the Radio Spirits blog this morning, we reverently doff our caps as we eat cake and ice cream because “The Man of a Thousand Voice” was born on this date today in 1920. I’ve mentioned so many times on the blog how much of a fan I am of the man who—well, let’s not mince words here: he was the definitive Matt Dillon. (Apologies to all the James Arness fans out there, but it’s true. And I say this as an unrepentant TV Gunsmoke junkie.) Anyhoo, Bill Conrad had one of the most distinctive voices on radio…and yet, he was capable of playing many roles and voicing more dialects than you could imagine. And if I spot him in an old movie I know that no matter how bad the flick might turn out to be, even money says he’s the best thing in it. (Try watching Dial 1119 sometime if you don’t believe me.)
Someone mentioned to me that Boomerang has brought back Rocky and His Friends/The Bullwinkle Show on Saturdays at 7am; we no longer receive that channel due to Rancho Yesteryear financial cutbacks…but as I patiently explained to Mater when she was sizing up my DVD collection for sale, “the moose and squirrel are non-negotiable.”
In the meantime—nothing much to report here, but I did put together an article on The Bowery Boys over at ClassicFlix…and while you’re there, be sure to check out the rest of the fine articles written by the crème de la crème of classic film writers. More stuff to come soon.