by Mike David and Steve Wichrowski

In March 2009, I met up with our roving reporter Steve Wichrowski at the Williamsburg, VA, Film Festival. There we were very fortunate and honored to meet MGM and RKO star Jacqueline White who graciously agreed to do an audio interview with us.

The organizers of the festival were very supportive and helpful in arranging the interview. We had numerous questions to ask so we worked quickly to fit them in so Miss White could return to her table to meet fans and sign autographs.

Our talk with her is filled with interesting stories including Miss White's recollection of working with Stan and Ollie in 1943's "Air Raid Wardens". She also discusses the film's director, Edward Sedgwick, and describes Buster Keaton's antics in Mr. Sedgwick's MGM office.

There is a humorous account concerning comedian Red Skelton and this is paired with charming and revealing comments about character actress Marjorie Main, all from 1946's "The Show-Off".

Later, Miss White gives us background information on the exciting MGM production "30 Seconds Over Tokyo"(1944) and on the working methods of director John Sturges in "The Capture" (1950).

You'll also hear details about the setup for a specific scene from the 1952 classic "Narrow Margin".

As if all this wasn't enough, Jacqueline White simply floored us when she revealed that as a 12 year old, she witnessed our Stan and Ollie filming a famous scene from one of their most popular films. I'm sure you'll know which one when you hear her fascinating description (though I was off by a year on the film's release date!).

For those of you who love classic films and, of course, Laurel and Hardy, this is an interview made for you.
And our sincere thanks to Miss White for taking the time to recount so many wonderful experiences from her remarkable career.

Mike David and Jacqueline White

Jacqueline White and Steve Wichrowski

Jacqueline White is an American film actress. She is best remembered for appearing in the films noir Crossfire and The Narrow Margin. She usually played either lead actresses in B-movies or supporting parts in A-movies.

The Narrow Margin (1952) .... Ann Sinclair
The Capture (1950) .... Luana Ware
Riders of the Range (1950) .... Priscilla 'Dusty' Willis
Mystery in Mexico (1948) .... Victoria Ames
Return of the Bad Men (1948) .... Madge Allen - Pettit's Daughter/Cordell's Fiancée
... aka Return of the Badmen (International: English title)
Night Song (1948) .... Connie
Crossfire (1947) .... Mary Mitchell
Seven Keys to Baldpate (1947) .... Mary Jordan
Banjo (1947) .... Elizabeth Ames
The Show-Off (1946) .... Clara Harlin
Our Old Car (1946) (uncredited) .... Mrs. Nesbitt
... aka Passing Parade No. 58: Our Old Car (USA: series title)
Magic on a Stick (1946) (uncredited) .... Mrs. John Walker
... aka Passing Parade No. 57: Magic on a Stick (USA: series title)
The Harvey Girls (1946) (uncredited) .... Harvey Girl
Dark Shadows (1944) (uncredited) .... Nurse Jean Smith
... aka Dark Shadows: A Crime Does Not Pay Subject (USA: series title)
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944) .... Emmy York
Easy Life (1944) (uncredited) .... Train Passenger
... aka Easy Life: A Crime Does Not Pay Subject (USA: series title)
Song of Russia (1944) .... Anna Bulganov
A Guy Named Joe (1943) (uncredited) .... Helen
Swing Shift Maisie (1943) .... Grace
... aka The Girl in Overalls (UK)
That's Why I Left You (1943) (uncredited) .... Mary Thompson
... aka Passing Parade No. 39: That's Why I Left You (USA: series title)
Three Hearts for Julia (1943) (uncredited) .... Kay
Air Raid Wardens (1943) .... Peggy Parker
Reunion in France (1942) (uncredited) .... Danielle
... aka Mademoiselle France (UK)
... aka Reunion
Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant (1942) (uncredited) .... Telephone Operator

When Laurel and Hardy co-star Jacqueline White (1943's "Air Raid Wardens") celebrated her 98th birthday two new photos of her were provided by renowned Way Out West Tent member Bob Satterfield. One of the photos appeared on the back cover of an issue of the Intra Tent Journal and editor Bill Oates kindly made both photos available to us. Our thanks to Bob and Bill.