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Arthur Hiller

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Arthur Hiller on directing the pilot of Thriller, with host Boris Karloff

57:27

“If live television was still around - that kind of excitement, I’d rather do that than film.”

About this interview

In his four-and-a-half-hour Archive interview, Arthur Hiller (1923-2016) speaks about his extensive career as a director of theater, film and television. He describes his early years in television working at the CBC in his native Canada. He discusses his work in television in the United States that began on the "live" anthology shows Matinee Theater and Playhouse 90. For each series, he describes the production and memorable episodes he directed. He talks about filmed series he directed in the 1950s and 60s including The Rifleman, The Detectives starring Robert Taylor, and Naked City. He discusses his work in feature films and briefly mentions several of the classic films he helmed. Finally, he talks about his long association with the Directors Guild of America. Stephen J. Abramson conducted the two-part interview on August 15 and 23, 2003 in Beverly Hills, CA.

“If live television was still around - that kind of excitement, I’d rather do that than film.”

Interview Highlights

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Arthur Hiller on directing the pilot of Thriller, with host Boris Karloff

Thriller57:27
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Arthur Hiller on directing Matinee Theater and how he set up shots, with no sets (just a black background), and why it was shot in color.

Matinee Theater59:33
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Arthur Hiller on directing Perry Mason and working with Raymond Burr

Perry Mason11:16
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Arthur Hiller on directing Naked City and Route 66, and the difference between the two

Naked City59:43