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8 March: Uncanned feud

Benny (left) and Allen, the friendly feud that wouldn't quit until Allen's retirement as a full-time radio host. (Photo: CBS.)

Benny and Allen, the friendly feud that wouldn’t quit until Allen’s retirement as a full-time radio host. (Photo: CBS.)

How would the two protagonists (who were actually good friends off the air) remember the origin of the Jack Benny-Fred Allen feud, by anyone’s measure the greatest dialogic running gag in network radio, enduring right up to the moment Fred Allen leaves network radio as a full-time host in 1949? (The greatest sound-effect running gag has to be Fibber McGee’s closet, of course.)

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