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Author: Walter Matthau; Michael Kantor; Ghost Light Films.
Publisher: [Los Angeles], 1997.
Edition/Format:   VHS video : VHS tape   Visual material : English
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Raw interview footage used for the documentary Broadway, the American musical. Academy and Tony award winning actor Walter Matthau discusses his stage career. Topics include his first Broadway part, as an understudy then replacement, in the Anne of the thousand days, playing opposite Rex Harrison; various colleagues, including Lee J. Cobb, Marlon Brando, Edna Best, Helen Hayes and Uta Hagen; meeting playwright Neil  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentaries and factual works
Musicals
Unedited footage
Interviews
Named Person: Walter Matthau; Walter Matthau; Neil Simon; Marcel Achard
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Walter Matthau; Michael Kantor; Ghost Light Films.
OCLC Number: 86119363
Notes: Videocassette one: 52 min. Videocassette two: 8 min.
Copy of transcript available.
This interview is one of a group of interviews with 90 individuals used in making the documentary Broadway, the American musical. The completed production is available on NCOX 2058.
Credits for completed production from pbs.org: A film by Michael Kantor ; produced by Jeff Dupre, Michael Kantor and Sally Rosenthal ; written by Marc Fields, Michael Kantor, Laurence Maslon, and JoAnne Young ; directed by Michael Kantor.
Time code on frame.
Contains various takes; the audio continues without image in several intervals.
Performer(s): Interviewer: Michael Kantor. Interviewee: Walter Matthau.
Event notes: Videotaped probably at Walter Matthau's residence in Los Angeles, California on March 10, 1997.
Description: 2 videocassettes (VHS) (60 min.) : sd., col. SP ; 1/2 in.
Other Titles: Broadway, the American musical
Matthau :
Responsibility: [directed by Michael Kantor] ; Ghost Light Films.

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Raw interview footage used for the documentary Broadway, the American musical. Academy and Tony award winning actor Walter Matthau discusses his stage career. Topics include his first Broadway part, as an understudy then replacement, in the Anne of the thousand days, playing opposite Rex Harrison; various colleagues, including Lee J. Cobb, Marlon Brando, Edna Best, Helen Hayes and Uta Hagen; meeting playwright Neil Simon and deciding to accept the role of Oscar Madison in Simon's play The odd couple; the play's out-of-town tryouts; his views on the play and on Simon's playwriting; things that have gone wrong on stage; his reasons for leaving Broadway for Hollywood; preparing for a part in a play versus a film; how he became an actor, and his early experiences working in the Yiddish speaking theater in New York's Lower East Side; a pivotal experience onstage in Norwich, England where he was stationed during WWII, deciding to study drama at The Dramatic Workshop at the New School for Social Research under the G.I. Bill; playwright Arthur Miller; replacing actor Donald Cook under the direction of Harold Clurman in the play A shot in the dark, for which he won a Tony Award; his attendance of movies, theater and Vaudeville during the 1930s.

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