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This Day in Jack Benny

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The Jack Benny Show AKA The Jello Program AKA The Lucky Strike Program aired from the 1930's right through to the 1950's. Each week your host, John Henderson, brings an episode from that week 60-80 years ago. It's old, yet still as funny as ever. "The Jack Benny program, starring Jack Benny with Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Rochester, Dennis Day, and yours truly Don Wilson"

The Jack Benny Show AKA The Jello Program AKA The Lucky Strike Program aired from the 1930's right through to the 1950's. Each week your host, John Henderson, brings an episode from that week 60-80 years ago. It's old, yet still as funny as ever. "The Jack Benny program, starring Jack Benny with Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Rochester, Dennis Day, and yours truly Don Wilson"

Location:

Waukegan, IL

Description:

The Jack Benny Show AKA The Jello Program AKA The Lucky Strike Program aired from the 1930's right through to the 1950's. Each week your host, John Henderson, brings an episode from that week 60-80 years ago. It's old, yet still as funny as ever. "The Jack Benny program, starring Jack Benny with Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Rochester, Dennis Day, and yours truly Don Wilson"

Language:

English


Episodes

Tales of Manhattan

9/15/2021
October 25, 1942 - In this episode Jack Benny and the gang do their version on the movie "Tales of Manhattan" starring Charles Boyer, Charles Laughton and Edward G Robinson. References include the Fred Allen radio show, the Kate Smith radio show, gasoline rationing and Berma-Shave.

Duration:00:34:13

Barbara Stanwyck's House

9/8/2021
October 4, 1942 - Jack Takes Two Cadets To Barbara Stanwyck. Don still calls the new sponsor "Grapes Nuts Flakes", they again listen to their favorite soap opera "The Heartaches of Sally Sutton" Jack is getting ready to give the Maxwell away for scrap in support of the war effort. References include Bromo-Seltzer in the blue glass bottles, coal minor's union man John L Lewis, Red Cross blood donation, bandleader Paul Whitman, and the song "Jingle Jangle Jingle".

Duration:00:32:22

Share Your Car (Veronica Lake)

9/1/2021
October 4, 1942 - Jack Rounds up the Gang in the Maxwell. It's the first show for Grape Nuts and Grape Nuts Flakes. In this episode they mention the "Share Your Car" campaign. Jack's toupee is compared to the iconic hair of Veronica Lake. Jack sings ("I Got Spurs That) Jingle Jangle Jingle" plus Fibber McGee, the Aldrich Family, Bing Crosby and soap operas.

Duration:00:34:10

The Count of Monte JELLO

8/25/2021
January 6, 1935 - Jack Talks with Don and Mary about their New Year's Eve celebration then do their version of "The Count of Monte Cristo". References include Mickey Mouse, Popeye the Sailor, playwright George Bernard Shaw, boxer Gene Tunney, and Gimbel's department store.

Duration:00:25:56

Claude Rains

8/18/2021
February 27, 1949 - Jack Has a Music Lesson. Guest star Claude Rains comes to try and get out of appearing on The Ford Theater with Jack. References include "Rope and Sand", The Life of Riley, Abbot and Costello, Milton Berle, Monty Woolly, Pyramid Club, Bill Spitalny and his all-girl orchestra and more.

Duration:00:33:05

Jack Warner (Ford Theater)

8/11/2021
February 20, 1949 - Jack Benny is planning to do his movie "The Horn Blows at Midnight" on The Ford Theater radio program. Jack Warner of the Warner Brothers Studio calls to try and talk him out if it. References include Al Jolson, Sam Goldwyn, William Paley, Clark Gable, Jane Russell, movies "The Adventures of Don Juan", "Life with Father", "Key Largo", "John Loves Mary", "Johnny Belinda", and "The Treasure of Sierra Madre" and the song "The Dance of the Hours".

Duration:00:32:51

Mr. Finque (Jack's Birthday)

7/28/2021
February 13, 1949 - It's Jack Benny's birthday and everyone sings Happy Birthday except one guy in the audience. References include, Eddie Cantor, Errol Flynn, King Midas, Honest John's used cars, Pyramid Clubs, the songs "Buttons and Bows" and "Columbia, Gem of the Ocean".

Duration:00:32:45

Claudette Colbert and Vincent Price

7/21/2021
February 6, 1949 - Don Wilson signs his contract, Claudette Colbert and Vincent Price guest star in a re-working of the October 20, 1940 episode. References include a pyramid club.

Duration:00:32:06

Don Still Won't Sign (Inaugural Ball)

7/14/2021
January 30, 1949 - Don Wilson still won't sign his contract. Meanwhile Phil Harris is in Washington DC to entertain at the president's inaugural ball. References include the southern California snowfall, Operation Haylift, the radio show Your Hit Parade, Dennis Day's record "Tarra-Ta-Larra Ta-Lar", Tyrone Power's wedding, Artie Shaw, Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, Milton Berle, and Amos n Andy.

