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The Jack Benny Show
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Jack Benny Show

The Jack Benny Show was one of radio’s longest and most popular comedy programs that ran from 1932 to 1958. The Jack Benny Program created the radio format of ensemble comedy. Forever 39 and stingy, Jack Benny’s character was so well-written and known by audiences that even complete silence from the star drew hysteric laughs. Jack himself was known to be the most generous person in Hollywood; he insisted his cast get the majority of the laughs even at his own expense. His cast included his real-life wife, Mary Livingston; band leader Phil Harris; tenors Dennis Day and Kenny Baker and the voice of Bugs Bunny himself, Mel Blanc. Many of the cast members went on to star in their own radio and television shows.

Jack Benny had a talented staff and writers for the production. The show's cast included his real-life wife, Mary Livingston; band leader Phil Harris; tenors Dennis Day and Kenny Baker and the voice of Bugs Bunny himself, Mel Blanc. Many of the cast members went on to star in their own radio and television shows.

The Jack Benny Program made superb use of the medium of radio and all it had to offer. From musical numbers to amazing sound effects, the world of Jack Benny and his cast were brought to life for over 40 years on radio and then television. To many radio critics and fans, Jack Benny was the funniest comedian of all time in the history of radio.

There are 781 shows in our collection! Date Aired
First Professional Appearance May 2, 1932
Sherlock Holmes And King Kong Part 2 June 2, 1933
Mary's Birthday June 23, 1933
Election Day Opening October 29, 1933
Who Killed Mr X June 9, 1933
She Done Him Right March 31, 1933
Kiddie's Night April 14, 1933
Sherlock Holmes And King Kong Part 1 May 26, 1933
Guest - Mae West December 17, 1933
Uncle Tom's Cabin December 10, 1933
Russian Sketch May 5, 1933
Guest-Edward G Robinson April 21, 1933
Outstanding Achievements Of 1932 Review January 1, 1933
Bertha The Sewing Machine Girl January 22, 1933
Why Gals Leave Home July 13, 1934
The Hills Of Kentucky May 4, 1934
An Arizona Western March 18, 1934
To New York On The Twentieth Century Limited August 3, 1934
Home Cooking At Dons May 11, 1934
School Days Part 3 September 21, 1934
Frank Parkers Music Store April 6, 1934
More House Of Rawchild September 28, 1934
Bridge Game April 13, 1934
New Hampshire Through A Keyhole -Or- Lord Of The City April 27, 1934
Who Killed Mr Stooge Part 5 July 20, 1934
AND MANY MORE

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