Garson willing to make 'clinkers'
Greer Garson Gets Change Of Pace in Sagebrush Film Wv Â· Â¥/\l mTfjt* r Â· r* ^^^ .. m _ , , ^ \l f BOB THOMAS HOLLYWOOD Ufr-A*few years ago, western actor ChiH Wills was visiting on a set with Greer Garson, who remarked that she would like to appeal- in a picture with him. "Shucks, Miss Garson," Chill replied. "That'd never happen. I make s a g e b r u s h pictures and you're in them carpet movies " Off the Carpets I've got news for Mr. Wills. Miss Garson is now off the carpets and out in the sagebrush. For her first independent picture after 15 years at MGM, she's doing "Strange Lady in Town," the story of a woman doctor who comes to frontier town in New Mexico. The regal redhead has just returned from a location in Tucson, where she rode horses and buckboards and sweltered in 112 degrees in the shade. I asked if that didn't make her long for the carpets and drawing r o o m s of MG.M. "Not at all," she smiled, "thp location was rugged, but I asked /or a change and I got it. This is the sort of a tiling I have wanted to , do for a long time, think there's a great appeal in outdoor pictures now, especially to people who are cooped up in cities. It's a kind of escape for thorn." She said the script grew out o a .conversation she had two year? ago with writer Frank Butler. She had become intrigued with the country around the New Mexico GREER GAKSON Â» , . she's home on the range ranch of her husband, Buddy Fogelson. She had done some research into early New Mexican history and discussed it with Butler. Armed with some of her material, he went ahead with the story. loo Many TeepeÂ« TVs Oddly enough, the locations had to be done in Arizona, "They looked for places in New Mexico," Miss Garson explained, "but they found that the Indian pueblos were bristling with TV aerials. The towns all looked too modem for the period--around 1870." " Â· If the location was rugged on her, she didn't show it; She was a colorful sight with her tangerine hair and lavender costume, and she glowed with enthusiasm about her new career as an independent. She made it clear that she keep active. "I think an actor should work,' she reasoned. "A musician can refrain from making appearances and go on practicing. But an needs to continue working or he goes stale. "I've always thought it was shame when some of our grea' talents are kept from work. Like Ronald Colman. There is no one to equal his charm. Though we soon be seeing him on TV in Halls of Ivy,' he has been on the screen, and it's a shame. "Another one is Mario Lanza I don't know him personally, bu I love his voice. I don't care if is fat. He has a great voice it should be heard." Some Clinkers, Too She explained that this reasoning of hers caused her to be in of the "clinkers" she made a MGM. "Sometimes I would go to th bosses before a picture and tel them that I personally wouldn't a nickel in it," she said. "But I said I would do the hire if they had the faith to their money in it. I felt it wa more important for an actor to seen at least once a year, if in a poor picture, than to be. suspension and not appear on screen."