Quinn Martin, Producer

A Behind-the-Scenes History of QM Productions and Its Founder

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About the Book

“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.
Producer of such television shows as The Invaders, Barnaby Jones, The Untouchables, The Streets of San Francisco, Cannon and 12 O’Clock High, Quinn Martin was widely admired for his 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. This detailed study of Martin and his company examines each of his series in detail, from development through cancellation.

About the Author(s)

Jonathan Etter, author of numerous classic television articles and a contributor to TV Land’s Moguls: The 60s, lives in Dayton, Ohio.

Bibliographic Details

Jonathan Etter
Foreword by Walter Grauman
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 232
Bibliographic Info: 41 photos, appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2008 [2003]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3867-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0506-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii

Foreword by Walter Grauman      1

Preface      3

Introduction      7

1 The Untouchables      13

2 The New Breed      17

3 The Fugitive      31

4 12 O’clock High      46

5 The FBI      62

6 The Invaders      88

7 Dan August      106

8 Cannon      117

9 Banyon      129

10 The Streets of San Francisco      134

11 Barnaby Jones      147

12 The Manhunter      161

13 Caribe      169

14 Bert D’Angelo, Superstar      174

15 Most Wanted      177

16 Tales of the Unexpected      184

17 The Runaways      187

18 A Man Called Sloane      190

19 Pilot Errors      195

20 Based on a True Story      199

21 The QM Legacy      204

Appendix I. QM Productions: Television Series      207

Appendix II. QM Productions: Television Movies      208

Appendix III. QM Productions: Television Pilots      209

Interview Sources      210

Index      211

Book Reviews & Awards

“incredible amount of research”—Classic Images; “long-overdue look at Martin’s life and career…rich in material…definitely recommended”—Filmfax; “I loved it! It was great. I read it from cover to cover. I couldn’t put it down!”—QM Post-Production Supervisor John Elizalde; “What strikes me about the book is the way he captures the excitement and enthusiasm we all had when we were making those shows. There’s an immediacy to it as well. It has kind of a ‘you are there’ feeling.”—QM Director Robert Butler; “I thoroughly enjoyed it. It wasn’t a puff piece like most books on the entertainment industry. This book gets it right. It tells the story from the side of the people who were there. It tells the truth!”—QM Director Ralph Senensky; “I don’t usually read books on television, because most books about television have been written by people who do not know what the heck they are talking about! Instead of cross-checking and corroborating their information, instead of doing their research, the people who write these books write them based on assumption, rather than fact. This book isn’t like that. It’s terrific! I carry it with me all the time. He really did an outstanding job. I am absolutely amazed at the amount of information he collected, and the way he put it all together. If Quinn Martin were alive today, I think he’d be very happy with the way this book is written. I think Quinn would be very proud of this book.”—Lynda Day George, guest star on numerous QM shows.