On 5/31/12 5:04 PM, "Don Tait ([log in to unmask])"
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> If I recall correctly, Eddie Cantor was still crooning "If You Knew Susie"
> and about his numerous daughters on his television programs into some time
> in the 1950s. I think Al Jolson died in 1953. (1952?) Jimmy Durante went on
> with his schtick "Good night Missus Calabash wherever you are" into the
> '60s, on television walking from one overhead spotlight to the next, turning
> and doffing his hat, finally leaving. My mother always wept.
One of the funniest take-offs on Jimmy's program-ending "exits" through the
spotlight pools occurred during a year that George Gobel's show followed
Jimmy's. After Jimmy stepped out of the last circle and into the night,
Gobel's program began by duplicating the spots and George (VERY BIG on tv at
the time) making his entrance through the very same spots -- in reverse
I reviewed Jimmy's club act for the Syracuse Post-Standard and separately
for VARIETY (as a "new act" because it was the first time that Sonny King
joined Jimmy and Eddie Jackson), which led to correspondence and (I still
have the letters and cards from him) and meetings, backstage visits and
photos from East Coast clubs, especially Palumbo's in Philly when I wrote
for the Inquirer and the Copa. I could tell that he dictated the letters
because they read the same way he talked. Whatta a guy!