Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on January 30, 2004
(né Bernard Ancelowitz, 1891-1943)
Popular bandleader, known as “The Old Maestro” who, with “All the Lads,” was a fixture on radio in the 1930s and early 1940s. Known for his catch-phrase “yowsah”, and his long running pseudo-feud with columnist Walter Winchell, which was played for laughs in the movie Wake Up and Live (1937). It was also played for laughs in the Warner Brothers cartoons The Coo-coo Nut Grove (Freleng, 1936) and The Woods Are Full of Cuckoos (Tashlin, 1937). In both cases, Bernie is referred to as Ben Birdie.