"I have a whole group of editors out there who I think I'm responsible for. The other night I was shocked when a young man come up to me and said, 'Sid Katz, I want to thank you. I remember you teaching me to cut and I'll never forget you.' And I thought that was the biggest thing."
About This Interview
In his nearly hour-and-a-half Archive interview, Sidney M. Katz (1918-2009) discusses his early life and his time in the Army during World War II as a filmmaker and editor. He recalls going to work for RKO, working as a splicer on Orson Welles' classic feature "Citizen Kane," and starting his own editing company. He talks about his time working with Edward R. Murrow on his weekly See It Now series, and in particular, working on Murrow's special broadcast dealing with Senator Joseph McCarthy and the Hollywood Blacklist. Katz outlines his fruitful association with Herbert Brodkin, including editing his classic law series, The Defenders, starring E.G. Marshall and a young Robert Reed. He discusses editing footage of The Beatles for The Ed Sullivan Show and also editing several made-for-television movies and feature films including Teacher, Teacher, "The Swimmer" and "Diary of a Mad Housewife." He concludes with this thoughts on being honored by A.C.E. and offers advice to aspiring editors. Karen Herman conducted the interview on February 14, 2009 in a joint venture with American Cinema Editors (ACE) at Universal Studios in Universal City, California.