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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"

This Day in Jack Benny John Henderson

    • Comedy
    • 4.8 • 52 Ratings

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"

    State Fair Part Two

    State Fair Part Two

    January 20, 1946 - Jack Benny and the gang again spoof the musical "State Fair".
    References include Mayor LaGuardia, Harry Truman, Betty Grable, Gabriel Heater ("Ah, There's good news tonight."), Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War.

    • 34 min
    State Fair Part One

    State Fair Part One

    January 13, 1946 - State Fair Rehearsal - Rochester drives Jack Benny and Mary to the studio where they run into Edgar Bergan and Charlie McCarthy (impersonator) and rehearse their version of the movie "State Fair".
    References include war hero Pappy Boyington, violinist Joseph Szigeti, radio's Lum and Abner, actresses Barbra Stanwyck, and Betty Grable, movies "The Lost Weekend", "The Bells of St Mary's" and "Spellbound", songs "Stardust", "Chickery Chick", and "Oh You Beautiful Doll".

    • 34 min
    Contest Mail (Louella Parsons)

    Contest Mail (Louella Parsons)

    December 16, 1945 - Hello Louella. Gossip Columnist Louella parsons has a cameo. Jack benny gets a lot or mail for the "I Can's Stand Jack Benny" contest. It will be judged by Fred Allen, Peter Lorre and Goodman Ace.
    References include songs "Melencholy Baby", "The Sheik of Araby" and "I'm Glad I Waited For You". The two-way stretch refers to real rubber used in womens undergarments after the war. Plus Tommy Manville, Van Johnson, and the poem "The Ballad of Yukon Jake" by Edward E. Paramore Jr.

    • 33 min
    Ronald and Benita Colman

    Ronald and Benita Colman

    December 9, 1945 - Jack is invited to the Colman's for dinner. This is the first episode with Ronald and Benita Colman and the second episode of the "I Can't Stand Jack Benny Because..." contest.
    References include the Fred Allen Show's character Senator Claghorn, the movie "The Man Who Came to Dinner", the books Charles Darwin's "Origin of the Species", and H.G. Wells' "Anatomy of Frustration" and "The Outline of History". Plus a couple of excerpts from Jack Benny's memoir "Sunday Night at Seven".

    • 32 min
    I Can't Stand Jack Benny Contest

    I Can't Stand Jack Benny Contest

    December 2, 1945 - Jack Benny's publicity agent comes up with the idea for a new contest. Listeners are invited to write in and finish this sentence "I can't stand Jack Benny because..." in 50 words or less.

    • 32 min
    Cass Daley (Contest Idea)

    Cass Daley (Contest Idea)

    November 25, 1945 - Jack Benny is still dealing with all the trouble his publicity agent has caused, but this is only the begining. Plus an appearance by Cass Daley of the Fitch Bandwagon. References include Dick Tracy (Itchy stuck in the tunnel), the movie "Spellbound", the song "Sweet Leilani", used car dealers The Smiling Irishman and Madman Muntz, and Boris Karlof on Fred Allen's radio show. 

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
52 Ratings

52 Ratings

Joeen ,

The best!

This is the best Jack Benny podcast ever! The podcast host is not long winded like others. He gives you information regarding references made in the show and that’s it - on with the show!

MikStonehouse ,

Great Fun!!

I love listening to this show while doing house work and cleaning .. makes me feel like I’m back in time! John does a great job giving context for each episode and it makes listening much more enjoyable.
Cheers

CeeJay W ,

Thanks!!

Thanks for the great memories!

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