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Jack Benny Show - OTR Podcast!
Episode 1959: Jack Benny TV Podcast 1959-04-04 Cartoons - The Mouse That Jack Built and 1940-09-14 Malibu Beach Party

Jack Benny Show - OTR Podcast!

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2022 58:47


You can watch from Dropbox https://www.dropbox.com/s/1r2c3pwcps9ki8i/Jack%20Benny%20Cartoons%201959-04-04%20The%20Mouse%20That%20Jack%20Built%20and%201940-09-14%20Malibu%20Beach%20Party.mp4?dl=0   The two best Jack Benny cartoons.

Your Brain on Facts
Voice Over the Moon, vol. 1 (ep. 178)

Your Brain on Facts

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2022 29:42


From a rogue radio operator, to Bugs Bunny, to the lady who recorded all the time and temperature message for the phone company, we look at some history and notable names in voicework (which is what I do for a living, hire me!)  Like what you hear?  Become a patron of the arts for as little as $2 a month!   Or buy the book or some merch.  Hang out with your fellow Brainiacs.  Reach out and touch Moxie on Facebook, Twitter,  or Instagram. Music: Kevin MacLeod, David Fesliyan.   Reach out and touch Moxie on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Links to all the research resources are on the website.   If you logged onto the internet between say ‘95-2005, you'd inevitably hear two things, the shriek of a modem, like a robot orgy in a combine harvester, and a cheery man's voice saying, “Welcome” and “You've got mail.”  Elward Edwards recorded those phrases for $200 in 1989, when his wife worked for Quantum Computer Services, the company that later became AOL. At its peak, AOL had 23 million users, all hearing Edwards' voice.  He briefly returned to public attention when a video of him saying the iconic line was posted on social media, by one of his Uber passengers.  My name's …   Every topic I cover on YBOF is interesting to me, anywhere from a little ‘huh' to an all-consuming passion that dictates everything from my daily schedule to my podcast listening.  This is one of those, because I do voiceovers for a living.  Hire me today, no job too small.  With a chronic idiopathic pulmonary condition, covid provided a real kick in the pants to finally get out of retail.  What I discovered, apart from how it's not as easy as you think, or at least as easy as I thought with two years of podcasting already under my belt, is that VO is everywhere!  It's not just cartoons and dubbing movies.  Phone menus, kids toys, GPS, pre-roll ads on YT, website explainer videos, e-learning/training, continuing education, audiobooks, podcasts of course, guided meditations, seriously we could be here all day.  Even computerized voices usually start with a real person, more on that later.   Kids these days may not hear a voice that was unbelievably common in the lives of many of us.  [sfx “At the tone, the time will be 7:22 and 40 seconds,” “I'm sorry, the number you have dialed is no longer in service”]  That's the authoritative voice of Jane Barbe, one of the most widely-heard voices ever.  Barbe was the queen of telephone recordings, estimated to have been heard 40 million times a day in the 1980s and early 1990s, everything from automated time and weather messages to hotel wake-up calls.  She wasn't the only person who recorded automated phone messages, but she practically had the market cornered.    Barbe did most of her recordings for Atlanta-based Electronic Telecommunications Inc., which at one time produced as many as 2,000 voice messaging systems for businesses and government agencies, and for Octel Communications, which is now a part of Bell Labs/Lucent.  She was heard on 90% of “intercept messages” -- the recording played when something is wrong with a phone number -- and 60% of automated time and temperature calling programs.  You see, children, before you had the exact time and the collective knowledge of humanity to take to the toilet with you, you might go to the nearest telephone and dial a number you had committed to memory, probably the wildest part of this story, so a recording could tell you the time and temperature.   While I still haven't encountered my own voice in the wild, which was especially disappointing after I voiced a local political ad, Jane Barbe misdialed her calls as much as the rest of us, an experience she described as “really weird.”  One time she overheard her mother dialing a number and getting her on a recorded message.  ‘Oh, shut up, Jane!' her mom groused before slamming down the receiver in exasperation.   The story of how our go-go tech-driven lives became infused with voiceovers well predates YT and phone menus.  We have to go back over a century, to the night of Christmas eve 1906.  Up to that moment, the ship wireless operators for the United Fruit Company, along with the US Navy, had only heard Morse codes coming through their headphones.  But suddenly, they heard a human voice singing “O Holy Night” with violin accompaniment and afterwards a reading from the Bible.  This was heard by ships along the Atlantic northeast coast and from shore stations as far south as Norfolk, Virginia.  A repeat broadcast was heard on New Year's Eve as far south as the West Indies.  The voice was that of Canadian inventor and mathematician Reginald Fessenden, who was responsible for establishing the first transatlantic wireless telegraphic communication and what is considered to be the first voice work.  Fessneden was excited by Alexander Graham Bell's new device, the telephone, and set out to create a way to remotely communicate without wires.  In 1900, working for the United States Weather Bureau, Fessenden recorded the very first voice over: a test he made reporting the weather.  The following year, Guglielmo Marconi, who is often credited as the father and inventor of the radio became the first person to transmit signals across the Atlantic Ocean.   Though wireless communication was invaluable in WWI, broadcasts to the public were largely regional, amateur affairs.  The first radio news program was broadcast August 31, 1920 by station 8MK in Detroit, Michigan, which survives today as all-news CBS station.  The first college radio station began broadcasting two months later from Union College, Schenectady, New York.  Around the same time, station 2ADD (call letters were weird in the beginning), aired what is believed to be the first public entertainment broadcast in the United States, a series of Thursday night concerts that could initially only be heard within a 100-mile (160 km) radius and later for a 1,000-mile (1,600 km) radius. It wasn't much, but it was the start of broadcast voice work.   