Robert Altman visited the Dick Cavett Show for an episode that aired in its ABC Late Night slot on January 19th, 1972. The episode covered four directors, the star-studded roster also including Frank Capra, Peter Bogdanovich and Mel Brooks.
Altman’s films of note at this point, according to his introduction, were MASH, Brewster McCloud and McCabe & Mrs. Miller. Cavett chats with Altman in his always amiable manner, discussing Altman’s relationship with these films after they’ve been completed, Hugh Millais in McCabe & Mrs. Miller, the recently wrapped Images, Altman’s belief that the medium of film has not been fully explored and ultimately Altman’s drinking and partying habits. Altman would return again to The Dick Cavett Show in Fall 1978.