"A producer must have more common sense than all the people working around you. You can't afford to be the artist. You may think you are, and you may truly be, but it's got to be the kind of artist who's inside somewhere. You can't be crazy. You can't suddenly be like a director who once said to me, when we were over-length, 'Martin, you've got to call New York and tell them there can't be any commercials this week.' Well, if you are the kind of idiot that would get on the phone and say 'no commercials this week,' you'd never see the inside of a studio again."
About This Interview
In his five-hour Archive interview, Martin Manulis (1915-2007) talks about the "Golden Age of Television" and the challenges of producing live television anthologies, especially his greatest contribution to television, the critically acclaimed anthology, Playhouse 90. Manulis recalls celebrated teleplays like "Requiem for a Heavyweight" and "The Miracle Worker." He also talks about working with Jack Palance, Ed Wynn, Jack Lemmon, Claudette Colbert, Rod Serling, Tad Mosel and JP Miller. B-roll consists of dozens of publicity photos taken for Playhouse 90. Morrie Gelman conducted the interview on June 17, 1997 in Los Angeles, CA.