The Jack Benny Program 1946

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January 6, 1946 – The Hot Dog Man

This is the first EPISODE of Jack Benny with the hot dog man who we later come to know as Mr. Kitzel singing “Pickle in the middle and the mustard on top!”


State-Fair-pig-lobbyJanuary 13, 1946 – State Fair Part One

This episode features an Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy impersonator and the gang spoofs the movie “State Fair”.


State Fair PosterJanuary 20, 1946 – State Fair Part Two

In this episode Jack Benny and the gang continue their spoof of the musical “State Fair”.


One-zy two-zy 46January 27, 1946 – Contest Winners

Fred Allen Announces Contest Winners and Phil Harris sings “One-zy, Two-zy” with his daughter.


February 3, 1946 – Isaac Stern Concert

Ronald Colman reads the winning poem from the I Can’t Stand Jack Benny contest.


February 10, 1946 – Guest Eddie Cantor

Eddie Cantor is the guest star on this EPISODE of The Jack Benny Program.


February 17, 1946 – Rochester Lost at Sea …Briefly

Rochester was really lost at sea the week of this EPISODE from 1945.


February 24, 1946 – Palm Springs Shopping

This EPISODE from 1946 will have you singing “Pickle in the middle and the mustard on top!”


March 3, 1946 – Murder at Lone Palm

This EPISODE starts a bit slow, but gets really funny at the 10 minute mark when Jack gets to the studio.


March 10, 1946 – Lost Weekend

The Lost Weekend was the Best Picture winner of 1945. In this EPISODE the star of that movie was Benny’s guest.


March 17, 1946 – Dennis Day Returns

In this EPISODE the cast of The Jack Benny Program impersonate the cast of the Fred Allen show.


Peter-Lorre-1946March 24, 1946 – I Stand Condemned

This EPISODE of the Jack Benny program from 1946 has a surprise guest with a famously creepy voice.


March 31, 1946 – A Sad Soldier Discharged

Listen to this lively EPISODE of the Jack Benny Program recorded at a military base in California.


April 7, 1946 – Weekend at the Acme Plaza

RonnieandBscriptmicApril 14, 1946 – Violin Practice

Jack Benny’s violin practice interrupts Ronald Colman’s monologue.


USSSaratoga1946April 21, 1946 – USS Saratoga

In this EPISODE Jack Benny entertains aboard the U.S.S. Saratoga, which was being made ready for an atom bomb test.


April 28, 1946 – Danny Kaye

In this EPISODE Jack Benny, Mary Livingstone, Dennis Day and Phil Harris go to see Danny Kaye’s new movie “The Kid From Brooklyn”.


May 5, 1946 – Leaving For Chicago

All aboard the Chief train to Chicago! Jack Benny and the gang get ready for their upcoming trip.


May 12, 1946 – Chicago Quiz Kids

In this EPISODE Jack Benny is visiting Chicago and challenges The Quiz Kids to a trivia contest.


1946-nyMay 19, 1946 – Fred Allen’s Invitation

In this EPISODE Jack Benny and his cast are in New York, the home of Jack’s rival Fred Allen.


May 26, 1946 – Ed Sullivan Award

Classical music composer David Rose, wrote a song dedicated to Jack Benny called “The Waukegan Concerto”.


September 29, 1946 – Phil and Dennis Have Their Own Shows

This day in 1946 Jack Benny is humming the hit song of the day “South America, Take it Away”.


October 6, 1946 – Calls of Congratulations

It’s Jack Benny’s 15th anniversary on the air and Jack gets calls of congratulations. They tune in to the 1946 World Series on the radio and things don’t quite go as planned.


October 13, 1946 – Charlie McCarthy

Jack Benny and Mary Livingstone walk to the studio and run into Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy.



October 20, 1946 – The Fiddler

In this EPISODE of Jack Benny they joke about cereal that makes noise when you add the cream – *Snap *Crackle *Pop!.


October 27, 1946 – The Quartet Murder

Mary Livingstone orders a “Swiss Cheese” sandwich.


November 3, 1946 – After Halloween

Jack Benny tries to break his contract with the Sportsmen quartet. Plus the Lord Calvert Whiskey ads featuring The Men of Distinction.


adatewjradioNovember 10, 1946 – Jack Gets a Haircut

Jack fires and re-hires the Sportsmen quartet.


November 17, 1946 – Leo Durocher

In this EPISODE from 1946 Jack Benny’s neighbor Ronald Coleman meets loud-mouth baseball manager Leo Durocher.


killers-1946November 24, 1946 – The Killers

In this EPISODE of Jack Benny the gangster star Edward G Robinson shows up for their version of the suspense thriller “The Killers”.


phil baker 46December 1, 1946 – Phil Baker

After his violin lesson with Professor LeBlanc, Jack Benny does a duet with Phil Baker on accordion.


