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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 Ma…

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    Liberty Ship

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 33:05


    December 6, 1942 - Phil Harris' last show before joining the Merchant Marines. They References include Captain Kidd, Joan Bennett, Ann Sheridan (George Washington Slept here), Emperor Hirohito, and President Roosevelt's plan that no American make more than $25,000 after taxes.


    Three Men in a Tank

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 33:00


    November 29, 1942 - Going after Rommel. In this episode Jack Benny and the gang are broadcasting live for a group of soldiers.  References include Spike Jones (Der Fuhrer's Face, Sheik of Araby, Love in Bloom), Dennis Day in the movie "The Powers Girls", shipbuilder Henry Kaiser, and Nazi General Erwin Rommel.


    Thanksgiving Dinner (Lydia Pinkkham's)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 32:34


    November 29, 1953 - Jack Buys a Turkey. References include Phil Harris, Bing Crosby and his Minute Maid Orange Juice sponsorship, Mel Blanc the voice of Bugs Bunny and Woody Woodpecker, Dinah Shore, Jimmy Wallington, Harry Von Zell and Lydia Pinkkham's Vegetable Compound.


    Birmingham Hospital (Milk Dress)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 24:55

    November 18, 1945 - Broadcasting From Birmingham hospital in Van Nuys, California. Prize fighter Joe Lewis returns. References include Phil Spitalny and his all girl orchestra, Dr. Kildair and Dr. Gilespie, dancing the jitterbug, point rationing on butter and clothing made from milk wool.

    Charlie Chan in Radio City

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 26:29


    November 11, 1934 - In this early episode Jack Benny plays the Chinese detective Charlie Chan from the film series of the same name. References include the record breaking streamline train, California Governor Frank Merriam, Popeye the sailor, Babe Ruth visiting Japan (ballplayers Dizzy Dean, Daffy Dean, Hack Wilson and Frankie French), Senator Huey Long getting a black eye, boxers Max Baer and Jack Dempsey, comedian Lou Holtz, the Marx brothers (Harpo in particular), the song "Carioca", orchestras Fred Waring and his Pensilvanians, Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians, Abe Lyman's Californians, and movie stars John Barrymore, Mirna Loy, Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Gloria Swanson, Kay Francis and Miriam Hopkins. Not to mention mention "Charlie Chan in London".


    Dark Passage (Bogie and Bacall)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 33:35


    November 2, 1947 - Jack Benny and the gang do their version of the Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall movie Dark Passage where an escaped convict gets plastic surgery to change his face. References include Tom Breneman's Breakfast in Hollywood radio show, comedians Bob Hope and Fred Allen, Orson Welles, playwright Norman Krasna, and the new style in skirts (they're wearing them long again).  


    Publicity Stunt (Erskine Johnson)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 32:06

    October 28, 1945 - $85,000 Bet. After dreaming of an eighty-five thousand dollar bet last week, Jack gets held-up in this episode. References include news commentators Erskine Johnson, Gabriel Heater and H.V. Kaltenborn, child star Margret O'Brien, actress Ingrid Bergmen, soap opera Stella Dallas, the song "My Dream Are Getting Batter All The Time", WWI General Pershing, Diamond Jim Brady, Julius Caesar.

    Racehorse Dream (Tokyo Rose)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 35:10

    October 21, 1945 - Jack Dreams of the Race Horse 'Texas Sandman'. References include, Charles Boyer, Gypsy Rose Lee, Fred Allen, Claudette Colbert, Lana Turner and Turhan Bey, movies "The House on 92nd Street", "Mildred Pearce" and "Double Indemnity",  WAACs, Admiral Halsey, and Tokyo Rose.

    Gossip Article (Louella Parsons)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 32:32


    October 26, 1952 - Louella Parsons is back to write a gossip article on Jack Benny. This is a recycled script from April 2, 1944. References include Johnny Ray singer of "The Little White Cloud That Cried", Florence Chadwick who swam the English Channel, movies like "Francis Goes to West Point", exiled King Farouck of Egypt, and the presidential campaign with Ike Eisenhower and Richard Nixon vs Adlai Stevenson.


    Darryl F. Zanuck

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 31:06

    October 19, 1952 - Jack Buys 20th Century Fox. Producer Darryl F. Zanuck of 20th Century Fox is the guest star and Jack dream he is the head of a movie studio himself. References include Campbell's Soup, Jack Warner of Warner Brothers, Howard Hughes of RKO, Errol Flynn, Ronald Colman, Lassie Come Home, and the "Feet Up (Pat Him on the Po Po)".

    The Gopher Trap (Wish You Were Here)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 32:29

    October 15, 1952 - Jack Catches His Nose in a Gopher Trap. Mel Blanc does the chattering of the gopher. Then Jack goes shopping for a new television set. References include the song "Wish You Were Here" by Eddie Fisher, Spike Jones, Marion Davies, the Yankees World series win, Chlorophyll tablets that fight bad breath, Vigero plant food, and Bugs Bunny's catchphrase "What's Up Doc?".

