The Mike Wallace Interview
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The Mike Wallace Interview is a series of 30-minute television interviews conducted by host Mike Wallace from 1957 to 1960.
Before The Mike Wallace Interview was televised nationally on prime-time in 1957, Wallace had risen to prominence a year earlier with Night-Beat, a television interview program that aired in New York City.
The Ransom Center Collection
In the early 1960s, Wallace donated kinescopes of these programs and related materials, including his prepared questions, research material, and correspondence, to the Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin.
On November 4, 2007, the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin hosted online 65 of the interviews from 1957-1958. 60 of the interviews in the Ransom Center's collection are kinescopes, 16mm recordings of the television programs made by filming the picture from a video monitor, with the remaining five on audio tape.
The 16mm films were transferred to video and, along with the audio tapes, were digitized. The interviews were then transcribed and were both embedded in the video files in the form of subtitles. Also included on the website are text files of the transcripts of each program.
The interviews hosted by The Ransom Center Collection include the following:
- Rod Serling, American screenwriter, well known for his television series The Twilight Zone.
- Mortimer Adler, American philosopher and author
- Steve Allen, comedian, musician, and television personality
- Harry Ashmore, editor of the Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock and Pulitzer Prize winner
- Diana Barrymore, actor, daughter of actor John Barrymore
- Pearl Buck, Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning novelist
- Bennett Cerf, publisher and co-founder of Random House
- Salvador Dalí, Spanish surrealist painter
- Kirk Douglas, American actor
- William O. Douglas, US Supreme Court Justice
- Erich Fromm, psychoanalyst and social critic
- Oscar Hammerstein, Broadway lyricist
- Samuel David Hawkins, defector in the Korean War
- Robert Hutchins, educational philosopher, former dean of Yale Law School, former president and chancellor of The University of Chicago
- Aldous Huxley, author and social critic
- Henry Kissinger, expert on nuclear arms (later to become US Secretary of State under Richard M. Nixon)
- Reinhold Niebuhr, theologian
- Ayn Rand, American Novelist
- Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of Franklin D. Roosevelt
- Leonard Ross, 12-year-old child prodigy, one of the biggest money winners in quiz show history
- Margaret Sanger, leader of the birth control movement in America
- Jean Seberg, American actor
- Adlai Stevenson, former US presidential candidate
- Peter Ustinov, actor, playwright, director, and novelist
- Frank Lloyd Wright, American architect
- The Mike Wallace Interview a collection at the Harry Ransom Center