"We were on a boat, and a television executive, who was rather corpulent, said to me and Jessica (Tandy), 'I'll ask you one question. If you could, next year, be in the position that Lucy Ball is today, would you do it?' And I looked across at Jessie who was shaking her head 'no.' He said, 'All right, that's it,' and he got up and he dived overboard. Of such small trivial things, are memories made."
About This Interview
In his two-and-a-half hour Archive interview, Hume Cronyn (1911-2003) talks about his long association in the theater, in television, and in film, often opposite his late wife Jessica Tandy. He recalls his television debut in a 1939 NBC production called "Her Majesty's Voice." He discusses his film association with director Alfred Hitchcock, starting with his screen debut in "Shadow of A Doubt" and later "Lifeboat" and "Under Capricorn." He describes his appearances on live television on such series as Omnibus and Studio One. Cronyn talks about his work with Jessica Tandy on the first network series to be seen in color, The Marriage (1954), based on their radio show. He details his later work in television as well as his long-running Broadway show opposite Jessica Tandy, "The Gin Game," which was filmed and shown on PBS in 1984. Michael Rosen conducted the interview on June 24, 1999 in Fairfield, Connecticut.