THE 1946-1947 SEASON
 
 
The Jack Benny program is broadcast from Hollywood, with opening and closing commercials from New York, and the middle commercial from Hollywood.  The writers again this season are Sam Perrin, George Balzer, John Tackaberry, and Milt Josefsberg. The producers are Robert Ballin and Charles Buck. The cast are Jack, Mary, Eddie Anderson, Dennis Day, Phil Harris, and Don Wilson. Bit players include Artie Auerbach, Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet, Sara Berner, Verna Felton, and Frank Nelson.  The commercials from New York are by LA (Speed) Riggs and FE Boone, with Andre Baruch, Basil Raysdael, and Jay Simms.  Joining the show this year are the Sportsmen Quartet.  They are: Bill Days (top tenor), Max Smith (second tenor), Mart Sperzel (baritone), and Gurney Bell (bass). The new ad agency as of September 28, 1946 is Batten, Barton, Durstine and Osborn, Inc., for the American Tobacco Company.
 
Kenny Delmar does not return as the commercial announcer. Apparently, the American Tobacco Company were not entirely satisfied with Mr. Delmar:   as part of an inter-company memo sent to George W. Hill, President of the American Tobacco Company, dated September 12, 1946, S.L. Weaver Jr. wrote: "Thank you for your wire about Kenneth Delmar, who has been released. We see eye to eye in this matter, and I know that Andre Baruch will break his back to continue giving us a finished performance". Andre Baruch would leave the show after episode eighteen, and George W. Hill died the day after receiving this memo.  There also exists a fascinating thirty-four page memo from the American Tobacco Company with their commercial strategy for this season, that I go into more in-depth elsewhere on the site.
 
"The Lucky Strike Program starring Jack Benny" finished 3rd in the ratings for this year, with a Hooper rating of 27.0
 
 
1.        09/29/46            JACK IS UPSET BECAUSE PHIL AND DENNIS HAVE THEIR OWN SHOWS

Show Introduction: "The Lucky Strike Program, starring Jack Benny...with Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Rochester, Dennis Day and yours truly, Don Wilson" (the show beginning is given halfway through the episode, at the start of the "second routine"; an unusual way to start the first program of the season).

Don's Introduction: "Ladies and gentlemen, it has been said that Jack Benny has made more people laugh than any other comedian who ever lived. And now we bring you the man who said it....Jack Benny".
 
The Show:   Jack returns from vacation to begin his 15th season on the radio. The program begins unusually, with no introductions from Don Wilson, after mysterious music sets an eerie scene:

Mel Blanc:   "Just sit there, Benny, and keep your trap shut"
Eddie Marr:   "Yeah...one false move and we'll slug ya"
Jack:   (pleading) But fellow, please untie me. My program is on...I should be there...I'll lose my job if I miss my first broadcast"
Mel:   "You're gonna miss 'em all, Benny!"
Jack:   "What?!"
Eddie:   "You ain't gonna drive us nuts any more"
Mel:   (tough) For fifteen years we've been listening to that "Hello again, this is Jack Benny talking". Well, we've had enough of it, see"
Eddie:   "Yes, let's bump him off"
Jack:   "No, no, fellows please don't kill me...I don't want to die. Spare my life. I'll make it worth your while...I'll give you each ten dollars...please, please, don't kill me"
Mel:   "Go ahead Joe, let him have it"
Eddie:   "Wait a minute...we ain't had no fun. Let's torture him first"
Mel:  "Okay, I'll burn him with my cigarette"
Jack:   "No, no, no, don't burn me, DON'T BURN ME, DON'T....what kind of a cigarette is that?"
Mel:   "A Lucky Strike"
Jack:   "Okay, burn me...burn me where it will show...after all, Lucky Strikes are made of that lighter, that finer, that naturally mil-l-l-l-l-l...let go of my tongue! What's the matter with you guys, anyway?"

It's revealed that the scene was just Jack having a nightmare of being held captive by a couple of thugs trying to keep him from returning to the airwaves.  After dressing, Jack and Rochester head to the broadcast studio in the Maxwell. The drive includes this great exchange between Jack and Roch:

Jack:   "Drive carefully, Rochester. I'm nervous. You know how it is before an opening broadcast"
Rochester:   "What are you worrying about, boss? You've been on the radio fifteen years"
Jack:   "Well..."
Rochester :   "If they ain't found out now, they ain't never gonna find out~!"

The first "studio" cast member to greet Jack is Don Wilson, who tells Jack that he's hired a quartet to work with him during the Lucky Strikes commercial.  Don has put them under contract for eight weeks at a salary of five hundred dollars a week. Jack is surprised by the amount, but says if it will result in better commercials that it'll be worth it.

