Re: Kenny Baker

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Posted ByGerry O. on February 15, 2004 at 22:35:10:

In Reply to: Kenny Baker posted byBobR on February 15, 2004 at 21:07:51:

: Did Jack ever get upset that Kenny went over to the Fred Allen program? I think it was fortuitous that he ended up getting Dennis who was far more talented in comedy and especially his immitations.


Well, for starters, Kenny didn't go directly from Jack's program to Fred's program. Kenny left Jack's show for "The Texaco Star Theatre", which at that time was hosted by other people (first Adolph Menjou, then John Barrymore and then Ken Murray). Fred Allen didn't take over as the "Texaco Star Theatre" host until the following season.

It's a very interesting question when you ask if Jack was upset when Kenny left the Benny program. Jack's reaction to Kenny's departure has never really been discussed...not even in in-depth biographies of Jack.

If Jack WAS upset, it couldn't have been TOO ugly, and Jack must have eventually gotten over it, because he and Kenny did reunite a few times during the 1940's (Kenny making "return" guest appearances on Jack's show and Jack guesting on Kenny's "Glamor Manor" radio show).

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