17 - August, 1971 - Hans Conreid
Conreid was a character actor
who had successful careers in radio, television, movies, and the
theater. One of his most popular roles was narrating the original TV
production of Dr. Seuss's "Horton Hears a Who."
But his career in radio is our focus in this program, and he appeared in countless dramas and comedies. He was a regular on "My Friend Irma" in 1947 with Marie Wilson in the starring role. Marie Wilson is, of course, Irma Peterson. The "friend" narrator Jane is played by Cathy Lewis (wife of Elliot Lewis, "Remley" on Phil Harris/Alice Faye Show). John Brown is Irma's boyfriend Al, and Professor Kropotkin is played by Hans Conreid. Irma's boss, Mr. Clyde, is played by Alan Reed.
Mr. Conreid's voice appeared in numerous animated movies; among the major roles were as Captain Hook in "Peter Pan" and King Stefan in "Sleeping Beauty." On Television he was well-known as Snidely Whiplash in "Rocky and Bullwinkle." He was also a regular on Jack Parr's "Tonight Show."
Mr. Conreid was appearing in summer stock in Connecticut when we recorded this 1971 interview - right on the theater's stage.
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