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Arthur Gardner

Producer

Producer Arthur Gardner on his busy schedule producing feature films and television shows, such as The Big Valley, simulanteously

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We had a working relationship with everybody who worked with us. There was nothing imperial about it. We would always work hand in hand with everybody.

About this interview

In his one-and-a-half-hour Archive interview, Arthur Gardner (1910-2014) talks about how he got his start in the entertainment industry working as an extra at Universal and landing a role in the acclaimed film, All Quiet On the Western Front. He discusses working at the Hal Roach Studio with The First Motion Picture Unit during World War II and later forming Levy-Gardner-Laven Productions with two friends he met through The First Motion Picture Unit. He then elaborates on the many classic TV series he produced in the 1950s and 1960s, including The Rifleman, The Detectives and The Big Valley. Gardner also recounts memories of working on films with both John Wayne and Elvis Presley and shares his reflections on the longevity of his producing career in Hollywood. Stephen J. Abramson conducted the interview in North Hollywood, CA on December 3, 2009.

We had a working relationship with everybody who worked with us. There was nothing imperial about it. We would always work hand in hand with everybody.

Interview Highlights

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Producer Arthur Gardner on his busy schedule producing feature films and television shows, such as The Big Valley, simulanteously

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Producer Arthur Gardner on The Big Valley star Barbara Stanwyck

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Producer Arthur Gardner on the production schedule of The Big Valley

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Producer Arthur Gardner on The Rifleman star Chuck Connors

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Arthur Gardner on his reflections about his life and how he would like to be remembered

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