    Scoop Benny (Feet Up)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 34:35


    October 5, 1952 - Jack Benny plays a newspaperman. References include game 5 of the World Series with ballplayers like Phill Rezzuto and Jackie Robinson, Albert Einstein, Milton Berle, Rocky Marciano, Ty Cobb, The New Follies at the Burbank Theater, and the songs "Cry" by Johnny Ray, "Kiss of Fire" by Georgia Gibbs, and "Feet Up (Pat Him on the Po Po)" by Guy Mitchell.  


    Tales of Manhattan

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 34:15


    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.


    Barbara Stanwyck's House

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 32:23

    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".

    Share Your Car (Veronica Lake)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 34:11

    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.

    The Count of Monte JELLO

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 25:57


    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.


    Claude Rains

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2021 33:07

    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.

    Jack Warner (Ford Theater)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 32:53


    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 Serra Madre" and the song "the Dance of the Hours".


    Mr. Finque (Jack's Birthday)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2021 32:40


    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".


    Claudette Colbert and Vincent Price

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2021 32:07

    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.

    Don Still Won't Sign (Phil in Washington)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2021 34:01

    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.

    Don Wilson's Contract (Disk Jockey)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2021 31:58

    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. 

    The Maxwell for Scrap

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2021 32:02


    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.


    Soap Contest (Joan Benny)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2021 35:13


    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, and the puppet kids show "Time for Beany".


    Joan Benny (podcast update)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2021 39:41


    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).mp3

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2021 33:08


    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".


    20 Questions

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2021 32:58

    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)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2021 28:03


    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)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2021 20:59


    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)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2021 33:29


    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.


    Mother's Day (Donald Duck)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2021 32:35

    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.

    Bend in the River (Jimmy Stewart)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2021 32:40


    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.


    Dennis Leaves for the Navy (Vancouver)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2021 32:01

    April 23, 1944 - Broadcasting from Vancouver BC, Canada. Jack talks to the mayor and Mary talks about growing up there. Dennis Day says goodbye. This is his last episode before leaving for the Navy for two years. References include W.C Fields.

    Bob Hope's Brother

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2021 33:43

    April 16, 1944 - The Bob Hope Show Parody. Jack benny and the gang are broadcasting from Stockton Airfield in San Joaquin county. They mention Jack's movie "Charlie's Aunt", bandleader Tommy Dorsey, Mel Blanc character Private Sad Sack, gas coupons, and an in depth look at the Bob Hope radio show including cast members Fransis Langford, Professor Colona, Vera Vague and the Pepsodent ad featuring 'poor Miriam'.

    Louella Parsons

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2021 32:46


    April 2, 1944 - Louella Parsons about Jack's movie. Gossip columnist Louella Parsons is expected to visit for an interview with Jack benny (and promote her book "The Gay Illiterate". They mention Jack Benny's USO tour in Africa, Jimmy Star's book "The Corpse Came C.O.D.", movie stars Gary Cooper, Hedy Lamarr, Lionel Barrymore, Spencer Tracy, W.C. Fields, Claudette Colbert and the fictional villain Fu Manchu.


    BONUS: The Easter Story

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 3, 2021 32:33

    BONUS EPISODE The Easter Story Son of Man: A Passion Play CBS Radio Theater Introducing: Bible Broadcasts A podcast featuring vintage stories, hymns, and gospel songs from the golden age of radio (1930 – 1950). Featuring Old Time Radio Shows that dramatize the stories of the Bible. Listen to Bible Broadcasts on Apple podcasts or your favorite podcast app. RSS Feed     iTunes    Twitter Subscribe now!

    How Jack Found Phil (Nebraska Admiral)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2021 31:43


    April 1, 1945 - Jack Benny has received the honorary title of "Admiral in the Great Navy of the State of Nebraska" and it's going to his head. Then he tells the story of how he found Phil Harris in 1935. We also find out how his met his girlfriend who sings "My Melancholy Baby".


    Barbara Stanwyck (Mairzy Doats)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2021 33:58


    March 19, 1944 - Dennis Dreams he has his own show. Barbara Stanwyck is the guest star. References include the Merry Mac's hit song "Mairzy Doats", Queen Elizabeth, Winston Churchill, Henry Morgenthau, Paul Lukas, Dorothy Lamour, Nelson Eddie and Jeanette MacDonald, Gypsy Rose Lee and more.


    Twenty Questions

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2021 33:49

    March 14, 1954 - A recycled script from November 5, 1950. On the train to Los Angeles Jack benny and the gang are playing 20 questions. They mention actors Humphrey Bogart, Jimmy Stuart, Gary Cooper and Walter Pidgeon. They reference the commercial jingles "How are you fixed for blades" and Pepsi cola. They mention Jack's January TV episode with Liberace, and more!

