Posted ByLL on December 24, 2003 at 20:02:58:
In Reply to: Re: Bossy Spouses posted byScott D. Vroegindewey on December 24, 2003 at 13:18:03:
: I am ONLY speculating, but do you think Jack Benny got some ideas from the way Mr. and Mrs. Kubelsky related to each other? (I need Laura's help here.)
An interesting theory, and not one I'd considered previously. Jack's mother does seem to have been a pretty strong woman (the few photographs of her look pretty intimidating), and I am told that Jack's father had very little sense of humor (except for his son's work, of course). I have often been interested how Jack, with such a finely -honed understanding of comedy, timing, editing, and all things connected to it came out of a house that was definitely not full of laughter.
I think a better bet is as Kurt mentioned below, that the character of an overbearing mother (or mother-in-law) is a long-standing comedic device. I was thinking of Ethel Merman in "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" after my previous comments about Dennis' mother.