b. Jack Pearlman, 29 October 1894, New York City, New York, USA, d. 25 December 1982, New York City, New York, USA. Appearing on Broadway through the 20s, Pearl was a noted dialect comedian with a ready wit. Among the shows in which he appeared were the musical The Dancing Girl (1923), with music by Sigmund Romberg and lyrics by Harold Atteridge (and additional songs composed by George Gershwin), followed through the 20s and into the early 30s by the revues Topics Of 1923, A Night In Paris (1926), Artists And Models (1927), Pleasure Bound (1929), The International Review (1930) and Ziegfeld Follies Of 1931. In 1933 he was in the musical Pardon My English, with music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin. Pearl sang three duets, ‘So What?’, ‘What Sort Of Wedding Is This?’, ‘Where You Go, I Go’, and, with the chorus, a rousing ‘The Dresden Northwest Mounted’. In 1943, Pearl appeared in the play All For All.
Pearl also appeared in a double act with Ben Bard and the duo were in the short films Jack Pearl And Ben Bard (1926) and Two Flaming Youths (1927). In the early 30s, Pearl moved into radio, first in 1932 on Ziegfeld Follies Of The Air before he and straight man Cliff Hall became very popular on the Lucky Strike Hour where, as Baron Munchausen, Pearl reached a wide and enthusiastic audience through 1933/4. This radio character was tried in films with Meet The Baron (1933) and Pearl played the same character in Hollywood Party (1934). In the latter the baron agrees to supply jungle film actor Jimmy Durante, as Schnarzan, with lions whose owners, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, are understandably displeased with the baron’s cheque for 50, 000 Tiddleywinks. In 1963 Pearl appeared on television in To Catch The Kaiser, an episode of the series Stoney Burke.