Posted ByGerry O. on August 16, 2002 at 19:10:48:
In Reply to: Re: The 50 cents posted byLL on August 16, 2002 at 12:26:08:
Talk about getting more than you bargained for....
When Jack hired Dennis as the show's new singer in 1939, I doubt if Jack (or anybody else for that matter) realized what a talented COMEDIAN the show was getting. Jack probably figured that he was getting a "kid" who was a fine singer and could handle speaking lines pretty well.
Sure, Dennis was quite funny during his first few seasons with Jack...but as the years went on, Dennis' skills at comedy really expanded. He did GREAT impressions, plus various "character" voices (old men, etc.).
Of course, the same type of professional growth could be said about Phil Harris. When Phil first started with Jack in 1936, his dialogue delivery was rather flat...in fact, Phil sounded almost SHY and RESERVED on the air! Of course, we all know that in time Phil developed into a fine comedian with a style all his own.
I find it fun and interesting to listen to Benny broadcasts from various eras to note the development of the cast members....and BOY, they sure did DEVELOP!