Introduction

Do you realize that every time you read a book without pictures you become a production designer, casting director, and costume designer? Hell, you can be a director if you want to. Whether you know it or not, when you read a book without pictures, your brain fills in the blank spots. You can see the people, how they are dressed, which way they are moving, and what it looks like around them. Neat, huh?... (read more: click \'Introduction\' on menu above)

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A short video about the first time I met Mel Brooks and how I won the job on Blazing Saddles. I also talk about my friendship with Jack Starrett and our work on Cleopatra Jones.

Katharine Hepburn Climbs a Fence

Posted by admin On September - 6 - 2009

Video clip: A short story about the first time I met Miss Katharine Hepburn, and the wild ride around Culver City…

Harvey Korman & the Teutonic Twat

Posted by admin On August - 22 - 2009

A short video about Harvey Korman and the Teutonic Twat…

Carrie Fisher

Posted by admin On July - 28 - 2009

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Porky’s Revenge

Posted by admin On July - 28 - 2009

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Needless to say, “Porky’s” is not my finest hour. The production manager who was an old friend called me. He said, “I’m working on a picture called ‘Porkys Three’ – don’t say a word, it’s work. The writers changed the ending of the picture, and now they need a full fledged production designer instead of the local hire they have now.”

He offered me an obscene amount of money to fly to Miami, design and build a full-sized river boat that runs, has shootable interiors, and gets destroyed going under a drawbridge. I couldn’t resist. Would you?

The river boat being destroyed by the bridge can be seen here, about the 7 minute mark:

Mongo

Posted by admin On July - 28 - 2009

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Gene Wilder

Posted by admin On July - 28 - 2009

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Dom Deluise

Posted by admin On July - 28 - 2009

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Chevy Chase

Posted by admin On July - 28 - 2009

Actor Chevy Chase arrives to Glamour Reel Moments at the Directors Guild of America on October 9, 2007 in Los Angeles, California.

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Anne Bancroft

Posted by admin On July - 28 - 2009

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