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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"

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

Jack Benny's Father (Waukegan Mayor)

9/27/2023
March 21, 1937 - From New York Jack Benny plays his own father in the story of his life. References include Kenny Baker and Phil Harris' upcoming movie "Turn off the Moon", Minsky's Burlesque nightclub, and old songs "(My) Pony Boy" and "In the Good Old Summertime".

Duration:00:33:16

Jack Benny's Life Story by Fred Allen

9/20/2023
February 24, 1937 - The Fred Allen Show during the height of the Benny/Allen Feud featured a production all about Jack Benny.

Duration:00:36:45

Terry Phillips (1983 Mel Blanc)

9/13/2023
Terry Phillips is a former CBS reporter who, in 1983 had a chance to interview the great Mel Blanc. Terry is also the producer of a audio drama podcast called Imagine Air Theater, and his new play "Ronald Reagan Saves the World" premiered last week at the Center Stage Theater in Santa Barbara, California. Mel Blanc Interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fsWZVbLllQ Imagine Air Theater here: https://www.imagine-air-theater.com Ronald Reagan Saves the World https://www.reaganplay.com

Duration:00:37:14

Sports Newsreel Show

8/30/2023
December 28, 1945 - Jack Benny is the guest on Bill Stern's Sports Newsreel. June 7, 1946 - Eddie "Rochester" Anderson is the guest on Bill Stern's Sports Newsreel. Bonus - Paul Harvey's Rest of the Story segment.

Duration:00:32:38

First TV Episode (TV Bonus)

8/23/2023
October 28, 1950 – Premiere Show The audio version of the very first episode of the Jack Benny Television Program with special guest Dinah Shore! With Mel Blac, Don Wilson, and comedian Ken Murray. References include Olsen & Johnson, and Bob Hope.

Duration:00:47:39

So This is Harris

8/16/2023
Phil Harris stars in the short comedy film "So This is Harris" from 1933.

Duration:00:30:38

Audiobook - Conclusion

8/12/2023
JACK BENNY and the Golden Age of American Radio Comedy By Kathryn H. Fuller-Seeley Read by Stephanie Henderson Conclusion Download the full book at www.thisdaybenny.com/audiobook

Duration:00:20:51

Audiobook - Chapter 9

8/7/2023
JACK BENNY and the Golden Age of American Radio Comedy By Kathryn H. Fuller-Seeley Read by Stephanie Henderson Chapter 9: Jack Bennys Turn Towards Television

Duration:01:10:14

Phil Harris Show guest Jack Benny

8/3/2023
March 9, 1947 - Jack Benny is the guest star on "The Fitch Bandwagon" starring Phil Harris and Alice Faye. In this episode they mention foxtails on old car radiator caps and more!

Duration:00:29:09

Audiobook - Chapter 8

7/31/2023
JACK BENNY and the Golden Age of American Radio Comedy By Kathryn H. Fuller-Seeley Read by Stephanie Henderson Chapter 8: Benny At War With The Radio Critics

Duration:01:16:37

Golden Memories of Radio - Disk 6

7/26/2023
Side 1 - Great Moments of Humor and Pathos. Radio programs did not always follow script: Lowell Thomas program. Julian Anthony news broadcast. Radio "trivia": the first radio variety series. Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig on their radio show. Babe Ruth's final message. Lou Gehrig says "Goodbye." Amos 'n Andy Christmas program. Side 2 - Special Production. Arch Oboler presents "CAT WIFE" --a full length terror drama, freshly produced, just as it was heard on Golden Radio. Cast: Virginia Gregg, Vic Perrin, Hal Peary, Jay Novello and Chester Stratton.