As the whole "first routine" was supposed to take place just prior to the start of the show, the "second routine" begins with the actual "show opening" introductions by Don Wilson (see above for his intro). Jack makes a small flub during his opening speech, saying that he's starting his "fiftieth" year in radio, before quickly correcting it to fifteen. Shortly afterward Mary enters and mentions to Jack that she has gained twelve pounds during the show's vacation; Jack tries to see if he can still fit his arm around her, and then gives her a kiss.

Jack:   "You know, Mary, you may not believe this but I haven't kissed another girl in four months. I'll bet you can't say that"
Mary:   "I can too. I haven't kissed another girl in four months"
Jack:   "I mean fellows! Anyway, Mary, tell me what did you do all summer?"
Mary:   "Well, I worked most of the time, I got laryngitis and made a lot of money, too"
Jack:   "Really? What did you do?"
Mary:   "I tiptoed into radio studios and whispered 'Martha Ivers'"
Jack:   "Oh, that was you?"
('The Strange Love of Martha Ivers" was a film noir released in the summer of 1946. Starring Barbara Stanwyck, the movie's radio and newspaper ad campaign was "whisper her name!")

Mary casually breaks the news to Jack that Phil Harris is now appearing on two radio programs; Phil and his wife Alice Faye are the new hosts of the Fitch Bandwagon program, airing at 7:30pm Eastern, immediately after Jack's program. Mary asks Jack is he minds Phil having his own program, and Jack says he doesn't, and that he wants everyone to be a success...in fact, he'd even like to see Dennis Day get his own show:

Mary:   "He has"
Jack:   "WHAT!? MARY, DID I HEAR YOU RIGHT?!"
Mary:   "If that thing in your ear is connected, you did"
Jack:   "This is no time to be funny. You're kidding about Dennis, aren't you?"
Mary:   "No, he starts his own program Thursday night for Colgate. You're not mad, are you?"
Jack:   "...of course I'm not mad..."

(Dennis's radio program, titled "A Day in the Life of Dennis Day", premiered Thursday, October 3 1946 at 7:30pm Eastern on the NBC network. Jack was a guest star on the first episode)

Don tells Jack that he and the Sportsmen are ready to do their commercial, as Jack tells Mary hiring the quartet was his idea. Don does the LSMFT commercial while the Sportsmen just wordlessly hum a few notes in the background. Jack is irate that he is paying five hundred dollars a week for eight weeks for humming, and tries to throw the quartet out of the studio, as Phil shows up. Jack asks why, after nine years of working with Jack, did Phil want his own show, to which Phil replies "MO/NEY, MO/NEY" (parodying the LS/MFT slogan). After becoming exasperated with the Sportsmen and Phil, Jack asks for Dennis to sing his song, but he hasn't arrived yet; Mary saw him earlier in the morning rehearsing for his own program. Jack decides to call Dennis to find out why he's not at the studio. This leads into an appearance by the telephone operator girls, Gertrude (Bea Benaderet) and Mabel (Sara Berner), who chat to each other before informing Jack that Dennis does not answer. Almost immediately afterwards Dennis enters the studio. Jack asks Dennis why he got his own program without consulting him first, after eight years of treating him so well; Dennis answers "I was hungry". Jack gets angry and tells Phil and Dennis that they can have their own shows, and he'll get a new cast, "people that can get laughs" such as the radio characters the Mad Russian (Bert Gordon) and Senator Claghorn (Kenny Delmar). Jack then asks Dennis to sing this week's song, "To Each His Own".

The "third routine" begins with Rochester driving Jack and Mary home after the broadcast. Jack is still upset about Phil and Dennis having their own radio programs.

Mary:   "Oh Jack, stop being so nervous and upset"
Jack:   "Why wouldn't I be upset? Nobody thinks of me. Phil has his own show...Dennis has his own show...my writers are still stranded on the gambling ship...I'm stuck with a lousy quartet...and this can go on week after week, month after month, year after year...that's radio for you. It's enough to drive a guy crazy"
Mary:   "Well, then, why don't you quit?"
Jack:   "I WILL NOT!"
Rochester:   "Hee hee hee....every year the same thing"
{closing music}

After the last Lucky Strikes commercial,  the program returns for the closing "tag" and the ending of the program is cut off due to time:

Rochester:   "Say boss, are you going out for dinner, or are you gonna stay home?"
Jack:   "I think I'll go out"
Rochester:   "Oh, with Miss Livingstone?"
Jack:   "Oh no, she said she was going to be early. Well, I'll call up and get a date"
{sound: phone up...six dials}
Gertrude:   "Hello, National Broadcasting Company"
Jack:   "Hello, Mabel?"
Gertrude:   "No, this is Gertrude"
Jack:   "Oh, well, let me talk to Mabel"
Gertrude:   "I'm sorry, she left about ten minutes ago"
Jack:   "Where did she go?"
Don Wilson:   "This is NBC, the National Broadcasting Company"

Note:   The Benny program had made a habit of featuring unusual beginnings to their first episode of a new season.