Duration:00:34:00

Don Wilson's Contract (Disk Jockey)

7/7/2021
January 23, 1949 - Don Won't Sign His Contract. References include the southern Californian snowfall, President Truman's inauguration, Jasha Heifetz, Barbra Stanwick, Don Ameche, movies "Johnny Belinda" and "Mother Wore Tights" and disk jockeys.

Duration:00:31:57

The Maxwell for Scrap

6/30/2021
October 18, 1942 - Jack Benny donates his old car The Maxwell for the scrap metal drive in support of the war effort. References include Colonel Jimmy Doolittle, ship builder Henry Kaiser and revolutionary war hero Paul Revere.

Duration:00:32:01

Soap Contest (Joan Benny)

6/23/2021
March 12, 1950 - Jack Benny's daughter Joan makes a guest appearance in this episode where Jack Benny enters a radio contest. Phil Harris talks about his upcoming movie "Wabash Avenue" starring Betty Grable They mention Lever Brothers company, Bob Hope, Lena Horne, Aly Kahn and Rita Hayworth. Songs "Time on My Hands", I Can Dream Can't I", "The Cry of the Wild Goose", "I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts", "M-O-T-H-E-R" and crooner Vic Demone. Plus Blondie and Dagwood, Tanforan racetrack,...

Duration:00:35:12

Joan Benny (podcast update)

6/16/2021
Podcast host John Henderson and his wife Stephanie talk about the podcast and the recent passing of Jack Benny's daughter Joan Benny. October 15, 1950 – In real life Jack Benny is married to Mary Livingstone, in this episode Jack Benny dreams he is married to Mary. the special guest is their real life daughter Joan Benny. In the episode they mention True Story Magazine, The American Legion Convention, Dick Tracy, Claudette Colbert, Gary Cooper and Danny Kaye.

Duration:00:39:40

Margaret Whiting (Cast Introduced)

6/9/2021
May 29, 1949 - Jack Benny introduces all of the members of his cast and writers. Dennis sings his new song "Three Wishes" and guest Margret Whiting sings "Baby, It's Cold Outside (for a Lucky Strike)" with the Sportsmen Quartet. Jack compliments Mel Blanc on his new record "Big Bear Lake". References include ventriloquist Shirley Dinsdale and her dummy Judy Splinters, Simonize car wax, the movie "Take me out to the Ball Game", the song "Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition" and Jack...

Duration:00:33:07

20 Questions

6/2/2021
November 5, 1950 - On the train to Los Angeles Jack benny and the gang are playing 20 questions. References include the midterm elections, Irene Dunn, Gary Cooper, Jimmy Stewart, movies "The Glass Menagerie", "The Miniver Story", "the Horn Blows at Midnight" and "I'll Get By", and the song "Good Night Irene".

Duration:00:32:57

Larry Adler (Harmonica)

5/26/2021
May 27, 1945 - It's the last show of the season before Jack Benny goes on his USO tour in Europe with harmonica player Larry Adler and singer Martha Tilton. Plus bonus portion of June 28, 1945 broadcast of that USO show. References include Winston Churchill's "blood, toil, tears and sweat" speech, Charles Boyer, Fred Allen returning to radio, radio soap operas and the summer replacement Wayne King and his Orchestra.

Duration:00:28:02

Taking a Taxi (Opera)

5/19/2021
May 18, 1934 - Jack Benny takes a taxi to the studio where Frank Parker invited him to dinner with his very musical family. References include General Pershing, boxer Primo Carnera, Harry Lauder, "The Rise of the Goldbergs" radio show, Gretta Garbo, William Powell, Clark Gable, Boris karloff, Frank Buck's "Wild Cargo", the song "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes", Franz Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No 2, the opera "Lucia Di Lammermoor", and the singer Enrico Coruso.

Duration:00:20:58

Lieutenant Governor (San Francisco)

5/12/2021
May 10, 1953 - Broadcasting From San Francisco Jack Benny and the gang (including writer George Balzer) talk about the sights of the city and meet California Lieutenant Governor Goodwin Knight. References include "Your Mother and Mine" from Walt Disney's Peter Pan, Souther Pacific Railway's trains "Daylight Limited" and "The Lark", President Eisenhower, Bing and Bob Crosby and Anson Weeks and his orchestra.

Duration:00:33:28

Mother's Day (Donald Duck)

5/5/2021
May 9, 1937 - Mother's Day Program. Just after the the Kentucky Derby Jack benny and the gang discuss the winning horse War Admiral. References include Donald Duck, the wrestler Man Mountain Dean, burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee, comedy team Stupnaigle and Budd, Fred Allen, actresses Jean Arthur and Jean Harlow, bandleader George Olsen and singer Ethel Sutta.

Duration:00:32:34

Bend in the River (Jimmy Stewart)

4/28/2021
April 27, 1952 - Jack Benny becomes his cowboy alter ego Buck Benny, to do his version of the new western movie "Bend in the River". The star of that movie, Jimmy Stewart, shows up to play his part. References include the violinist Isaac Stern, Johnny Ray who sings "The Little White Cloud That Cried", exotic animal hunter Frank Buck and Gillette razor blades.

Duration:00:32:39