He acted in Graham Greene's play, "The Complaisant Lover," at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, Maine with Martha Scott in the cast.
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I was called to [Louis B. Mayer
]'s office to discuss a long-term contract he wanted me to sign. He told me he had been impressed by my work at other studios and that he felt I would be an asset to MGM. He peered at me over his glasses and suggested I tell him about myself. I started by saying I came from New Brunswick. "That's in Canada", I added. "I know where New Brunswick is", said Mayer ...
During his early performances on stage, he played a Mountie in the play "Rose Marie". After playing this character on stage, Pidgeon became so enthusiastic that he actually applied to join the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Unfortunately he was medically rejected due to his earlier injuries in the Canadian Army.