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									January - February, 2003

50 Years Ago...
by Carla Whalen
The lot was humming with activity in the years 1952 and 1953. Republic Pictures owned the facility, continued to produce feature films, and was beginning to enter into television production. Republic made forty-six features in ’52 and ’53, of which twenty six were westerns starring big Bmovie cowboys Allan "Rocky" Lane, Rex Allen, Slim Pickens, Eddy Waller, Roy Barcroft, Rod Cameron, Forrest Tucker, Harry Carey, Jr., John Agar and Jim Davis; with cowgirls Mary Ellen Kay, Penny Edwards, Marjorie Lord, Estelita Rodriguez and Gale Storm. The most famous feature of this two-year period was The Quiet Man starring John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Barry Fitzgerald and Ward Bond. This was shot mostly on distant location in a very rainy Ireland, with the interiors done back here on the lot on what are now Stages #9 and #10. Republic also continued producing the "cliffhanger" serials it was famous for and produced four 12-episode Chapterplays during 1952-53; Canadian Mounties vs. Atomic Invaders, Radar Men from the Moon, Zombies of the Stratosphere and Jungle Drums of Africa starring Clayton Moore, who was taking a break from his role as "The Lone Ranger." Republic produced Commando Cody – Sky Marshal of the Universe as a television series at a cost of under $20,000 per episode. The 12-episode continuing story following heroic Commando Cody’s quest to defeat the villainous "Ruler" was ultimately re-edited and put into theatrical release. With the television audience growing very quickly the demand for material for air was strong, so Republic began releasing their enormous library of films for broadcast, among them

Bill Williams, Kit Carson

over three-hundred fifty B-westerns, including fifty-six Gene Autry and eightytwo Roy Rogers singing cowboy oaters. By the early 50’s Republic’s production schedule was the lowest it had been since 1935, and most shows were shot on location leaving the stages available to independent producers. In 1952 Republic made a deal with Revue Productions, the television arm of MCA (Music Corporation of America). Revue moved onto the lot in 1952 and produced five half-hour series between 1952 and 1953; Biff Baker, U.S.A. starring Alan Hale, Jr., Kit Carson starring Bill Williams, City Detective starring Rod Cameron as a
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Q U E S T I O N

What was the first toy advertised on network television?
Answer on Page 4

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Production Schedule
That 70’s Show Carsey-Werner-Mandabach/FOX Grounded For Life Carsey-Werner-Mandabach/FOX Passions NBC Studios/NBC

Carla’s Café . . . . . . . . . . . Car Wash . . . . . . . . . . . . . CBS Supply Station . . . . . . Cellular Phone . . . . . . . . . Client Services . . . . . . . . . Coffee Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . Computer Training/Rentals Dry Cleaner . . . . . . . . . . . Emergency Line . . . . . . . . Hair Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . Internet Access . . . . . . . . . Joe’s Gym . . . . . . . . . . . . . Notary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pager Rental . . . . . . . . . . . Safety Hotline . . . . . . . . . . Shoe Repair . . . . . . . . . . .

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Screen Actors Guild Award Nominees
Actor in a Telefilm or Miniseries Sean Hayes Martin & Lewis Actor in a Comedy Series Sean Hayes Will&Grace Bernie Mac The Bernie Mac Show Actress in a Comedy Series Jane Kaczmarek Malcolm in the Middle Megan Mullally Will&Grace Comedy Ensemble

Just Shoot Me Universal/NBC Half and Half CBS Prods./UPN Regular Joe Touchstone TV/ABC Good Morning, Miami Warner Bros./NBC Will & Grace NBC Studios/NBC Yes, Dear 20th Century Fox/CBS My Big Fat Greek Life Brad Grey TV/CBS Still Standing 20th Century Fox/CBS Malcolm in the Middle Regency Ent./FOX Less Than Perfect Touchstone TV/ABC According to Jim Touchstone TV/ABC

PLEASE REMEMBER TO... Drive within the 8 mph speed limit.
Lizet Boyd
Accounts Receivable

Bernie Mac Regency Ent./FOX

on the birth of your daughter

Olivia Rachel
Stop at all Stop Signs.
1-1-03

Avoid blocking the roads when you park.

