… and Orson can’t carry Sinatra and the rest of the show at the same time.
You know how jokes sometimes simply die and leave no remains? Well, this joke is from the Orson Welles Radio Almanac; specifically, the first episode, dated January 26, 1944. It features Groucho Marx as himself and Martha Stewart as a singer and actress nobody’s heard of.
This isn’t the first time I’ve seen reference to Frankie as somewhat anemic and sickly; at least one 1940s cartoon has Sinatra as a chicken who can’t stand on his own feet and requires a blood transfusion.
So, what’s the reference? Is it just that he was 4-F for WWII due to his punctured eardrum and shaky personality? Is there something I’m missing?