Here’s a 1951 promotional film for Capitol Records starring Mel Blanc and Billy May, Wanna Buy a Record? Mel plays a record dealer who lets Billy May and us know, in a comedic way, what went into recording a record, the process of turning that recording into actual discs and how those discs were delivered to your local record store.
Besides Mel and Billy, we also see such people as Harry Stewart (as Yogi Yorgesson), Dean Martin (in the recording studio) and Capitol Records producer/executive Alan Livingston. We also get to see what Hollywood looked like in 1951, with views of Grauman’s Chinese Theater, ABC, NBC and Wallichs Music City, the record store that Mel owns in this scenario – it was actually owned by Capitol Records co-founder Glenn Wallichs.
Enjoy this unusual film….and its bizarre ending!