George Sidney Interview
This is a Visual History Recording

Visual History with George Sidney

Interviewed by: Christina Stevens

Former DGA President George Sidney (Bye Bye Birdie, Show Boat) discusses his lifelong career in entertainment and provides a first-hand account of some of the most memorable moments in the history of the Guild.

Past President George Sidney discusses the earliest days of the Screen Directors Guild and the rights the first members stood up for: every scene having a director, the inclusion of assistant directors, and appropriate screen credits.

Sidney discusses how he mixed animation and live-action in the famous dance sequence with Gene Kelly and the mouse in Anchors Aweigh, sharing how Walt Disney pulled out of the project which led to Sidney finding his future business partners William Hanna and Joseph Barbera.

Sidney recalls preparing for Pal Joey and how he paired long time collaborator Frank Sinatra with what was to become one of his iconic songs: "The Lady Is A Tramp," which to that point had only been sung by women.