April 25, 1944
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. April 25 — Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon have just finished doing a scene for “Mrs. Parkington,” and watching them on the set with me is Robert Thoeren, who co-authored the screenplay with Polly James. Pidgeon walks over and says, “Robert I have a T.L. for you.”
And Pidgeon goes on: “I have been in this business of making faces for some time, and most of the scenarios that are handed to me give me a great feeling of security.”
“How’s that?” asked Thoeren.
“Well,” continued Pidgeon, “most of the scripts are junk. And I have decided that when I get too old to be a lover in pictures, I’ll become a screenwriter.”
Thoeren merely smiled.
“Before reading a scenario,” continued Pidgeon, “I always give it to Mrs. Pidge to read first. I like to hear what she has to say. Well, I gave her your script and after reading it, she returned it to me, saying ‘Read this, and then tell me if you feel secure for your old age.’ ”