"I'd like to be remembered as a hands-on producer who always worked closely with the writer, closely with the director, who always had tried to achieve the vision that I had of the picture combined or adjusted with the vision of the director, so that there's one vision between us. And as much as possible, to make pictures that were entertaining and positive."
About This Interview
In his nearly two-and-a-half hour Archive interview, producer Stanley Rubin (1917-2014) talks about his early years in the entertainment business working in the mailroom at Paramount Pictures and as a reader for several studios, including Universal. He speaks of his transition to screenwriting and ultimately producing, which began with the now-classic film noir, The Narrow Margin (1952). He details his first work as a producer in television, on the dramatic anthology series Your Show Time. He discusses the creation of the pilot (which he co-wrote and co-produced with Louis Lantz), the shooting schedule of the series, and the source material that was used for the episodes. He also describes the experience and significance of winning the first Emmy Award ever given to a "film made for television," which he accepted at the very first Emmy Awards on January 25, 1949. Rubin outlines his other credits as a television producer, including the series The General Electric Theater and Bracken's World, and the television movie Babe. B-roll consists of Rubin holding his 1949 Emmy and talking about the win, as well as still photos from Your Show Time, a promotional brochure from Your Show Time, the script cover of "The Necklace" (the pilot of Your Show Time), a 1949 photo of Rubin holding his Emmy Award, two photos from The General Electric Theater, and other photos representing his career. Gary Rutkowski conducted the interview in Century City, CA on June 17, 2004.