After Halloween (Man of Distinction)

November 3, 1946 – Jack Benny tries to break his contract with the Sportsmen quartet. They mention the movies “The Killer”, “Margie” and “Breakfast in Hollywood” starring Tom Breneman. They also sing the song “Shine on Harvest Moon”. Plus the Lord Calvert Whiskey ads featuring The Men of Distinction.


The Quartet Murder (Chiss Sweese)

October 27, 1946 – This old time radio episode of the Jack Benny Program is famous for the mistake that Mary Livingstone made when trying to say “Swiss Cheese”.

They mention dance instructor Arthur Murry, musician union president Patrillo, ballplayer Hank Greenberg, and the fictional character The Mad Russian. They also mention the department store Eastern Columbia, the Native American baby carrier a papoose, a Lincoln quote “You can fool all of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.”.


The Fiddler (Rice Krispies)

October 20, 1946 – Jack Benny does his version of that Murder Mystery radio program The Whistler. They also talk about the meat shortage and price controls, radio shows Truth or Consequences and The Fred Allen Show, the Eugene O’Neil play The Iceman Cometh, singers Al Jolson and Nelson Eddie and they do a whole bit on the breakfast cereal that makes noise, Rice Krispies. Listen to the full episode of The Whistler on the podcast Theater of Thrills


Married to Mary

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.


Jack Dreams hes married

Joan Benny 1954

Yellow Jack (Ice Follies)

October 9, 1938 – Jack Benny and the gang spoof the movie “Yellow Jack” in which Lewis Stone, Robert Montgomery and Virginia Bruce play Americans in Cuba looking for the cure to yellow fever. In the episode they mention the song “I’ve Got a Pocket Full of Dreams”, the columnist Jimmie Fidler, and an ice skating carnival called “The Ice Follies”.


Lux Radio Theater

October 2, 1938 – Jack Benny and Mary Livingstone talk about appearing on the radio show Lux Radio Theatre in the play “Seven Keys to Baldpate”.

They mention newspaper popularity contests, dancer Bill Robinson, choreographer Busby Berkley, Scottish singer Harry Lauder, British prime minister Neville Chamberlain, and the movie “Yellow Jack”.