Saturday, January 16, 2010

Sol Tabachnick

A little late but let me weigh in on the studio 61 remembrances. I had the pleasure of working there in the '50s and '60s. Ther are many programs sent live out of there. Some of them OMNIBUS with Allistair Cook. Then there were two mysteries. One was Danger and the other name escapes me. Danger has great mishaps.The studio had two loading doors. One on the north side and one on the south side. The north led directly onto 76th street. The south led through an alley between two apartment houses to the street. They decided to use the alley for a big bang 'em up shot. We rehearsed all day and at dress rehearsal they let loose with the gunshots and all. Well the police arrived and it was a mess. Seems no one told the neighbors. We did get the show on the air. Another time an actor left after dress reharsal.
The director put on one of the old stage manager's gray box and headset, had his head bandaged to cover the headset and the AD and some assistant read him the lines.
Now, I think the maintence guys there at the time were Sol Held and Heinz Milark. Greg Harney was the resident lighting director. And I truthfully don't remember the crew as I was floating at the time. I was assigned to no crew. The most famous incident there was during a rehearsal of "For Whom The Bell Tolls" Directed by John Frankenheimer Starring Ingrid Bergman and Maureen Stapleton. During this rehearsal Maureen stopped in the middle of a difficult scene and turned to the camera and said," I know who you have to F--- to get on a show, But who do you have to F--- to get off it."
With that I'll go quietly back to my fired up remembrances every time I access the website.
Thanks for prodding my memories and to any of my old coworkers , hello and stay safe.
Sol Tabachnick