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This Day in Jack Benny
35 minutes | 5 days ago
Dinner at Phil's (Practicing The Bee)
January 24, 1937 - Jack Practices The Bee. The feud between Jack benny and Fred Allen is ramping up. Then the gang heads over to Phil Harris' house to meet Phil's southern mother and sister.
34 minutes | a month ago
Comedian of the Year (Last NBC Show)
December 26, 1948 - The last show for NBC. Jack Benny will be switching to CBS next week. He was doing quite a bit of promotion including appearances on other radio shows like "Lux Radio Theater". In this episode they mention Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Guy Lombardo and the song "All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth". They reference the ad agency Batten, Barton, Durstine and Osborn. They also mention the movie "Portrait of Jennie", the swimming movie star Esther Williams, and boxers Maxie Rosenbloom and Max Baer.
36 minutes | a month ago
Christmas Shopping (Wallet)
December 19, 1948 - The classic Christmas shopping episode where Jack Benny goes to a department store to buy a wallet for Don Wilson. References include the movie "Elephant Boy" starring Sabu, actor Ronald Colman, actress Heddy Lamarr, poets Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Nick Kenny, Bendix washer, and the novelty Christmas song "All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth".
36 minutes | a month ago
BONUS: Christmas Command Performance
December 25, 1948 - Command Performance featuring Jack Benny, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Dinah Shore, Herbert Marshall, Jimmy Durante and more!
33 minutes | 2 months ago
Driver's License Test
December 5, 1943 - Jack Benny has a new car after getting rid of the Maxwell and has to go in for a driver's test. They mention radio stars Dinah Shore, Red Skelton and Fred Allen. Plus, Esquire magazine and a FHA loan.
32 minutes | 2 months ago
Sportsmen Quartet Contract
November 3, 1946 - Jack Benny tries to break his contract with the Sportsmen quartet. They mention the movies "The Killer", "Margie" and "Breakfast in Hollywood" starring Tom Breneman. They also sing the song "Shine on Harvest Moon". Plus the Lord Calvert Whiskey ads featuring The Men of Distinction.
32 minutes | 2 months ago
Dinner with the Colmans
October 24, 1948 - Jack Benny invites Ronald and Benita Colman over for dinner and they try to think of an excuse to get out of it. They mention the residence of the English Prime Minister at number 10 Downing Street, Toni home perm, the song "It's Magic" and the movies "My Son, My Son", "Oliver Twist", and Lassie in "Hills of Home".
34 minutes | 2 months ago
Travel Diary (World Series)
October 11, 1948 - Rochester reads Jack Benn's diary where he talks about his recent trip to Europe. He still hears the Swiss Alps echo. Then they listen to the 1948 World Series. References include Dr. Scholl's foot eazers, Toni home permanent, Emily Post, Gary Cooper, William Powell, Artie Shaw, Spike Jones, Bob Hope, pitcher Satchel Paige.
32 minutes | 3 months ago
Vitamin Shot (Grandma Moses)
November 9, 1952 - In this episode Jack Benny goes to the doctor (Frank Nelson) to get a vitamin shot and runs into Bugs Bunny. In the episode they mention 92-year-old "Grandma Moses".
33 minutes | 3 months ago
Charlie McCarthy (Service Pin)
October 13, 1946 - Jack Benny and Mary Livingstone walk to the studio and run into Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy. References include post-war meat and soap shortages, the honorable discharge lapel button (AKA Raptured Duck), news commentator Gabriel Heatter, Game 6 in the World Series, Hedy Lamar's baby, Bing Crosby, and Fred Allen.
34 minutes | 4 months ago
Calls of Congratulations (World Series)
October 6, 1946 - Jack Benny is celebrating 15 years on the radio! Like last year, he is tuning in to the Word Series. In this episode they mention Russian diplomats Gromyko and Molotov, the song "Thy Gypsy", actresses Ingrid Bergman and Betty Grable, bandleader Harry James, radio programs "The Charlie McCarthy Show", and Fred Allen.
