Jim Drake Interview
This is a Visual History Recording

Visual History with Jim Drake

Interviewed by: Howard Storm

Television and film director Jim Drake (The Golden Girls, Night Court, Newhart) discusses his career in entertainment, starting as an associate director on daytime serials, to directing primetime network television and feature films.

Veteran sitcom Director Jim Drake recalls how he had to come up with creative solutions to problems on the set of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, and how one of his ideas led to a classic moment in the series.

Drake discusses how he structured Policy Academy 4: Citizens On Patrol to have different running times for the theatrical release and broadcast version, and how the DGA made sure he and other Directors have a say in re-formatting their films.

With little time on his hands to shoot a scene for Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman with special guest star Dinah Shore, Drake remembers how he had to bring his wide range of Directing experience to bear, and the memorable scene won an Emmy for Mary Kay Place.