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Tuesday, June 12, 2012


The subtitle of this threadf could also be "Two men who didn't grow up but looked up and earned a living." Over on the "Pokey" blog, [Profile], and YOWP on the htttp://, and AMID AMIDI and JERRY BECK on their joint CARTOON RESEARCH blog, we've recentl;y pointed out the death of Dick Beals, 1927-2012, who never graduated from puberty but always though big, acted big, and succeded big.

Some peoiple may confuse this longtime successfull radio/cartoon voice fellow, associated with radio chaarcters on comedies and westerns ("Lone Ranger") Miles Lab's "Speedy Alka-Seltzer" pushing guess which product, and many animated characters f(WB's Ralph Phillips in "From A To ZZZ",1954 and "Boyhood Daze",1957), incidental charac ters opn Clokey's "Gumby" and the title character and again incidentals on Clokey's other series, "Davey and Goliath, HB's "Jetsons" occassionally appearing character Arthur Spaccely, and the kid who wished "he were an Oscar Meyer Weiner", with another old-time radio/cartoon character voice actor who ALSO didn't go through puberty but ALSO throught big, but didn't have the best years of his life right before his death: Walter Tetley, (whose radio roles include "Great Gildersleeve" nep[hew Leroy and Walter on Phil harris) Lantz/UVIN's mid-franchise end "Andy Panda" (ended in 1949), and  Jay Ward's  (and Herman's Hermits band Peter Noone infleunce) "Pet boy Sherman", Walter Tetley, 1915-1975.

Go to for info from my on Dick beal;s. Walter Tetley is another story. Born Ney York City in 1915, he, too went through the condition that caused the changes,  which prevent puberty. Yet he also turned this into a lucrative carreer, on the radios mentioned above ("Gilversleeve","Harris"), playing smart aleck boys and then in 1941 in the first Looney Tunes one shot, Tex Avery's ":Haunted Mouse", did some 1940s cartoons until he got to Un iversal/Walter Lantz's, who'd been looking for hsi Andy Panda's next voice (Sarah Berner had been the major one), and so Tetley came by, saying such lines as "Ohhhh, I don't feel so good..", in the fruity and "satanic", ahem, Lantz Cartune songfest, and mahybe Andy Panda's best, "Apple Andy", before he enters his nightmare with the song "Up Jumped the Devil". Tetley's voice served Andy till the premature 1948 retirement of the animation medium's on;y Panda Bear (the Fugmation Brady pandas, Ping and Pong, need not apply, and don't even start me on Marvelless Productions's Pandamonium from 1982). Tetley then seems to disappear from an imaiton, leavinf Dick Beals and other sto have the kid roles, till 1951, or something when Reddy Kilowatt was created, around the same that Mr.Beals was doing the early Speedies. Wheteher or not these two legends ever voiced together, I have no honest knowledge.

The one and only Kliph Nesteroff has an excellentt story here.

Still, both younthufl ssounding actors's respective voices would show up in the mindsets of aujdiences watching TV as well as radio, beginning early 50s. After the longtime success of Reddy Kilowatt, Walter Tetley would find his way into animation to Jay Ward's erudite dog (Bill Scott) Mr.Peabody, as "Pet Boy Sherman". THAT renewed Walter's career again, though it doesn't seem to show mcuh animation appearances otherwise, though in 1972 his last appearance was apparently his only one at Hannaa-Barbera in "A Christmas Story", broadcast week of 12/02/72, as a little boy (with perrenial teenage girl Janet Waldo as briefly heard  sister in a rather lengthy TV special, whose title is not to be confused with the 1983 movie title). Unforuntately, apparently depression has seemed to take its toll on the formerly happy and always-ready-with-a-smart-remark for the GreatGildy (Hal Peary) on the Great (guess who?) radio show. By 1975, apparently it was a heart attack that called the fabulously talented  Walter Tetley to heaven, and now he's joined by Dick Beals. May Reddy Kilowatt and Speedy Alka Selzter enjoy their life in heaven. And what a relief it's always been.Eveyr dog should have a boy.,

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