Gerald Mohr played the role of the overly dramatic French teacher, Mr. Monet, who often spoke using hilarious malapropisms of which Miss Brooks would only sometimes correct. Mohr was a well-known radio and movie actor. If you are a fan of old-time radio detectives, you might recognize him from The Adventures of Philip Marlowe. Amazingly, some estimates have Mohr making over 4,000 appearances on the radio from the 1930s to the early 1950s, even taking into account the three years he was in the Army Air Force during World War II.
Mohr also had an active film career and television career. He appeared in 73 films, most of them B movies, and over 100 television shows. His active radio, film, and television career started in the hospital while recovering from appendicitis. While there he met radio commentator Andre Baruch who recognized that Mohr’s melodious baritone would be fabulous on radio. He spent three years at CBS while he was a Premed student at Columbia.
His first film role was in the 1938 movie Society Smugglers. It was an uncredited performance but, hey, it was a movie! He continued working in westerns, detective movies, and a few science fiction movies. In the 1950s, he started making guest appearances on television shows like Bat Masterson, Big Valley, Rawhide and even shows like The Smothers Brothers and The Jack Benny Show.
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