Radio: Back to the Mines

The sour-faced man with saddlebag eyes gingerly picked his way past a covey of dancing girls, glared at the cameras and sneered: "That is the finale of the old Jack Carter program . . . our show starts where the others leave off." Old friends remembered the touch. After a year in semiretirement, Fred Allen was back this week in the gold mines, digging for all he was worth and giving entertaining signs of hating every minute of it.

Making his television debut on NBC's Colgate Comedy Hour (Sun. 8 p.m.), Allen was the...

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