Reading Reviews (Gulliver’s Travels)

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.


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Eddie “Rochester” Anderson

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.


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.