As an Ann Sheridan fan...
...wouldn't it have been great to have been a "fly on the wall" when Ray Hagen interviewed Ann Sheridan in
Sardi's East restaurant in New York City in 1965?
Now you can be!
The original reel-to-reel tapes have
been recently transferred to MP3 files!
And now you can listen to Ray's historic interview with Ann Sheridan
just as if you're sitting at the next table!
Dear Ann Sheridan fan,
If you've looked around Ann-Sheridan.com a bit, you may have noticed I thank Ray Hagen for the contributions he's made to this site.
I had previously emailed Ray and asked him if I could interview him about Ann. He agreed. You can read my interview with Ray here.
During our interview, Ray mentioned he had tapes of his interview with Ann.
A few days later, I emailed him and asked him about the tapes.
He told me they were reel-to-reel tapes. And, because he no longer had a reel-to-reel player, he hadn't listened to the tapes since shortly after he completed the Screen Facts magazine article he had interviewed Ann for.
I told him if he'd be willing to send me the tapes, I would make arrangements to have them transferred to mp3 files.
Ray's two interviews with Ann have since been converted. And Ray has graciously given me the ok to make his interview (and other bonuses that I'll talk about in a minute) available to Ann Sheridan fans through Ann-Sheridan.com.
Here is the audio of a phone call between Ann Sheridan and Ray Hagen that took place after the two interviews took place and he was wrapping up his article about Ann:
Press Play (4 minutes, 39 seconds)
Ray's first interview with Ann began early in the afternoon of July 29th, 1965. As the
afternoon wore on (as you'll hear on the mp3s) the background chatter and
For the second interview on September 16th, the restaurant's management having learned of the problem, gave Ray and Ann a private backroom so there is no background noise.
For both interviews, Ray was sure to put the mike closer to than Ann than himself -- so you'll always be able to hear Annie above the background noise.
These were to be the longest in-depth interviews Ann ever gave anyone during her long career.
She was loose, funny, unguarded and extremely articulate (even occasionally breaking into song), and the interviews give an invaluable insight to exactly how Hollywood operated, and how the studios treated their contract players, during the 1930s and 1940s.
As a bonus, Ray has also authorized me to include audio of the some of Ann's guest appearances that were also on his reel-to-reel tapes:
• The Dean Martin-Jerry Lewis Show (1951) (Radio)
• The Eddie Cantor Show (6/20/45), Mail Call (AFRS, 8/27/42) (Radio)
• The Smiths of Hollywood (6/22/47), the Screen Guild Theater (5/28/39
and 6/14/43) (Radio)
• Command Performance (AFRS, 12/16/44); (Radio)
• Jack Benny Program (1/28/45)
• Johnny Carson's Tonight Show (3/17/66) (TV)
• Merv Griffin's Talent Scouts (8/6/63) (TV)
• Art Linkletter's House Party (9/20/66) (TV)
be listening in minutes
And I've got some more good news...
Within a few minutes you can be listening to Ray's interview with Ann.
Because once you pay a rather modest price of $19.95, you'll be taken to a page where you can download the files immediately.
If you have any questions, about the interviews or radio and television appearances, please contact me by clicking here. If, for any reason you're not satisfied with your purchase, just let me know within 90 days and I will give you your money back.
It's been a great thrill for me to put this site together for Ann Sheridan fans.
I have lots of more information I will be adding to it over the months and years ahead.
And as always, thanks to Ray Hagen, for not only his great interview with
Ann, but for all he's done to promote Ann's memory over the years.
And thanks to you.
Without Ann Sheridan fans, the world would be a little less friendly a place.
P.S. To summarize here is the index of the five mp3s you'll receive:r />
INTERVIEWS with Ray Hagen
Sardi's East, NYC - July 29 and Sept. 16, 1965
1 - 1st Interview (Time: 3 hours, 15 minutes)
2 - 1st Interview-cont'd, and 2nd Interview (Time: 53 minutes)
Ann Sheridan Radio and TV Guest Appearances
3 - The Dean Martin-Jerry Lewis Show (NBC - 1951)
The Eddie Cantor Show (NBC - 6/20/45)
Mail Call: George Washington Slept Here
with Jack Benny (AFRS - 8/27/42)
The Smiths of Hollywood 1,000 Big Ones (Synd - 6/22/47)
4 - Tonight Show w/ Johnny Carson (NBC TV - 1/17/66)
Talent Scouts with Merv Griffin (CBS TV - 8/6/63)
Art Linkletter's House Party (CBS TV - 9/20/66)
Screen Guild Theater (CBS - 5/28/39)
Screen Guild Theater: Love Is News (CBS - 6/14/43)
Command Performance (AFRS - 12/16/44)
5 - The Jack Benny Program (NBC - 5/3/42)
Note: Each file will take you less than 4 minutes to download with a standard cable connection.