The average person knows off-hand that the first movie with diegetic, or native, sound was The Jazz Singer in 1927, but the biggest event in voice work came the following year -- the first talkie cartoon.  It was Steamboat Willie, with the prototype for Mickey Mouse voiced by none other than creator Walt Disney.  Hot on its heels came next year's Looney Tunes the following year.  And that's t-u-n-e-s like music, not t-o-o-n-s like cartoon.   In the early days of animation, Disney produced short animated films called “Silly Symphonies,” to promote and sell music, in the form of records and sheet music.  As Silly Symphonies gained popularity, Warner Brothers created its own equivalents, “Merrie Melodies”“Looney Tunes.” As for the “looney” part of the title, Warner Brothers wanted to indicate that “[their] cartoons were a little wackier than the sweeter characters of Disney.”  Cartoons quickly solidified their place as entertainment for children and adults alike.   One man in particular made Looney Tunes a powerhouse, “the man of a thousand voices” - Mel Blanc.  He is considered to be the first outstanding voice actor in the industry and voiced Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, Tweety Bird, Sylvester the Cat, Yosemite Sam, the Tasmanian Devil, Marvin the Martian, Pepé Le Pew, Speedy Gonzales, and many others.  Raised in Portland, Oregon, he worked at KGW as an announcer and as one of the Hoot Owls in the mid-1930s, where he specialized in comic voices. It took him a year and a half to land an audition with Leon Schlesinger's company, where he began in 1937. He also worked for Walter Lantz, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Columbia, and even Walt Disney until Schlesinger signed him to an exclusive contract.   One of Mel Blanc's most important contributions to the voice over industry is the recognition that voice artists now get to enjoy. Originally, voice artists were not given screen credit on animated cartoons. After he was turned down for a raise by tight-fisted producer Leon Schlesinger, Blanc suggested they add his name as Vocal Characterizationist to the credits as a compromise. Not only did it give a greater recognition to voice artists but also from then on, it helped to bring Blanc to the public eye and quickly brought him more work in radio.   We almost didn't have as much Mel Blanc voice-work as we did.  On January 24th, 1961, Blanc was in a near-fatal car accident on Sunset Boulevard.  He suffered multiple fracture to both legs and his pelvis, as well as triple skull bone displacements.  He lay in a coma, unresponsive, for two weeks.  After many doctors' attempts to bring him out of the deep unconsciousness, one of his neurologists tried a different approach and asked Blanc, “How are you feeling today, Bugs Bunny?”  After a moment, in a low voice, he replied, “Eh… just fine, Doc. What's up?”  The doctor then asked if Tweety was in there too, to which Blanc replied: “I tot I taw a puddy tat.”  Mel Blanc recovered shortly after and continued to do what he did best, until his death at age 81.  His tombstone in Hollywood Forever Cemetery reads “That's all, folks.”   Bonus fact: Bugs Bunny's habit of eating carrots while delivering one-liners was based on a scene in the film It Happened One Night, in which Clark Gable's character leans against a fence, eating carrots rapidly and talking with his mouth full to Claudette Colbert's character.  The trouble was, Mel Blanc didn't like carrots.  He would bite and chew the carrots to get the sound needed and immediately spit it out.   MIDROLL   Hopping back to Disney, the house of mouse also pioneered the full-length animated feature, to much soon-to-be-disproven skepticism and derision, with Snow White in 1937.  Adriana Caselotti was the daughter of Italian immigrants living in Connecticut.  Both her mother and older sister sang opera and her father gave voice lessons, so making best use of one's voice was sort of their thing.  After a brief stint as a chorus girl, when she was only 18, Caselotti was hired to provide the voice of Snow White.  She was paid $970, equivalent to $17K today, typical for the non-union times.  In most Hollywood stories, this would be step one of a meteoric rise.  The movie was certainly a success, even briefly hold the title of highest grossing sound film, so why isn't Adriana Caselotti a household name?  All my research indicates that Disney did it on purpose.  Caselotti was under contract with Disney, so she couldn't work for other studios, but Disney never provided her with any other roles.  Even radio and TV legend Jack Benny was turned away, with the explanation, “That voice can't be used anywhere.  I don't want to spoil the illusion of Snow White.”  It's the same reason Disney didn't credit voice actors for the first six years of feature films; he didn't want anything to remind the buying public that the characters are just make-believe.  Caselotti's only other cinematic contribution, for which she was paid $100, was to sing the falsetto line "Wherefore Art Thou, Romeo", in the Tin Man's song in The Wizard of Oz.  She was a lovely girl; you can see pictures of her if you're listening to the show on the Vodacast app.   I've actually got a few bullet points on the dark secrets behind the happiest place on earth.  There's enough to fill a movie.  I can see the trailer now.  “In a world…”  I can't do the voice.  Only one man could, the epic movie trailer guy, Don LaFontaine.  Donald LaFontaine was called, “The King,” "Thunder Throat" and "The Voice of God."  His CV includes 5,000 movie trailers and over 350,000 television commercials, network promotions, and video game trailers.  His signature phrase, "in a world...", is so well known and parodied, LaFontaine parodied it himself in a Geico ad. [sfx]   LaFontaine was born in 1940 in Duluth, Minnesota. to Alfred and Ruby LaFontaine.  At age 13, his voice changed, all at once, mid-sentence, and never went back.  He began his career as a recording engineer at the National Recording Studios producing commercial spots for Dr. Strangelove: Or how I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb.  LaFontaine worked behind the mic until 1964, when he had to fill in for a missing voice actor to finish a promo spot for 1964's Gunfighters of Casa Grande for a client's presentation.  The client bought the spots, and LaFontaine's career as a voice actor began.  LaFontaine developed his signature style of a strong narrative approach, and heavy melodramatic coloration of his voice work.  In 1976 LaFontaine started his own company producing movie trailers.  He moved to Los Angeles in 1981 and was contacted by an agent, launching a career that spanned three decades.  LaFontaine's signature voice came with a busy schedule.  