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Dann Cahn: The TV Pioneer Who Made Us Love ‘I Love Lucy’
Posted By Patrick Kiger On November 26, 2012 @ 7:30 pm In Legacy | Comments Disabled
When we remember the 1950s sitcom I Love Lucy, we usually think of all the hilarious jams that Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball) got herself into, and that exasperated look that her husband Ricky (Desi Arnaz) would get. But it wasn’t just the stars’ comedic virtuosity that made I love Lucy a classic. It was the first show to be filmed in front of a live audience in a Hollywood studio, rather than broadcast live from New York, as other early TV comedies did. But Lucy’s most revolutionary innovation was its use of multiple camera angles, which conveyed Ball’s frenetic style and humorous nuances in a way that a single viewpoint couldn’t.
But to get all that to work technically – and to do it rapidly enough that I Love Lucy could air 35 episodes in a season – was a daunting task. That’s where a TV pioneer named Dann Cahn came in. Cahn, who died on Nov. 21 at age 89 in Los Angeles, was the film editor who actually put the episodes together. Here are five fascinating facts about the man and his groundbreaking work.
From the Archive of American Television, here’s a video interview in which Cahn talks about the first completed (fourth aired) episode of I Love Lucy:
Here also is a podcast from the radio show Studio 360, in which Cahn talks about I Love Lucy.
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