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Jack Benny Explains How His Feud With Fred Allen Began

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After Fred Allen passed away on St. Patrick's Day in 1956, the entire radio community mourned. That May 29th, in honor of what would have been his 62nd birthday, NBC Broadcast a Biography in Sound on Fred Allen. As part of the broadcast, Jack Benny talked about how his comedic feud with Fred Allen began in the 1930s.

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