He could have voiced about 60 promotions a week, sometimes more than 3 in a single day.  Most studios were willing to pay a premium for his service.  It has been said that his voice-over added prestige and excitement, a certain gravitas, to what might otherwise have been a box office failure.    In a 2007 interview, LaFontaine explained the strategy behind his signature catch phrase, "in a world where...": "We have to very rapidly establish the world we are transporting them to. That's very easily done by saying, `In a world where ... violence rules.' `In a world where ... men are slaves and women are the conquerors.' You very rapidly set the scene."  Wait, what movie wa that second one?  LaFontaine became so successful that he arrived at his voice-over jobs in a personalized limo with a full time driver, until he began recording from his palatial estate in the Hollywood Hills, thanks to the internet and ISDN.  It's hardly worth talking about ISDN as a voiceover today, as it's rapidly on its way out, but as a podcaster, I'm happy to.  ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) is a system of digital telephone connections, which enables recording studios anywhere in the United States, Canada and abroad to connect digitally with voice over talent working remotely in their home recording studio.  It's as clear as being in the same room.  It makes a Zoom call look like two Solo cups and an old shoelace.  But nobody's having a dedicated ISDN line installed these days.  It costs at least $1500 for the unit, plus anywhere from $75 to a few hundred dollars per month for the service, so [sfx raspberry] onto the rubbish heap of rapidly-outdated technology it goes!   LaFontaine died suddenly in 2008 and  now all we're left with is the Inception noise. [sfx]  I mean, it was cool at first, but now … meh.  You can also hear shades of LaFontaine in the work of a Barbadian-British VO known professionally as Redd Pepper.  His legal name is on wikipedia, but I don't like when mine comes up, so I won't use his.  (Also, if you find out someone goes by a name other than the one on their passport, just leave it, will you?  Be they trans, an actor, an exotic dancer, or a check-out girl, don't matter.  You don't need to know what my “real name” is unless you're writing me a check.)  Anyway, Pepper has voiced over 100 trailers, including blockbusters like Jurassic Park, Men in Black and Space Jam, so you've probably heard him, even if you thought he was the old “in a world” guy.  Here's LaFontaine [sfx] and here's Pepper [sfx].   Speaking of signature sounds, if you've ever heard old movies or newsreels from the thirties or forties, then you've probably heard that weird old-timey voice.  It sounds a little like a blend between American English and a form of British English.  Did everyone talk that way between the world wars?  Not everyone, no, only the people being recorded and they did it on purpose.   This type of pronunciation is called the Transatlantic, or Mid-Atlantic, accent.  Not mid-Atlantic like Virginia and Maryland, but like in the middle of the Atlantic.  Unlike most accents, instead of naturally evolving, the Transatlantic accent was acquired.  People in the United States were taught to speak in this voice.  Historically, Transatlantic speech was the hallmark of American aristocracy and by extension the theatre.  In upper-class boarding schools across New England, students learned the Transatlantic accent as an international norm for communication, similar to the way posh British society used Received Pronunciation, which we'll get to in a minute.  Mid-Atlantic English was the dominant dialect among the Northeastern American upper class through the first half of the 20th century. As such, it was popular in the theatre and other forms of elite culture in that region….   Transatlantic has several quasi-British elements, such a lack of rhoticity.  This means that Mid-Atlantic speakers dropped their “r's” at the end of words like “winner” or “clear”.  They'll also use softer, British vowels – dahnce, fahst.  While those sounds were reduce, emphasis was put on t's.  In American English we often pronounce the “t” in words like “writer” and “water” as d's. Transatlantic speakers pounce on their T's, writer, water.     This speech pattern isn't completely British, nor completely American.  Instead, it's a form of English that's hard to place and that's part of why Hollywood loved it.  With the evolution of talkies in the late 1920s, voice was first heard in motion pictures.  It was then that the majority of audiences first heard Hollywood actors speaking predominantly in Mid-Atlantic English.  But why do so many speakers have such a high, nasal quality?  There's a theory that technological constraints, combined with the schooled accent, created this iconic speech.  According to Duke university professor Jay O'Berski, this sound is an artifact from the early days of radio.  Radio receivers had very little bass technology at the time, and it was very difficult, if not impossible, to hear bass tones on your home device.  Speakers with pleasing full baritones were no good on early radio.    The Transatlantic accent made Americans sound vaguely British, but how can you make British people sound more British, like, the maximum amount of Britishness, like a cup of earl grey tea served with a dry scone smeared with marmalade and imperialism.  You teach them Received Pronunciation.  Received Pronunciation, or RP, is the instantly recognisable super-British accent often described as The Queen's English', ‘Oxford English' or ‘BBC English.'  RP is described as “the standard form of British English pronunciation,” though only 2% or so of Brits speak it.   So where did Transatlantic pronunciation go?  Linguist William Labov noted that Mid-Atlantic speech fell out of favor after World War II, as fewer teachers taught it to their students and radio and movie sound technology evolved to handle bass.  It's not gone entirely, though.  British expats like Anthony Hopkins still use it and it pops up in place of actors' natural British accents in movies.  The example that leaps to my mind is Warwick Davis.  You also know him as The Leprechaun, Professor Fliwick in Harry Potter, among 80 other roles.  For his first major film role as the titular Willow in 1988, he was taught the Transatlantic accent because the studio heads thought that Americans wouldn't be able to understand his British accent.  *sigh*  I could probably do a whole episode on executives thinking the average person was sub-moronic.  Did you ever once have a problem with Warwick Davis' accent, or anything less clear than Brad Pitt in Snatch?  Pop on to our social media…

