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Posted ByGerry O. on December 22, 2003 at 21:04:17:

In Reply to: Re: Question About "The Sportsmen" and "The Mellomen" posted byTom Wagner on December 22, 2003 at 16:49:13:

Many thanks, Tom...What GREAT info!

That was very interesting about Gurney's wife threatening to sue Jack if her husband was let go from the Sportsmen!

I've noticed that during Jack's career, there were times when the wives of staff members would butt in and cause trouble behind the scenes....probably the most famous instance was when Mary Livingston and writer Harry Conn's wife got into a big argument over whose husband was the real "talent and brains" of the Benny show, causing Conn to abruptly quit the Benny program.

I'm wondering if these instances were the inspiration for such fictional characters as Dennis Day's bossy, meddlesome mother, or the 1949 radio character of Mel Blanc's caustic wife "Desdimona"...she was played by Sara Berner, and would constantly urge Mel to ask Jack for bigger parts and more money: "Aw, don't be such a SCHNOOK, Melvin, tell him how IMPORTANT you are!"...then she would berate Jack for not giving her "talented Melvin" better parts on the show....

Yup, the ideas for these characters had to come from SOMEPLACE!

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