December 8, 1946 – Christmas Shopping

One of the best of Jack Benny! In this EPISODE from 1946 Jack goes Christmas shopping and can’t decide what kind of shoelaces to get his announcer.


December 15, 1946 – Jack Exchanges Dons Gift

This Jack Benny EPISODE is a fun follow up to the classic Christmas shopping show. Plus they make fun of this car.


December 22, 1946 – Christmas Party at Birmingham General Hospital

December 29, 1946 – Go to a Night Club

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The Jack Benny Program 1945

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January 7, 1945 – The Vault

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”.


mrsnussbaumJanuary 14, 1945 – Mrs. Nussbaum’s Restaurant

Broadcasting from New York, this episode features Fred Allen.


January 21, 1945 – Ice Skating in Central Park

January 28, 1945 – From Mitchell Field with Ann Sheridan

February 4, 1945 – From St Albans Naval Hospital in New York

February 11, 1945 – From Glen View AFB, Illinois

February 18, 1945 – From St Joseph Missouri

February 25, 1945 – Fitzsimons Hospital in Denver

March 4, 1945 – From Hollywood Train Station

March 11, 1945 – How Jack Met Rochester

March 18, 1945 – How Jack Found Mary

March 25, 1945 – Murder Mystery

April 1, 1945 – How Jack Met Phil Harris

Jack Benny has received the honorary title of “Admiral in the Great Navy of the State of Nebraska” and it’s going to his head.


April 8, 1945 – Torney Hospital in Palm Springs

April 22, 1945 – 29 Palms Air Station

April 29, 1945 – Professor LeBlanc

May 6, 1945 – How Jack Hired Don Wilson

May 13, 1945 – Jack Is Going to San Francisco

May 20, 1945 – In San Francisco

May 27, 1945 – Larry Adler

It’s the last show of the season before Jack Benny goes on his USO tour in Europe with harmonica player Larry Adler.


September 30, 1945 – Steve Bradley Publicity Man

eddetsfield-oct41October 7, 1945 – Brooklyn Dodgers

Phil Harris is in love, and Mary Livingstone goes to a World Series game with Jack Benny.


October 14, 1945 – Gaslight

Ingrid Bergman reprises her Oscar-winning role in “Gaslight”.


October 21, 1945 – Racehorse Dream

In this EPISODE Jack Benny and the gang talk about the latest horse race. Plus Tokyo Rose.


October 28, 1945 – Publicity Stunt

In this EPISODE Jack Benny runs a publicity stunt and news commentator Erskine Johnson plays himself with the scoop.


November 4, 1945 – Jack in Bed

November 11, 1945 – Joe Louis Acts As Jack’s Bodyguard

November 18, 1945 – Birmingham Hospital

Broadcasting from Birmingham Hospital in Van Nuys, California. Prize fighter Joe Louis wants Jack Benny to teach him comedy.


CassDaley1945November 25, 1945 – Cass Daley

This episode features a brief but exuberant appearance by radio comedy star Cass Daley.


pile of mailDecember 2, 1945 – I Can’t Stand Jack Benny Contest

Finish this sentence “I can’t stand Jack Benny because…” in 50 words or less.


December 9, 1945 – Ronald and Benita Colman

This is the first episode with Ronald and Benita Colman and the second episode of the “I Can’t Stand Jack Benny Because…” contest.


i cant stand mailmanDecember 16, 1945 – Contest Mail

Jack benny gets a lot or mail for the “I Can’s Stand Jack Benny” contest. Gossip Columnist Louella parsons has a cameo.


December 23, 1945 – The English Butler

The Colemans visit Jack Benny for Christmas dinner in this EPISODE from 1945.


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December 30, 1945 – End of the “Can’t Stand Benny” Contest

Thousands of people sent in letters (50 words or less) as part of a contest in 1945. Listeners were told to finish the sentence “I Can’t Stand Jack Benny Because…”. In this EPISODE Jack gets the letters in the mail.


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The Jack Benny Program 1944

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January 2, 1944 – New Years Eve
This day in 1944 Jack Benny and friends look back on the year with the allegory of The World Series: The Axis vs The Allies.


Camel1943January 9, 1944 – Pet Camel

In this EPISODE Jack Benny takes home his new pet camel. The camel sounds are performed by a young Stan Freberg in his only appearance on the Jack Benny show.


January 16, 1944 – From Camp El Toro California

January 23, 1944 – From Camp Muroc California

January 30, 1944 – The Horns Blows at Midnight

In this EPISODE Jack Benny fights for a love scene in his upcoming movie “The Horn Blows at Midnight”.