    Jack Benny vs Fred Allen

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2021 33:16


    March 14, 1937 - From the Hotel Peirre in New York Jack benny Faces off against Fred Allen in the Fight of the Century! Plus Mary Livingstone Sings. References include the songs "There's an Old Spinning Wheel in the Parlor" and "A Fine Romance", Ben Bernie, Guy Lombardo, Bing Crosby, Laurence Tibbitt, Noel Coward, Clark Gable, Robert Tayor, Lionel Barrymore, Andy Devine, Boris Karloff, Ripley's, and the Anheuser Bush Brewery.


    Stuart Canin (Child Violinist)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 3, 2021 34:45

    March 7, 1937 - Broadcasting from New York City at the height of the Benny / Allen feud, the boy who started it all, 10-year-old violinist Stuart Canin is a guest.

    The Ink Spots (Allen's Alley Reunion)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 24, 2021 32:43


    February 12, 1950 - Jack Benny and the gang are in New York so the Ink Spots fill in for the Sportsmen quartet. Fred Allen has been off the air for a year and Jack gets the original cast to come and reprise their roles from Allen's Alley.


    Time Change (Sound Effects Man)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 17, 2021 32:52

    February 8, 1942 - Jack is upset because Fred Allen has moved to Sundays.  Clip from the song "I'm In Love With The Sound Effects Man" by the Kingsmen from and episode of Fibber McGee and Molly (later recorded by Spike Jones). They mention Gene Autry, Edger Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, Abbott and Costello, Phil Baker, The Great Gildersleeve, 

    Jack Benny's Birthday (Ben Bernie)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 10, 2021 36:29


    February 14, 1937 - Jack Benny celebrates his birthday. Radio bandleader Ben Bernie show up and offers to lend Jack his violin so that he can play "The Bee" and settle the feud with Fred Allen. They mention The Townsend Plan, the movie "Wake up and live", Prudence Penny cooking school, Little Orphan Annie, the songs "Thanks a Million" and "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Aint Got That Swing)".


    Ready to Play "The Bee" (Julius Caesar)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 3, 2021 35:55


    February 2, 1937 - After hearing 10-year-old Stuart Canin play Schubert's "The Bee" on The Fred Allen Program, Jack Benny is Ready to play "The Bee" himself. Leading to The Stolen Violin. They mention the movie The Good Earth, Jack's movie College Holiday in which he plays "Love in Bloom", and Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.


    Lucy Belle (Flood Disaster)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2021 32:56


    January 31, 1937 - Phil Harris's sister Lucy Belle visits the studio. Nightmares of Fred Allen. Jack Benny will play 'The Bee' next Sunday. References include the Red Cross disaster work in great Ohio river flood. Actors Fred MacMurray, Fred Stone, George Burns, Fred Astair, child actor Jackie Cooper and Robert Taylor who was starring in the movie "Camille".


    Dinner at Phil's (Practicing The Bee)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2021 34:36


    January 24, 1937 - Jack Practices The Bee. The feud between Jack benny and Fred Allen is ramping up. Then the gang heads over to Phil Harris' house to meet Phil's southern mother and sister.


    How Jack Benny Met Fred Allen

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2021 34:28


    January 15, 1950 - Fred Allen is the guest star on The Jack Benny Program, but he is late. This was during the time when The Fred Program was not on the air. They reference Phil Harris' show on NBC and Don Wilson's "Dreer Poosen" flub. They also mention Groucho Marx, Milton Berle, Mory Amsterdam, and Danny Kaye who was starring in "The Inspector General". Plus, Los Angeles Golf Open with Ben Hogan and Sam Sneed, the New York water shortage, Beeman's Pepsin chewing gum, the Miss America pageant and the song "Some Enchanted Evening".


    First Broadcast on CBS

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2021 34:39

    January 2, 1949 -Jack has the jitters for his first broadcast on CBS after moving from NBC. Guests Amos n Andy.

    Comedian of the Year (Last NBC Show)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2020 34:22


    December 26, 1948 - The last show for NBC. Jack Benny will be switching to CBS next week. He was doing quite a bit of promotion including appearances on other radio shows like "Lux Radio Theater". In this episode they mention Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Guy Lombardo and the song "All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth". They reference the ad agency Batten, Barton, Durstine and Osborn. They also mention the movie "Portrait of Jennie", the swimming movie star Esther Williams, and boxers Maxie Rosenbloom and Max Baer.


    Christmas Shopping (Wallet)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2020 36:19


    December 19, 1948 - The classic Christmas shopping episode where Jack Benny goes to a department store to buy a wallet for Don Wilson. References include the movie "Elephant Boy" starring Sabu, actor Ronald Colman, actress Heddy Lamarr, poets Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Nick Kenny, Bendix washer, and the novelty Christmas song "All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth".


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