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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

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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"

    Boris Karloff (Open the Door, Richard)

    Boris Karloff (Open the Door, Richard)

    January 19, 1947 - Most of this episode is recycled from March 1946, only with horror movie actor Boris Karloff. In the episode they reference the bandleader Spike Jones and the novelty song "Open the Door Richard".

    • 31 min
    Denver March of Dimes

    Denver March of Dimes

    January 18, 1948 - Jack Benny is in Denver for a March of Dimes fundraising event. They meet the governor and mention the mayor. It happened to be the same week as the National Western Stock Show which was also hosted in Denver.
    In the episode they mention Slapsy Maxi Rosenbloom, Lady Esther cosmetics, Al Jolson, and Robert Taylor who was filling in on the Phil Harris and Alice Faye Show.

    • 33 min
    Leaving For Denver (Diaper Service)

    Leaving For Denver (Diaper Service)

    January 11, 1948 - Jack Benny is packing for his trip to Denver for a March of Dimes event. In the episode they mention radio comedian Judy Canova, Duz Soap, the movie "Ramona", the song "Near You", Shirley Temple who would soon have her first baby and Dinah Shore who just had her first baby. In a time before disposable diapers many people hired a diaper service to pick up old diapers and drop off clean ones.

    • 34 min
    Gift Exchange (ASCAP Boycott)

    Gift Exchange (ASCAP Boycott)

    January 5, 1941 - The ASCAP Boycott started in January and lasted until October of 1941. On the Jack Benny program they wrote original music for the opening of the show with funny titles. Plus the new electric razor.

    • 33 min
    Dennis vs Kenny (Taxi Dancers)

    Dennis vs Kenny (Taxi Dancers)

    December 22, 1940 - Christmas in New York and the premier of Jack Benny and Fred Allen's movie "Love Thy Neighbor" was earlier in the week. Kenny Baker is back for a guest appearance and a friendly rivalry with his replacement Dennis Day. 
    In the episode they mention Lindy's Restaurant, the comedy team Olsen and Johnson, stars Heddy Lamar and Lana Turner, former presidential candidate Wilkie, and the Rosalind Ballroom where you can rent a dance partner for 10¢ a dance.

    • 33 min
    The Bodyguard (Carmen Miranda)

    The Bodyguard (Carmen Miranda)

    December 15, 1940 - Just ahead of the premier for "Love Thy Neighbor", Jack Benny gets a bodyguard to protect himself from Fred Allen's goons. 
    In the episode they mention Carmen Miranda's hats, comedian Ed Wynn, stage plays, bandleaders the calendar of desserts.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

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Wonderful

I love Jack Benny. Way before my time, but addictive somehow. This guy John introduces each show with interesting tidbits about what was happening in the world at the time. I also like how, rather than cutting out bits that wouldn't be considered PC, he explains them, and and uses context to explain.

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The Jack Benny Program is from way before my time, but I enjoy listening. I appreciate the intros to each episode, which provide context and explanation for some of the jokes in the show that may not be understood by a youngster like me ☺️

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Are you kidding me?? A Jack Benny fan! I jumped for joy when I found this podcast! Love Jack Benny and old time radio!

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