February 6, 1944 – From Terminal Island 

February 13, 1944 – From March Field

February 20, 1944 – Groucho Marx

Groucho Marx is the guest on this EPISODE of Jack Benny from 1944.


February 27, 1944 – Hollywood Canteen

surrey with ethe fringe on topMarch 5, 1944 – Now Cut That Out!

In this episode Jack Benny responds to Fred Allen calling him “The Surrey With No Fringe On Top”. It’s also the first time Jack says NOW CUT THAT OUT!


robert taylor navyMarch 12, 1944 – Live at Air Base

In this EPISODE Jack Benny and the gang are live at a Navy air base near San Fransisco.


March 19, 1944 – Barbara Stanwyck

Dennis dreams he has his own show. Barbara Stanwyck is the guest star. References include the Merry Mac’s hit song “Mairzy Doats”.


April 2, 1944 – Louella Parsons

Gossip columnist Louella Parsons is expected to visit for an interview with Jack benny.


April 9, 1944 – Repairing Jack’s Sidewalk

April 16, 1944 – Bob Hope’s Brother

April 16, 1944 – The Bob Hope Show Parody. Jack benny and the gang are broadcasting from Stockton Airfield in San Joaquin county.


April 23, 1944 – Dennis Leaves for the Navy

Broadcasting from Vancouver BC, Canada. This is his last episode before Dennis Day leaves for the Navy.


April 28, 1944 – The Life Story of Jack Benny

May 4, 1944 – G.I. Jive

This is the last EPISODE sponsored by Grape Nuts Flakes in which Phil Harris sings “G.I. Jive”.


May 21, 1944 – Split Personality

Funny EPISODE of the Jack Benny Show. The death of a fictional gangster and “Sympathy Cough Syrup. Remember, Sympathy spelled backwards is Yhtapmys”


June 14, 1944 – Infantry

Jack Benny at Camp Adair, Oregon in May 14, 1944. Listen to this EPISODE for the infantry.


October 1, 1944 – New Sponsor Lucky Strike

In this wartime EPISODE Jack Benny compares himself to General Patton. Jack is just back from entertaining the troops with the USO.


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October 8, 1944 – Frank Sinatra Offered Dennis’ Job

Frank Sinatra is a guest on this EPISODE from 1944. Plus Jack Benny tries to tip with expired ration tokens.


October 15, 1944 – From Gardner Field Taft California

November 5, 1944 – The Mentalist

Jack Benny visits Dunninger the mentalists and finds a news singer, Larry Stevens.


November 19, 1944 – From Corona Naval Hospital

November 26, 1944 – How Jack and the Gang Spent Thanksgiving Day

December 3, 1944 – Jack Gets Mad and Goes Home

December 10, 1944 – From San Bernardino California

December 17, 1944 – Meeting Frank Sinatra in the Drugstore

December 24, 1944 – Trimming a Tree

December 31, 1944 – Jack Resolves to Be Friends with Fred Allen

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The Jack Benny Program 1943

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January 3, 1943 – Bear Hunting

January 10, 1943 – The Sixty-Four Dollar Question

oscar jack benny43January 17, 1943 – Oscar Levant

In this EPISODE Jack Benny is getting ready to play the violin at Carnegie Hall with guest stars Oscar Levant and Joe Besser.



McFarland TwinsJanuary 24, 1943 – The McFarland Twins

Jack Benny talks with his guest bandleaders, The McFarland Twins, about the DC housing shortage.


January 31, 1943 – From Quantico Virginia

February 7, 1943 – Jack Is Late for the Program

February 14, 1943 – From Ontario Canada

February 21, 1943 – Chicago Monument for Jack

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February 28, 1943 – Kit Carson

Jack Benny learns Judo from the military police in training at Fort Custer, Michigan.



Gracie Allen Piano 1943March 7, 1943 – Burns and Allen Host

With Jack Benny sick, Burns and Allen fill in. Gracie practices her “Concerto For Index Finger” which she hopes to play at Carnegie Hall.



march 14, 1943 adMarch 14, 1943 – Phil Harris Returns

Orson Welles fills in for Jack Benny and Phil Harris returns to the program after three months in the Merchant Marines.



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March 21, 1943 – Orson Welles Hosts Again

Host Orson Welles fills in for Jack Benny and takes cast to his movie set.


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March 28, 1943 – Orson Welles Still Hosts

March 28, 1943 – Orson Welles fills in for Jack a third time and does a murder mystery.


rrrh-wolfApril 4, 1943 – Final Orson Welles Host

Little Red Riding Hood with guest host Orson Welles filling in one last time for Jack Benny.


