By William Froug
In the early Nineteen Fifties writers have been leaving radio en masse to attempt their hand at one other promising medium—television. William Froug used to be within the thick of that exodus, a tender guy jam-packed with rules in a Hollywood bursting with possibilities. In his forty-year profession Froug may write and/or produce a few of the exhibits that the United States has grown up with. From the drama of Playhouse 90 and the mind-bending premises of The Twilight Zone to the escapist eventualities of Adventures in Paradise, Gilligan’s Island, Bewitched, and Charlie’s Angels, Froug performed a job in shaping his alternate. He crossed paths with a number of the memorable personalities within the undefined, together with Jack Benny, Lucille Ball, Agnes Moorehead, Elizabeth Montgomery, Robert Blake, Rod Serling, Gene Roddenberry, Aaron Spelling, and Sherwood Schwartz.
Froug unearths a post-WWII the United States giddy with the luck of its most up-to-date medium—yet sobered at moments through moves and union politics, McCarthyism and anti-Semitism. It was once an international of rapidly written scripts, unexpected firings, thwarted creativity, and fickle tastes. And but, whereas basically exasperated with many facets of Hollywood, Froug was once a guy completely in his aspect, his frustration with the eventually eclipsed via his commitment to his craft.
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He used to be practising his golfing swing. “Who do you spot taking part in the psychiatrist? ” he requested me. “Richard Kiley,” I responded. “Good inspiration. have you ever met with Monash but? ” he requested. “Not yet,” I spoke back. “First inform company affairs to make a deal for the television rights to the tale, then ask them to make a deal for Monash to evolve it. telephone his agent and manage a gathering with him. be certain Monash sees the ﬁlm an identical method you do. If he does, ﬁnd out how quickly he can carry a ﬁrst draft. while it is available in, paintings with him until eventually you're satisﬁed with the script. while you are performed express it to me then, no longer sooner than. begin ﬁguring out who you need to direct it. Paul is a ﬁne author yet you've got to push him. money the provision of Kiley. i believe you’ve obtained a winner right here. Don’t disappoint me. visit it. ” hence i found what a tv manufacturer does: the very same factor a radio manufacturer did or a film manufacturer does. After the offers have been ﬁrmed, Monash and that i met, talked tale, and quick discovered we have been in contract as to how the ﬁnished episode of AlcoaGoodyear Theatre should glance. The ﬁrst draft used to be approximately excellent, which grew to become out to be as infrequent because the desire diamond. Monash did a simple polish; Sackheim used to be chuffed. He recommended we lease Arthur Hiller to direct his ﬁrst U. S. ﬁlm, although it used to be just a halfhour ﬁlm. A Canadian lately arrived in Hollywood, Hiller did a most excellent activity. Kiley brought an exceptional functionality and was once a pleasure to paintings with. The episode performed rather well, and everybody at reveal gemstones was once happy with it. Rosten’s tale was once later made right into a characteristic movie titled Captain Newman, M. D. starring Gregory Peck, Tony Curtis, and seventy seven Volcano guy Angie Dickinson. Too undesirable they didn’t lease Paul Monash to write down the screenplay; it'll were a higher motion picture. In any occasion, my ﬁrst time at bat I had successful, due to Sackheim. We booked Arthur Hiller for 2 extra episodes, and he brought ﬁne paintings each time. He used to be a graduate of NBC’s Matinee Theater, an formidable stay day-by-day one-hour drama sequence that grew to become the spawning flooring of many new writers and administrators ﬂooding into the nascent ﬁeld of tv. Like Arthur Hiller, numerous of the newest arrivals in American tv have been Canadians. Toronto, specifically, looked to be a particularly efficient breeding floor for brand spanking new expertise. Hiller went directly to a big-time motion picture profession, directing such blockbusters as community, The Americanization of Emily, Silver Streak, The Out-of-Towners, and others. Arthur was once later to crown his occupation as president of the administrators Guild of the USA and president of the Academy of movie Arts and Sciences. Hiller is that infrequent and highly profitable gentleman who has remained humble all his lifestyles. in the future an agent despatched in a contract teleplay, which, whereas now not good written, appeared worthy constructing. It had an concept at the back of it. sooner than putting in place any critical time on it, I gave it to Sackheim to work out if he agreed. tomorrow i used to be summoned to his ofﬁce. As I walked in, Sackheim used to be seated in the back of his table with the script in hand.