Dennis' Song:   
Dennis sings "To Each His Own".



 
 2.        10/06/46            JACK LISTENS TO THE WORLD SERIES

Don's Introduction: "Ladies and gentlemen, last Sunday Jack Benny started his fifteenth year in radio. All week long he has been receiving letters and telegrams of congratulations and his friends in Hollywood have been constantly calling him. So now let's go out to Jack's home in Beverly Hills where we find him talking on the phone".
 
The Show:    The show begins with Jack receiving letters, telegrams and phone calls congratulating him on starting his fifteenth year in radio, and with Jack on the phone:

Jack:   "Well, I...well, I...oh, it wasn't that good...what? Oh, Ingrid, you're...you're so kind, and coming from you it's a great compliment...you know, Ingrid, praise is the lifeblood of an actor...so thanks for the transfusion {silly laugh}. Well, thanks so much for calling, it was so sweet of you. Oh, by the way, Ingrid, I hope I'm not being too presumptuous, but may I...may I take you to lunch Thursday? I may? Oh, no, no, Ingrid I won't forget. {sweetly} Goodbye"
{sound: click of receiver down}
Jack:   "Oh, Rochester"
Rochester:   "Yes, boss?"
Jack:   "Mark this down---lunch Thursday with Ingrid Krausmeyer...at one o'clock"
Rochester:   "Is that Krausmeyer, boss?"
Jack:   "Yes...she works at Republic. She's in charge of all the saddles..."

After Jack gets another phone call:

Jack:   "Another one of my fans. You know, Rochester, I appreciate people calling me up and telling me how good I was, but it can get a little annoying"
Rochester:   "You didn't have that trouble with 'The Horn Blows at Midnight"
Jack:   "You can kid all you want to, Rochester, but that picture will go down in history"
Rochester:   "It sure will. That's the first thing Gromyko ever walked out on"
Jack:   "Well, if Gromyko walked out on that picture, it was because he doesn't understand English"
Rochester:   "His interpreter was leading him"
Jack:   "All right, all right"
Rochester:   "And Molotov was right behind him"
Jack"   "Rochester, that's enough..."

(In 1946 Andrei Andreyevich Gromyko was appointed as Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister and as a Permanent Delegate to the United Nation's Security Council, where he became known for frequent "walkouts" in support of Russia's policies, most notably in March 1946 when the council refused to delay a debate regarding Soviet and Persian (Iranian) relations.  Viacheslav Molotov was the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs and First Deputy Premier,  and had just recently made the August 19, 1946 cover of Time magazine)

Jack then attempts to listen to the World Series (Boston vs St. Louis) on the radio, as Mary enters and tells Jack she just received another letter from her Mama (Jack: "...what did the Truculent Turtle of Plainfield have to say?"). Mary says her mother actually liked Jack's first broadcast of the season.


and Dennis Day brings his mother Lucretia (Verna Felton) over. Frank Nelson, Sara Berner and Bea Benaderet appear in voice overs on Jack's radio. .  At the close Jack makes a plea for the USO Fund Raising Drive for 1947.

Dennis' Song: 
Dennis sings "You Keep Coming Back Like a Song"

 
 
3.        10/13/46          JACK AND MARY WALK TO THE STUDIO

Don's Introduction: "Ladies and gentlemen, once again it's Sunday...and it's such a beautiful day that Jack and Mary are walking to the studio".
 
The Show:    Jack and Mary talk a walk over to the radio studio before the show. Edgar Bergen (and Charlie McCarthy) are the guests as Jack tries to sell them the Sportsmen.  Bit parts are played by Viola Vonn, and Jerry Hausner (as Hedy Lamarr's baby), Frank Nelson as the waiter in the drugstore, and Artie Auerbach as Mr. Kitzel (now the drugstore's chef).  At the close Jack makes a plea for the Community Chest Campaign for 1947.

Dennis' Song: 
Dennis sings "If You Were the Only Girl in the World".
 
 
4.        10/20/46          "THE FIDDLER"
 
Don's Introduction: "Ladies and gentlemen, as you all know, a few days ago President Truman took the controls off meat....which of course includes ham. And here he is, Jack Benny~!"

The Show:    Jack and Mary do a brief take-off on the Fred Allen program to open the show. Gertrude and Mabel, the telephone operators appear.  Dennis sings "The Whole World is Singing My Song". The main sketch is Jack's take-off on the radio show "The Whistler". 