Jack Benny Show - OTR Podcast!
Episode 790: Jack Benny Podcast 1952-01-06 (790) Suspense, Phil Harris 1952-01-06 Pebble Beach, and Jack Benny Podcast 1942-01-11 (429) From March Field

Jack Benny Show - OTR Podcast!

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2022 97:38


Jack Benny keeps us in Suspense!

Breaking Walls
BW - EP123—005: January 1954—Marilyn Marries Joe and Jack Benny's Face is Familiar on Suspense

Breaking Walls

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2022 30:20


Although Jack Benny spent his TV time on September 13th, 1953 dreaming of being with Marilyn Monroe, on January 15th, 1954 she was officially taken off the market. That day she and retired baseball star Joe DiMaggio were married at San Francisco's city hall. They would divorce the following year, but remain close friends for the rest of her life. ___________ Airing in his familiar Sundays at 7PM eastern time slot, in 1954 Benny had a radio rating of 8.2, second-highest on the air. For twenty years, Benny's rating had never fallen out of the top ten, and twelve times he'd had a top-three show. ___________ The January 10th episode celebrated announcer Don Wilson's twentieth anniversary with the program. In further evidence of the changing broadcast landscape, that season Benny had a TV rating of 33.3. Jack Benny would air one more season of original radio shows. ___________ Eight days later, Benny appeared on Suspense in a story called “The Face is Familiar.” 1954 was Autolite's final season sponsoring the program. Airing Mondays at 8PM, Suspense pulled a rating of 6. While it was a far cry from the listener heights of just five years earlier, it was tied for seventh overall. ___________ The final autolite Suspense episode aired on June 7th. CBS refused to cancel the series. That fall, Antony Ellis took over as producer/director. The show would continue to air sustained by CBS until the ad department found multiple sponsorship, and the program moved to Sunday afternoons in November of 1956.

Jack Benny Show - OTR Podcast!
Episode 602: Jack Benny Podcast 1946-12-29 (602) Going to a Nightclub, PHAF 1946-12-29 Cassanova Rides Again, and Jack Benny 1937-01-03 (239) Beginning of the Feud - Buck Benny Part 6

Jack Benny Show - OTR Podcast!

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 8, 2022 97:11


Jack and Fred Allen start the feud!

This Day in Jack Benny
The Vault (Racetrack Tout)

This Day in Jack Benny

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2022 30:48


January 7, 1945 - Leaving for New York Jack Benny and the gang meet at the train station. This is the debut episode of Jack Benny's vault, the racetrack tout, and Mel Blank's train announcer who always announces "Anaheim, Azusa and Cucamonga". References include Van Johnson and Barbra Stanwyck and "The Trolley Song".

Retro Radio Podcast
Jack Benny – The Hurricane. ep282, 380130

Retro Radio Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 28:16


Jack tells Don how tired he is over the work he has been doing on his latest movie. He also complains about Fred macMurray. Why would he do that for?…

Jack Benny Show - OTR Podcast!
Episode 789: Jack Benny Podcast 1951-12-30 (789) New Year's Eve, PHAF 1951-12-30 Rose Bowl Parade, and Jack Benny 1942-01-04 (428) New Year's Eve Party

Jack Benny Show - OTR Podcast!

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 94:51


Jack and Phil New Year's shows!

God Feeding Station
Jack Benny New Year’s 1944

God Feeding Station

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 29:12


Jack Benny

Jack Benny Show - OTR Podcast!
Episode 2022: Betty White Tribute 2022-01-02 UCLA Jack Benny Award, Family Theater 1947-10-30 (038) Fibber McGee, Molly, and Betty White, and 1949-04-27 (115) Shelly Winters, Frank Morgan, and Betty White

Jack Benny Show - OTR Podcast!

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 2, 2022 85:02


With Betty Whites passing, I thought we should have an Old Time Radio tribute to her.

Retro Radio Podcast
Jack Benny – Leaving For San Francisco Next Week. ep278, 380102

Retro Radio Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 2, 2022 28:40


Jack and Don talk about their recent Christmas holiday, and the gal that Jack went out with on New Years Eve. It seems that Phil set him up with a…

Jack Benny Show - OTR Podcast!
Episode 925: Jack Benny Podcast 1938 to 1956 (925) Complete New Tenant (1938-1956) including Lost Episode (recreation) and TV Episode

Jack Benny Show - OTR Podcast!

