|Tribute to Walter Tetley|
|Walter Tetley: Twilight of an Identity
|Walter Tetley: Fountain of Youth
|Random Thoughts in 2004
|The Incredible Magic of Paul Frees|
|Frees Frame: an Interview|
|Paul Frees: Smoke and Mirrors|
|Without Fanfare: The Bill Scott Story
|Bill Scott Revisited
|Chamber of my Mind
|Fractured Fairy Tales: The Crown Jewel
|Mysterious, Elusive Chris Allen
|Tribute to June Foray: June of the Jungle
|On the Doorstep of 1974: June Foray Trivia
|June and the Dazzling Night Sky
|June Foray: That Bewitching Cackle!!
|June Foray: More than a Woman
|Daws Butler's Corner
|Showcasing Daws' Talent
|Honorable Mentions: the Other Voices
|Walter's Radio Career
|Walter's Radio Career Part 2
|A 19th Century Carousel
|Peabody's Pony Express
PEABODY'S PONY EXPRESS:(continued)
January 20, 2002
Subject: Mel Blanc's studio mgr.
My name is Chuck McKibben, and for 2 years in the 1970's, I was Mel Blanc's studio operations manager in Beverly Hills. I'm also a 38-year veteran audio producer/director /voiceover guy. Today, I'm a freelancer with a studio in Westbury, Long Island. (I invite you to visit my website, www.voiceoverisland.com.) I found you by doing a Google search on Paul Frees, whom I recorded in session with Mel in 1973, for a Paul Parrott Shoes TV track. May I say that your site is just great! Although I am a huge fan of all audio actors, I never knew about Walter Tetley and it's very wonderful to see his life's work recognized. You and your partner's pieces on other great voice artists are also absolutely super. Just wanted to send along my praise.
I am especially blown away by the "command performance" of Daws Butler. Holy cow, imagine a guy of his stature in the biz sitting down to do a retrospective of all his voices on tape, for one single individual who wrote a fan letter! Wow, what an amazing treasure! And what a demonstratiuon of the generous, dear nature of Daws, generally regarded as one of the nicest men who ever worked in Hollywood. I have a request to make in regard to that amazing tape: I have the opportunity to originate a radio show, for on-air broadcast in the midwest (also carried via webcast), called "Chuck McKibben Presents the Great Audio Actors" (this will be a non-commercial, not-for-profit project, incidentally). I would very much like permission to use the Daws Butler "audio letter" on my first broadcast. It would be a HUGE highlight! I will, of course, credit your wonderful website. As a return favor, I'd be happy to send you, on CD, a copy of Mel Blanc's voice demo...now quite rare, needless to say. I worked on it with Mel several times, updating and changing the arragement of bits. There may be other items in my library of interest, which I'd share gladly (let's talk!).
I'll send this out to you if you'll provide an address, and would also enjoy talking with you directly via phone. Thanks to both of you for creating a most entertaining and enlightening website!
January 18, 2002
Subject: Walter Tetley (natch)
Hi! Enjoyed your site on Walter Tetley and thought I'd add my liitle bits of info to your knowledge. I posted this on some OTR forums in the past so you may have seen it already. I had the privilege to have dinner with the late Willard Waterman in 1990. At the time, I was working on a sadly unpublished book on cartoon voice actors and had taken a seminar with June Foray a year or so earlier. Mr Waterman spoke quite kindly of Mr Tetley and referred to him as "one of the little people". Around the same time, I had lunch with author Charles Stumpf who had done a book on FIBBER MCGEE AND MOLLY and was working on a book on GILDERSLEEVE. He told me that in later years, Walter finally had a growth spurt and, in spite of his health problems, finally grew taller! I have never seen this corroborated anywhere else, however. He said that Walter's family had been very cooperative with his research and, in fact, passed on a lot of Walter's papers and photographs to him (Stumpf).
The book never came out and I don't even know if Stumpf is still with us. Walter, by the way, appears frequently on Stan Freberg's boxed set of CD's, usually in 1 minute commercials from the late 60s and early 70's. In case you weren't aware of it, Walter Tetley's earliest claim to fame, circa 1932, was as "Wee Sir Harry Lauder", a mini spoof version of the great Scottish entertainer of the same name. I have a radio book from 1932 which has a drawing of Walter in Scottish costume with bagpipes. Enjoyed your site. I'll be back.
I was kind of looking for the date of his first radio work. I read somewhere that Fred Allen brought him from New York to California. I wonder if that 1932 show was from his work in the Big Apple or in Hollywood?
I heard about that physical growth that you mention..........though I had thought that I read that he did that growing in the 1940s, after he saw a urologist then.........not later in life.
You didn't by chance attend one of June Foray's seminars in Hawaii, did you? I saw a news article, on the internet, that she did give some seminars at the University of Hawaii, not too long ago.