Show Closing: At the close Jack makes a plea against racial and religious prejudice, which is worth quoting in full: "Ladies and gentlemen, the chief hope of our enemies during the war was to divide the United States along racial and religious lines, and thereby conquer us. Let's not spread prejudice now, anymore than we would have spread enemy rumors during the recent conflict. Through our behavior we encourage the respect of our children and make them better neighbors to all races and religions.  Remind them that being good neighbors has helped make our country great and kept her free. Thank you".  Jack will make a similar "plea" at the end of episode 20 this season.

A fairly funny episode. It helps, of course, if you are already familiar with the radio show being parodied, "The Whistler". The show ran from 1942 to 1955, was a suspense/mystery anthology show with a different story each week, usually with a twist (or "O.Henry") ending, featured a whistling theme as the intro, and this opening each week:
" I am the Whistler, and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales, hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes... I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak". Jack's version from this episode: "I am the Fiddler....I play by night....they won't let me play in the daytime".  "The Whistler" may also be familiar to those of you who have satellite radio and listen to the "Old Time Radio" channel, as they seem to play episodes quite often.

Dennis' Song:   Dennis sings "The Whole World Is Singing My Song".


 
5.        10/27/46           MARY'S "CHISS SWEEZE" SANDWICH FLUB

Don's Introduction: "Ladies and gentlemen, people often wonder what a comedian does after he finishes his radio program. Well, let's go back to last Sunday afternoon...The Jack Benny program is over and Jack and Mary are leaving the studio".
 
The Show:   Polly the parrot (Mel Blanc) debuts. Jack and Mary drop into the drugstore for a snack, where Mary makes one of her most famous mistakes in the history of the show when she order a "Chiss Sweeze" sandwich....it almost instantly becomes a new running gag. And Mary, re-stating her line, actually almost makes the same mistake again. Frank Nelson plays the waiter, and Mr. Kitzel is still working there.
 
If it wasn't for Mary's (in)famous deli/drugstore order mistake 3:36 into the program, this episode would probably be titled something like "Jack Stands Trial for the Murder of the Sportsmen".  Jack falls asleep listening to the Sportsmen Quartet singing on the radio, and dreams that he shoots them. He stands trial (for 497 days!), with Frank Nelson as his judge. Very funny episode, with several laugh-out-loud moments, including the audience reaction to Mary's flub.  The circulating copy has periodic sound fluctuation problems.

Dennis' Song:   Dennis appears on the episode but does not sing.

 
 
6.        11/03/46            JACK TRIES TO BREAK HIS CONTRACT WITH THE SPORTSMEN QUARTET

Don's Introduction: "Ladies and gentlemen, last Friday Jack Benny asked the members of his cast to come to his house at 2pm...so let's go back to Friday and find out why Jack called the meeting".
 
The Show:    The program starts with a meeting Jack held at his house on Friday at 2pm, to tell the cast that a photographer from the Associated Press is coming by to take photos.  After it turns out that he only wants to take pictures of the Sportsmen Quartet, Jack visits his lawyer H.M. Fisher (played by Frank Nelson), to try and break the Sportsmen's contract.   At the close of the show, Jack announces that next week will feature a take-off on the new movie "The Killers". However, they won't actually do the sketch until week nine.

Dennis' Song: 
Dennis sings "Rumors are Flying".
 
 
7.        11/10/46            JACK GETS A HAIRCUT, AND HAS MORE TROUBLE WITH THE SPORTSMEN

Don's Introduction: "And now, ladies and gentlemen, we take you back fifteen minutes...Jack Benny is in his dressing room where Rochester is trimming his hair..."
 
The Show:   The program begins with Rochester trimming Jack's hair in the dressing room. Mary reads a letter from her mother, and Artie Auerbach appears as Mr. Kitzel.  Jack explains why they aren't doing the promised "The Killers" sketch this week.   "The Strange Loves of Martha Benny" sketch is planned, but never actually gotten to. And finally, Jack decides to renew the Sportsman's contract. A rather directionless, but still funny, episode.

Dennis' Song:  
Dennis sings "Somewhere in the Night".
 
 
8.        11/17/46            RONALD AND BENITA COLMAN
 
Don's Introduction:  There's no "formal" Don Wilson introduction to this episode, as it begins with a conversation between Don and his wife at home. Don wants to tell her what happened at Jack Benny's house last Wednesday that everyone is talking about. 

Guest Stars:   Ronald Colman and his wife Benita Hume, and Leo Durocher, are the guests.

The Show:   Mary is not on the program, as she is visiting in Palm Springs.  Mel Blanc appears as Polly the parrott, and Artie Aurebach as Mr. Kitzel. 

Dennis' Song:   Dennis appears on the episode, but doesn't sing.
 
 
9.        11/24/46            "THE KILLERS"

Don's Introduction: "Now ladies and gentlemen, we take you out to Jack Benny's house in Beverly Hills where we find Jack and Rochester in the garage".
 