1943-welles steps in3April 11, 1943 – Recovering from Illness

 Jack Benny returns to the show after illness. Orson Welles has been filling in for the past four weeks.



April 18, 1943 – Jack Opens Swimming Pool for the Season

April 25, 1943 – Rochester’s Horse Is in the Kentucky Derby

May 2, 1943 – Renting Eddie Cantor’s House

May 16, 1943 – Rancho Benny

May 23, 1943 – Parachute Jump 

October 10, 1943 – Jack Recalls His African Trip

October 17, 1943 – Casablanca

October 24, 1943 – Algiers

October 31, 1943 – Jack Pretends He Is Going to Brazil 

November 7, 1943 – The Marine Corps

This EPISODE of Jack Benny took place during WWII. They are broadcasting from a US Marine Corps Air Base.


November 14, 1943 – The Lone Palm

November 21, 1943 – Jack Dreams He’s a Turkey

Happy Thanksgiving from the front lines! In this EPISODE Jack Benny dreams he is a turkey on Thanksgiving.


November 28, 1943 – Dennis Wants a Raise

December 5, 1943 – Driver’s License Test

Jack Benny has a new car after getting rid of the Maxwell and has to go in for a driver’s test. Download

December 12, 1943 – Dennis’ Mother Visits

December 19, 1943 – Jack and Mary Go Christmas Shopping

December 26, 1943-12-26 Christmas at Jack’s House

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The Jack Benny Program 1942

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January 4, 1942 – New Year’s Eve Party at the Biltmore Bowl

January 11, 1942 – From March Field

CaroleLombard-hug-JackBennyJanuary 18, 1942 – All Music

This episode was broadcast two days after the sudden death of Jack Benny’s co-star Carole Lombard. The episode is all music.


January 25, 1942 – The Frightwig Murder Case Part 1

February 1, 1942 – The Frightwig Murder Case Part 2

February 8, 1942 – Time Change

Jack is upset because Fred Allen has moved to Sundays. More trouble with the sound effects man.


February 15, 1942 – Jack Can’t Get a Date on His Birthday

February 22, 1942 – At the San Francisco Presidio

March 3, 1942 – Jack Starts a Campaign for an Oscar

March 8, 1942 – From San Diego Marine Base

March 15, 1942 – Jack Lends Fred Allen $10

March 22, 1942 – Jack Plants a Victory Garden and Plays Golf

March 29, 1942 – The Racist Episode

A low point for The Jack Benny Show as the cast re-created a blackface minstrel show.


April 5, 1942 – Don’s Commercial

April 12, 1942 – Try and Get It

April 19, 1942 – Desperate for JELL-O

In this EPISODE from 1942 Jack Benny steals a joke from his corny sound man. And a play all about JELL-O.


April 26, 1942 – NBC San Francisco

Very fun EPISODE of the Jack Benny Show launching the new NBC studio, interrupted by a tour guide with an attitude.


April 17, 1942 – Jack Imitates Fred Allen

May 31, 1942 – Best of The JELL-O Years

For Jack Benny fans: This EPISODE is the best of The JELL-O Years.


October 4, 1942 – Share Your Car

In this EPISODE Mary Livingstone says that with his toupee slipping down, Jack Benny looks like Veronica Lake.


October 11, 1942 – Barbara Stanwyck’s House

Jack Takes Two Cadets To Barbara Stanwyck’s House.


October 18, 1942 – The Maxwell for Scrap

Jack Benny donates his old car, the Maxwell, for the scrap metal drive in support of the war effort.


October 25, 1942 – Tales of Manhattan

Jack Benny takes on the triple role of Charles Boyer, Charles Laughton and Edward G. Robinson in “Tales of Manhattan”.


November 1, 1942 – Jack and Phil Go Target Shooting

November 8, 1942 – Twink Family

The votes are in! Jack Benny is the newly elected sidewalk inspector of Beverly Hills, California.


November 15, 1942 – Dennis’ Girl Dorothy Lamour

In this Jack Benny EPISODE Dennis Day stops by with his new girlfriend… movie star Dottie Lamour!


November 22, 1942 – George Washington Slept Here Premiere

November 29, 1942 – Three Men in a Tank

In this episode Jack Benny and the gang hunt Nazi general Erwin Rommel.


December 6, 1942 – Liberty Ship

This is Phil Harris’ last show before joining the Merchant Marines with his band.


December 13, 1942 – From New York

December 20, 1942 – George Washington Slept Here

Christmas1942December 24, 1942 -Christmas Eve 1942

Command Performance featuring Bob Hope, Red Skelton, The Andrews Sisters, Spike Jones, Bing Crosby, Edger Bergen, Fred Allen with Jack Benny and more.


December 27, 1942 – New Years Eve Skit

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