Miner, Worthington, 1900-1982

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Worthington Miner, actor, stage and film director and noted television producer and pioneer, was born in Buffalo, New York in 1900.

He made his Broadway debut as a spear carrier in the 1925 production of CYRANO DE BERGERAC, but soon turned to directing with the aid of Katharine Cornell. In 1942, after over ten years of directing stage and film productions, he became manager of Columbia Broadcasting System's entire television department.

At CBS, Worthington Miner produced three major programs reaching his zenith in 1948 with STUDIO ONE, a program which showed adaptations of dramatic works. In his efforts to bring quality entertainment to a large audience, Miner became a television innovator. He pioneered such camera techniques as the close-up and the long-shot and was instrumental in developing the craft of live television acting, combining techniques used by both stage and film actors. After STUDIO ONE, Worthington Miner produced several more television programs and the acclaimed 1964 motion picture THE PAWNBROKER. He died in New York City in 1982.

From the description of Studio One production files, 1948-1955. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122517564

Worthington (Tony) Miner, director, writer, and noted television producer, was born in Buffalo, New York on November 13, 1900. His parents were Worthington Cogswell Miner, a lawyer, and Margaret Willard, who later became chairman of the board of the Greenwich House School of Music. Miner attended the Kent School in Connecticut, graduated from Yale in 1922, and studied at Cambridge University until 1924. He came to the theater quite by chance when he was asked to hold the prompt book at a play rehearsal while visiting a friend in London.

He made his Broadway debut as a "spear carrier" in the 1925 production of Cyrano de Bergerac . By 1929, after working under Guthrie McClintic and Jed Harris, he was directing plays. During the next ten years Miner staged over thirty productions including Reunion in Vienna, Both Your Houses, and On Your Toes . In 1939 he joined CBS as general program manager and in 1942 he became manager of the entire CBS television department. He produced The Goldbergs, early broadcasts of Toast of the Town, and Mr. I. Magination before reaching his zenith with Studio One in 1948. Miner became a television innovator, pioneering such camera techniques as the close-up and the long shot, and was instrumental in developing the craft of live television acting. Leaving Studio One in 1952, Miner produced several other television programs, including Medic and Play of the Week, and the motion picture The Pawnbroker .

Miner was on the board of the Theatre Guild and was president and chairman of the board of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He was married to actress Frances Fuller. They had three children. Miner died in New York City on December 11, 1982.

From the guide to the Studio One production files, 1948-1955, (The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.)