Duration:00:36:46

Audiobook - Chapter 7

7/24/2023
JACK BENNY and the Golden Age of American Radio Comedy By Kathryn H. Fuller-Seeley Read by Stephanie Henderson Chapter 7: Jack Benny's Intermedia Juggling of Radio and Film

Duration:01:09:21

Golden Memories of Radio - Disk 5

7/19/2023
Side 1 - Radio Reports World War II. Pearl Harbor bulletin. Manila bombing. FDR "Day of Infamy." Last broadcast from Corregidor. Interview with radio operator. Side 2 - Radio Reports World War II. "D" Day to Final Victory. Dwight D. Eisenhower announces "D" Day. FDR on "D" Day. "Live" report from landing ship. Iwo Jima invaded. FDR's death. Arthur Godfrey at funeral. President Truman's tribute. Winston Churchill on VE Day. President Truman announces Hiroshima "A" bomb attack. VJ Day. General MacArthur as signing of peace treaty.

Duration:00:33:20

Audiobook - Chapter 6

7/17/2023
JACK BENNY and the Golden Age of American Radio Comedy By Kathryn H. Fuller-Seeley Read by Stephanie Henderson Chapter 6: The Commercial Imperative: Jack Benny, Advertising, and Radio Sponsors

Duration:01:23:01

Golden Memories of Radio - Disk 4

7/12/2023
Side 1 - The March Toward World War II. The King George V Funeral. Edward VIII abdicates. King George VI coronation. Prime Minister Chamberlain reports to the world. The U.S.S. Squalus Disaster. Hitler declares war on Poland. Chamberlain announces war. FDR: "America Hates War." and Winston Churchill: "Give us the tools." Side 2 - On-The-Spot Coverage of Sports! The Dempsey-Tunney fight. Schmeling defeats Joe Louis. Max Baer, Gene Tunney, Jack Dempsey comment as Louis defeats Schmeling. Jesse Owen in 1936 Olympics, Ted Husing reports. 1937 Davis Cup Match Budge vs. Kramm. Whirl-a-way wins the Kentucky Derby. Bobby Thompson home-run.

Duration:00:34:16

Audiobook - Chapter 5

7/10/2023
JACK BENNY and the Golden Age of American Radio Comedy By Kathryn H. Fuller-Seeley Read by Stephanie Henderson Chapter 5: Rochester and the Revenge of Uncle Tom in the 1940s and 1950s

Duration:01:25:59

Golden Memories of Radio - Disk 3

7/5/2023
Side 1 - Radio Adventure and Drama. Jack Armstrong. The Lone Ranger. Sgt. Preston and Yukon King. Terry and The Pirates. Famous Jury Trials. Dangerous Assignment. Mr. Keene, Tracer of Lost Persons. Gang Busters. Suspense. The Shadow. Side 2 - The Classic Radio News Broadcasts. KDKA Election Returns. Pres. Coolidge presents Charles Lindberg to Congress. Amos 'n Andy on Hoover-Smith campaign. Eddie Cantor on 1929 Crash. Billy Sunday on prohibition. FDR is inaugurated. Edwin C. Hill. Bruno Hauptman is executed. The Hindenburg disaster.

Duration:00:36:04

Audiobook - Chapter 4

7/3/2023
JACK BENNY and the Golden Age of American Radio Comedy By Kathryn H. Fuller-Seeley Read by Stephanie Henderson Chapter 4: Eddie Anderson, Rochester, and Race in 1930s Radio and Film

Duration:01:23:56

Golden Memories of Radio - Disk 2

6/28/2023
In 1969 Jack Benny hosted a a box-set of records looking back at old time radio. It was titles "Jack Benny Presents the Treasury of Golden Memories of Radio". Side 1 - The Great Radio Comedians. "Allen's Alley" with Fred Allen, Senator Claghorn, Titus Moody and Mrs. Nusbaum. The Easy Aces with Jane and Goodman Ace. Baron Munchausen, featuring Jack Pearl. Fibber McGee and Molly, with Mr. and Mrs. Jim Jordan. Side 2 - More of The Great Radio Comedians. Lum 'N Abner. Fanny Brice as Baby Snooks. Jack Benny and Mary Livingston. Mel Blanc as "The Maxwell Car." Bob Hope. Fred Allen and Jack Benny.

Duration:00:34:16

Audiobook Chapter 3

6/26/2023
JACK BENNY and the Golden Age of American Radio Comedy By Kathryn H. Fuller-Seeley Read by Stephanie Henderson Chapter 3: Masculine Gender Identity in Jack Benny's Humor

Duration:01:15:34