James Sheldon Interview
This is a Visual History Recording

Visual History with James Sheldon

Interviewed by: Joshua White

Veteran television director James Sheldon (The Twilight Zone, Sanford and Son) discusses his long career directing for television, from its evolution from radio to the small screen in 1948, to the stylistic and technological changes the medium has gone through over the decades.

James Sheldon describes directing one of the first radio and television simulcasts, We, The People, in June 1948 for CBS.

Director James Sheldon fondly recalls some of the episodes he directed on The Twilight Zone, including some of the experimental episodes shooting on tape.

Sheldon recounts how his personal friendship and knowledge of James Dean's process as an actor helped him explain to Rock Hudson the potential motivation behind Dean's behavior the set of Giant -- 25 years after filming.