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Jimmy Durante Show, The

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Jimmy Durante enjoyed a long and prosperous career on the stage, in films, and on radio and became the star of the first weekly variety show to use the star’s name in the title.

Appearing as regulars on The Jimmy Durante Show were Eddie Jackson (Durante’s old vaudeville partner), pianist Jules Buffano, drummer Jack Roth, the Durante Girls, and the Ray Bargy Orchestra.

Durante made good use of all the old vaudeville routines that had made him a star, including frequent references to his large nose (his familiar nickname was ‘the schnozolla’), his signature song, Ink-a-Dink-a-Doo, and his famous closing line, “Goodnight Mrs Calabash, wherever you are,” which he always said prior to walking offstage as a single spotlight followed him.