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 2022 120:59


Here is our marathon of all the new tenant skits back to back from the first presentation in 1938 including the lost 1952 episode (re-creation) and the audio from the 1956 TV episode as well as everything in between!

Jack Benny Show - OTR Podcast!
Episode 1956: Jack Benny TV Podcast 1956-01-01 New Years's Fantasy and Camp Hahn 1942-04-12 (Kathy, John, Terry, and Buck)

Jack Benny Show - OTR Podcast!

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2021 67:48


Here it is on youtube https://youtu.be/QnNgHxP2lY8 The last new Year's Fantasy sketch and the first on ever done on TV.

Big Variety Old Time Radio Podcast. (OTR) Presented by Chemdude

New years eve date with a french girl

When Radio Ruled
Soundscape 1937 part 1

When Radio Ruled

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2021


This podcast is a montage of excerpts from old time radio shows broadcast January 1 to January 6, 1937. Starring Eddie Cantor, Cecil B. DeMille, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Jack Benny, Phil Harris, Mary Livinston, Kenny Baker, Don Wilson, Al Jolson, Harry Von Zell, Jimmy Wallington, Edith Head, opening day of the 75th Congress of … Continue reading Soundscape 1937 part 1

Jack Benny Show - OTR Podcast!
Episode 601: Jack Benny Podcast 1946-12-22 (601) Guests Kenny Baker and Larry Stevens - Christmas Party at Birmingham General Hospital and Jack Benny 1936-12-27 (238) Buck Benny Rides Again and Again - Chapter 5

Jack Benny Show - OTR Podcast!

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2021 60:22


Jack Benny Show - OTR Podcast!
Episode 789: Jack Benny Podcast 1946-12-15 (600) Metal Tip Shoelaces, PHAF 1946-12-15 Present For Phil, Jack Benny 1936-12-20 (237) An Old Fashioned Christmas

Jack Benny Show - OTR Podcast!

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2021 102:30


Jack Benny Show - OTR Podcast!
Episode 788: Jack Benny Podcast 1951-12-23 (788) Christmas Tree, PHAF 1951-12-23 Stolen Christmas Presents, Jack Benny 1941-12-21 (426) Christmas Tree

Jack Benny Show - OTR Podcast!

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2021 101:38


Judy Garland and Friends - OTR Podcast
Episode 788: Jack Benny Podcast 1951-12-23 (788) Christmas Tree, PHAF 1951-12-23 Stolen Christmas Presents, Jack Benny 1941-12-21 (426) Christmas Tree

Judy Garland and Friends - OTR Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2021 101:38


USA Classic Radio Theater
Sunday, December 26, 2021 Hour 2 - A Gift of Laughter

USA Classic Radio Theater

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 26, 2021 43:52


A Gift of Laughter, originally broadcast December 26, 1974. A tribute produced by American Forces Network Europe on the date of Jack Benny's Passing. Also Claudia, originally broadcast December 26, 1947, A Surprise for Claudia. There's a great Dane in Claudia's future.

Retro Radio Podcast
Jack Benny – Jacks Christmas Party, Andy Devine. ep496, 431226

Retro Radio Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 26, 2021 28:28


It's Christmas night, and Rochester gets the house ready for the big party. As he cleans, and sings, he is caught smoking one of Jacks cigars. Mary and Dennis arrive…

Jack Benny Show - OTR Podcast!
Episode 599: Jack Benny Podcast 1946-12-08 (599) Jack Buys Don Shoe Laces, PHAF 1946-12-08 Emery's Musicalle, Jack Benny 1936-12-13 (236) Buck Benny Rides Again - Chapter 4

Jack Benny Show - OTR Podcast!

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 26, 2021 104:16


More fun Shopping and riding with Jack!

Jack Benny Show - OTR Podcast!
Episode 1961: Jack Benny TV Podcast 1961-12-24 Christmas Party (First Mel Blanc After Accident)

Jack Benny Show - OTR Podcast!

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 25, 2021 39:13


Here it is on youtube https://youtu.be/OQsyNZal1Ds A special episode of the Jack Benny show for Christmas.

Breaking Walls
Don Wilson on Jack Benny's Comedic Philosophy & Christmas Shows in Palm Springs

Breaking Walls

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2021 1:32


In June of 1980 famed radio announcer Don Wilson, who starred on Jack Benny's program for decades, sat down with Chuck Schaden for a conversation about his life and career (full interview here - http://www.speakingofradio.com/interviews/wilson-don-announcer/). During the conversation Don Wilson spoke of Jack Benny's comedic philosophy and the program's yearly Palm Springs Christmas season shows.

The Chronic Rift Network
Presenting the Transcription Feature: JOHNNY DOLLAR & JACK BENNY

The Chronic Rift Network

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2021 62:45


Even tough-guy detectives sometimes get involved in sentimental or humorous situations during their Christmas episodes.  And the fabulous, freelance insurance investigator of “Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar,” is no exception.  Then it's time for the cast of “The Jack Benny Program” to put on a play about letters to Santa before Jack and Mary go Christmas shopping at a department store.   Episodes Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar December 23, 1956 “The Missing Mouse Matter” 1:39   The Jack Benny Program December 17, 1939 “Christmas Shopping for Perfume and a Necktie” 32:38

Harold's Old Time Radio
CBS Town Hall Tonight Starring Fred Allen -1937-12-22 - Santa Will Not Ride Tonight Jack Benny

Harold's Old Time Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021 58:19


CBS Town Hall Tonight Starring Fred Allen -1937-12-22 - Santa Will Not Ride Tonight Jack Benny

Jack Benny Show - OTR Podcast!
Episode 786: Jack Benny Podcast 1951-12-09 (786) Quadalajara Trio, PHAF 1951-12-09 Mr. Scotts Clock, and Jack Benny 1941-12-07 (424) Dr Jekyl and Mr Hyde Part 2

Jack Benny Show - OTR Podcast!

