He kept the cast and crew waiting for one whole hour. Keeping an entire company waiting for an hour sent the production department in a panic.
Jimmy spent the hour… sitting in his darkened dressing room with a record player blasting out the “Ride of the Valkyrie,” and drinking a quart of cheap red wine. When he felt ready, he stormed out, strode onto the set, did the scene, which was practically a seven-minute monologue, in one take, so brilliantly, that even the hard-boiled crew cheered and applauded.
- Jim Backus