The Players

Colleagues, Co-stars and Career-starters

By the time my father was 40 years old, he had been blacklisted three times in three different countries for three different reasons.

You say ‘impossible’!…. Well, not impossible but certainly shocking.

He was an outspoken anti-Nazi and refused to sign with the National Socialist Actors’ Guild so couldn’t work in German speaking countries after of 1936.

He was an Austrian working in England after 1939 and so considered an Enemy Alien First Class.

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And although he went on the Bond Tours raising money for the War effort, participated in the VICTORY CARAVAN, attended events in Roosevelt’s and Truman’s Washington, performed in numerous radio broadcasts including WE WILL NEVER DIE…

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…became a US Citizen in 1945 and was part of the COMMITTEE FOR THE FIRST AMENDMENT, he was blacklisted as a result of the back-lash from the House Un-American Activities Committee hearings.

HUAC group photoAt this time, my father was not contracted to a studio. He was an independent artist. He had nowhere to go, no safety net. He couldn’t believe that this could happen, not only for the third time, but in “the land of the free and the brave.”

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So what to do? … How does a man deal with these shocking blows to his concept of self? … his driving need to take care of his responsibilities? … his family? … his life’s work?

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With the unending optimism of his wife, my mother Lisl, and a few friends who did not desert him, he started a second career which included writing, producing and directing. At the beginning, a few projects included and sometimes hinged on his also starring in the films. These were the not ‘A’ films he was accustomed to but rather what my father called “popcorn pictures”. He was smart and a quick study so through these experiences he learned about deal making and so kept us consistently beautifully clothed, deliciously fed and well traveled.

PH THE PLAYERS collageEventually this led to directing seven feature films and lots and lots of television including G.E THEATER, SCHLITZ PLAYHOUSE, ALCOA and GOODYEAR THEATRES, THE DUPONT SHOW, 29 episodes of ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS …

hitch…where he enjoyed hiring his old friends BETTE DAVIS and PETER LORRE – and ironically at least one episode of almost every Western on TV between 1958 and 1968…including 9 episodes of BARBARA STANWYCK’S THE BIG VALLEY….

bigvalley-5 stars walking…a total of over 300 episodes of television. He retired after directing his old pal, ANTHONY QUINN, in four episodes of THE MAN AND THE CITY in 1971.

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There are still quite a few wonderful colleagues with us … some were co-stars, some were actors he directed early in their careers. I look forward to interviewing them and bringing you their insights and recollections of working with my father. I have already heard some of their stories …. delightful, informative, inspiring and one … a little naughty.

cast collageLet’s see what they have to say …

Richard Chamberlain … The Madwoman of Chaillot … 1969

Robert Clary … The Thief of Damascus … 1952

Barbara Cook … Alfred Hitchcock Presents … 1957

Angie Dickinson … The Man and The City … 1971

Richard Dreyfuss … The Big Valley … 1967

Linda Evans … The Big Valley … 1965-68

Mike Farrell  … The Man and The City … 1971

John Gavin … The Madwoman of Chaillot … 1969

Clu Gulager … The Virginian … 1966

George Hamilton … Double Image … 1970

Darby Hiinton … The Big Valley … 1967

Kathleen Hughes … For Men Only … 1952

Will Hutchins … Sugarfoot … 1966

Anne Jackson … So Young So Bad … 1950

Karen Sharpe Kramer … Johnny Ringo

Diane Ladd … The Big Valley … 1967

Norman Lear … purchased home … 1972

Norman Lloyd … Alfred Hitchcock Presents …numerous

Lee Majors … The Big Valley … 1965-68

Diane McBain … Maverick … 1959

Vera Miles … For Men Only … 1952

Rita Moreno … So Young So Bad … 1950

Mary Tyler Moore … Johnny Staccato … 1960

Robert Morse … Alfred Hitchcock Presents … 1960

Noreen Nash … Schlitz Playhouse … 1957

Margaret O’Brien… The DuPont Show … 1960

Gigi Perreau … Song of Love … 1947

Burt Reynolds … Hawk … 1966

Tom Selleck … Bracken’s World … 1969-70

Jill St. John … Holiday For Lovers … 1959

Connie Stevens … Cheyenne … 1959

Dean Stockwell … Alfred Hitchcock Presents … 1959

Elena Verdugo …  Thief of Damascus … 1952

RJ Wagner … It Takes a Thief … 1969

Clint Walker … Cheyenne … 1959

Karen Sharpe Kramer … Johnny Ringo … 1960