Guest Star:   Edward G. Robinson is the guest.

The Show:   The sketch is a take-off on "The Killers"; Robinson threatens to fill Jack so full of holes "you'll look like a chiss sweeze sandwich".   Mary is still off the show.

Dennis' 
Song:  Dennis sings "For You, For Me, Forevermore".
 
                                                     
10.        12/01/46            JACK IS TO APPEAR ON PHIL BAKER'S PROGRAM

Don's Introduction: "Ladies and gentlemen, let's go out to Jack Benny's house in Beverly Hills where Jack is taking his violin lesson from his same old teacher, Professor LeBlanc.".
 
Guest Star:   Phil Baker is the guest.  Mary rejoins the show. Mel Blanc appears as Jack's violin teacher Professor LeBlanc, and Sandy Bickert plays the vault guard. 

Dennis' Song:   Dennis sings "September Song"
.
 
 
11.        12/08/46            JACK BUYS DON SHOELACES FOR CHRISTMAS

Don's Introduction: "Ladies and gentlemen, Christmas will soon be with us...and millions of people are rushing around making hasty last minute purchases.  So let's go back to last Monday and look in on a local department store in Beverly Hills".
 
The Show:   Jack and Mary go Christmas shopping for the cast and the sponsors at a Hollywood department store. At the end of the sketch, Jack thanks "all the people  working in the store"---Mel Blanc, Gerald Moore, Sara Berner, Frank Nelson, Benny Rubin, Vyola Vonn, Artie Auerbach, Sandy Bickert, Pete Leeds, Elliot Lewis, "those little wooden soldiers that sang---the Sportsmen Quartet". It's interesting to note that although nowadays people complain that Christmas season starts "earlier" each year, in this show from 1946 Don states that people are rushing to make "last minute purchases" on December 8th. (But then note that Dennis' song is not a Christmas song)

Dennis' Song:   Dennis sings "Ole Buttermilk Sky".
 
 
12.        12/15/46         JACK TRIES TO EXCHANGE THE SHOELACES
 
Don's Introduction:  

The Show:   Mary Livingstone is out with a cold, so Babe Marks, Mary's sister in "real life", fills in.  Dennis sings "The Old Lamplighter".  Jack makes Christmas cards for the following people;  Rodney Dangerfield, MGM Studios; Cyril Forsythe, Universal-International Studios; Marcella Underwood, Warner Bros. Studios; Anthony Fisk, Paramount Studios; Ilka Thistledown, MGM Studios; Bertram Holmquist, 20th Century Fox Studios; and Gary Cooper.   The show is cut off by the network.

Note:  The name "Rodney Dangerfield" was frequently used by the Benny show around this era. It's obviously where the later stand-up comedian took his name, but it wasn't mentioned too often in articles by the time of his biggest fame.

The show's closing:  Jack Benny: "Ladies and gentlemen, next Sunday we're going to do our Christmas broadcast from the Birmingham General Hospital and a lot of our old gang will be on the show...Kenny Baker...Andy Devine...Shlepperman...and Larry Stevens. Goodnight, folks".  Don: "Meantime, here's a Christmas suggestion: say "Merry Christmas" to your friends two hundred times~! How?"  Well, previously we never did find out how, because the NBC cue cuts off the show. But, luckily, Jeff Wells sent in an e-mail
and provided the following information:

The script for the show reveals the ending of the episode's closing commercial (as broadcast live from New York; lines read by Jay Sims):

"And fine tobacco makes a fine Christmas present. So here's a gift suggestion that will say 'Merry Christmas' for you two hundred times. Give that ever-welcome gift of fine tobacco -- a carton of Lucky Strike."

Thanks, Jeff~!

Dennis' Song:   Dennis sings "The Old Lamplighter"
 
 
13.        12/22/46         CHRISTMAS PARTY AT BIRMINGHAM GENERAL HOSPITAL

Show Introduction: "For the boys at Birmingham Veterans Administration Hospital....The Lucky Strike Christmas Program, starring Jack Benny, with Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Rochester, Dennis Day, and yours truly Don Wilson".

Don's Introduction: "And now, ladies and gentlemen, since this is the Sunday before Christmas, Jack is expecting his whole gang and some of his old friends to drop in for his annual Christmas party.  So let's go out to Jack's house in Beverly Hills where we find Jack and Rochester preparing for the occasion".
 
On Location:  A Christmas show from Birmingham General Hospital, in Van Nuys California.

