"If you want to be a director you can start before you're anywhere near a set. Every time you watch the television show, you're learning your craft. You don't watch a show for entertainment, you watch to study."
About This Interview
In his five-hour plus Archive interview, Leslie H. Martinson (1915-2016) speaks about growing up in and around Boston, until his World War II service led him to Los Angeles. He got a job at MGM Studios and talks at length about his early script supervisor credits, which then led him to start his television directing career, first under contract at Warner Brothers and then as a freelance director. He describes working with Roy Huggins and William T. Orr (at Warner Brothers) and on many shows, including The Roy Rogers Show, Maverick, The Tales of Wells Fargo, 77 Sunset Strip, Cheyenne, Bronco, The Frontier World of Doc Holliday, and Bourbon Street Beat. Martinson outlines directing episodes of the television series Batman (as well as the feature film of the same name). Other television work includes Ironside, The Brady Bunc h, Mission: Impossible, Alias Smith and Jones, Mannix, Wonder Woman and Small Wonder. Bill Freiberger conducted the interview on March 6, 2003 in Beverly Hills, CA.