Actually, my seminar with Ms Foray was in San Diego in 1988. I was able to provide her with tapes of the Stan Freberg Show (NOW you can buy em at Best Buy. THEN, they were hard to find!)that she was on but hadn't heard in years. She sent me a marvellous thank you letter in character as Natasha Fatalle from Bullwinkle! In doublechecking that 1932 book, RADIO ROUNDUPS, it says that Walter had already been a radio star for three years! I could easily be misremembering WHEN Mr. Stumpf said Walter's growth spurt hit so I'm sure your version is probably correct.
Hey, what a coincidence! I JUST now read a posting on an Old Time Radio board that Charles Stumpf's book on GILDERSLEEVE is coming out next month and Stumpf is looking to set up radio interviews to publicize it! I know I'm buying one!
January 5, 2002
We received an email, earlier, which spoke of the very "tight relationship" that Daws had with Hanna-Barbera; tight to the point of loyalty...........tight to the point of not even wanting to receive credit for his voice work on Jay Ward cartoons (which had a competing cereal sponsor; General Mills vs. H-B's Kellogg's). As Greg Burson, who emailed us, explained, Daws apparently understood where the majority of his "bread and butter: was coming from: Hanna-Barbera.
Interestingly enough, however, I have found some further interesting details, about Daws' relationship, with H-B, on a google website. This site developed by Mark Evanier (Mark Evanier also has had some recent contact with June Foray, as she is working on her own autobiography) points out that, by the mid 1960s, "Daws's fruitful relationship" with Hanna-Barbera began to unravel.
Evanier states that this was not related, at all, to personality problems, between Daws and these two giants of animation. There were several problems. For one thing, Daws was largely responsible for helping their studio to become huge and successful. He had created the voices for most of their key characters. It was only natural that Daws would now deserve to be paid, even more money, than back in the late 50s. Now Daws' talent agent, Miles Auer, apparently always negotiated for Daws to be paid the highest fees possible for his work.
Another problem was that the studio had been criticized for churning out cartoons that all sounded alike. As much as Daws masterfully concocted completely different voices, I suppose it just couldn't be helped, that his signature voice would slip out, occasionally, and be recognized as that of the same man.
Finally Hanna and Barbera apparently realized the trouble, that they could encounter, if Daws continued to provide most, if not all, of their voices. If Daws were to go on strike, if his agent happened to feel that the studio was not paying him enough, then there would be a myriad of cartoon voices that would have to be recast.......and probably by more than just one man. That could have proposed a real nightmare for the two producers.
For the rest of his life, Daws rarely got the starring roles in H-B's cartoons. Mark Evanier mentions that 1968 was a pretty good year for him however. He was one of the Banana Splits, and he also did quite a bit of voice work on the Wacky Races and Catanooga Cats cartoons. In 1971 he also got the title role, in the cartoon, The Funky Phantom (the phantom sounded a lot like Snagglepuss).
Other than that, unless H-B was recycling one of their older series, with new episodes (such as Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, etc.), Daws more and more played supporting roles and minor roles.
Mr. Evanier went on to explain another interesting fact, about Daws' relationship with H-B (however this one dates back to his earlier days with the studio). Butler was, essentially, the star of H-B's "Daytime cartoons".......but not for most of their "Nighttime" work. Networks and sponsors apparently feared that if Daws was the voice of Fred and Barney, in the Flintstones, the show would sound too much like a "kid's" show. The Flintstones aired at 9:00 p.m., in some TV markets. This show also had one sponsor, which aired cigarette commercials. Clearly The Flintstones was being targeted for an adult audience. There could be a grain of truth, I suppose, to their fears, since Daws did so MANY voices for H-B's "kiddie shows".
Daws had recorded the pilot movie, for The Flintstones: The Flagstones. He was actually the original voice for BOTH Fred and Barney. Surely it must have been a disappointment, for Butler, when he lost these two roles to Alan Reed and Mel Blanc.
There was still another reason, why Daws lost out on landing these leads. Apparently attorneys were very concerned that Jackie Gleason might sue H-B, because Butler did such a very good Ralph Kramden imitation (for Fred Flintstone). It was already obvious that Fred and Barney were inspired by the TV show, The Honeymooners, with Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton. Many of The Flintstones plots beared a resemblence to the plots of The Honeymooners too. To have Daws do Fred's voice, might have been just enough to push the Gleason people, over the edge, and bring about an unwanted lawsuit.
Interestingly enough, Jackie Gleason did say, in a 1986 interview with Playboy Magazine, that he and his people had considered suing H-B over this show, but later decided not to bother.
As far as Daws' Jackie Gleason imitation is concerned, I personally wondered why H-B could not simply ask Daws to do another voice.........with his vast repertoire, surely that would have been quite easy for him. Thus, I am not sure that we have gotten the whole story on that.
To view Mark Evanier's article, in toto, visit:
December 27, 2001
I still check out your site once in awhile, to see if I can learn anything new about our old friend. Like you, I'm still hoping to someday learn more about his final days. I'm attaching some early photos, which you may already have. The first one is the cast of "Dr. Christian" which debuted on CBS radio in 1937. I don't know the dates of the other two, but they're most likely from the 30's.
Thanks a bunch. I like the last one the best. He really looks like a kid in these particular pix.
