Person to Person

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (3)

  • Humphrey Bogart: (to Murrow) I think, (observed Bogie) that you'll run into a traffic jam if you ask two actors the same question.

  • Murrow: Do you think you and the Duchess could ever be persuaded to settle down in New York? Duke: The Duchess prefers city life and all that it has to offer women ... I think better in the country air. Duchess (self-consciously): Well, he has "aired" my problems, I must say, in the fields. Then the couple displayed pictures of their pet pugs and extolled the good-luck value of an old Russian icon. Duchess: I'm terribly superstitious, having been brought up in the South—hats on beds, things hung on doorknobs, number 13 and breaking mirrors. Murrow: What is most important to both of you for the future? Duke: I think if one leads a decent life and acts well, the future takes care of itself. There is so much to do in life and so little time to do it in. Duke: We both feel that there is no more wasteful or foolish or frustrating exercise than trying to penetrate the fiction of what might have been. But I do know what has been in the 20 years since we were married. They have been rewarding years, years of great happiness, years of no regrets, and years when we have preferred to look to the future. Duchess: David, don't you remember we always said we would never talk about what might have been. In fact, I think we arranged that pact on our honeymoon. Duke: It is a vow we have never broken.

  • Gypsy Rose Lee: Men are the superior race. They're bigger, stronger and smarter. I know this to be true because a man told me so.

Notes (50)

  • Person to Person, which has been off the air for the summer came back again on Friday to visit first Humphrey Bogart and his wife Lauren Bacall, two of the most engaging if sometimes prickly characters in Hollywood in their, vast house in Beverly Hills. The camera first caught Miss Bacall, dressed in slacks caressing a couple of the Bogart dogs Than Bogart, a rather subdued and carefully brushed Bogart, swam into view and he and Miss Bacall disagreed pleasantly about a lot of things.

  • From the Chicago Tribune "Town Ticker" article excerpt: "Batting the Spring Breeze: Just to show you how things are, the rating on last Friday night's Person to Person - with Marilyn Monroe in the limelight - was 33.2, an all time high for the show. Bing Crosby's recent appearance snared only a 29.3. It further estimated that Marilyn enticed 64.4 per cent of the entire viewing audience. Impressed?"

  • Last show of the season Person to Person will return September 14, 1956.

  • Edward R. Murrow had just returned from a trip to Egypt and a firsthand glimpse at the Suez crisis.

  • Prior to the show, Ed and Bob discussed news coverage of the Army's atomic experiments and may well return to this subject on the air.

  • For three years, Murrow has been trying to lure the Windsors onto his show. This fall the Duchess thought it would be a dignified way of publicizing her new autobiography, "The Heart Has Its Reasons", and both she and Murrow worked in juicy plugs. But the merciless glare of the TV cameras came a little too close for comfort. The Duchess, like several good-looking girls on TV these days, made the mistake of rushing into the new bouffante hairdo, which the camera reproduces as a bunchy, badly made wig. Otherwise, she looked ageless and chic, but rarely at the camera. She fidgeted with flowers, prinked her dress more than once, and lurched across the screen to preen the Duke's hair. The Duke had obviously decided to make the best of an embarrassing peephole routine and spoke engagingly, if obliquely, of the decision that rocked an empire.

  • Concert star Gladys Swarthout ignores one old "don't" by singing in the dressing room, but goes into a snit over overturned salt.

  • In 1946 he joined his brother Joseph in Washington, (Until he teamed with Joe, Stewart had never written a newsline.) 11 years later they combined their by-line and now have their columns in more than 200 newspapers, The STAR-NEWS being, one of them. (The Alsop columns appear several times a week on the editorial page.) In addition the Alsops jointly and individually have written several books and are regular contributors to leading magazines.

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Trivia (27)

  • James Campbell Hagerty served as the only White House Press Secretary from 1953 to 1961 during the administration of Dwight D. Eisenhower. Together with Stephen Early, he is the longest serving Press Secretary of all time.

  • Rex Harrison misplaced his hairpiece but located a replacement just in time for the interview.

  • Louis St. Laurent was born in 1882 and became Prime Minister of Canada in 1948 until 1957. He passed away in 1973. Known as "Uncle Louis" and "Redcap" Laurent, he conceived by the National Liberal Federation.

  • Miss Bacall, who is roughly half Bogie's age but sometime acts twice it, readily admitted that she originally loathed Bogart who she figured was a "dese, dose and dem" type guy until she met him and found out he wasn't. She also explained and demonstrated "the look," a title affixed on her some time ago, and showed off the famous picture of herself seated almost lying down, in fact, on a piano played by Harry Truman. The interview ended with the Bogarts showing off their two good-looking children who were as uncommunicative as are most children when introduced to strangers.

  • John Huston, who will direct the picture, will shoot in India probably, Bogart added, the most inaccessible and impossible part ot India because Huston likes to make things hard of himself. Bogie on Huston "If he could get a camera on Mount Everest, he'd have one there."

  • Dag Hammarskjold was the Secretary General of the United Nations from 1953 to 1961.

  • Dr. Norman Vincent Peale authored the book, "The Power of Positive Thinking".

  • Chicago Tribune 01Apr1955 "Town Ticker" article excerpt: "Guess who gets the Person to Person treatment April 8? Merely Marvelous Monroe! But it'll come from her business partner, Milton Green's Weston, Connecticut estate. Marilyn's own tiny Manhattan diggins were adjudged not snooty enough."

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