BENNY RUBIN - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 05/24/1949 - HFSID 187126
BENNY RUBIN Thanking a columnist for a favorable review, after someone mailed many copies of a negative one to his sponsor, closing with a sentiment in Yiddish Typed Letter signed: "Blibe Gezoont [Stay healthy]/Benny", 1 page, 5½x8½. New York, N. Y., 1949 May 24.
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Thanking a columnist for a favorable review, after someone mailed many copies of a negative one to his sponsor, closing with a sentiment in Yiddish
Typed Letter signed: "Blibe Gezoont [Stay healthy]/Benny", 1 page, 5½x8½. New York, N. Y., 1949 May 24. On personal letterhead to "Dear Walter", in full: "Not only do I thank you for the nice plugs, but also for the timeliness; as 'Variety' belted me and my sponsor (a guy who had neither heard nor seen 'Variety' in his life ) was sent thirty-one of the reviews by thirty-one 'well-wishes'. As you probably have guessed, they were all unsigned by the rat 'Anonymous'. Then came your nice plug which canceled the letters of the lice. Consequently, my starting Hooper 8.3 jumped to 14. 8 in three weeks. Again, I thank you. Love". Dancer, actor, writer and director Benny Rubin (1899-1986) began his show business career of almost 70 years as a tap dancer at age 14 in his native Boston. He then starred on vaudeville in the 1920s before being signed by M-G-M in 1927. Although he was expected to become a big star, Rubin found himself relegated to supporting roles in such films as No, No Nanette (1940), Citizen Kane (1941), Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941), Yankee Pasha (1954), A Hole in the Head (1959), Pocketful of Miracles (1971), The Disorderly Orderly (1964), Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967), The Shakiest Gun in the West (1968), Airport (1970), The Shaggy D.A. (1976) and Coma (1978). Rubin found greater success as a member of Jack Benny's stock company on radio before moving with Benny to television and appearing in over 40 episodes of The Jack Benny Program. He also appeared as a guest star on a number of TV series, including multiple appearances (as different characters) on such shows as That Girl, Petticoat Junction, I Dream of Jeannie, Adam-12 and Disneyland. Also a talented dialogue director, Rubin lent his voice talents to the animated series, Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo, and he could be heard in numerous TV commercials. Rubin published his autobiography, Come Backstage With Me, in 1980. Although best known in his radio days from the Benny Show, Rubin had his own show, too: Best of the Week. Beginning in 1935, C. E. Hooper Company compiled radio ratings, the rough equivalent of the Nielsen ratings for television today. Hooper was acquired by Nielsen in 1950. "Walter", the columnist being thanked here, was probably Walter Winchell. Light surface creases. Corners slightly worn. Slightly toned. Pencil note (unknown hand) on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.
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