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021 99:42


Quadalajara Trio stop by and we present Jack's show from the day of the Pearl Harbor attack.

Breaking Walls
The Jack Benny Program: Christmas Shopping for Don's Wallet—12/19/1948

Breaking Walls

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021 30:00


At 7PM eastern time on December 19th, 1948, Jack Benny signed on from NBC's KFI in Los Angeles. By then his move to CBS was a done deal. The episode was his penultimate on NBC. There were hard feelings from the National Broadcasting Company. David Sarnoff said “leadership built on a foundation of solid service can't be snatched overnight by a few high-priced comedians. Leadership is no laughing matter.” But if Sarnoff was mad, he'd only himself to blame. Benny would have happily stayed at NBC, but felt slighted by Sarnoff, who'd never met Benny in person, and elated with William Paley. Between 1935 and 1948, Benny's rating had never been lower than 20.4, and ten times he'd had a top-five rated show. His departure from NBC would leave an un-fillable void, despite Sarnoff's sarcastic comments.

Yesteryear Ballyhoo Revue
Ep. 52: ‘George Washington Slept Here (1942)’ or ‘The House That Kilbride Built’ or ‘Justice for Steve’

Yesteryear Ballyhoo Revue

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021


Zach is joined once again by Hope Sears (All of the Classics) to help Jack Benny and Ann Sheridan renovateContinue readingEp. 52: ‘George Washington Slept Here (1942)' or ‘The House That Kilbride Built' or ‘Justice for Steve'

Zoomer Radio's Theatre of the Mind
Cavalcade & The Real Santa with Jack Benny

Zoomer Radio's Theatre of the Mind

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021 57:06


Gunsmoke followed by Phil Harris and Allie Faye

Jack Benny Show - OTR Podcast!
Episode 599: Jack Benny TV Podcast 1960-12-18 Christmas Shopping (Kathy, John, Terry, and Buck)

Jack Benny Show - OTR Podcast!

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 51:27


Here is is on Youtube https://youtu.be/zFHeEGGCuxs Another TV Tuesday as we enjoy Jack's most famous TV show ever!  Christmas Shopping!

Jack Benny Show - OTR Podcast!
Episode 598: Jack Benny Podcast 1946-12-01 (598) Jack on Phil Baker's Show, and PHAF 1946-12-01 Self-Improvement, and Jack Benny 1936-12-06 (235) Money Ain't Everything

Jack Benny Show - OTR Podcast!

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 85:50


We jump back to 1946 and 1936!

Jack Benny Show - OTR Podcast!
Episode 785: Jack Benny Podcast 1951-12-02 (785) Cuff Links for Don, PHAF 1951-12-02 Frankies TV Show, Jack Benny 1941-11-30 (423) Dr Jekyl and Mr Hyde Part 1

Jack Benny Show - OTR Podcast!

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021 103:05


Our first Christmas Shopping episode of the season!

Retro Radio Podcast
Jack Benny – Mary is Back and Goes Christmas Shopping. ep495, 431219

Retro Radio Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 19, 2021 29:42


Mary has been off the show for three weeks with laryngitis. Today, the show goes to her house as she talks to her maid, Butterfly McQueen. Jack arrives, and he…

USA Classic Radio Theater
Classic Radio Theater for December 19, 2021 Hour 3 - Santa Benny

USA Classic Radio Theater

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 18, 2021 45:16


Phil Harris and Alice Faye, originally broadcast December 19, 1948, Jack Benny plays Santa (for a price) for Phil's kids. Also Part 1 of a 5 part Yours Truly Johnny Dollar story, The Nick Shurn Matter, originally broadcast December 19, 1955. A nightclub owner is found shot to death. His insurance beneficiary is his business partner, who has a perfect alibi.

USA Classic Radio Theater
Classic Radio Theater for December 18, 2021 Hour 1 - Jack and the gang on the train

USA Classic Radio Theater

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2021 45:25


Jack Benny, originally broadcast December 18, 1938, 83 years ago, Jack and the gang heading back to Hollywood by train.