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creatorOf Pentecost, Hugh, 1903-1989. "Studio one" -- "Public servant" / by Hugh Pentecost. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Beuf, Carlo, 1893-. Studio one-- The innocence of Pastor Muller / by Carlo Beuf. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Phillips, James Atlee. Studio one-- Rangoon run / by James Atlee Phillips. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Frankau, Pamela, 1908-1967. Studio one-- "Shake the stars down" / by Pamela Frankau. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Csergo, Hugo. "Studio one" presents The inner light / by Hugo Csergo. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Davies, Derwent. "Studio one"-- Colonel Judas / by Derwent Davies. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Valtin, Jan, 1904-1951. Studio one-- "Wintertime" / by Jan Valtin. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Gazdanov, Gaito. Studio one-- "Specter of Alexander Wolff" / by Gaito Gazdanov. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
referencedIn Jo Mielziner papers, 1903-1976 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Lawrence, Josephine, 1897?-1978. Studio one-- "The way things are" / by Josephine Lawrence. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Hart, Elizabeth. "Studio one"-- They served the muses / by Elizabeth Hart. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
referencedIn Lawrence Langner papers, 1915-1962 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Hammett, Dashiell, 1894-1961. "Studio one" presents Two sharp knives / by Dashiell Hammett. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Foster, Michael, 1904-1956. "Studio one" presents The dusty grandmother [i.e. godmother] / by Michael Foster. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Hecht, Ben, 1894-1964. "Studio one" presents "Concerning a woman of sin" / by Ben Hecht. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Frankau, Pamela, 1908-1967. "Studio one" presents "The willow cabin" / by Pamela Frankau. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Miner, Worthington, 1900-1982. "Studio one" presents "Zone four". Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Gibbons, Edward. "Studio one"-- "Chill on the wind" / by Edward Gibbons. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Davis, Mildred B. "Studio one" presents The room upstairs / by Mildred Davis. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Turgenev, Ivan Sergeevich, 1818-1883. "Studio one" presents Turgenev's Smoke. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Tunberg, Karl. Studio one-- Ten thousand horses singing / by Karl Tunberg ; based on a story by Robert Carson. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Miner, Worthington, 1900-1982. "Studio one" presents Kyra Zelas / by Worthington Miner ; based on a short story by Stanley J. Weinbaum. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Montanelli, Indro, 1909-2001. "Studio one"-- Cell block eight / by Indro Montanelli. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Krasner, William, 1917-2003. Westinghouse summer theatre-- #8, "Run from the sun" / author, William Krasner. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Byrne, Donn, 1889-1928. Studio one presents "Hangman's house" / by Donn Byrne. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Glasgow, Ellen (Ellen Anderson Gholson), 1874-1945. "Studio one" presents Ellen Glasgow's The shadowy third. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Pirandello, Luigi, 1867-1963. "Studio one" presents Henry IV / by Luigi Pirandello. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Weiman, Rita, 1889-1954. "Studio one"-- "Mist" / by Rita Weiman. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
referencedIn Ben Shaktman Papers, 1949-2009 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
creatorOf Hecht, Ben, 1894-1964. "Studio one" presents Miracle in the rain / by Ben Hecht. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Dawson, Virginia Douglas. Westinghouse summer theatre presents "The Rockingham tea set" / by Virginia Douglas Dawson. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. "Studio one"-- Macbeth / by William Shakespeare. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Robinson, Donald. Studio one-- Success story / by Donald Robinson. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Travers, P. L. (Pamela Lyndon), 1899-1996. "Studio one" presents Mary Poppins / by P.L. Travers. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Herbert, F. Hugh (Frederick Hugh), 1897-1958. Studio one-- The Vintage years / by F. Hugh Herbert. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Greene, Graham, 1904-1991. "Studio one" -- "England made me" / by Graham Greene. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
referencedIn Douglas, Melvyn. Papers, 1892-1983. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf James, Henry, 1843-1916. Studio one-- The wings of the dove / by Henry James. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Lardner, Ring, 1885-1933. "Studio one" presents June moon. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Miner, Worthington, 1900-1982. "Studio one" -- "Letter from Cairo" / by Worthington Miner; (based on a story by James Robbins Miller) Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Tunick, Irve. "Studio one"-- A bolt of lightning / by Irve Tunick. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888. "Studio one" -- "Little Women" : [Part one] / by Louisa May Alcott. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Liss, Joseph, 1911-. "Studio one"-- Mutiny on the Nicolette / by Joseph Liss. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Horgan, Paul, 1903-1995. Studio one-- The Paris feeling / by Paul Horgan. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Roos, Kelley. "Studio one" presents "There was a crooked man" / by Kelly [i.e. Kelley] Roos. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Molnár, Ferenc, 1878-1952. "Studio one" presents Franz Molnar's "Riviera". Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Weiman, Rita, 1889-1954. "Studio one" -- "Here is my life" / by Rita Weiman. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Day, Lillian, b. 1893. "Studio one" -- "Collector's item" / by Lillian Day and Alfred Golden. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Lewis, Irwin. "Studio one"-- The hero / by Irwin Lewis. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Burnett, Frances Hodgson, 1849-1924. Studio one-- Sara Crewe / by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Gielgud, Val Henry, 1900-1981. Studio one-- "Away from it all" / by Val Gielgud. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Carey, Joyce, 1888-1957. "Studio one" presents The Horse's mouth / by Joyce Carey. [i.e. Cary] Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Fineman, Irving, 1914-1962. Studio one-- Ruth / by Worthington Miner. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Carroll, Paul Vincent, 1900-1968. "Studio one" -- "The old foolishness" / by Paul Vincent Carroll. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Shaw, Viola Brothers. Studio one-- "The case of Karen Smith" / by Viola Brothers Shaw. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Valency, Maurice, 1903-1996. "Studio one" presents "Battleship Bismarck" / by Maurice Valency. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Davis, Leo. "Studio one"-- The dangerous years / by Leo Davis and Basil Beyea. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Brontë, Charlotte, 1816-1855. "Studio one" presents "Jane Eyre" / by Charlotte Bronte. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf McKenney, Ruth, 1911-1972. "Studio one" presents "The loud red Patrick " / by Ruth McKenny. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Levy, Benn W. (Benn Wolfe), 1900-1973. "Studio one" presents "Mrs. Moonlight" / by Benn Levy. