The Cool Hall of Fame #50

Fred Allen


Anonymous said...

Love the photo. I'm a big fan of "Mr. All - en", but of course more familiar with his radio work. (I do think "It's In The Bag" is a terribly underrated picture. I also wish people still referred to films as "pictures".) I think of him more as a juggler than a ventriloquist in his vaudeville days. (I have a copy of "Treadmill to Oblivion," but haven't yet read it.) My memory is suggesting that perhaps I remember him being a failed ventriloquist? Seem to recall he failed in a seal act as well, or was that George Burns? At any rate, that has to be the most ghastly and macabre ventriloquist's dummy I've ever seen. I'll probably have nightmares about it tonight.

Ivan G. said...

To Anonymous:

After reading Treadmill to Oblivion, you need to pick up a copy of Much Ado About Me. One of the best biographies I've ever read.

To Stephen, Tom, Richard and the rest of the Hee Haw gang:

Thanks for the Allen pic. You just can't kick off the day proper without a photo of radio's comic genius.

Tom Sutpen said...

Thanks, Ivan . . . and saaaaaa-LUTE!!