"Comedy is harder to cut than straight stuff. I don't think you have to know more, but you have to have a feel for it. There's a mixture between being objective and subjective when you're putting something together. You've got to feel what is good and what your view is, and in a comedy, what is funny and what is not. How to temper it and cut it so that if it's a boom, boom, boom, you're building up to it. It's a wonderful way to cut."
About This Interview
In his two-hour Archive interview, Stanford Tischler (1921-2014) talks about his early start in the business as an apprentice sound effects editor at RKO Studios. He speaks in detail about the regime at RKO (presided over by Howard Hughes) and shares his personal experiences working on the film "Hard, Fast, and Beautiful" directed by Ida Lupino. He describes his transition into full-fledged editing as the editor for The Filmmakers production company, run by Collier Young and Ida Lupino. Tischler speaks about his entry into television on the dramatic anthology TV Reader's Digest and talks about his work at syndication giant Ziv Productions, editing Sea Hunt and The Everglades. He briefly outlines his work editing Peyton Place and Judd for the Defense. Tischler then discusses editing the long-running series M*A*S*H. He recalls working with the producers and editing specific episodes of the hit series. B-roll consists of several photos relating to M*A*S*H, including shots from the editing suites. Gary Rutkowski conducted the interview in Sherman Oaks, CA on November 19, 2003.