"You've gotta have the contingencies and the right cameras ready for that contingency. It's a jigsaw puzzle game. It's fun to play."
About This Interview
In his four-hour Archive interview, Sid Smith (1921-2014) talks of his years in advertising, where he began directing television commercials. He speaks of brother-in-law Eddie Condon and becoming and AD on Eddie Condon's Floor Show and Your Hit Parade. Smith then discusses directing and/or producing several shows including: The Jimmy Durante Show, Wide Wide World, and The Bell Telephone Hour. He outlines his seventeen-year association with Bob Hope, directing his television specials, and recalls directing several variety/ award shows, including Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants, Circus of the Stars, and The Emmy Awards. Smith also talks of directing Elizabeth Taylor in her Elizabeth Taylor Goes to London Special, and discusses his work with PBS' Bill Moyers. Karen Herman conducted the interview on November 12, 1997 in Los Angeles, CA.