Obituary of Mr. Kitzel
MR. KITZEL OF BENNY'S TV, RADIO SHOWS, DIES
VETERAN COMIC ARTHUR AUERBACH ALSO HAD ROLES WITH PHIL BAKER AND EDDIE CANTOR
Arthur (Artie) Auerbach, 54, the Mr. Kitzel on Jack Benny's radio and television shows, died yesterday at West Valley Community Hospital, Van Nuys, of a heart attack. He had been admitted to the hospital early Wednesday as an emergency case.
Born in New York City, Auerbach was a reporter-photographer with the New York Daily News for many years, also doing character parts on the stage and radio.
Played Comic Shows
He came to Hollywood 20 years ago with the Al Pearce radio show and subsequently played with a number of radio comedians, including Phil Baker and Eddie Cantor.
Mr. Auerbach joined Benny 12 years ago, and, since then, a song he recorded, "Pickle in the Middle With the Mustard on Top," has come to be considered one of the comedy highlights of show business.
The dialectician was scheduled to begin rehearsals yesterday for a part in Benny's CBS television show Sunday.
Mr. Auerbach leaves his widow, Mrs. Doris Auerbach of 14153 1/2 Moorpark Ave., Sherman Oaks, and two sisters in New York City.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Sunday, at Malinow & Silverman Mortuary, 818 Venice Blvd.