Announcer: Hello again, folks, this is Dick Simmons, bringing you, direct from Hollywood, one of the screen’s top stars, whose films for the past few years, have kept him away from the film capitol…It’s a pleasure to introduce Robert Taylor…and we’re lucky to catch him between trips.
Mr. Taylor: Thanks….It’s pleasant to be…between trips…as you say. Though I must admit I enjoy traveling
Announcer: You recently flew back from England, didn’t you, Bob.
Mr. Taylor: That’s right. Spent three months there.
Announcer: And, as I recall, before that you were in Italy for six months. Your slogan must be, join MGM and see the world.
Mr. Taylor: Something like that…I’ve been lucky to be assigned films which are shot on location. Not that I object to the studio, of course, but a change of scenery once in a while breaks the monotony.
Announcer: You’ve certainly had your share of scenery. Where all have you been during the past three or four years?
Mr. Taylor: Well, let me see. First there was Colorado…for Devil’s Doorway. Then to England for Conspirator. After that we went to New Mexico for Ambush. Then to Italy for seven months to make Quo Vadis. The next was Westward the Women,…eleven weeks in Utah…and one in the Mojave desert. That brings us up to date, with Ivanhoe recently finished in England.
Announcer: Quite a record. And this doesn’t include the trips in your own plane.
Mr. Taylor: No. Once in a while – I take off on a fishing or hunting trip.
Announcer: You always fly?
Mr. Taylor: Yes. It’s quicker and there’s no worrying about time-tables. For example, a little while ago I flew up Durango, Colorado where Jimmy Stewart was making a picture. It took me less than three hours. Regular air line connections take eight to ten hours. Frequently the places I want to go cannot be reached by commercial planes of trains.
Announcer: You must have done a lot of sightseeing.
Mr. Taylor: Unfortunately, when you’re making a picture there’s not much time for sight-seeing. And sometimes the weather can make you mighty miserable. In Italy, for example, I would certainly have appreciated one of MGM’s air-conditioned stages. I know why the old Romans wore those light togas, and were so fond of bathing.
Announcer: Some of the baths they built – I understand are still there.
Mr. Taylor: Yes….and some modern ones, too, thank goodness.
Announcer: How about your English trip. Anything exciting?
Mr. Taylor: It was for me…because of the role…one of the best I’ve had, in my opinion.
Announcer: You’re speaking of Ivanhoe, of course.
Mr. Taylor: That’s right…Dick Thorpe, our director, picked the actual sites described in Ivanhoe, some magnificent old castles, with their moats, draw-bridges and.…
Announcer: A bit of Merrie Old England, eh?
Mr. Taylor: Yes…with knights in armor, the famous bowmen of early days, all the color and excitement of the medieval times, with jousting, duels.
Mr. Taylor: Yes, jousting. That was a pleasant little pastime they had in those days…Instead of playing golf, two knights in armor, mounted on fast horses, would charge each other at full gallop. They carried long lances…with the business end made of metal. The idea was to knock the other guy off his horse…for keeps. It was thrilling for the spectators – but not conducive to old age.
Announcer: Sounds exciting. But why would they joust?
Mr. Taylor: For a fair lady, naturally.
Announcer: And who are the fair ladies in Ivanhoe?
Mr. Taylor: Elizabeth Taylor and Joan Fontaine.
Announcer: Fair ladies..that’s the understatement of the week.
Mr. Taylor: And with George Sanders as a rival, there’s plenty of action.
Announcer: Seems to me that Quo Vadis and now Ivanhoe, you haven’t been in modern clothes for some time, Bob.
Mr. Taylor: No, but I will soon…in my comfortable leather flying jacket and slacks…for Above and Beyond.
Announcer: A flying story?
Mr. Taylor: It’s about Colonel Paul Tibbetts and the secret that changed the world. He’s the pilot who dropped the first atom bomb in History…on Hiroshima.
Announcer: Sounds exciting.
Announcer: Who plays Mrs. Tibbetts?
Mr. Taylor: Eleanor Parker.
Announcer: One of my favorite people.
Mr. Taylor: Yours and mine…and everybody’s, apparently.
Announcer: Well, Bob, I’m glad MGM has finally given you a role that you can do on a cool sound stage.
Mr. Taylor: Hold it. We start on the sound stage…but finish at Tucson, Arizona.
Announcer: Well, happy landings, Bob. At least we were fortunate enough to catch you between trips.
Mr. Taylor: Adios…I’m off for Mexico for some marlin fishing.