Ian Talks Comedy
Tom Tenowich

Ian Talks Comedy

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2021 105:43


Tom Tenowich joined me to talk about Jack Benny; writing jokes in high school; meeting and writing for Jackie Vernon and Jackie Mason; Rodney Dangerfield; writing for The Dom DeLuise Show and the Jackie Gleason Show; doing Tiny Tim on Gleason; leaving to write for The Golddiggers; joining The Dean Martin Show; Vernon's Viewing Room; Bob Newhart; writing the roasts; Jack Benny's 1st Farewell Special; Tom not being intimidated but impressed by the personas of Gleason and Dean Martin; Dean's rehearsals; Phyllis; The Bob Newhart Show; Mork & Mindy "Mork's Mixed Emotion"; critics and Robin diss Mork as a kiddie show; Robin and ad-libbing; Robin going over studio time; "The Night They Raided Minky's"; moral at the end of the show; Exidor; Foster Brooks; Dorf; Jay Leno; Davd Letterman; Tom's daughter Amy becomes a semi-regular; Lewis & Clark; Check it Out; Perfect Strangers; Cheers; John Cleese; Bob Ellison; Barney Miller; Saved by the Bell being inspired by Ferris Bueller; creating the character of A.C. Slater; casting Tiffany Amber Thiessen, Elizabeth Berkeley, and Mario Lopez; "Jessie's Song"; using the show to talk about environmentalism; Casey Kasem; Tom's wife's unfortunate accident, misdiagnosis and subsequent changing of marital roles; and writing a book about the experience. The book Crutches Tipped Banana Peels Laugh can be purchased here: https://www.amazon.com/Crutches-Tipped-Banana-Peels-Laugh/dp/1734952407/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=tom+tenowich&qid=1631389367&sr=8-1 --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Jack Benny Show - OTR Podcast!
Episode 597: Jack Benny Podcast 1946-11-24 (597) Guest Edward G. Robinson - The Killers and Jack Benny Podcast 1936-11-29 (234) Buck Benny Rides Again - Chapter 3

Jack Benny Show - OTR Podcast!

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 68:43


USA Classic Radio Theater
Classic Radio Theater for December 15, 2021 Hour 3 - Jack and Babe go to exchange Shoelaces?

USA Classic Radio Theater

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 45:24


Jack Benny, originally broadcast December 15, 1946, Jack exchanging shoelaces? Babe Marks (Mary's sister in real life) appears on the show. Mary does not appear, she was "sick" at the last minute. Jack returns to the department store to exchange the metal-tipped shoe laces that he previously bought. Also Part 4 of a 5 part Yours Truly Johnny Dollar story, The Lansing Fraud Matter, originally broadcast December 15, 1955. A bad liar goes on the run.

Historic Voices Podcast: Global History and Culture
(Bonus) Jack Benny Radio and TV Shows

Historic Voices Podcast: Global History and Culture

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021


(Bonus) The Jack Benny Program, starring Jack Benny, is a radio-TV comedy series that ran for more than three decades and is generally regarded as a high-water mark in 20th century American comedy. He played one role throughout his radio and television careers, a caricature of himself as a minimally talented musician and penny pincher who was the butt of all the jokes. The format of The Jack Benny Program used a loose show-within-a-show format, wherein the main characters were playing versions of themselves. The show often broke the fourth wall, with the characters interacting with the audience and commenting on the program and its advertisements. The show usually opened with a song by the orchestra or banter between Benny and Don Wilson. Then banter between Benny and the regulars about the news of the day or about one of the running jokes on the program, such as Benny's age, Day's stupidity, or Mary's letters from her mother. Then, a song by the tenor was followed by situation comedy involving an event of the week, a miniplay, or a satire of a current movie. Some shows were entire domestic sitcoms revolving around some aspect of life.

Historic Voices Podcast: Global History and Culture

(Bonus) Benjamin Kubelsky (February 14, 1894 – December 26, 1974), known professionally as Jack Benny, was an American entertainer, who evolved from a modest success playing violin on the vaudeville circuit to one of the leading entertainers of the twentieth century with a highly popular comedic career in radio, television, and film. He was known for his comic timing and the ability to cause laughter with a pregnant pause or a single expression, such as his signature exasperated "Well!" His radio and television programs, popular from 1932 until his death in 1974, were a major influence on the sitcom genre. Benny often portrayed his character as a miser who obliviously played his violin badly and ridiculously claimed to be 39 years of age, regardless of his actual age.

Historic Voices Podcast: Global History and Culture
Jack Benny Christmas Radio Show

Historic Voices Podcast: Global History and Culture

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 29:47


S03-E21 We feature Jack Benny with one of his Christmas radio shows. Mr. Benny was an American entertainer who began in vaudeville and became a highly popular comedian in radio, television, and film. He was known for his comic timing and the ability to cause laughter with a pregnant pause or a single expression, such as his signature exasperated “Well!” He was influential for comedians down to the present era. I was a big fan of his radio and television shows. Other entertainers of his era include Red Skelton, Bob Hope, and Bing Crosby. In addition to this audio episode, I also provide several PDF documents: first, a biography of Mr. Benny and second, an overview of the Jack Benny radio and television shows. This audio recording comes from the Internet Archive online database. It is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, audio recordings, software, music, and more. Its purpose is to offer permanent access to historical digital collections. Check out the website at http://archive.org The following links allow you to subscribe: iTunes and Apple Podcast, Amazon Music/Audible, Castbox.fm, Deezer, Facebook, Gaana, Google Podcast, iHeartRadio, Player.fm, Radio Public, Samsung Listen, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Twitter. and Vurbl. Automatically available through these podcast apps: Castamatic, iCatcher, Overcast, Pocket Casts, RSSRadio, and more. Please post comments to the individual episodes at http://historicvoices.org, podcast review and rating section within iTunes and other apps, or email to me, arendale@umn.edu You can also check out my other four podcasts and other social media at www.davidmedia.org

Jack Benny Show - OTR Podcast!
Episode 1956: Jack Benny Cast Christmas Album

Jack Benny Show - OTR Podcast!

