Sound Clips

Frank on the phone

From The Jack Benny Program:


Frank as a ticket agent – 1/7/45


Frank as a baggage handler – 3/4/45


Frank as a radio pitchman – 10/6/46


Frank as a waiter and a judge – 10/27/46


Frank as a warden – 1/19/47


Frank as a student – 1/26/47


Frank as Mary’s husband in a fantasy sequence – 2/2/47


Frank as a soda jerk – 2/9/47


Frank as a photographer – 2/23/47


Frank as a talent agent – 3/9/47


Frank as a real estate agent – 4/20/47


Frank as a dentist – 4/6/52


Frank as a waiter – 1/23/55

7 Comments

  1. I am 45… I always wondered who was the incredible voice of comedy. Now I know. I used to go to LA all the time for work. I paid respects to many who influenced me. I wish I could have done so with Frank. He infuenced me, then my one son….his family will miss him but the art world should not miss him but mimic or learn from him. Godspeeed Frank

    • Thank you Mike. That is a beautiful tribute. I am Frank’s daughter. And, yesssss, I still miss him. But it is so great to continually see that people still remember him & his talent. Dad would be very proud, but probably couldn’t believe it. I’m the lucky one though. I remember him as my loving father as well as all the other things he did for the Unions of AFRA/AFTRA for his fellow actors.

      • Bonnie, Your dad was one in a million. His efforts with AFRA/AFTRA were nothing less that amazing.

        Just a couple nights ago, the Jack Bennie show where Jack became paranoid the he was being stalked by your dad made me laugh so hard, my eyes flowed with tears and my belly hurt.

        I hadn’t heard that “EEYeeesss!” in decades … and now, with the many new “Retro TV” stations opening up on-air, I believe another whole generation of folks will be tickled by his oddly musical voicing!

  2. Thank you Bonnie for this website. I always enjoyed your father, and ussed to emulate him with a running joke at work, where I would say EE-Yesss! whenever I walked into the garage. The echo effect was great. Thanks for the memories.

  3. We love his voice and know someone whose voice reminds us of him. Do you know any scene in his roles where he may have said “Reeeeealllly”? or “Nooooooooooo”? We are thinking it was one of the “I Love Lucy” shows when he was a Police Officer listening to a typical crazy Lucy explanation…

    Andy

  4. Bonnie,
    Your dad was one of my favorite character actors from the B&W era. His voice stuff was some of the most memorable and funny! I loved it when he would say “Reeeeally”or “Yeeeessss” or my favorite “You don’t saaay”. I constantly say these phrases to younger people and they look at me like I’m crazy..Ha His part on “I Love Lucy” was some of the best. Your childhood must have been fun with a funny and popular dad! I will keep a bit of his memory alive with doing a rendition occasionally.

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