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Zweig, Stefan, 1881-1942. Studio one-- Letter from an unknown woman / by Stefan Zweig. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf McGivern, William P. "Studio one" -- "Shield for murder" / by William P. McGivern. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Maugham, W. Somerset (William Somerset), 1874-1965. "Studio one" presents W. Somerset Maugham's "Of human bondage" . Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Spewack, Bella Cohen, 1899-1990. "Studio one" presents Boy meets girl. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Sarton, May, 1912-1995. "Studio one" -- "Shadow of a man" / by May Sarton. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Weiman, Rita, 1889-1954. Studio one-- "The target" / by Rita Weiman. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Stern, Richard Martin, 1915-. Studio one--"Good for thirty days" / by Richard Stern. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Goertz, Arthémise. "Studio one" presents "Give us our dream" / by Arthemise Goertz. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Miner, Worthington, 1900-1982. "Studio one" presents The taming of the shrew / by William Shakespeare. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Miner, Worthington, 1900-1982. "Studio one" presents "Beyond reason" / by Worthington Miner ; based on a radio script by Devery Freeman. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Tunick, Irve. "Studio one" -- "Portrait by Rembrandt" / by Irve Tunick. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Krasner, William, 1917-2003. "Studio one" presents Walk the dark streets / by William Krasner. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Tunick, Irve. "Studio one" -- "The trial of John Peter Zenger" / by Irve Tunick. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Studio One production files, 1948-1955 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Rosten, Hedda. Studio one-- The happy housewife / by Hedda Rosten. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
referencedIn J. B. Matthews Papers, 1862-1986 and undated David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
creatorOf Garve, Andrew, 1908-. "Studio one" -- "No tears for Hilda" / by Andrew Garve. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Dawson, Virginia Douglas. "Studio one" presents The rockingham tea set / by Virginia Douglas Dawson. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Cotterell, Geoffrey. Studio one presents "Strait and narrow" / by Geoffrey Cotterell. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Baker, Frank, 1908-. Studio one-- Miss Hargreaves / by Frank Baker. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Manners, William, 1907-. "Studio one" presents Father and the angels / by William Manners. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Brontë, Emily, 1818-1848. Studio one-- "Wuthering heights" / by Emily Bronte. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Perry, George Sessions, 1910-1956. "Studio one" presents My granny van / by George Sessions Perry and Loren Disney. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Carousso, Dorothee. "Studio one" presents Dorothee Carousso's Flowers from a stranger. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Du Maurier, George, 1834-1896. Studio one presents "Trilby" / by George Du Maurier. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Turgenev, Ivan Sergeevich, 1818-1883. "Studio one" presents Ivan Turgenev's The torrents of spring. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Chandler, Raymond, 1888-1959. "Studio one"-- The king in yellow / by Raymond Chandler. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Davis, Elmer. Studio one-- "The road to Jericho" / by Elmer Davis. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Bates, Sylvia Chatfield. "Studio one" presents Sylvia Chatfield Bates' The floor of heaven. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Miner, Worthington, 1900-1982. Studio one-- The legend of Jenny Lind. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Hawthorne, Nathaniel, 1804-1864. "Studio one" presents The scarlet letter / from the novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Hawkins, John, 1910-. Studio one-- Burden of guilt / by John and Ward Hawkins. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Peters, Paul. Studio one-- The little black bag / by Paul Peters & Lois Jacoby ; based on a factual narrative by S.R. Golding. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Rabin, Edward D. Studio one presents Waterfront boss / by Edward D. Rabin. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Godden, Rumer, 1907-1998. Studio one presents A candle for Saint Jude / by Rumer Godden. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Miner, Worthington, 1900-1982. Studio One production files, 1948-1955. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Carr, John Dickson, 1906-1977. Studio one-- The Devil in velvet / by John Dickson Carr. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf St. Joseph, Ellis. "Studio one" presents "A passenger to Bali" / by Ellis St. Joseph. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Brand, Millen, 1906-1980. "Studio one" presents "The outward room" / by Millen Brand. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf An-Ski, S., 1863-1920. "Studio one" presents S. Ansky's The dybbuk. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Ronald, James. "Studio one" -- A chance for happiness / by James Ronald. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Kandel, Aben, 1899-. Studio one-- The blonde comes first / by Aben Kandel. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Keene, Day. "Studio one"-- Mighty like a rogue / by Day Keene. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Kandel, Aben, 1899-. Westinghouse summer theatre presents "The blonde comes first" / by Aben Kandel. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Lengyel, Menyhért, 1880-1974. "Angel;" a play in three acts, by Melchior Lengyel ... Adapted by Worthington Miner. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Hecht, Ben, 1894-1964. "Studio one" presents "The rival dummy" / by Ben Hecht. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
referencedIn Fates, Gil, 1914-2000. [Interview with Gil Fates] [sound recording] / Gil Fates ; [interviewed by] David Marc, Greenwich, CT, 2/12/99. Syracuse University
creatorOf Clark, Walter Van Tilburg, 1909-1971. "Studio one" -- The track of the cat / by Walter Clark. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Lederer, William J., 1912-2009. Studio one-- "The last cruise" / by William J. Lederer. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Mullin, Kevin. "Studio one" presents The dreams of Jasper Hornby / by Kevin Mullin. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Mankiewicz, Don M., 1922-. "Studio one" presents The man who had influence / by Don Mankiewicz. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Carousso, Dorothee. "Studio one" presents Dorothee Carousso's Flowers from a stranger. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Taylor, Elizabeth, 1912-1975. "Studio one" presents A wreath of roses / by Elizabeth Taylor. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Malmar, McKnight. "Studio one" presents The storm / by McNight Malmar. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Terrot, Charles, 1917-. "Studio one" presents Charles Terrott's "The passionate pilgrim." Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Pearce, John Ed. "Studio one" presents Look homeward, hayseed / by John Ed Pearce. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf James, Henry, 1843-1916. "Studio one" presents The ambassadors / by Henry James. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
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