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April 30th, 2009
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The Most Important Question Of The Day

It's important, really

Jack Benny
29(82.9%)
Fred Allen
6(17.1%)

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From:filkertom
Date:April 30th, 2009 02:00 pm (UTC)
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Benny. Although, honestly, George Burns. Or Groucho.
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From:ericcoleman
Date:April 30th, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC)
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I claim that I don't supply context, but I'm usually lying.

Fred Allen's radio show was as popular as Benny's and now he's almost forgotten. It's a shame, he was brilliant, as was his show
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From:jblaque
Date:April 30th, 2009 02:54 pm (UTC)
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From:beamjockey
Date:April 30th, 2009 06:35 pm (UTC)
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Chuck Schaden is the principal reason I can give an informed answer to this poll.
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From:awfulhorrid
Date:April 30th, 2009 02:05 pm (UTC)
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Fran works in Waukegan, so I have to go with Jack Benny. There's a statue of him in the park near the library. Every once in a while I'll walk by and say "Hello Mr. Benny!"
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From:controuble
Date:April 30th, 2009 02:14 pm (UTC)
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Say Goodnight Gracie!
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From:ericcoleman
Date:April 30th, 2009 02:18 pm (UTC)
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Ummm, that's Burns & Allen, not Fred.
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From:shsilver
Date:April 30th, 2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
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Less so for Benny, and more for his support cast: Eddie Anderson, Mary Livingstone, Mel Blanc, Don Wilson, Phil Harris, Dennis Day, and Kenny Baker.
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From:ericcoleman
Date:April 30th, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC)
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Kenny Baker was also on Fred's show.
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From:ericcoleman
Date:April 30th, 2009 02:46 pm (UTC)
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Oh, and of course one of the greatest leading men to ever grace a Marx Brothers movie
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From:shsilver
Date:April 30th, 2009 02:52 pm (UTC)
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See my note below, since we clearly disagree on his contribution to the Marx Brother's canon.
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From:ericcoleman
Date:April 30th, 2009 02:54 pm (UTC)
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Hey, he may be the only one who was better than the ever so brilliant Tony Martin.
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From:shsilver
Date:April 30th, 2009 02:58 pm (UTC)
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You seem to have misspelled John Carroll.
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From:ericcoleman
Date:April 30th, 2009 07:01 pm (UTC)
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I always thought of him as being the villain in Go West
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From:shsilver
Date:April 30th, 2009 07:12 pm (UTC)
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You've been listening too long to Dan Wilson. Terry Turner just wants to marry Dan's little baby grand-daughter, Eve.

Walter Woolf King (John Beecher) and Robert Barrat (Red Baxter) are the villains of the piece. (and we can't forget Lulubelle, Mary Lou, and Melody (Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana).

Of course, Go West does have one of my favorite exchanges between Groucho and Chico.
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From:shsilver
Date:April 30th, 2009 02:54 pm (UTC)
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He was also fantastic in Star Wars. (ducks)
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From:shsilver
Date:April 30th, 2009 02:52 pm (UTC)
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Thanks. I hadn't realized that. He was much better on Benny's show than he was in At the Circus (or The Mikado). And just checking his imdb entry, he also was a dancer in A Day at the Races, where at least he didn't sing.
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From:jcw_da_dmg
Date:April 30th, 2009 04:04 pm (UTC)
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I'm much more familiar with Benny, but, even from what little I've seen of Allen, Allen was MUCH funnier. Benny had some great writers though. And I always admired Benny's technique.
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From:exapno
Date:May 1st, 2009 02:48 am (UTC)
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Allen was brilliant, no question....but there's that whole 'young love makes an impression' that gives Benny an edge :) IIRC didn't hear about Allen until college
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