Author Archives: Ralph

Creating a Series

Writer-producer Anthony Spinner once told me that when he goes into the studios or the networks to try to sell a new series, he presents them something old but with a change. Obviously he wasn’t the only one doing that. … Continue reading

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SPECIAL: First Day First Film

Monday, October 16, 2017 So the first episode that you directed called JOHNNY TEMPLE, DR. KILDARE, your first time directing a filmed television show, what was that like for you, stepping out the first day on the set? That question … Continue reading

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SPECIAL: Remembering

Sitting in my comfortable home in Carmel-by-the-Sea I am remembering a bleaker period in my life. It was near the end of 1960, a year of several professional ‘UPS’ and ‘downs’. In 1960 my extra-curricular activities (away from my jobs … Continue reading

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SPECIAL: Beulah!

My first contact with Beulah Bondi was a telephone conversation in 1957. 17 years later I met her in person, face-to-face, in producer Robert Jacks’ office on the Warner Brothers lot. We had cast her as Martha Corinne Walton in … Continue reading

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SPECIAL: The Pony Cart Comes Home

In 1976 I directed THE PONY CART, an episode of THE WALTONS. For several reasons it was a very special experience for me: It was the second and final time I directed Beulah Bondi, but the friendship that began two … Continue reading

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September 4, 2016 Almost five and a half years ago as I took off on RALPH’S CINEMA TREK I wrote: STAR TREK was a phenomenon. Two days ago the United States Postal Service unveiled 4 STAR TREK United States Postage … Continue reading

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SPECIAL: Hello Again to Hastings’ Farewell

FILMED September 1962 I wrote my post for HASTINGS’ FAREWELL on my blog, RALPH’S TREK, 3 months shy of 7 years ago. The subject of the drama: Aphasia. A year and a half later in March, 2011, I updated the … Continue reading

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Cop Out

FILMED October 1979 1934 was a significant year for Hollywood movies. It was the year when TEETH were put into the Motion Picture Production Code so that America’s movie-going public could finally be shielded from the multitudinous paths of sin. … Continue reading

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Murder Once Removed

FILMED October 1974 On Thursday, October 3, 1974, it was almost 13 years to the day since I was handed the JOHNNY TEMPLE script to start preparation for my first directed filmed television show. And how television had changed. I … Continue reading

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Return of the Hero

FILMED March 1968 Three months after I wrapped GIRL IN THE NIGHT on IRONSIDE and after a stopover at Paramount to direct an episode of MANNIX, I returned to Universal to guide Ironside as he solved another case. An unusual … Continue reading

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