Jack Catches a Cold

December 1, 1940 – This is a great follow-up to the previous episode! Jack Benny had suggested to Don that he call his wife before inviting company over, so Don leaves jack in the bushes in front of his house. While waiting to be let in Jack gets rained non and mugged.

In this episode they mention the Vapour Rub, a cigar humidor and a number of singing movie stars: Anne Sheridan, Dorothy Lamour, Maryt Martin and the singing cowboy Gene Autry.

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Don is a Newlywed (Dream Songs)

November 24, 1940 – Don Wilson has just gotten married and invited the whole gang to meet his new wife Peggy. In the episode they mention the coal miners of Scranton PA, movie producer Darryl F Zanuck, movie star Hedy Lamar and the songs “Now I Lay Me Down To Dream (Of You)”, “Dream Valley”, “Two Dreams Met”, and “I’ll Never Smile Again”.

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Kenny Baker’s Debut

November 3, 1935 – Before Dennis Day there was Kenny Baker. This is a fun early episode of the Jack Benny program where Jack goes to the barber, meets Kenny and spoofs a movie studio.

In the episode they mention the Joe Louis vs Max Baer boxing match, college football, playwright George Bernard Shaw’s beard, gowns by Adrian, and the song “50 Million Frenchmen Can’t Be Wrong”. Plus Ricardo Cortez, Loretta Young, Constance Bennette, Kay Francis, Kathryn Hepburn and Shirley Temple.

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Elephant Umbrella Stand (Ann Blyth)

January 18, 1953 – Jack Benny goes with Mary to an auction and Dennis Day’s brother, James McNulty, made plans to marry actress Ann Blyth. Plus references to Lady Godiva, the song Mademoiselle from Armentieres, Roy Rogers, and Bob Hope.

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Kids Impersonate Jack Benny

February 22, 1953 – Kids of the Beverly Hill Beavers do their version of The Jack Benny Show! This is a re-used script from April 23, 1950.  This is also an episode where the rehearsal was recorded: February 15, 1953.

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In this episode they mention hula dancer Hilo Hattie.