Posted ByGerry O. on November 19, 2001 at 08:17:37:
In Reply to: Mr Jack Benny on Suspense! posted bybill powers on November 17, 2001 at 11:03:14:
: Wow! I finally got to hear the second half of the Suspense program from last weeks chat. Now I can't keep that little jingle out of my head "its rotting my brain!" Suspense was good about that. I didn't realize that Elliot Lewis had an interest in Suspense. Frankie Remley (or his stand-in is everywhere!)... Now if I could just find out who Jack Eigan (sp) of Fred Allen lore was..that would at least hold me til tomorrow.....
I've never heard any of Mr. Eigan's actual broadcasts, but from what I've heard and read, Jack Eigan was a radio personality who did a radio show from one of New York City's nightspots in the late 1940's. His progam consisted of him interviewing celebrities, and none of his interviews seemed to have any substance to them. They were of the "shameless plug" variety: "So tell us about your new movie that's coming out...", "So how's that new record of yours doing?", etc. It was all glitzy show-biz-type fluff, and the type of radio that Fred Allen DETESTED! That's why Fred liked to poke fun at Eigan and his show....When Fred would say to a true radio great like Orson Welles, "Orson, take my advice and you'll be the biggest thing on radio since Jack Eigan", it would really get a laugh!