The Show:   The guests are members of Jack's "old gang"; Larry Stevens, Jack's old border Mr. Billingsley, Kenny Baker, and Mr. Shlepperman. The Sportsmen Quartet sing "Jingle Bells", and Larry, Kenny, and Dennis sing a Christmas medley.  This is the first time all three of Jack's tenors have appeared together.  The closing statement by Jack Benny is quite moving; a salute to the WWII veterans still in hospitals across America. The "greatest generation", as they would be called nearly 7 decades later, who sacrificed so much to literally save the world:

The shows closing:   Jack Benny : "I would like to say a word to you fellows here at Birmingham Veterans Administration Hospital, in fact all of you veterans in hospitals in America. The war has been over for a year and four months now. The country has not forgotten you fellows. No American will ever forget what you did at Guadalcanal, Normandy, Iowa Jima and other stations throughout the world, and we need you now badly. We need your skill and courage. We need all the things today that carried America through her greatest peril. Most of you are learning new trades, Starting a new life. Our country too is starting a new era, and she wants your aid and your help, and so with the promise of your new life we want to wish you luck and a very Merry Christmas to you everywhere".

Dennis' Song:   Dennis sings a Christmas medley with former Benny show tenors Kenny Baker and Larry Stevens.

 
14.        12/29/46        JACK, MARY, GLADYS AND DENNIS GO TO A NIGHTCLUB

Don's Introduction: "Ladies and gentlemen, let's turn back the clock to yesterday...Jack Benny asked his cast to drop in for an early rehearsal, and at the moment we find Rochester in the library preparing for their arrival".
 
The Show:   Jack, his girlfriend Gladys, Mary, and Dennis go to a nightclub. Frank Nelson plays a waiter.

Dennis' Song:  Dennis sings "The Girl That I Marry".
 
 
15.        01/05/47              HUMPHREY BOGART AND LAUREN BACALL
 
Don's Introduction: "Ladies and gentlemen, as you all know, in the Rose Bowl game on New Year's Day, Illinois upset the Dope...and here he is, and he's still upset, Jack Benny~!"

Guest Star:   Guests are Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, rehearsing a spoof of "To Have and Have Not" at Jack's house.

Dennis' Song:
   Dennis sings "I Love You for Sentimental Reasons".

 
 
16.        01/12/47          GRACIE ALLEN WANTS TO LISTEN TO JACK ON THE RADIO

Don's Introduction:   "Ladies and gentlemen, (here the word 'once' is crossed out in the script) again it is Sunday, so let's go out to Beverly Hills to Jack...wait a minute...every week it's the same thing...'Let's go out to Beverly Hills to Jack Benny's house'...why don't we go to somebody else's house for a change?...yes, why not? let's go out to the home of...er...of...er....the home of George Burns and Gracie Allen".
 
Guest Stars:   George Burns and Gracie Allen guest star.

The Show:   The program opens at George and Gracie's house, where Gracie wants to listen to the Jack Benny Show on the radio. She gets the idea that, since
Jack didn't get to kiss Lauren Bacall last week, that she'll go down to the studio and be Lauren Bacall for Jack.  After a second routine of Jack talking with Phil, Dennis, and Rochester, and Dennis' song, George and Gracie arrive at the studio, and Gracie gives Jack a big kiss.  After, Don gives an appeal on behalf of student nurses.
 
There are sound problems during the second routine, with Jack talking to Phil and Dennis. The beginning part of the program, with Burns and Allen, is actually kind of weak, and their routine seems like a  strangely "normal", married-couple sitcom routine compared to the usual Jack Benny fare,  with a lot of the jokes falling flat. The humor  picks up tremendously, however, at the introduction of Jack & Phil in the "second routine", and gets pretty  hilarious by the end of the show, culminating in Gracie's kiss of Jack, which gets a huge laugh.  Mary is not on the show.

Show Closing:  Jack: "Ladies and gentlemen, I want to thank George and Gracie who appeared on our program tonight through the courtesy of Maxwell House Coffee...and I also want to thank Jean Hersholt who was here in spirit...and he's cheaper that way. Goodnight, folks".

Dennis' Song:  
Dennis sings "You'll Always Be the One I Love".
 
 
17.        01/19/47            I WAS CONDEMNED
 
Don's Introduction: "Ladies and gentlemen, let's go out to Jack Benny's house in Beverly Hills where we find Jack and Phil Harris alone in the library".

Guest Star:   The guest is Boris Karloff.  

The Show:   Jack invites Phil to his house to tell him he needs to do something about his orchestra, and reads him letters he's received complaining about them. Then, while Dennis
takes Mary to the movies, Jack reads a book entitled "I Stand Condemned" (despite the title given in mp3 lists and logs~!), by Maxmillian Q. Langley.

Chapter One of "I Stand Condemned":
"I'm what you'd call an average citizen..I come from a little town in the midwest. Yes, I'm married...I have a lovely wife, and we have three fine boys and a dog...George, Frank, Harry and Fido...Harry is the dog. My life, as the lives of most men, followed a course pointed out by the fickle finger of fate...most stories start at the beginning, but my story begins at the end. I am occupying a cell in the death row at the state penitentiary..."

