"I worked with Bogart and Bacall and Henry Fonda every day for three weeks on NBC's 'Producers' Showcase.' Bogart invited me a party at his house and I'll never forget it. It was unbelievable, a beautiful house in Homby Hills and Judy Garland sang, Sinatra sang, Spencer Tracy was there. Lana Turner, who was the neighbor on the other side came. I mean, it was like that."
About This Interview
In his two-hour Archive interview, Dominick Dunne (1925-2009) talks about his formative years during which he made associations with such notable figures as Gore Vidal and Anais Nin. He describes his first job in television as a stage manager at NBC. He reminisces about working with the children on Howdy Doody, calling out "One minute, Mr. Montgomery" for the opening of Robert Montgomery Presents, and working on such notable Producers' Showcase productions as "The Petrified Forest" and "Our Town." He recounts the story of how the stage managers were all sent to help pull people from lifeboats when the Italian liner Andrea Dorea sank in 1956. Dunne recalls his move to Los Angeles, where he joined the staff of the prestigious CBS anthology series Playhouse 90. He outlines his work as a producer at 20th Century Fox where he made the series Adventures in Paradise and talks about knowing Marilyn Monroe, the "queen of the lot." He defines his role as a Vice-President of Four Star Company and identifies the participants of the company. He talks about his shift to feature films in the 1970s and comments on a few of the movies he produced including "The Boys in the Band," "The Panic in Needle Park," and "Ash Wednesday." He recalls the tragic murder of his daughter and his subsequent work as a chronicler of courtroom trials, notably the O.J. Simpson case. Lastly he touches on the Court TV series Power, Privilege, & Justice, for which he serves as host and narrator. Allan Neuwirth conducted the interview on May 3, 2006 in New York City, New York.