47 minutes | 4 months ago
Garden of Evil (Rehearsal)
October 3, 1954 - A special presentation of the master tape recording of this episode plus selected portions of the rehearsal. In this episode they play a jingle written by Jack's arranger Mahlon Merrick. It was the theme song to the Gillette Cavalcade of Sports called "Look Shark / Be Sharp March". They mention Irving Berlin's song "No Business Like Show Business". They also mention a couple of new CinemaScope movies, "The Egyptian" and "The Garden of Evil".
33 minutes | 4 months ago
Publicity Agent (Gildersleeve).mp3
September 30, 1945 - It's daylight savings and Jack Benny is back from his USO tour and ready for a new season. Jack mentions his summer replacment, Wayne King, Phil Harris' song "That's what I Like About The South", radio programs like The Great Gildersleeve, Cass Daley, Kay Kyser, Edger Bergan and Charlie McCarthy, Fred Allen, The Lone Ranger (Al Jennings Lawsuit), John's Other Wife and Porche Faces Life, plus L.A. used car dealers The Smiling Irishman and Madman Muntz.
30 minutes | 4 months ago
Brewster's Millions (Buck Benny Part 9)
February 21, 1937 - Jack Benny and Mary Livingstone had starred in this week's episode of the Lux Radio Theater in a play called "Brewster's Millions". References include Irene Dunn in "Theadora Goes Wild", Cathrine Hepburn, Sarah Burnhardt, Goody Ace, Jack Pearl, Phil Baker, Walter Winchel and Ed Sullivan.
35 minutes | 5 months ago
Buck Jones (Buck Benny Part 8)
January 17, 1937 - The Jack Benny / Fred Allen feud continues with Fred claiming that Jack's violin only had two strings. Plus Jack and the cast continue the Buck Benny saga with a special guest star - Universal Pictures western star Buck Jones. Plus Andy Devine. and references to William S Hart, Harry Cooper the golfer, and movies "The Good Earth", Mr.Deeds Goes to Town, and "After The Thin Man".
38 minutes | 5 months ago
Fred Allen Feud Begins (Buck Benny Part 7)
January 10, 1937 - After Jack Benny's little comment last week, Fred Allen really ramps up the feud on his show by asking each of his amateur guests about Jack's violin playing. Jack Benny also hosted the Paramount Silver Jubilee for Adolph Zukor. They mention Carole Lombard, Clark Gable, Fred MacMurray and Mary Boland. Plus some older terms - "fright wig" and "setting-up exercises".
35 minutes | 5 months ago
The Knocking Man (Buck Benny Part 6)
January 3, 1937 - The first episode of the Jack benny-Fred Allen feud begins with a simple comment tagged on to the end of this episode. Plus the first episode with The Knocking Man played by Harry Baldwin and references to Clark Gable, radio character comedian Bob Burns and Jack's movie "College Holiday".
33 minutes | 5 months ago
Mary's Mother (Buck Benny Part 5)
December 27, 1936 - Before another instalment of the western serial Buck Benny Rides Again, Jack Benny talks about the scarves he got for Christmas and Mary Livingstone reads a letter from her mother. References include Fred Allen, Phil Baker, Stoopnagle and Budd, Jessica Dragonette, Rubinoff, Jack Pearl, The Easy Aces, Benny Rubin, The Hall Johnson Choir, Ed Wynn, Bing Crosby, plus Jack's movie College Holiday, and the songs "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" and "The Old Grey Mare".
32 minutes | 6 months ago
Andy Devine (Buck Benny Part 4)
December 13, 1936 - This is the first episode of Jack Benny with Andy Devine the western movie sidekick. References include the book Pollyanna, actress Carole Lombard, character actor Charles Laughton, comedic actor Edward Everett Horton and western silent film actor William S Hart.
30 minutes | 6 months ago
Money Ain't Everything
December 6, 1936 - In this episode Jack Benny takes a break from his Buck Benny western serial (or does he) to present a drama called Money Ain't Everything. References include the upcoming technology of television, bandleader Paul Whiteman, actress Loretta Young and wrestler Ed "Strangler" Lewis.
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