Posted Bykurt on December 08, 2001 at 17:35:32:
In Reply to: Re: Something I've always wondered about posted byGary on December 08, 2001 at 16:39:07:
The bald guy who bumped his head on the counter in the 1943 shows guest-hosted by Orson Welles is Bill Morrow, who, along with Edmund Beloin, co-wrote Jack's programs from 1935-43. Ed Beloin, by the way, invented, and was the voice of, Mr. Billingsley, Jack's crazy boarder. At least once, Beloin appeared as Mr. Billingsley after he and Morrow stopped writing the program. After he left Jack, Bill Morrow became better known as the producer of Bing Crosby's radio programs.
Beloin and Morrow have never received the recognition they deserve for their contributions to the Benny program. Jack's character, and the format for the program, were first developed by Harry Conn, of course, and the writing staff from 1943 on has deservedly been lionized, but Morrow and Beloin developed the characters of Phil Harris, Mr. Billingsley, Rochester, Dennis Day and Carmichael. To name only a few! But nothing has been written about them. When Irving Fein wrote his book about Jack, he gave Morrow and Beloin short shrift because he, after all, did not join Jack until 1947.