Spencer, Norman

Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 22, 2004

    Along with Bernard Brown, one of the musical directors for Warner Brothers cartoons between 1933 and 1936. Spencer has the dubious distinction of being the person who repeatedly rejected the applications of Mel Blanc to work at the studio. Blanc was hired only after Spencer apparently either died of a heart attack or fell ill sometime around 1936. Soundman Treg Brown was filling in for him and decided to let him audition. (As recounted in Blanc’s autobiography, That’s Not All, Folks!) Stalling, in his only interview, implies that Spencer had something of a drinking problem, noting that the desk in the his office was filled with bottles.

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