Peter Lorre and Smiley Burnette --- A Natural Combination
Several questions arise as I stare dumbfounded at this Columbus, Ohio booking from 1944 ---
1. Did Pete's agent happen to mention Smiley's presence on the bill when he told his client about this particular gig? 2. Were there any discourteous rubes in the audience that yelled "Hey --- Where's Frog?", while Pete was essaying his "dramatic skit"? 3. Was Smiley tempted, if not encouraged, by patrons to do his beloved "frog" shtick immediately offstage while Pete was trying to perform in "The Man With A Glass Head"? 4. Did Pete exit from the theater hastily lest he be asked to use his influence to get Frog's autograph?
These are legitimate inquiries that might well have arisen in 1944. They are still vital questions today! But alas, I suppose the answers to some mysteries must be forever locked in the past.