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"
Joan Benny (podcast update)
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.
Margaret Whiting (Cast Introduced)
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 Benny's short film for the Opportunity Bond Drive "The Spirit of '49".
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".
Larry Adler (Harmonica)
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.
Taking a Taxi (Opera)
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.
Lieutenant Governor (San Francisco)
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.
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.
Thanks for the great memories!
I love the show. But please, for the love of God, stop the childish virtual signaling about ‘offensive’ comedy bits & commercials. Your whingeing is offensive to anyone over the age of six