Posted Bykurt on December 11, 2001 at 14:38:36:
In Reply to: Re: Hmmm....Could Be! posted byLaura Leff on December 11, 2001 at 14:24:46:
Fascinating, if true. The program relied on a relatively small pool of character voices, especially when it originated in New York. The actor who provided the effeminate voice of Jerkfinkle on a couple of programs in April 1940, for instance, reappeared as Jack's "bodyguard" in December.
Supposedly Benny Rubin appeared for many years in a variety of voices, but I've never been able to tell which character voices he did.
Jack was certainly a loyal employer. Sam Hearn appeared as Schlepperman (although the character's name was not used) in a 1963 TV program. The "Landrews Sisters" routine used on a TV program was originally written by Harry Conn for use in Jack's stage shows in the 1930s.
Regarding illness: There's an editing error in one of Jack's bios, in which mention is made that Jack's terminal pancreatic cancer "had nothing to do with the earlier pancreatitis" even though there's not a first mention of a pancreatic illness.