Satiric radio commentary for the 90s from the man who drained Lake Michigan and filled it with hot chocolate!!!

"The Experts Speak!"

Stan Freberg here with a few more outrageous comments made by various people who should've known better. They're from a book called, "The Experts Speak!" Here's Daryl Zanuck, former head of 20th Century Fox, speaking in 1946 on television: "I give it six months. People will soon get tired of staring a a plywood box every night." Okay, Daryl, whatever you say. Be right back. [:60 SPOT BREAK]

Freberg again. Here's a smattering of dubious statements by so-called "experts." "Sorry, Mr. Kipling, but you just don't know how to use the English language." That's from the editor of the San Fransisco Examiner to Rudyard Kipling, informing him that they would not be publishing a second article.

And this terse letter from the British publisher W.H. Allen to Frederick Forsyth, on rejecting his thriller, "The Day of the Jackal": "Your book had no reader interest."

And here's a comment to the producer of "Grease," from the advertising agency representing it when it first opened: "I don't think we can do anything with these reviews. 'Grease' is a disaster - close it!"

And this review from theater critic Louis Kronenberger, when "Annie, Get Your Gun" opened on Broadway. Quote: "Irving Berlin's score is musically not exciting," unquote. The score was Berlin's greatest success. Among the songs Kronenberger found "unexciting" were "The Girl That I Marry," "They Say It's Wonderful," "I've Got The Sun In The Morning And The Moon At Night," and "There's No Business Like Show Business."

Hmm. So much for these critics.

Stan Freberg here.

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