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Fred Allen Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: May 31, 1894 in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Died: March 17, 1956 in New York City, New York
Biography | show moreshow less
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?.
Film Credits | show moreshow less
1952-Full-House (Performer), 1929-Fred-Allen's-Prize-Playlets (Performer), 1929-Fred-Allen's-Prize-Playlets (Writer), 1954-This-Is-Your-Life (in person), 1947-Is-Everybody-Listening (in person), 1937-The-March-of-Time-Volume-IV,-Issue-5 (in person), 1961-The-DuPont-Show-of-the-Week (Other), 1956-The-Christophers (Performer), 1952-We're-Not-Married! (Performer), 1945-It's-in-the-Bag! (Performer), 1940-Love-Thy-Neighbor (Performer), 1938-Sally,-Irene-and-Mary (Performer), 1945-It's-in-the-Bag! (Writer), 1956-Project-XX (in person), 1951-Your-Show-of-Shows (in person), 1951-Chesterfield-Sound-Off-Time (in person), 1948-We,-the-People (in person), 1984-The-Great-Standups (Other), 1950-The-Colgate-Comedy-Hour (in person), 1941-The-Great-American-Broadcast (Other), 1951-1953-All-Star-Revue (Performer), 1935-Thanks-a-Million (Performer), 1930-The-Still-Alarm (Performer), 1935-Thanks-a-Million (Writer), 1929-Faint-Heart (Writer), 1954-Armstrong-Circle-Theatre (in person), 1953-Judge-for-Yourself (in person), 1940-Buck-Benny-Rides-Again (in person), 1953-All-Star-Revue (Performer), 1991-Empire-of-the-Air:-The-Men-Who-Made-Radio (Other), 1970-1976-Happy-Days (Other), 1950-Screen-Snapshots-2856:-It-Was-Only-Yesterday (Other), 1984-TV's-Funniest-Game-Show-Moments (Other), 1953-The-Jack-Benny-Program (Performer), 1929-The-Installment-Collector (Performer), 1931-Success (Writer), 1970-The-David-Frost-Show (in person), 1953-1956-What's-My-Line (in person), 1955-I've-Got-a-Secret (in person), 1948-Behind-Your-Radio-Dial (in person)
Theater Credits | show moreshow less
The-Solid-Gold-Cadillac - Performer (November 5, 1953 - March 12, 1955), Ziegfeld-Follies-of-1934 - Music (January 4, 1934 - June 9, 1934), Three's-a-Crowd - Performer (October 15, 1930 - June 6, 1931), The-Little-Show - Performer (April 30, 1929 - March 1930), Polly - Performer (January 8, 1929 - January 19, 1929), Vogues-of-1924 - Performer (March 27, 1924 - July 12, 1924), The-Passing-Show-of-1922 - Performer (September 20, 1922 - December 2, 1922)

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