This is one of those "must-read" books for anyone interested in vaudeville.
Fred had respect for the people he met on the way, and he asks you to remember
them - even if you never saw them perform. "Dainty Irene," the midget
strong-woman, Tom Heffernan, the one-legged dancer, and Toby Lyons, the comedian.
Now we know them, too.
The one unhappy note to this book is that it was left unfinished.
Fred Allen was taking his evening stroll up New York's West 57th Street
on March 17, 1956 when he suddenly collapsed and died of a heart attack.
Up until then he'd spent part of each morning in an office
he'd leased just for the purpose of working on his life story.
It had no telephone.