Interviews

 

Burt Metcalfe

Producer

Burt Metcalfe on the laugh track in M*A*S*H

02:04

I can't stand the thought of producers or directors who scream at people in order to get their work accomplished. I would much rather get it done because those people care about you and want to support you.

About this interview

In his four-and-a-half hour Archive interview, Burt Metcalfe talks about his early years as an actor in films and in television series in the 1950s and '60s, including his role as a regular on the sitcom Father of the Bride. He mentions some of his television guest appearances on such series as Hennesey, The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits and discusses his transition to behind-the-camera work as a casting director and as the assistant to producer Harry Ackerman. Metcalfe then details his association with the long-running classic sitcom M*A*S*H, on which he worked for the series entire run, moving up from associate producer to executive producer. He recounts the casting and research for the series, the production and memorable series episodes. B-roll consists of a few M*A*S*H -related stills. Gary Rutkowski conducted the interview in Studio City, CA on October 23, 2003.

I can't stand the thought of producers or directors who scream at people in order to get their work accomplished. I would much rather get it done because those people care about you and want to support you.

Interview Highlights

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Burt Metcalfe on the laugh track in M*A*S*H

02:04
Embedded thumbnail for Burt Metcalfe on the M*A*S*H episode "The Interview"

Burt Metcalfe on the M*A*S*H episode "The Interview"

03:01
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Burt Metcalfe on watching the M*A*S*H finale "Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen"

01:45
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Burt Metcalfe on the death of "Col Henry Blake" on M*A*S*H

04:39
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Burt Metcalfe on the legacy of M*A*S*H

02:37