In September of 1928, Walt Disney traveled to New York City in an attempt to secure the technology needed to combine a synchronized soundtrack to the recently finished animation of his latest Mickey Mouse cartoon. He ultimately decided on a piece of equipment named the ‘Power’s Cinephone’ which was being pushed by a slick talking salesman named Pat Powers. Unbeknownst to Walt, Powers was not quite the man he sold himself to be. Without this knowledge, Walt Disney and Pat Powers closed the deal and the two men, along with conductor Carl Eduarde, forged ahead with plans to record the soundtrack to ‘Steamboat Willie’ in a small New York City recording studio. Hear these stories and more, on this episode of The Uncle Walt Podcast.
Pat A. Powers