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Vacation Plans (Irene Ryan)

June 21, 1936 – Don Wilson talks about how he will be the host of the JELL-O Summer Show starring Tim and Irene. The episode is a little bit short because of the way it was recorded on transcription disc. So to fill the time listen for two recordings of Phil Harris from the same time.

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Bennymount Studio (Love in Bloom Writers)

June 7 & 14, 1936 – Worried about his place at Paramount, Jack Benny decides to start his own studio called Bennymount. The guest stars are Ralph Rainger and Leo Robin, the writers of Jack’s signature song “Love in Bloom”. These recordings have pretty low sound quality and are missing portions of the episodes. Plus unusual references like smoked glasses and an alligator pear.

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The Show Credits

June 3, 1951 – The cast sings the commercial in this episode. We all know Jack Benny with Mary Livingstone, Rochester, Phil Harris, Dennis Day and Don Wilson. But do you know the rest of the people behind the scenes?

Mr.Kitzel – Artie Auerbach
Operator Gertrude – Bea Benaderet
Operator Mabel Sara Berner
Polly the parrot / Professor LeBlanc / Railroad Announcer / The Maxwell – Mel Blanc
IRS agent / Ed the vault guard – Joseph Kearns
Racetrack Tout – Sheldon Leonard
Yeeeessss! Man – Frank Nelson

Musical Arranger – Mahlon Merrick
Sound Men – Gene Twombley and Cliff Norton
Writers – Sam Perrin, Milt Josefsberg, George Balzer, John Tackaberry, Al Gordon and Hal Goldman

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Plus a story from the news: Bing Crosby was turned away from a swanky hotel because the clerk didn’t recognize him and said he “looked like a bum”.

Levis then made him a denim tuxedo (above).

Bob Crosby (Bing’s Brother)

May 20, 1951 – This episode is a re-used script from May 2, 1948 with a few updates.

The cast is dissatisfied with their new contract. They also mention the broadway musical Guys and Dolls, bandleaders Guy Lombardo and Spike Jones, musician’s union president James Petrol and guest star Bob Crosby a year before he joined the cast.

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