Dec 24, 2014
Johnny Roventini was a huge voice in a tiny body. He was a real bellhop who was spotted by an advertising executive who thought Johnny might be the spark he needed for a cigarette campaign.
He auditioned Johnny right there in the Hotel New Yorker, and
hired him to represent Philip Morris cigarettes.
Johnny appeared on a lot of radio shows, including (what a surprise) The Philip Morris Playhouse. The show ran, off and on, from 1939 to 1953.
This episode, Murder Needs an Artist, stars Vincent Price. It first aired on May 6, 1950.