A blog about classic television, movies, and radio, by the author of "Joan Davis: America's Queen of Film, Radio and Television Comedy," among others.
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Frankie and Joannie
Recognize this young fellow sharing a script with Joan Davis? Yep, it's that bobby-soxer idol of the 1940s, Frank Sinatra. (Guys sure wore their pants hiked up high back then, didn't they?) In the fall of 1943, he was a guest star on The Sealtest Village Store, where Joan's always man-hungry character did her best to catch his eye.
Unfortunately for Joan, it was no fun for the gag writers -- or the audience -- if she actually won the heart of her would-be swain. So instead, when she told co-star Jack Haley that the new dress she was wearing was "just for Frankie," he retorted, "Well, I hope it looks better on him than it does on you."