Champion (Gorgeous Gussie)

March 19, 1950 – Jack Benny plays the Kirk Douglas part in the movie “Champion”.

Plus they mention Popeye, Mickey Mouse and Oscar nominees Broadrick Crawford, Richard Todd, Gregory Peck, and John Wayne. And they reference the tennis player “Gorgeous” Gussie Moran.

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Jack’s New Muscle

March 16, 1941 – On this episode of The Jack Benny Program they have just returned from vacation and discuss Palm Springs’ Prices. The Guadalajara Trio return to get paid. They mention Ripley’s Belive it or Not, the song “There I Go”, the half-dollar (with the Eagle and the latin phrase E Pluribus Unum, and Jack’s new arm muscle is compared to the box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda.

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Murder at the Racquet Club

March 9, 1941 – The Jack Benny Show is broadcasting from Palm Springs with special guests Peter Lorre, character actor Charles Butterworth, the silent film actor Charles Farrell and the Guadalajara Trio.

They mention local spots like The Doll House restaurant, Rogers Stables and the Racquet Club resort. Plus references to the movies Western Union, Mr. Moto and Ktty Foyle, and the song “The Shiek of Araby”.

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Tipi Motel (Longfellow)

February 23, 1941 – Broadcasting from Palm Springs Jack Benny talks about the place where he’s staying, the T.P. Motel. They mention the western film series Hopalong Cassidy and the poet Henry W Longfellow. Plus The Knocking Man stops by, as portrayed by Harry Baldwin.

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Birthday Dinner Party

February 16, 1947 – Jack’s Birthday party with Isaac Stern the violinist, actor Ronald Colman and his wife Benita.

Actress Lorraine Day recently married baseball coach Leo Durocher after divorcing her previous husband. She had filed for divorce in the California, but the judge ruled that she couldn’t re-marry for a year. So she went to Mexico instead. The California judge still insists that her divorce is not valid when she is in California.

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Winter 1934 – Miniature Women

This is a collection of clips from February 11 – March 4, 1934 of The Jack Benny Program. This is a very early episode of Jack Benny with poor sound quality. They mention Eddie Cantor and the movie “Little Women” with Katharine Hepburn.

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