A Few Words From Zero Mostel, Paula Prentiss And Jules Munshin – 1961 – Past Daily Pop Chronicles

Zero Mostel (and Eli Wallach) - Early 60s Broadway was a different kettle of fish.

Zero Mostel (with Eli Wallach) – Early 60s Broadway was a different kettle of fish.

. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – CBS Radio: Sunday Night With Mitch Miller – January 1961 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection.

Another series of interviews with notables from Broadway and Hollywood from the early 1960s this week, via Mitch Miller and his weekly radio show Sundays With Mitch.

This week its interviews from January 1961, featuring Broadway actors Zero Mostel and Jules Munshin and Hollywood newcomer Paula Prentiss. Mostel was starring in the hit broadway play Rhinoceros by the Romanian playwright Eugène Ionesco and Jules Minshin was also in a broadway hit, playing opposite Carol Channing in the revue Showgirl and Paula Prentiss was making her film debut in the MGM film Where The Boys Are.

The whole show was broadcast from the famous Manhattan eatery Sardis East, and the interviews are insightful, if not somewhat dated. Prentiss is asked if it’s possible for a pretty woman to do Comedy. Fortunately, it doesn’t slide too far after that, and Zero Mostel more or less dominates the show.

But it’s an interesting and enjoyable half-hour and it features a set of artists who have all made names for themselves in the 1960s and beyond. Sadly, Mostel and Munshin are no longer around. Prentiss has left film in favor of the stage.

So this is a unique opportunity to hear what the Performing Arts were up to in the early 1960s – and maybe you haven’t heard them before and maybe the’ve slipped your mind. Here’s a chance to get reacquainted.

 

 

Jules Munshin, from the Broadway-to-film hit On The Town.

Jules Munshin, from the Broadway-to-film hit On The Town.

Paula Prentiss - at the start of a memorable career.

Paula Prentiss – at the start of a bright and memorable career.

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