Posted Byjerry4opry on July 30, 2003 at 19:10:42:
In Reply to: Re: Jack's personal vs.professional friendships posted byGerry O. on July 29, 2003 at 23:17:30:
: : With the passing of another comedic icon, Bob Hope, did Jack socialize with certain comedians ie George Burns,Georgie Jessel, Eddie Cantor (the Hillcrest group) moreso than others that were professionally relevant to him ie Bob Hope,Milton Berle,or Bing Crosby? In other words were there a select few that he was very close to.
: Yes, as far as comedians are concerned, Jack was closest to the "Hillcrest" group...Burns, Jessel, etc., but Jack was also very close friends with "serious" actors as well...Robert Taylor, Gregory Peck and several others.
: As a side note, Red Skelton often commented on how he didn't like to socialize with other comedians..."They're always trying to top each other" he said. Instead, Red preferred to socialize with actors who were not famous as comedians....Vincent Price, John Wayne, Edward G. Robinson, etc.
: now i have an idea as to why Red Skelton usually used movie actors instead of his peers in radio and early TV...i've always wondered why when watching an old Skelton show he mostly used movie stars and dramatic actors! I'm a huge fan of Vincent Price too and his appearance on Skelton's shows were always hilarious!