The Archive of American Television at Emmy TV Legends is a wonderful resource for interviews with many stars .
Just some of the interviewees include Mitzi Gaynor,Patricia Hitchcock,Betty Garrett,Angela Lansbury,Jack Lemmon,A.C.Lyles,Hume Cronyn,Abraham Polonsky,John Frankenheimer. The list runs to several hundred.
And most of these interviews run two to three hours.
The interviews touch on movie careers, but are mainly concerned with TV output. I am not aware that any similar archive is available for motion pictures, more’s the pity.
I didn’t know that Phil Carey (1925-2009) had been in a daytime soap opera, ONE LIFE TO LIVE for 28 years.
Phil was interviewed in 2002:
“I got the part in OPERATION PACIFIC – the first movie I had ever done – and I was co-starring with Duke Wayne,Pat Neal and Ward Bond.”
“Warners put me under contract and the next movie I did was with Gary Cooper, called SPRINGFIELD RIFLE…..
I did PUSHOVER with Fred MacMurray and Kim Novak. It was a remake of DOUBLE INDEMNITY, only we were two cops.”
“ I did a movie with Rock Hudson,GUN FURY.
By the way, when you’re under contract to the studio in those days, you had to ride. The guy that was directing this movie, Raoul Walsh, said anybody that’s in this movie must ride. The movie was in 3D – Walsh only had one eye so he could never see the 3D.”
Another interesting interview I watched was from 2004, with Harry Morgan when he was 89 years old.
“I moved to Hollywood in 1942. I got a contract at Fox – 6 months or a year – $600 a week. My first film was SHORES OF TRIPOLI with Randolph Scott.
I did a lot of comedy parts at Fox, but then I did THE OX-BOW INCIDENT which I think is maybe my favorite picture of all that I have done.
I never have been pidgeon-holed – I’ve played a variety of things.
Jimmy Stewart couldn’t have been greater to me – I did 5 pictures with him- a pleasure to work with.”
Harry said he liked working with Joan Crawford in TORCH SONG.