"We had a working relationship with everybody who worked with us. There was nothing imperial about it. We would always work hand in hand with everybody."
About This Interview
In his one-and-a-half-hour Archive interview, Arthur Gardner (1910-2014) talks about how he got his start in the entertainment industry working as an extra at Universal and landing a role in the acclaimed film, All Quiet On the Western Front. He discusses working at the Hal Roach Studio with The First Motion Picture Unit during World War II and later forming Levy-Gardner-Laven Productions with two friends he met through The First Motion Picture Unit. He then elaborates on the many classic TV series he produced in the 1950s and 1960s, including The Rifleman, The Detectives and The Big Valley. Gardner also recounts memories of working on films with both John Wayne and Elvis Presley and shares his reflections on the longevity of his producing career in Hollywood. Stephen J. Abramson conducted the interview in North Hollywood, CA on December 3, 2009.