Note: This first E-mail actually came from someone who had read an article, that I wrote, about The Dudley Do-Right Show, at the IMDb site (and not from the Walter Tetley Web Page), but we are including her comments, anyway, because Dudley Do-Right does belong to the same “ball of wax” as Sherman and Peabody (Jay Ward cartoons).
> HI! I’M A HUGE HANS CONRIED FAN, AND I SAW YOUR COMMENT ABOUT “DUDLEY > DO-RIGHT” ON IMDB. I LOVED HIM IN THAT SHOW, AND IN ALL HIS MOVIES, TOO. > I’VE BEEN TRYING TO FIND HIS BIOGRAPHY AND/OR PHOTOS ON THE INTERNET, WITH NO LUCK…I GUESS HE’S NOT AS WELL-KNOWN AS SOME OTHER B-MOVIE ACTORS! I THINK THERE SHOULD BE A TRIBUTE SITE FOR ALL HIS FANS. THE ONLY THING I FOUND, WAS A VERY BRIEF BIO (AND FILMOGRAPHY) ON IMDB. I WAS WONDERING IF YOU KNOW WHERE THIS HARD-TO-FIND INFO CAN BE FOUND ON THE NET!! I’VE TRIED A FEW DIFFERENT SEARCH ENGINES, AND NONE COULD FIND HIS NAME LISTED ANYWHERE (EXCEPT AS A FILM’S CAST MEMBER)! IF YOU CAN HELP, PLEASE E-MAIL ME SOON…I’D ALSO LIKE TO HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS MULTI-TALENTED ACTOR. THANKS! GRETCHEN S.
At the time of her E-mail, I responded and told Gretchen that I did like Mr. Conried very much. I mentioned that I had heard that he was a regular, or a semi-regular, years ago, on Danny Thomas’s TV series MAKE ROOM FOR DADDY (not to be confused with his later series, MAKE ROOM FOR GRANDDADDY). As big as a fan as she is, she most likely already knew this fact.
I also told her that Hans Conried was surely near the top, of the most famous voice actors, from Jay Ward, as I had seen Hans Conried numerous times, on TV and in the movies. I further mentioned to her that, I had read, years ago, that when Conried was in radio, in his twenties, even then he was playing middle-aged men.
For those of you who do not already know, besides Snidely Whiplash, Conried also played Uncle Waldo, in Jay Ward’s middle series, HOOPITY HOOPER. He was also the host of one of Jay Ward’s non-cartoon shows, FRACTURED FLICKERS. In this show he hosted clips of silent movies, in which Ward’s voice actors dubbed in dialogue.
In Keith Scott’s book, THE MOOSE THAT ROARED, which goes into an extensive history of Jay Ward cartoons, Scott mentions that Jay Ward and Bill Scott wanted to use Hans Conried, for their last series, GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE, but Conried was too busy at that time to participate.
If anyone out there, knows some sites, which could help Gretchen, with what she is looking for, please email us.