Interviews

 

Bob Finkel

Producer/ Director

Bob Finkel on Eddie Fisher and the smoking chimpanzees

01:57

Reality. That's television at its best. When that little bug rolled around on Mars – you can't do a show any better than that.  I mean, if you went to the networks and said, 'I want to do a show with a little cart that rolls up and down on the rocks,' they'd throw you out.

About this interview

In his four-hour Archive Interview, Bob Finkel (1918-2012) talks about the countless musical variety and awards shows he directed and produced. He describes directing the first televised telethon, hosted by Jack Webb, and producing multiple broadcasts of The People's Choice Awards, Oscars, and Emmy Awards. Finkel recounts producing numerous hits of the 1950s and 1960s, including The Eddie Fisher Show, The Dinah Shore Chevy Show and The Andy Williams Show. He fondly recalls working with Elvis Presley, Perry Como, Julie Andrews, and Martin and Lewis, among others, and shares his views on why variety shows all but disappeared from the airwaves. Morrie Gelman conducted the interview on September 10, 1997 in Beverly Hills, CA.

Reality. That's television at its best. When that little bug rolled around on Mars – you can't do a show any better than that.  I mean, if you went to the networks and said, 'I want to do a show with a little cart that rolls up and down on the rocks,' they'd throw you out.

Interview Highlights

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Bob Finkel on Eddie Fisher and the smoking chimpanzees

01:57
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Bob Finkel on the mistake that made The Perry Como Show popular - a stubborn canary

32:29
Embedded thumbnail for Bob Finkel on Elaine May and Mike Nichols' sketch for the Emmys not meeting the approval of the sponsors and Bob Newhart getting the gig as           presenter

Bob Finkel on Elaine May and Mike Nichols' sketch for the Emmys not meeting the approval of the sponsors and Bob Newhart getting the gig as presenter

02:26
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Bob Finkel on Bing Crosby and thank you notes

01:42