2/14

Michael Klausman
President, CBS Studio Center

2/15

Studio Employee Golf League Banquet-Carla’s Cafe

on the birth of your grandson

2/17

President’s Day Holiday

CBS Newsletter Editor —Tamara Tuell—

Seth Evan
1-12-03

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Good Guys Wear Black
by Tony Alan Banks
the heart of any show, the puppeteer to the puppets – the UPM or Unit Production Manager. Still Standing has been blessed with all the above in its freshman season here at CBS Studio Center. Friends, now is my time to firmly ensnare myself a position for next season by sucking up to the best UPM in television, Still Standing’s very own Randy Cordray, the man in black. The UPM is an orchestrator, oratator, respirator, motivator, demonstrator, rejuvenator, terminator, reciprocator, and gladiator. Part drill sergeant, part psychologist. A good UPM is able to tap dance through the heavily armed minefield of production while juggling hand grenades and sharp objects – blindfolded. It takes a certain personality with a unique temperament to find the delicate balance the job requires and our man in black is a master of the trade. Randy Cordray spent the last five seasons as UPM on the wildly successful Dharma and Greg. After the show came to its end, he was thrilled to have the opportunity to ‘come back home’, back to his all-time favorite lot, CBS Studio Center, the studio where he honed his skills while blistering his feet as a 1st assistant director back in the glory days of CBS/MTM. Known as one of the most organized and hard working AD’s in the business, Randy thrived and survived at the CBS/MTM lot, working on a variety of forgettable shows: The Two Of Us and Easy Street, to television gems such as the classic Newhart and the gritty, groundbreaking Hill Street Blues. The progression from AD to UPM was a natural process. Randy helmed the pilot for Titus and Townies, both here at CBS Studio Center. Townies was a short-lived series that introduced America to Jenna Elfman. The rest as they say, is history… The absolute desire to be the best has propelled Randy to a unique level of efficiency. Nevertheless, trust me, you will never be able take the AD instinct out of his blood. It simply will not happen. Randy Cordray’s "quiet please" death stare could frighten the hair off Don King’s dome, it could freeze molten lava, it could chase the hump off a camel…. If only it could silence the grip room! The environment and overall attitude on Still Standing are a direct tribute to the UPM. We are a hard-working, caring group of professionals who truly respect one another. It makes for an extraordinary work environment, so Randy, we thank you. So, if you see the man in black out and about the Studio grounds, take the time to tell him hello. You’ll discover that it’s "Randy here”.

Randy Cordray

Is there anyone out there looking to produce a hit show? Hey, it’s easy. All you need is a skilled, focused director not afraid to take chances; a superb, trusting, talented cast; a sharp, witty writing staff blended to perfection; a hard working crew and an eager, competent production staff. Piece of cake. All the above are crucial elements in the success of a television sitcom. However, behind the scenes like a constant fog lurks

KCAL/KCBS MOVE
Plans are currently underway to further develop the CBS Studio Center North Lot into the new home of KCBS and KCAL, along with five radio stations. We are in the very early stage of analysis and design. Preliminary meetings have taken place with the City of Los Angeles and the residents of Studio City to explain our proposal. Early reaction has been positive. The project is expected to take three years to complete and we are hoping to make the move from Columbia Square, at Sunset and Gower, early in 2006. Al Ellena will represent the Studio during the design development and construction process. We will keep you posted as plans develop.

Halloween 2002 Some members of Still Standing crew support their “Man in Black”.

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Montgomery, Wagon Train starring Ward Bond and Robert Fuller, Alfred Hitchcock Presents hosted by Alfred Hitchcock, Schlitz Playhouse of the Stars, Heinz Studio 57 and General Electric Theater hosted by Ronald Reagan. Also on the lot was Reagan’s ex-wife Jane Wyman, hosting Fireside Theater. Jane Wyman would return thirty years later as the star of Falcon Crest. Revue Productions moved off the lot in 1958 when MCA bought Universal Studios.
Cast of Wagon Train

Lee Marvin, M Squad

M Squad, starring Lee Marvin, Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer, starring Darren McGavin, Bachelor Father, starring John Forsythe, Leave It To Beaver starring Hugh Beaumont, Barbara Billingsley, Jerry Mathers and Tony Dow, Buckskin starring Tommy Nolan, The Restless Gun, starring John Payne, Tales of Wells Fargo starring Dale Robertson, Cimarron City starring George

police detective chasing bad guys from Mexico to New York City (all on the backlot sets), Meet Mr. McNulty starring Ray Milland as a college professor, and Pride of the Family co-starring Natalie Wood as the teenage daughter. Revue also began producing the first of the half-hour drama anthology shows that would continue throughout the decade – Chevron Theater, Revlon Mirror Theater, and Pepsi-Cola Theater. The Pepsi-Cola show was hosted by Arlene Dahl and was shot on (today’s #) Stage 9. Thirty years later her son, Lorenzo Lamas, would work on that stage co-starring in the Lorimar series Falcon Crest. Between 1953 and 1958 Revue produced many other popular television series; The Crusader, starring Brian Keith, Soldiers of Fortune starring John Russell,

Alfred Hitchcock, Alfred Hitchcock Presents

WHAT THINGS COST IN 1953 Car Gasoline House $1,850 $0.29 per gal. $17,500

Average Annual Income $4,700 Minimum Wage $0.75 per hr.

Cast of Leave It To Beaver

A N S W E R

Mr. Potato Head in 1952


								
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