Jack imagines himself in the lead role of a man who's life is taken over by a stranger (Karloff), 
who offers him larger and larger sums of money for his mundane  items ($20,000 for his cigarette lighter), and eventually  winds up even  living with him.  Jack is telling his story to the warden in flashbacks while on death row,  Frank Nelson plays the warden.

Mary, who missed last week, is back on the show. Jack asks where she went on her trip:

Mary: "Jack, I thought you knew...I went back east to attend my mother and father's wedding anniversary"
Jack: "Really? And how were the Duke and Duchess of Plainfield?"

Mary tells Jack that her sister Babe is now dating a "credit dentist":

Jack: "Oh, you mean one of those dentists who let their patients put them on the installment plan?"
Mary:  "Yeah...one of his slogans is: "Don't sit around and gum your hash/Just because you're short of cash"
Jack: "That's ONE of his slogans? You mean...he has others?"
Mary:  "Yeah, his best one is: 'Don't keep your lips closed in sorrow/Smile today and pay tomorrow'".

The script reveals that Dennis was supposed to sing a song, but it was cut.
 
A solid, funny episode, with a nice part by Karloff ("oh, why must I always die in the end?").  The running gag about the names of Jack's three children is very nice, and the sketch itself (which they had done before), is a quite funny spoof of  melodramatic radio shows, with the exaggerated organ cues etc.

At the shows' close, Jack mentions that Boris Karloff can currently be seen in his latest RKO picture, "Bedlam".

Dennis' Song: 
Dennis appears on the episode but doesn't sing.
 
 
18.        01/26/47            MARGIE

Don's Introduction: "And now, ladies and gentlemen, it is with great pleasure that I present to you our Master of Ceremonies....that dignified star of stage, screen and radio...John Benny".
 
The Show:   This is the last show for Jay Sims and Andre Baruch.  The program begins with Jack wanting to change his name to JOHN Benny, since it is more "dignified" then Jack. Soon Phil, Dennis and Rochester also want to change their names. Rochester also informs Jack that someone has offered him $7.50 for the Maxwell. The featured sketch is a take-off on the film "Margie", with Frank Nelson, Sara Berner, Artie Auerbach, Elliot Lewis and Mel Blanc. It details how Margie (Mary) met her husband, who was her school teacher.
 
The beginning of the episode,  the name-change business, is very funny, especially the Jack-Dennis dialogue. However, the main sketch falls flat, and is simply not very entertaining  listening to it today, with laughs few and far between. It seems to me that this sketch doesn't play to the strengths of the Benny cast, but is the kind of routine you would hear on other, "lesser" radio shows.  If you're looking for some prime "Benny" listening, this is one I'd have to pass on.
 
Note:  The circulating show is from the Armed Forces Radio Network broadcast, and therefore without the regular Lucky Strike commercials.

Dennis' Song:
  
Dennis sings "Falling in Love is Easy", written by Benny show staffers producer Robert Ballin and writer Sam Perrin.
 
 
19.        02/02/47                IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE

Show Introduction: "The Lucky Strike program, starring Jack Benny...with Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Rochester, Dennis Day, yours truly Don Wilson, and our guest stars Victor Moore, Peter Lind Hayes, and Frank Capra". (A slightly unusual opening, as guest stars were not often mentioned in the beginning introduction).

Don's Introduction:   There is no "formal" introduction to this episode; it begins with Don and Rochester talking at Jack's house.
 
Guest Stars:   Guests Victor Moore, and Frank Capra , who was plugging his new film, "It's A Wonderful Life". 

The Show:   Jack and Mary have gone out to see "It's A Wonderful Life" at the movies, and run into
Capra on the way home. Jack tells Frank that he just can't believe the "guardian angel" part of the movie.  Later on, back at home, Jack's guardian angel (Moore) , saves Jack when he almost drinks a bottle of iodine, and then shows him what the world would be like if Jack Benny had never been born: Mary still works at the May Company, married to Herman Klingenpeel: Dennis works for Fred Allen and does all the impressions on Allen's radio show; Don Wilson is Colonel Wilson, owner of a big tobacco plantation; and Phil Harris works in a seedy dive in Nashville called the Rewes Club, while married to Gladys Zabysco. 
 
Also guesting on the episode was impressionist Peter Lind Hayes as Fred Allen. Starting with this show, the entire program, including all the commercials, originate from Hollywood. Del Sharbutt is the commercial announcer. Dennis appears but doesn't sing. The neighborhood girls Emily and Martha make an appearance.
 
A very solid episode. Frank Capra  does very well in a short walk-on role (he gets a big laugh when Jack mentions he wants Capra to make a movie for him), and Victor Moore is great as the rather sad-sack guardian angel. The glimpses of what life would've been like for the cast members sans Jack are all individually very funny.

