In October Sir Robert Menzies formed a party out of what he called 'a mass of fragments'. What united the fragments was a shared commitment to liberalism and the pre-eminence of the individual in society. As Menzies said:. We believe in the individual, in his freedom, in his ambition, in his dignity. If he becomes submerged in the mass, and loses his personal significance, we have tyranny. And because of this, we believe in free enterprise; not enterprise free of social obligation, but free enterprise in the sense that it embraces free choice, reward for effort and skill, encouragement to grow and be self-reliant, and strong.
While attending the university, Simmons competed in fencing and swimming and also acted in a few theater productions. Simmons left the Twin Cities in the s to launch his film acting career in He soon became an MGM contract player. Many of his minor movie roles went uncredited through the s. Starting in , he began appearing in credited roles, beginning with his appearance in The Youngest Profession , starring Virginia Weidler. From through , he would appear in seventeen films, of which ten listed him in the credits. The s mirrored the s, with him appearing in several films and television series, at times uncredited.