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5/22/2010


Short Video of Eddie Carroll as Jack Benny

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 7:26 pm

Over the past week I’ve been forced by unpleasant and uncomfortable circumstances to think a great deal about Eddie Carroll…don’t misunderstand me, remembering Eddie isn’t distressing at all, in fact it has been the one bright spot in an otherwise unfortunate and frankly unnecessary sequence of events.

During this introspection it occurred to me that many of you were not able to see Eddie (yes, we were on a first-name basis…he told me at our first correspondence that being called Mr. Carroll made him think he had to fill out a form) perform one of his best-known roles, that of Jack Benny. I am reluctant to call him an “impressionist,” since that doesn’t really do his performance justice; those of us who were lucky enough to attend a performance would become completely lost having Jack return for a while. Yes, it was that powerful.
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