“An Evening With Robert Butler” – January 24 at the UCLA Film & Television Archive — honors the director of the pilot episodes of landmark TV series like Batman, Hogan’s Heroes, Hill Street Blues, Moonlighting, Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman – and Star Trek.
Butler directed “The Cage” in 1965 with Jeffrey Hunter as Captain Pike — although two decades passed before it was broadcast in its original form, the footage initially given a new framing story (“The Menagerie”) with Shatner as Captain Kirk.
Butler’s vast resume includes two episodes of The Twilight Zone, and episodes of Gene Roddenberry’s first series The Lieutenant.
“The Cage” and an episode of Columbo with Peter Falk and Jack Cassidy will be shown that evening, and there will be a conversation with the director.
Admission to the Butler tribute is free. It begins at 7:30 pm in the Billy Wilder Theater.