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 Posted:   Aug 7, 2012 - 11:39 AM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

Who are these people?

This is from "I Only Have Eyes for You" in 1937.



That's Bing Crosby on the far left, and Rudy Vallee on the far right (appropriate because the cartoon is about this female bird who is obsessed with crooners).

But who are the 2 guys in the middle? I don't recognize them.

 
 Posted:   Aug 7, 2012 - 12:10 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

The one on the left has to be Eddie Cantor.

 
 Posted:   Aug 7, 2012 - 12:25 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Could it be Al Jolson at center right?

The Beck and Friedwald book "Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies" doesn't mention who any of them are.

 
 Posted:   Aug 7, 2012 - 12:32 PM   
 By:   Adam B.   (Member)

The one to the right of the vase looks like Orson Bean.

 
 Posted:   Aug 7, 2012 - 12:36 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I'm sure I am way off but looks like Groucho Marx and Stan Laurel .

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 7, 2012 - 2:03 PM   
 By:   manderley   (Member)

I think the one on center left might be Eddie Cantor.

Because of the set-up, they all have to be crooners, but more importantly, radio singers of the early 1930s.

Certainly Crosby and Vallee are correct guesses.

I wonder if the center right one might be Gene Austin.

 
 Posted:   Aug 7, 2012 - 5:32 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

Could it be Al Jolson at center right?



Possible, although I'm not positive he was known as a crooner. I did think that the one on the left was "Banjo Eyes" Cantor, but I don't think he was known as a crooner either.

Both, though, had radio shows by 1937, if I'm not mistaken.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 7, 2012 - 6:01 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

If they're crooners, wouldn't the 2nd one in be Frank Sinatra? He'd be around 22 at the time and much younger than the other guys. I think it's ol' Blue Eyes.

 
 Posted:   Aug 7, 2012 - 7:26 PM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

According to The Google, the consensus seems to be that the caricature second from the left is Eddie Cantor, with the exception of one guy who believes it's Clark Gable (read his comment on this page: http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/491-I_Only_Have_Eyes_For_You.html), and zooba, who's voting Sinatra.

I personally had no idea who any of them were at first glance, although I recognized Bing once I read his name. I wonder if the third one from the left is a self-caricature or some other in-joke by the artist.

 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2012 - 11:26 AM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

According to The Google, the consensus seems to be that the caricature second from the left is Eddie Cantor, with the exception of one guy who believes it's Clark Gable (read his comment on this page: http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/491-I_Only_Have_Eyes_For_You.html), and zooba, who's voting Sinatra.

I personally had no idea who any of them were at first glance, although I recognized Bing once I read his name. I wonder if the third one from the left is a self-caricature or some other in-joke by the artist.


Thanks for the link, Josh.

I'd be more inclined to believe it's Gable for the ears, and since Gable was a big name by 1937. Sinatra didn't make his first recording until 1939 and wasn't a "name" yet.

But I'd still vote for Cantor, since he was a name on radio, and that wide-eyed look is one I seem to connect with him readily.



I'm still on the fence about the third from left. I'm leaning towards Jolson, just because no other answer is familiar.

I remember Dick Todd was "competition" for Sinatra, but I don't know his look (or his sound) much at all.

 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2013 - 10:44 AM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

Could it be Al Jolson at center right?

The Beck and Friedwald book "Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies" doesn't mention who any of them are.


Further input from another board, and further cogitation in my brain-pan, lead me to believe that JP is correct. It must be Jolson, especially since he was a very big deal on the radio at this time.

 
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