Frank Price: There was the immediacy about live television that made it fun. And it was putting on the show and there was that nervousness about it, because everything you did, you know, could lead to an error. So you were on and there was no way to correct it. You couldn’t say, “Stop. We’ll do take two now.” I witnessed various things. We had a show on Studio One where it was set in Vienna. And it was a period piece. And there were two people, a wonderful production shot. It was way beyond our production capabilities. These two actors were walking down the street in Vienna and we’re following, tracking with them, and it’s snowing. There’s a light snow falling. And they enter a door, come in to the this wonderful parlor, elegant. Unfortunately, the snow keeps falling into the living room.
Jo Reed: Did one of the actors have the wit to ad-lib something about the hole in the ceiling?
Frank Price: They just played the scene through. But we had the thing of on our suspense, danger show, that every so often an actor that had been killed would be lying there, not know that the camera was still on, and think that they had gone to the next scene. He would get up. And so the audience would see the dead body rising.
Jo Reed: Like Lazarus.
Frank Price: So yeah. That was embarrassing when that sort of thing happened.
In this excerpt from the podcast, we hear about some of Price's unexpected experiences as a story editor back in the days of live television. [1:38]