Category Archives: Fred Allen

May 31: Happy Birthday Fred Allen

Fred Allen had no idea when he was growing up that he would become one of the most popular entertainers of his time. In fact, as a poor Irish kid on the streets of Cambridge, Massachusetts, he would have been … Continue reading

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How Hitler Helped Create Allen’s Alley

The title of this should not be interpreted with any insinuation that Fred Allen may have been a Nazi. Like most Americans of his generation, the more Fred and the rest of the entertainment industry learned about Hitler and his … Continue reading

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Why I Can’t Stand Jack Benny Contest of 1945

When We Couldn’t Stand Jack Benny – A running gag series on the Jack Benny Program where radio listeners and special guests shared the many ways they couldn’t stand Jack Benny. The winner received $10,000 in American Bonds. No one … Continue reading

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Charlie McCarthy Premiers on Royal Gelatin Hour

Seventy seven years ago, on Dec 17, 1936, Edgar Bergen brought his companion, Charlie McCarthy, to the radio waves for the first time. The show was The Royal Gelatin Hour hosted and directed by Rudy Vallee. Better known as The … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Portland Hoffa!

Portland Hoffa, wife and radio co-star of comedian Fred Allen was born on this day, Jan 25, 1905, in Portland Oregon. Hoffa and Fred Allen met while on the road with The Passing Show of 1922, and started going together … Continue reading

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Radio Comedian Fred Allen dies at age 61, 3-17-1956

A frequent star of the old time radio shows the “Colgate Comedy Hour” and host of the “Fred Allen Radio Show,” today in 1956, comedian Fred Allen died at age 61. Here is one of his late broadcasts a June … Continue reading

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Jack Benny v Fred Allen Feud “Battle of the Century” 3-14-1937

Billed as the “Battle of the Century”, comedians Jack Benny and Fred Allen began long running faux feud. This is the opening of the on-air brawl, the broadcast of the Jack Benny program from March 14, 1937: [Audio clip: view … Continue reading

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