Alan A. Armer


Alan A. Armer Trivia


  • Trivia

    • California State University, Northridge recently finished construction on the Alan and Elaine Armer Theater, a state-of-the-art, 130-seat theater named in honor of Alan Armer.

    • Though Alan Armer left The Untouchables after its third season, he returned midway through the fourth and remained with the show after the new producing team of Leonard Freeman and Alvin Cooperman departed.

    • Alan Armer won a 1965 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for his work on The Fugitive.

    • Along with the show's other producers, Alan Armer received the 1966 Emmy for Outstanding Dramatic Series for The Fugitive.

    • Alan Armer left The Fugitive after its third season to produce The Invaders for QM Productions.

    • Alan Armer graduated from Stanford with a bachelor's degree in speech and drama.

    • While he was on faculty at California State University, Northridge, Alan Armer wrote two textbooks, Directing Television and Film and Writing the Screenplay - TV and Film.

    • Alan Armer became a member of the Producers Guild's Television Hall of Fame.

  • Quotes

    • Alan Armer: (on his years of teaching at CSUN) I was lucky, I taught fun classes like writing and directing. Every year there were new movies and television shows to talk about, stuff the students were interested in. I really enjoyed the students, they were very much alive. Each day I went to class, it was like looking in a mirror. They would see themselves - their excitement for what we were doing - reflected in me and I would see reflections of me in them.

    • Alan Armer: (on writing "The Untouchables") If you do the research on that period of history, or any period, for that matter, dealing with crime syndicates and/or the Mafia, you'll find that these people did a lot of terrible, horrifying things. They stuck people with icepicks. They drenched people with gasoline and set fire to them. And so, if you're going to tell stories about these kinds of people, you cannot do so with any honesty without inserting a certain amount of violence. Whether we went over the line, well, that's something you could debate for hours.

    • Alan Armer: (describing Walter Winchell as narrator of "The Untouchables") He gave the viewers the feeling that The Untouchables was "Honest to God" real. Now, most people today (especially younger people) don't remember who Walter Winchell is, but at that time he had a nationwide radio show, and he was a syndicated newspaper columnist. His voice and his name were recognized all over the country. And that voice, and that manner, gave The Untouchables a feeling of legitimacy. He gave it the smell of reality.

    • Alan Armer: The Invaders was such a way-out concept that I guess it would be more successful today than it was then.