Four Star Productions was a wonderful production company to work for. It had a distinct family flavor. Dick Powell often toured the sound stages chatting with the actors and extras. At year end, the studio always threw a huge Christmas party on one of the sound stages. A live orchestra supplied dance music. A long buffet table supplied the most delicious appetizers, fruits, cakes, main courses and drinks galore. All the regular studio employees were invited. The regular stand-ins for all the long running series which included my show, The Robert Taylor Detectives, were invited. The revelry continued thru the wee hours of the morning. Most of the big stars from the series attended the gala affair. Oops, got sidetracked but wanted to share the memories of this superb production company.
The same as the family oriented Christmas gathering, the studio took care of it’s regular stand-ins. Therefore when The Robert Taylor Detectives went on hiatus I was automatically booked on one of the many other productions. This included the David Niven Show, the Big Valley, Wanted Dead Or Alive, The Rifleman, Richard Diamond Private Detective, and all the other regular series on the lot. I often stood in for David Jansenn when his regular stand-in was not available. Dave always treated me to lunch when I stood in for him. 🙂
Here is one of the moments I was booked on the Rifleman during a Robert Taylor hiatus:
I found a web site dedicated to The Rifleman that has many interesting discussions and information about this series: