Monday, December 5, 2011
Scranton's Musical Stars - Allan Jones
On April 3, 1938, Jones along with his wife, Irene Hervey, and son, Teddy, visited his parents. An hour before his arrival, thousands descended upon the train station creating a problem for police and railroad employees.
When the train pulled to a stop, Jones leaped from the last car and ran briskly up the tracks. With the assistance of two policemen, he commandeered a car and was driven to the Hotel Casey. It was the city police that requested he skirt the railroad crowd to get to his hotel because they were afraid someone might be injured by a moving train. The crowd trailed along to the hotel accompanied by Jones’ parents, as well as Thomas L. Thomas and Jeanne Madden.
The former soloist at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church – now a highly paid MGM star – was on a six week personal appearance tour. At 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Jones dropped into the Comerford Theater to sing “The Donkey Serenade” from his film The Firefly with Jeanette MacDonald.