"The main ingredients for a successful late night talk show? It falls back to the person who has the ability to interest an audience, and a group of writers who have the ability to point him by their material at what would interest the audience. And there are a whole batch of shows that have parts of that. But very few that have all of them."
About This Interview
In his nearly four-hour Archive interview, Fred de Cordova (1910-2001) talks about directing for The Burns and Allen Show and The George Gobel Show. He also discusses directing The Jack Benny Program. Mr. de Cordova then speaks fondly of his 22 years producing The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. Morrie Gelman conducted the interview in Burbank, CA on November 7, 1997.