Julie London Makes

a TV Series Pilot


NEW YORK---“My ultimate aim,” sultry, husky-voiced Julie London once rhapsodized to an inquiring reporter, “is to have a television musical of my own.” It was two years ago Miss London made known that she was harboring a design, and only today, many patient hours later, does she appear to have the goal by the tail. She recently completed the pilot film of a projected series with music titled “Maggie Malone,” soon to be seen on “The David Niven Show,” and since all performers regard a pilot film as something to be spoken of with passions astir, we expected to find Miss London exhaling breathless announcements when we called on her.

I just goes to show you how wrong you can be!

Miss London speaks of “Maggie Malone” as if she might be playing Mrs. Jack Webb when Jack Webb is playing Lt. Joe Friday. This is not strange. Until six years ago, Miss London was Mrs. Jack Webb in real life, and obviously she never forgot it. The interview went like this:

Q. What’s “Maggie Malone” about?

A. Well, there’s not much to tell. (Pause.) It’s a dramatic show with music.

Q. What’s the pilot film about?

A. Well, there’s not much to tell.

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Q. Could you summarize the plot?

A. It’s hard to summarize in three seconds what happens in thirty minutes.

Q. Could you give some idea?

A. Well, somebody tries to take over the night club. (Pause.)

Q. What do you play?

A. I’m a night club owner. Steve Brody is my partner, (Pause,) it’s a gangster plot.

Q. Any different from other gangster shows now on TV?

A. Well, it has music. And a gal is doing things instead of a guy.

Q. Women haven’t been too successful with this sort of thing in the past---do you think you’re sticking your neck out?

A. I have no other choice. (Pause.) I can’t change into a man. It’s a man’s world, I guess.

Q. This represents a big change then?

A. Yes.

Q. Do you have a preference for the type of role you play in “Maggie”?

A. Not exactly. (Pause.) I like anything that’s well-written.

Q. Do you have any qualms about your children seeing you in this type of role?

A. Well, yes. They don’t see most of my movies because of the roles I play in them.

Q. When will the pilot film be on the air?

A. I don’t know.

You’d think we had asked for, “Just the facts, ma’am.”

Television and Radio News

Thursday - May 21, 1959

Television & Radio News

By Marie Torre