The Vault (Racetrack Tout)

January 7, 1945 – Leaving for New York Jack Benny and the gang meet at the train station.

This is the debut episode of Jack Benny’s vault, the racetrack tout, and Mel Blank’s train announcer who always announces “Anaheim, Azusa and Cucamonga”. References include Van Johnson and Barbra Stanwyck and “The Trolley Song”.


Christmas with the Beavers

December 24, 1950 – The Beavers come to Jack’s for Christmas Dinner. Don Wilson dresses as Santa, Frank Remley (played by Elliott Lewis) joins Phil Harris.

References include Red Skelton, Hudson Motors “Step-down” cars, The Faye Emerson Show, and Phil Harris’ song “The Thing”.


Christmas Shopping (Unbreakable Crystal)

December 17, 1950 – Jack Buys Golf Tees For Don

References include Kukla Fran and Ollie, Buck Rodgers in the 25th Century, The Ed Sullivan Show, Martin Kane Private I, Faye Emerson, Clark Gable, Victor Mature, Burt Lancaster, Admiral Bird, and the Phil Harris song “The Thing”.


Liberty Ship

December 6, 1942 – Phil Harris’ last show before joining the Merchant Marines.

They References include Captain Kidd, Joan Bennett, Ann Sheridan (George Washington Slept here), Emperor Hirohito, and President Roosevelt’s plan that no American make more than $25,000 after taxes.


Three Men in a Tank

November 29, 1942 – Going after Rommel. In this episode Jack Benny and the gang are broadcasting live for a group of soldiers.

References include Spike Jones (Der Fuhrer’s Face, Sheik of Araby, Love in Bloom), Dennis Day in the movie “The Powers Girls”, shipbuilder Henry Kaiser, and Nazi General Erwin Rommel.