Posted ByGerry O. on January 19, 2002 at 19:25:28:
I've always been amazed by the fact that MGM chose Jack Benny to M.C. its "Hollywood Revue of 1929". This film was touted as a BIG picture, showcasing most (if not ALL) of the studio's major stars during the early days of sound.
Jack was virtually an unknown at the time of this film's release. Sure, he made a name for himself in vaudeville and on the NY stage, but this was before he ever appeared on radio or made any major films, and he certainly was not what you would call a national "Superstar".
Apparently the bigwigs at MGM must have been able to spot Jack's great talent and gift for comedy/hosting duties....Why else would they give a young, relatively unknown comedian the important role of M.C. in one of their biggest films? Just a thought....