Quinn Martin, Producer: A Behind-the-scenes History of QM Productions and Its Founder
Quinn Martin was the most innovative and most creative of his kind. He was a man in touch with the future, far more than the times. His characters were not stereotypical characters. His production methods were not stereotypical either. He was unique in a number of ways. That's why his shows did so well--Lynda Day George, guest star on QM's The Fugitive, The FBI, and other shows.Quinn Martin was the producer of such television shows as The Invaders, Barnaby Jones, The Untouchables, The Streets of San Francisco, Cannon and 12 O'Clock High, to name just a few. How each series made it to the networks, what problems occurred during their production, and why they were cancelled are examined. Martin's devotion to his shows, his hands-on approach to the writing, casting and editing of each episode, his interactions with network executives, and the high standards he set for his crew and actors are widely admired in the industry.
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I truly wish Mr. Etter had contacted me before quoting Harold Gast's venomous tirade. My perspective was quite different, and I have never said much about it out of courtesy to Mr. Gast, Mr. Katz, etc, and contrary to what Mr. Gast said, I went on to enjoy a productive and satisfying thirty-year career directing. Indeed, I was aware of the internecine struggle between Mr. Katz and Mr. Gast, but I had a very difficult job to do. I was puzzled and dismayed by Mr. Gast's feedback, and his lack of willingness to work with me. I asked Robert Stack if he would send his assistant to look at the dailies and tell me if anything seemed wrong. He reported that the film looked great, and the editor was quite satisfied. The show was over the Christmas Holiday, and much to the consternation of the crew at QM, I asked for all the dailies to be projected, and took a group across the lonely and spooky studio on Christmas eve. We screened every foot of film I had shot with the editor. It was going to be a tight fast-moving show, and I felt a lot better. Mr. Gast was truly trying to create a self-fulfilling prophesy. I was very happy to finish the show. I got pnemonia from the dust we used in the tunnel and the long and strenous hours and difficult locations. I did not appreciate the ungentlemanly conduct of Mr. Gast. You can rent the episode and see for yourself. "The Tunnel Killer." Harvey Laidman