Alistair Cooke on Groucho Marx and Bing Crosby

Published October 17, 2020

I always liked Alistair Cooke. He came from an age and culture in which being gracious was important, which made him a good eulogist, among other things. This is one of his radio broadcasts for the Beeb done in 1977 shortly after the death of both men, whom he knew. I particularly appreciate his reminiscences about Groucho. (Fun fact, I used to work with a woman who had been Steve Allen’s secretary. She went to the premiere of Dr. Strangelove in Hollywood in 1964 and wound up sitting in front of Groucho while he offered a running commentary on the film, one of the funniest evenings of her life).

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