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Dr. Chip


INTERVIEWER
Describe your co-star, Macdonald Carey.

FRANCES
Oh, heís dead.

INTERVIEWER
What was he like?

FRANCES
[cracks up] Donít laugh. Iím sorry. That sounded awful. [keeps laughing] The NBC people are over there laughing, saying, ďShe said, ĎHeís dead.íĒ You donít say things like that, do you? [laughs] All right. . . . What did you ask?

INTERVIEWER
What was he like to work with?

FRANCES
He . . . he had a wonderful presence on the air. Great authority and nice voice and nice appearance.

INTERVIEWER
What was he like personally?

FRANCES
Well, this isnít personal time. [laughs] I havenít given you my personal evaluation of any people here.

INTERVIEWER
Were you friends off the set?

FRANCES
Oh, sure. We got along just fine. Yes. But he was a . . . he was a very amiable person. But he was a very good, steady person on the show, you know.

INTERVIEWER
Talk about working with some of the other creators, such as Betty Corday.

FRANCES
Oh, Betty I just loved. But thatís . . . you know . . . she was so interested in it. And she was . . . she was always . . . she had been very good at NBC. She had worked at NBC. And I remember doing great books for her . . . some of those. She just . . . . It seemed as if she was just born doing that kind of work. She was good.

INTERVIEWER
How about Irna Phillips?

FRANCES
I never met her. Irna sent a message to me between one of the other shows that she did. I did this. But when I had finished the other show, and it turned out something . . . Iíve forgotten which one of the other shows, she said, ďYou just tell Miss Reid that she will never work for me again.Ē So I did this show. This was Irnaís too. But she was extraordinary. Just extraordinary. And a mind that she could think up these plots, day after day, and for two shows! You know, she was extraordinary. I donít know how people get to be that way. Just wonderful.

INTERVIEWER
How about Allan Chase?

FRANCES
Who?

INTERVIEWER
Did you know Allan Chase, one of the other creators?

FRANCES
Did you?

INTERVIEWER
Not personally.

FRANCES
Heís a creator? Oh. Well, congratulations.
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