March 30, 1952 – Broadcasting from the Naval Training Centre in San Diego It’s the Jack Benny Program. In this episode Jack recreates his time in the Navy. They mention the Navy’s theme song “Anchors Aweigh” and the Essex aircraft carrier. Plus Hopalong Cassidy and the drug APC (Aspirin Phenacetin Caffeine) for headaches and colds.
May 25, 1941 – Phil Harris is back from his honeymoon with Alice Faye, so Don Wilson does a play called “The Life of Philbert Harris” loosely based on his life. Plus Regular Fellers, Lindy’s restaurant, Abe Lyman, Meredith Wilson Kenny Baker and Hair Tonic. Tomas E Dewey comes for a promotional segment raising money for the USO.
March 30, 1941 – Jack benny works in his garden and has trouble with his writers. This episode mentions Frank Buck the animal collector, Luther Burbank the botanist, a “Mickey”, Bromo-Seltzer and Don Wilson’s western movie The Round Up.
February 8, 1941 – Greek War Relief. This is an episode of a fundraising broadcast called America Calling in support of Greek forces fighting the invading Axis forces. Bob Hope and Jack Benny host many celebrities including Shirley Temple and Mickey Rooney.
January 12, 1941 – In this episode Jack is late with no script. His writers are not worried. This is a very funny episode on a whole different level. References include Popeye cartoons, Jazzbo ties, Presidential candidate Wendell Wilkie, and the New York Rangers hockey team. Plus, listen for an interesting look at the phrase “Long time, no see”. And a robot!
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