Sunday, June 18, 2006

John on Rudy Vallee 410501

Even though he was very successful on both stage and in film, John, unfortunately, had a very severe drinking problem. This of course, affected his ability and reliability as an actor. His hard-drinking, hard-partying, larger than life way of living caught up with him. By the time commercial radio was widespread, his career was seriously on the skids. His film characters had become sad parodies of himself. Rudy Vallee took him on his “Fleischmann Hour” as a second banana. He mainly just parodied himself, but better than anybody else could ever have done Occasionally, as in this episode, you can hear echoes of the great actor coming through. John died in 1942. At the relatively young age of 54, of complications brought on from his drinking.


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