The Mel Blanc Show - Mel's birthday! (02-11-47)


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Mel's birthday! (Aired February 11, 1947)
In 1936, Mel Blanc joined Leon Schlesinger Productions, which made animated cartoons distributed by Warner Bros. Blanc liked to tell the story about how he got turned down at the Schlesinger studio by music director Norman Spencer, who was in charge of cartoon voices, saying that they had all the voices they needed. Then Spencer died, and sound man Treg Brown took charge of cartoon voices, while Carl Stalling took over as music director. Brown introduced Blanc to animation directors Tex Avery, Bob Clampett, Friz Freleng, and Frank Tashlin, who loved his voices. The first cartoon Blanc worked on was Picador Porky as the voice of a drunken bull. He took over as Porky Pig's voice in Porky's Duck Hunt, which marked the debut of Daffy Duck, also voiced by Blanc. Blanc soon became noted for voicing a wide variety of cartoon characters from Looney Tunes, adding Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird, Pepé Le Pew and many others. THIS EPISODE: February 11, 1947. CBS net. Sponsored by: Colgate Tooth Powder, Halo Shampoo. The bank is going to foreclose on Mel's Fix-It Shop...on "Mel's birthday!" Mel pretends to be dead to see if anyone misses him! Alan Reed (?), Bud Hiestand (announcer), Hans Conried, Joseph Kearns, Mac Benoff (writer), Mary Jane Croft, Mel Blanc, The Sportsmen, Victor Miller and His Orchestra. 23:52. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.
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