Smith, Kate

Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 22, 2004

    Popular singer, especially on radio, whose two most memorable songs are “When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain” and “God Bless America” -- ask any Philadelphia Flyers fan. Her catch phrase was a cheery “Hello Everybody!” which with she greeted her listeners. Smith was known for her prodigious work in selling war bonds during World War II; in just one 16-hour marathon, she sold no less than $40 million worth.

    Smith was also the subject of a number of gags regading her size, which was quite large. In Hollywood Steps Out (Avery, 1941), a table with an ordinary chair for Bette Davis is juxtaposed with a table that has a enormous sofa reserved for Smith. Smith is also seen in The Shanty Where Santy Claus Lives (Harman/Ising, 1933) as an inflated doll.

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