This is a Visual History Recording

Visual History with Lamont Johnson

Interviewed by: Jeremy Kagan

Lamont Johnson began his career as a voice actor in radio, performing as Tarzan and other characters. He directed an Off-Broadway production of Gertrude Stein’s Yes is for a Very Young Man, then got his first break as a television director on Matinee Theater, followed by work on popular television series such as Have Gun – Will Travel, Peter Gunn, The Rifleman, Dr. Kildare, and The Twilight Zone.

Johnson discusses the essential qualities of a director.

Johnson explains the difficulties of working with child actors.

Johnson recalls fighting an on-the-nose musical score in The Execution of Private Slovik.