Are There, The Twilight Zone, and The Outer Limits. He describes his first series as a regular, Black Saddle and the series and role for which he is most identified, Gilligan’s Island and “the Professor.” The interview was conducted by Karen Herman on February 8, 2004.

See Cliff Robertson In-Person

Friday, July 28th, 2006

Actor Cliff Robertson will appear in person on Wednesday, August 9, for UCLA Film & Television Archive’s 13th Festival of Preservation, in Los Angeles, CA.

Robertson will appear for a screening of two classic television dramas that aired as a part of the series The U.S. Steel Hour, one of the longest running and most prestigious of early television anthologies. The shows to be presented are: “The Two Worlds of Charlie Gordon” (which originally aired on February 22, 1961) and “Man on the Mountaintop” (which originally aired on November 15, 1961). This is a free screening. General information about this and the entire festival can be found at

Also, check out Cliff Robertson’s Archive of American Television interivew — now online!

This video is Part 2 of Cliff Robertson’s 5-part interview. In this segment, he speaks in-depth about his work in early “live” television. Click here to access all segments. (Remember, if you’d like to watch the interview in the order in which it was conducted, select the parts in order (1,2,3…).)

Archive of American Television Interview description:

Robertson begins by talking about his training at the Actors Studio and his early career on the New York stage. He talks about working in anthology series during the “live” television era of the 1950s. He discusses his role as mentally disabled “Charlie Gordon” in both television (The U.S. Steel Hour’s “The Two Worlds of Charlie Gordon”) and film (Charly, which earned him an Oscar for Best Actor). He speaks in great detail about his work with director John Frankenheimer on the Playhouse 90 show “The Days of Wine and Roses.” Robertson talks about being personally selected by President John F. Kennedy to play him in the feature film PT109. He describes his two appearances on the classic anthology series The Twilight Zone and speaks about series creator Rod Serling. Robertson discusses his blacklisting by the industry following “Hollywoodgate,” in which he accused Columbia Pictures head David Begelman of forging a check. Robertson speaks about several of his television movie appearances as well as such television series as Rod Brown and the Rocket Rangers and Batman. The interview was conducted by Stephen J. Abramson on March 1, 2005.