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Sound by Glen Glenn, Revision 1

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Sound by Glen Glenn, Revision 1


An article was posted on this blog in September of 2011, also titled “Sound by Glen Glenn.” Information was scarce and an invitation to add to the article was included in the posting. Two correspondents have provided information and this is an updated version. The original article is now deleted.

Glen Glenn Sound was a very successful sound recording company in the 1950s and 60s and remains so today. Its founder was born in Chipman, New Brunswick. There is still ample opportunity to contribute to this summary, and comments are still welcomed.

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Percy Glenn was born on November 25, 1907 in Chipman, New Brunswick. The birth record at the Archives in Fredericton indicates only the name ‘Percy’, although he was also known as Raymond Percy. During his professional life, however, he took the first name ‘Glen’ and became Glen Raymond Glenn. Glen’s parents were Lionel Glenn and the former Della Clark. There were at least two other children, John of Chipman and Earl of Minto.

It was probably soon after arriving in California in the mid-1930s that Glenn married Mary Helen McCorkle, a daughter of Gentry Purveyance McCorkle of Glendale, California. Glen and Mary Helen had four children, Molly (ca. 1937), Deanna (ca. 1940), John (ca. 1944) and James Lionel (ca. 1947). Other lists exist on genealogical web sites, but this list is complete and correct.

Glen and Mary Helen lived at 2048 Ames Street in Los Angeles.

The Glen Glenn Sound Company was founded by Glen Glenn and Harry Eckles. They worked together in 1936, but not in a company by the name of Glen Glenn Sound. By 1937, Glenn needed a partner to help finance the purchase of a sound truck and Harry Eckles, who had been a salesman for Ray Mercer Co., became that partner. The Glen Glenn Sound Company was established in that year. Glen Glenn Sound is credited with having provided sound services for Yellow Cargo, El Capitan Tormenta, and Captain Calamity all in 1936, but this was likely not as a partnership.

It is known that the Glen Glenn Sound Company partnership was not formed in 1936 from affidavits that Glenn and Eckles issued in connection with a law suit argued in a New York court in 1957. We can not make much of this case as we do not know the outcome. The suit cannot have been very disruptive since it is not remembered by some people. It is interesting, however, in that Glenn’s and Eckles’ affidavits shed some light on what was happening in the very early days.

Glenn and Eckles worked mostly on western movies until the advent of TV. One of their earliest TV clients was Flying-A Productions owned by Gene Autrey. Another was Stage-5 who produced Ozzie and Harriet and Our Miss Brooks.

Glen Glenn Sound provided services to produce the TV programs I Love Lucy, Bonanza, Mission Impossible, My Three Sons, and very many others. I Love Lucy was one of the most famous accomplishments, as his services to Desilu were exclusive and since there were, of course, many episodes. By the 1960s, it seemed that every popular television program carried the credit ‘Sound by Glen Glenn’.

Glen and Mary Helen and one of their sons, James Lionel, were visiting Glen’s mother in Chipman during the summer of 1960. James Lionel was at an uncle’s farm in Minto when, on August 21, Glen’s car slid off of a dirt road and through a guardrail into Newcastle Creek. The car was not recovered until several hours later, and the Glenns had died.

Glen Glenn Sound became a division of Republic Corp. in about 1972, and was then acquired by Todd-AO in1986. Todd-AO is a division of CSS Studios, a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Communications. At the time of its acquisition by Todd-AO it was the largest independent sound company with 14 studios at three locations.

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  • According to this source, Glen Glenn of Glen Glenn Sound was from the Grand Lake area.
  • New Brunswick Provincial Archives, RS141 Vital Statistics from Government Records: This is the birth record for Percy Glenn. This is a database entry, not a facsimile of the original.
  • This avers that Percy Glenn was Glen Glenn, the subject of these notes.
  • Los Angeles Times, August 22, 1960, page 23. This newspaper article gives details of the 1960 car accident and a list of survivors.
  • GOOGLE book ‘The American Film Industry’ by Anthony Slide, 1960: Glen Glenn Sound Co., Inc. was founded in 1937 by Harry Eckles and Glen Glenn.
  • The company was founded in 1936 Glen Glenn.
  • Independent Productions Corp. and IPC Distributors, Inc., Plaintiffs, v. Loew’s, Inc. et al., Defendants. This gives details of the 1957 court proceedings in New York. The affidavits stating that there was no partnership between Glenn and Eckles in a company named the Glen Glenn Sound during 1936 are also referenced.
  • Finis A. McCorkle was the father of Gentry Purveyance McCorkle; and Gentry was the father of Mary Helen McCorkle who married Glen Glenn.
  • This includes a photograph of Gentry Purveyance McCorkle with his daughter Mary Helen.
  • New Brunswick Provincial Archives, RS141C5 Index of Death Certificates: This is the death record for Glen Raymond Glenn. This is a database entry, not a facsimile of the original.
  • Los Angeles Times, May 27, 1971, and July 14, 1971, and December 24, 1971. Each of these gives details of the ca. 1972 acquisition of the Glen Glenn Sound Co. by Republic Corp.
  • Los Angeles Times, May 2, 1982. Glen Glenn Sound, a division of Republic Corp., built a new technologically advanced and acoustically superior sound facility at 900 Seward Street in Hollywood. This article places the founding of Glen Glenn Sound in 1930, which is incorrect.
  • This outlines some history of Glen Glenn Sound.
  • Todd-AO is a division of CSS Studios, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Communications, Inc. 
  • Many lists of films credited to Glen Glenn Sound are readily accessed on-line.
  • Correspondent #1 (privacy protected). Glen and Mary Helen had four children only, Molly, Deanna, John and James Lionel.
  • Correspondent #2 (privacy protected). Glen and Mary Helen had four children only, Molly, Deanna, John and James Lionel. Harry Eckles had been a salesman for Ray Mercer Co. and became a partner with Glenn in 1937. They worked mostly on western movies until the advent of TV; and then provided services to Flying-A Productions, Desilu, and Stage-5. Glenn’s wife was always known as Mary Helen, never just as Mary. The only law suit was around 1939 when Western Electric sued for infringement; but Glenn won. The lawyer’s name was Norberg.

Written by johnwood1946

July 25, 2012 at 10:19 AM

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  1. Did Glen Glenn ever work in OIl City, PA in the 1950’s?

    edie fox

    June 26, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    • Good morning, All that I know is stated in the blog post. I wish I knew more and could answer your question, but it was difficult to scrape up even that amount of information.


      June 26, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    • I can answer that, no he did not. He was my grandmothers cousin and my parents knew him well. He left Chipman NB Canada for Manhattan, became an electrical engineer ( crazy how many we have in our family!) and headed to Hollywood.


      December 18, 2016 at 5:59 AM

      • Thank you. I found it strange that no one had written more about his career.


        December 18, 2016 at 8:40 AM

  2. I am looking for the census records from when he was born. Percy ( as he was known to family) was my maternal grandmothers cousin. Both of my parents were with him the night they died. I still have relatives in Chipman. My family still talks about how, although he was a millionaire, he never forgot his family or roots and visited every year and wrote often.


    December 18, 2016 at 5:55 AM

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