October 27, 1940 – Mary is out sick, but Jack and the cast carry on with a football skit. They mention a number of historical facts, the self proclaimed wizard of credit Smiling Frankie Gordon, Mickey Mouse, Pinocchio’s Blue Fairy and the Tom Collins cocktail.
October 13, 1940 – Phil Harris tries to collect on a World Series bet. Jack Benny, Don Wilson and Mary Livingstone read reviews of their first show of the season including Ed Sullivan’s review. And Rochester was elected honorary Mayor of Central Avenue. Plus references to conscription day, Helen Hayes, Oscar Levant, Gone With The Wind, Boomtown, The Grapes of Wrath, and Gulliver’s Travels.
This is a record for State Farm Insurance agents when the company started sponsoring the Jack Benny TV Show in 1960. “Jack Benny Music to Write Apps By”. Side A is Jack Benny and the gang, Side B is State Farm on how they came up with the State Farm theme.
October 6, 1940 – Jack tells a childhood story. Mary Kelley returns as The Blue Fairy (a spoof on Disney’s Pinocchio). Plus they mention William Shakespeare’s a “Midsummer Night’s Dream” and the tap-dancing Bill “Bojangles” Robinson.
September 27, 1936 – The JELL-O Summer Show starring Don Wilson with the wacky comedy team of Tim and Irene Ryan. You might know Irene Ryan as granny from the Beverly Hillbillies. This is the rare surviving episode of that show. Enjoy!
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.
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.