December 13, 2001
Subject: wow! Paul Rocks!
I am such a fan of Paul Frees, June Foray and Daws Butler! Thank you for such a comprehensive site! I would love to hear that albun PAUL did! MAN! Sounds way cool! You are sooo lucky to have that Tape from him! It's a treasure!
Steve In Denver Color
Thanks so much! The record, that I have (Paul Frees and the Poster People) somehow got a little bit warped, over the years.........so I can't listen to all of it (the first song, on both sides is a problem). I wish that hadn't happened. Paul Frees told me, even as long ago as December 1974, that this record was a collector's item.
December 09, 2001
Subject: Dorothy Scott
Came across your Walter Tetley page with mention to Dorothy Scott (Bill's wife and my mother), and thought I'd add some info if you'd like to update the paragraph.
Dorothy was born in Denver, Colorado and lived there until marrying Bill and moving to California. She was and is an actress. She lives in Ventura, where she is active with several theatre companies, and is in demand for roles such as the Stage Manager in Our Town, Madame Arcady in Blithe Spirit, the mother in On Golden Pond. She's active in story theatre in elementary schools. She continues with voice and film work.
Barbara........no words to describe how awesomely honored and happy I am to hear from the daughter of Bill Scott!! I would say that, after you, the next most important person, whom we have heard from would be Ray Erlenborn, who did sound effects for Jay Ward's first animated TV series, Crusader Rabbit (or perhaps he is equally important as you). I think Ray must be in his mid 90s, or even close to 100, because he said that he has been in the business for about 75 years. Now I realize, of course, that Crusader Rabbit pre-dates your father's involvement with Jay Ward.
What voice work does your mother do now? Does she do some radio, every now and then? Does she do any puppets or cartoons? Do you recall what recent film work she has done? I think I tried to pull your mother up, on IMDb's filmography and I did not find very much under her name at all (other than the work at Ward and Scott and the fact that she was the wife of Bill Scott).
I loved on Golden Pound. And I loved the role that Katharine Hepburn had, in that movie. Your mother must have really loved that role too. What a wonderful lead role to play!
Dudley Do-Right's Emporium.........That's not run by you and your mother, right? I think that Jay Ward's widow and daughter run that store. We have gotten about 2-3 emails from people who want to buy a Peabody and Sherman T-shirt. I always give them the contact info for Dudley Do-Right's Emporium, but I never hear back, from these people, as to whether or not they ever find a T-shirt there.
Best wishes for a wonderful and warm holiday season (though being in Southern California, I am sure that it is rarely cold there, at Christmas),
Brian Kistler------Best wishes for a great ' 02 also.
December 04, 2001
Subject: Hans Conried
I'm writing in response to the note from Gretchen about Hans Conreid I saw on the website.
My site may perhaps become the end-all, be-all place to find photos, sounds, and information on Hans Conried on the internet. Not only have I received information from the woman who has written his biography (due out in summer 2002), but I have done some massive searching myself on the man I consider my all time favorite actor. (You should see my favorites folder on my computer here, it's full of nothing but Hans Conried, vocal actors, and Broadway things) At any rate, I'd like to offer my website to be placed on yours for reference of all things Hans Conried.http://www.hansconried.com/
And if you still have contact with Gretchen, tell her to stop by the site and messageboard. Another Hans fan is always welcome.
Unfortunately I seem to have lost Gretchen's email address. I will ask Greg if he has it somewhere.
Would it matter to you if we put your website right on our index, on the left margin of our web page?........Or do you want us to put it only under the Links feature? I'm assuming you wouldn't mind if we put it right there on the left margin.
We definitely will want to allude to your website, because it is really great........and I really like Hans Conried too. We'll have to decide how we want to do it........Whether we will post it under the Links feature, or as a feature all its own.
I visited a few of the features tonight.........I will have to visit more, later on, when I have more time. There were some of the sound bites that would not come up for me (there was a problem with "Wizard accessibility" for a few of the sound bites); I would say that about half of the sound bites, that I clicked on, came up.
Have you seen Hans Conried in that movie The Five Thousand Fingers of Mr. T? Greg and I have both seen that movie.
I must say...........that pic that you have of him when he was quite a bit younger..........he was really a good-looking young man, at the time.
Let's keep in touch with each other,
December 04, 2001
Subject: RE: Hans Conried
Place the link to the webpage wherever you see fit. I honestly would be honoured to be linked from your site in any way, I just want to keep the knowledge of Hans Conried alive. Feel free to visit as often as you like and don't hesitate to post on the messageboard.
Yes, I have seen The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T and own it on VHS and DVD. I also have Bus Stop, Peter Pan, an episode of the Pantomime Quiz, Sabateur, Robin and the Seven Hoods, On The Town and The Twonky...all because he is in them in one way or another. (Even for 5 minutes, heh.) I'm a huge fan, if you couldn't tell. Oh, and I also own almost every radio show he has ever done on mp3.
That picture of him young I got from his biographer. LOL, yes he was an attractive guy when he was younger...he also looks like my boyfriend! (Very eerie)