“Goodnight, Mrs. Calabash”

My generation grew up with former Vaudeville comedians George Burns and Gracie Allen, Eddie Cantor, Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca, Red Skelton, and Jimmy Durante. Jimmy signed off every show with “Good Night, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are.” No one knows for sure who Mrs. Calabash was.

Good night from Views from the Edge. See you in the morning.

Gordon C. Stewart, Chaska, MN

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About Gordon C. Stewart

I've always liked quiet. And, like most people, I've experienced the world's madness. "Be Still! Departure from Collective Madness" (Wipf and Stock Publishers, Jan. 2017) distills 47 years of experiencing stillness and madness as a campus minister and Presbyterian pastor (IL, WI, NY, OH, and MN), poverty criminal law firm executive director, and social commentator. Our dog Barclay reminds me to calm down and be much more still than I would be without him.

5 thoughts on ““Goodnight, Mrs. Calabash”

  1. Shortly after Jimmy started his tv series he supposedly received a letter that was a rebuke for something he had said on an earlier show. He read the letter on the air it was signed MRS calabash. After that he ended every show with “goodnight Mrs Calabash where ever you are”. I don’t know if this is right or not or not. But I grew up in the 40’s and 50’s and this is what I heard at the time.

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      • It was said years ago and later supposedly confirmed by Jimmy that Mrs. Calabash was in reference to his first wife who while traveling with him became enamored with the town of Calabash. He thereafter called her Mrs. Calabash.

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        • Yes, this is the correct version of why he ended his show with that statement. There are several versions out there, including a restaurant owner, a letter to him from a woman that name, a small girl he passed by and made the teasing remark to her, etc. however, Jimmy was in reality, saying goodnight to his late wife, wherever she was.

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