COLGATE COMEDY HOUR
"Apparently, there's nothing wrong with television that a real showman can't cure."
-- Jack Gouldthe New York Times
Eddie Cantor's professional life stagnated in the late 1940s. His radio show continued to have its old audience, and he still made occasional appearances with hastily improvised "unit" shows culled largely from his radio ensemble. But the hostile critical reaction to If You Knew Susie meant that Cantor's film career was over. He was now an institution, no longer one of the world's biggest stars.
This left Eddie free to play the doting grandfather to Michael and Judy, both of whom had lived -- with their respective mothers, Natalie and Edna -- in the house at North Roxbury Drive for the last three years.
"I grew up in that house, " remembers Judy.
And I have absolutely glorious memories of that house and my grandparents, especially my grandfather. My cousin Michael and I were the "kings of the house, " and anything we did was just considered cute.
I was the apple of my grandfather's eye. Nobody, especially my mother, liked to go down to the house in Palm Springs, but my grandfather adored it, and sometimes he would throw me in the car and we'd drive down together. Those are some of my most beautiful memories, he and I in that big blue Cadillac convertible, driving to Palm Springs.
He was extraordinarily energetic, the same at home as when he was performing. In fact, I think he was the original "streaker." We'd be in the middle of dinner, and he'd get up and drop his pants and exit. He was always clowning, very fun to be with. I adored him. Being the second generation, I think my cousin Michael and I enjoyed him more than the daughters did.