The Jack Benny Show
But the Welles that concerns us here is Orson, who guested on radio program, The Jack Benny Show:
He portrayed a prima dona and tyrant. In one sketch, he walked into a cafe and met an assistant to approve the script of that night’s The Jack Benny Show, but had to first order a guinea hen under glass and a bottle of expensive wine. When the soda jerk protested, Welles bellowed “get back under that counter.”
Late in his life, Welles waxed very analytical about his appearances on Benny: “I used to play Orson Welles all the time on Jack Benny...that’s the Orson Welles everyone thinks I am.” He continued by quipping, “the secretary used to atomize the microphone before I’d speak into it!”
SourcesLeaming, Barbara. Orson Welles. New York: Viking. 1983.
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