CineSavant Column

Saturday November 17, 2018


Correspondent ‘Bee’ follows up on the The Last Movie review that he helped write with a link to a brief film clip from The Merv Griffin Show helpfully entitled A Slightly Bombed Dennis Hopper Bemoans the fate of his ‘The Last Movie.’ It’s short, but sweet.

A fun resource located by Gary Teetzel: a July 1957 episode of CBS Radio Workshop is an adaption of Poe’s Never Bet the Devil Your Head, the story filmed by Federico Fellini in Spirits of the Dead. Actor John Dehner narrates the story as Poe; the unlucky Toby Dammit is played by . . . wait for it … Daws Butler.

Yes, Daws Butler, famous for doing countless voices for Hanna-Barbara, including Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Quick Draw McGraw, etc.. Butler’s Dammit isn’t like any of those characters, but it does distinctly sound like a cartoon voice. So if you want to hear Poe as performed by Yogi Bear, here you go: CBS Radio Workshop – Never Bet the Devil Your Head. Presented by the Old Time Radio Researchers Group at Yahoo.

Thanks for reading! — Glenn Erickson