DGA Visual History Del Mann
This is a Visual History Recording

Visual History with Delbert Mann

Interviewed by: Robert Butler

Oscar-winning director and “Golden Age of Television” luminary Delbert Mann graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1941 and went on to serve as a bomber pilot in the U.S. Air Corps during WWII, receiving a Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters for his service. Following the war, he received his M.F.A. from Yale Drama School and was directing live theatre and teaching at Vanderbilt University when his friend, the noted producer Fred Coe, offered him the opportunity to direct live television drama. This interview was recorded on November 19, 20, and 30, 2001.

The satisfaction of getting what he wanted on the screen in All Quiet on the Western Front.

Working with Rod Steiger on the original Live Television version of Marty.

Almost missing the Screen Directors Guild Award Dinner where he won the Feature Film Award for directing Marty.