January 29, 1939 – Jack Benny is in the midst of this feud with Fred Allen. In this episode the reference the Western movie series “Hopalong Cassidy” which ran through they 1930s and 1940s. They also make a few very old references. The comedy recording “Cohen on the Telephone” from 1913 (and 1916) and the real life exotic dancer and WWI spy Mata Hari.
January 30, 1944 – The Mills Brothers song “Paper Doll” was at the top of the charts. In this episode Jack Benny is promoting his upcoming movie “The Horn Blows at Midnight” by visiting the studio lot. It is a whole lot of fun. Too bad the movie would end up bombing at the box office.
February 5, 1939 – Jack Benny does some boxing practice just in case his feud with Fred Allen comes to blows. They reference Tarzan and “Oliver Twist” and the Queen Mary, a ship which took some time at dock for repairs that year.
February 8, 1953 – A lively episode from Palm Springs! Phil Harris had been replaced by Bing Crosby’s brother Bob Crosby. They are on a Steak Ride and they mention Alka-Seltzer, and Mel Blanc does his now famous impression of an English Horse.
February 13, 1955 – Happy Birthday Jack Benny! In this episode they let Jack’s real age slip, but he still insists he’s 39. They also make reference to the Good Humor man and The Jackie Gleason Show which would soon become the classic 39 episodes of The Honeymooners.