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 42:45


A Jack Benny Cast Album01 Dennis Day - Christmas Is for the Family - 01 - Jack Benny Intro02 Dennis Day - Christmas Is for the Family - 02 - Jingle Bells03 Jack Benny and Mary Livingstone - Santa Clause is Coming to To Town04 Phil Harris and Alice Faye - Baby its cold outside 1949-05-08        05 Benny cast - Christmas Greetings 1952-12-14 (825)             06 Dennis Day - Christmas in Kilarnay 1950-11-1207 Sportsmen - Parade of The Wooden Soldiers - Jack Benny 1946-12-08 (599)08 Dennis Day - Frosty The Snowman - Jack Benny Program 50-11-0509 Alice Faye - I saw mommy kissing Santa Clause 1952-12-21 (229)10 Kenny Baker - Christmas Medley 38-12-25 (316)             11 Sportsmen - Christmas Elevator 1948-12-19                12 Dennis Day - I'll be home for Christmas 1943-12-05 (493)13 Dennis Day - Christmas Is for the Family - 08 - Jack Benny Side Flip                   14 Phil Harris - Jingle Bells 1951-12-2315 The Sportsmen - Yule Train 1949-12-25 (ep 713)          16 Dennis Day - Christmas Medley 1940-12-22 (391)               17 Dennis Day - Christmas Is for the Family - 05 - Rudolph18 Sportsmen - Winter Wonderland19 Alice Faye - Santa Clause is Coming to Town 1950-12-24   20 Sportsmen - The Happiest Night Of The Year - jack benny 49-12-18 (712)21 Dennis Day - White Christmas 1943-12-05 (493)22 Larry Stevens - Let It Snow, Let It Snow 1946-02-17 (ep 574)23 Sportsmen - Santa Claus is coming to town 1952-12-21 (826)24 Jack Bennys Three Tenors - Christmas Medly 1944-12-24     25 Dennis Day - Christmas Is for the Family - 15 - Jack Benny Outro

Jack Benny Show - OTR Podcast!
Episode 1955: Jack Benny TV Podcast 1955-12-18 Christmas Show with Charlie McCarthy, Mortimer Snerd, Frances and Edgar Bergen Season 6 Episode 7

Jack Benny Show - OTR Podcast!

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 70:27


To see on Youtube https://youtu.be/ILKCObo1B9U TV Tuesday with a Christmas Show with Charlie McCarthy, Mortimer Snerd, Frances and Edgar Bergen!Kathy's BooksJack Benny and Golden Age of Radiohttps://www.amazon.com/Benny-Golden-American-Radio-Comedy/dp/0520295056/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?crid=3EVOCKH902WNH&keywords=authur+kathy+fuller+seeley&qid=1638884462&sprefix=authur+kathy+fuller+seeley%2Caps%2C131&sr=8-1Jack Benny Lost Scripts Volume 1https://www.amazon.com/Jack-Bennys-Lost-Radio-Broadcasts/dp/1629335797/ref=pd_aw_sbs_2/145-7590899-5560910?pd_rd_w=ziLc3&pf_rd_p=ced68ad8-bc34-4785-bbee-0583081705be&pf_rd_r=H5V6S3EZ6VXH2ZWCJNKK&pd_rd_r=bd8907c6-e1a9-4e7a-a090-679bd06040e6&pd_rd_wg=AveXs&pd_rd_i=1629335797&psc=1Jack Benny Lost Scripts Volume 2https://www.amazon.com/Jack-Bennys-Radio-Broadcasts-hardback/dp/1629338451/ref=mp_s_a_1_6?crid=36RCWVY7G1639&keywords=lost+benny+book&qid=1638885727&sprefix=lost+benny+book%2Caps%2C143&sr=8-6

Jack Benny Show - OTR Podcast!
Episode 784: Jack Benny Podcast 1951-11-25 (784) 'Golden Girl', PHAF 1951-11-25 Indians Don't Pay Income Taxes, and Jack Benny 1941-11-23 (422) Guest Alice Faye - Thanksgiving

Jack Benny Show - OTR Podcast!

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021 93:05


Jack, Phil, and Alice Faye on two shows tonight!

Down These Mean Streets (Old Time Radio Detectives)
Episode 465 – His Way (Rocky Fortune & Jack Benny)

Down These Mean Streets (Old Time Radio Detectives)

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 5, 2021 88:56


With Frank Sinatra's birthday right around the corner, it's the perfect time to revisit Rocky Fortune - Ol' Blue Eyes' six-month stint as a radio detective. We'll hear Rocky bounce between jobs and find trouble everywhere he goes in a pair of episodes: "Carnival One Way" (originally aired on NBC on December 8, 1953) and "Too Many Husbands" (originally aired on NBC on February 16, 1954). Plus, he gets a job offer from Jack Benny in an episode of Benny's show (originally aired on NBC on October 8, 1944).

Jack Benny Show - OTR Podcast!
Episode 596: Jack Benny Podcast 1946-11-17 (596) Ronald and Bonita Colman and The Halls Of Ivy 1950-01-06 (001) Reappointment, Jack Benny 1936-11-22 (233) Buck Benny Pt 2

Jack Benny Show - OTR Podcast!

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 102:34


3 more fun shows! Ronald and Bonita Colman stop by!

Jack Benny Show - OTR Podcast!
Episode 1951: Jack Benny TV Podcast - The Frank Sinatra TV Show 1951-11-13 Guest Jack Benny

Jack Benny Show - OTR Podcast!

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 75:29


Watch it on YouTube https://youtu.be/GWejTv6K4ho