FRED ALLEN - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED 05/07/1938 - HFSID 428
Sale Price $180.00
Allen writes a note for a fan, on a 5x4 green album leaf
Autograph note signed: "For Perry/And I don't/mean Admiral/Fred Allen", 5x4 album leaf. The comedian/actor has drawn a border around his writing.Dated in ink note (unknown hand) at lower margin: "5/7/38". Comedian Fred Allen (1894-1956) is perhaps best known as a radio personality, starring in his long-running Town Hall Tonight (1934-1941), in which he enjoyed deviating from the script for a wry or satiric ad lib, and later on The Fred Allen Show (1945). He frequently ran overtime, compelling the NBC network to cut him off in mid-sentence, and the plug was also pulled whenever Allen's wit became too biting, usually at the expense of the sponsor, a special-interest group or the network itself. Allen, who wrote most of his own material, was famous for his 1936-1937 season "feud" with fellow comedian Jack Benny. The two comic legends, who greatly admired each other's work, capitalize on the "feud" in the 1941 film, Love Thy Neighbor, and also appeared together in 1945's It's In the Bag. Allen, who had made his film debut in 1926 in Corporal Kate, also starred in several other feature films and was a regular panelist (1955-1956) on the television show What's My Line?. Stray ink dots at signature. Pencil erasure at upper left corner. Fine condition.
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