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TV Director Charles Dubin’s Sweet Revenge

The director Charles S. Dubin, who died on September 5 at age 92, was a showbiz survivor who got himself and his family through the entertainment industry blacklist era. Born in 1919 on Hart street “in the slums of Williamsburg, Brooklyn” to a Russian Jewish family, as Dubin proudly told a 2003 interviewer, he sang on Broadway in George S. Kaufman’s parodic 1945 “Hollywood Pinafore or The Lad Who Loved a Salary” and stage-managed Leonard Bernstein’s 1950 musical “Peter Pan.”

He moved on to TV directing, first with the Roller Derby before he was promoted to Bernstein’s classy “Omnibus” program, whose then-director Elliot Silverstein had argued with the maestro about musical matters. After working on other programs with Eli Wallach, Bert Lahr, and tenor Jan Peerce, Dubin’s career was halted in 1958 by the House Un-American Activities Committee, as he recalled:

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