|Jacqueline Scott and David Janssen in The Fugitive..|
|Jacqueline Scott in 2016.|
Jacqueline Scott: It was fabulous. It was wonderful. I finally had a brother!
Café: Didn't you star with David Janssen earlier as a guest star on Richard Diamond?
JS: Yes, but he didn't remember me and I didn't remind him. I don't why I didn't. David Janssen was very sweet and friendly. He probably would have been happy to know that.
|In "The Case of the Daring|
Decoy" on Perry Mason.
JS: Primarily Raymond. I also worked with Raymond on Ironside. He was a very special man. We shot court scenes on Perry Mason for two days. And on those days, he would have someone there to cue him the day before or else they worked at night. When he shot his scenes, he never used a script or a teleprompter. He knew his lines like the back of his hand...every single episode.
Café: One of your first film roles was in William Castle's Macabre.
JS: I was brought to California from New York for that role. It was my first part in film. The producers had seen me on live television. I had lived in New York for about six years. I'm originally from Missouri.
Café: What were some of the live television series you did?
JS: Armstrong Circle Theatre, Omnibus with Geraldine Page, and several others.
Café: When I interviewed Piper Laurie, she said she loved live television because there was no margin for error. She thought it was exciting.
JS: It was exciting. You had about three or four days for rehearsal. On filmed television, you rarely have any rehearsal at all. When you do the script all the way through for the first time, it's the last shot of the show. On television, they generally shoot for the weather, not the script. Anything that has to be done outside is done quickly before it rains (laughs). So, it's shot out of sequence and you have to put your scenes in context as you go along. It's a challenge. I loved the rehearsals for the live shows.
|Looking concerned in Castle's Macabre.|
JS: Yes, we met on that film and we have been married for 58 years.
Café: Did you think he was good-looking?
JS: Oh, yes! He has naturally curly hair and they had pumped water and mud onto the Macabre set. The water made his hair curl even more and I thought I was going to have a heart attack! (laughs) Fortunately, I lived through it. He thought I was cute, too.
Café: You've appeared in some movies which have become very famous over the years, such as Charley Varrick and Duel. What is your favorite film role?
JS: I've enjoyed them all, but I loved working with Walter Matthau on Charley Varrick. I had admired his work for years. Don Siegel was the director. Charley Varrick was the first time I worked for him. I think I did about three or four movies with him and then he retired. He was a wonderful director and a funny and kind man. One day, he told me: "I don't know what your husband thinks about you working with these two crazy, old men"--referring to Walter Matthau and himself. They were both just nuts (laughs), but a wonderful actor and a wonderful director.
|With a disguised Walter Matthau in Charley Varrick.|
JS: It was filmed in Florida, so when I was offered the role, my first response was: "I'm not getting in the water with any alligators!" The director (Bert I. Gordon) was odd. He would get us up at 5 a.m. for a casting call and then not start filming until 4 p.m. It rained during some scenes, so they had to spray us with hoses in later shots so everything would match. Of course, the real star of the movie were the giant mechanical ants.
Café: You appeared in some of the truly great TV series of the 1960s. How would you compare television today with what it was like in the 1960s?
|With Brad Dexter on Have Gun--|
Café: Did you ever turn down a role you wished you'd taken?
JS: No. I wanted to do The Waltons. I tested for the mother. Other than that, I never wanted to be a regular on a TV series and I don't think that was too smart.
Café: Were you offered a series?
|Cliff Robertson and Scott in "The Galaxy|
Being" on The Outer Limits.
Café: What did you think of the young Steven Spielberg when he was directing Duel?
JS: He was a youngster. He looked like he weighed about 150 pounds dripping wet. (laughs) But he sure knew what he was doing.
Café: Thanks so much for taking time to do this interview.
JS: It was terrific talking with you, Rick.
* It's a common practice in film production to use color pages to indicate new pages added to scripts. Hence, a "white script" is one with no changes.