Dennis' Song:  Dennis appears on the episode but does not sing.
 
 
20.        02/09/47                WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE SHOW GOES OFF THE AIR

Don's Introduction: "Ladies and gentlemen, I'll bet you've often wondered what happens immediately after a program goes off the air...well, let's go back to last Sunday...Jack Benny has just finished his broadcast."
 
The Show:   The episode begins immediately following the end of last weeks' program:

Jack: "Well, folks, how did you like the program?"
(audience applause)
Jack: :Well I'm glad you did...ladies and gentlemen, you were a wonderful audience...just wonderful...and I'm looking forward to seeing you all here again".
Mel Blanc: "You'll never see me again, bub."
Jack: "What?"
Mel: "I wouldn't sit through another one of your shows if I was in the front row, your guest star was Sally Rand, her balloon had a slow leak, and my wife wasn't with me"
Jack: "Well!  Look here, look here Mister, you're too fresh. You'll never get tickets to my show again"
Mel" What tickets? Last night I'm walking down the street, a guy throws a sack over my head, gives me a bump on the noggin, and when I come to, I'm sitting here in the studio"


Victor Moore guests again as Jack's angel. Ollie O'Toole impersonates the commentator HV Kaltenborn, who is supposed to give Jack a birthday greeting on the air.  Artie Auerbach appears as Mr. Kitzel. Frank Nelson appears as a soda clerk at the drug store.


After Dennis' song, Jack asks Dennis if he would like to sing it at his birthday party next week. When Dennis asks how old Jack will be, Mary answers fifty three and Jack says thirty eight. Mary is actually correct, Jack will be fifty three in "real life".
 
Show Closing:  It's worth quoting Jack's closing comment (or "plea") in full, as in the fourth episode of this season:  "Ladies and gentlemen, during the last war, the chief hope of our enemies was to divide the United States along racial and religious lines, and thereby conquer us. Let's not spread prejudice.  A divided America is a weak America, and we need the same harmony among our various racial and religious groups that was the source of our strength on war.  Through our behavior we encourage the respect of our children and make them better neighbors to all races and religions.  Remind them that being good neighbors has helped make our country great and kept her free. Thank you"

Dennis' Song:   
Dennis sings "Anniversary Song".


 
21.        02/16/47            JACK'S BIRTHDAY PARTY

Don's Introduction: "Ladies and gentlemen, last Friday, February fourteenth was Jack Benny's birthday. Jack celebrated the occasion with a dinner party at his home...so let's go back to Friday and out to Beverly Hills where we find Mary and Rochester helping out..."
 
Guest stars:   Ronald Colman and Benita Hume, and Issac Stern with accompanist Alexander Zarkin, as Jack celebrates his birthday.

The Show:   The show starts with a flashback to Friday February 14th,  as Jack throws a birthday party at his house.  Before leaving for the party, Ronald and Benita go over a list of Jack's friends so they remember who's who: Don (the fat one), Phil (the one with the blue lips) Dennis (the silly one) and Mary (the normal one). 

Dennis' Song:  Dennis appears on the episode  but doesn't sing.

 
 
22.        02/23/47            JACK FIRES THE SPORTSMEN QUARTET
 
Don's Introduction: 

Don: "And now, ladies and gentlemen, we bring you our..."
Phil: "Wait a minute, wait a minute....Donzy...hold it...hold it...Jackson ain't here yet."
Don: "What?"
Phil: "Neither is Dennis or Livy".
Don: "Oh my goodness this is awful"
Phil: "What do you mean awful? The audience is going to get a break today. I been waiting for a chance like this. HIT IT, BOYS~!"


The Show:   In the opening, shown above, Phil tells Don that Jack, Dennis and Mary are late for the show, so Phil sings "That's What I Like About the South".  Jack had gotten a flat tire, and Rochester is driving Jack and Dennis to the studio. They pick up Mary on the way (on the way there they pass a rabbit, giving Mel Blanc  a quick bit as Bugs Bunny).  After a botched line reading by Mary, Jack says that she read her line wrong, saying he was afraid of that happening that morning (at rehearsal).  After reaching the studio, Jack "fires" the Sportsmen Quartet, and then gets a call from Vincent Riggio, President of the American Tobacco Co, who insists they be rehired. In the "Sunday Nights at Seven" book, Jack writes that he was particularly proud of his comic timing in the scene with the call from Mr. Riggio  (you only hear Jack's side of the conversation during the scene).

Artie Auerbach appears as Mr. Kitzel.

Flub One:

Mary: "Jack, we've never been this late before. What happened?"
Jack: "Well, we were all ready to go to the studio, and when we got to the garage we found a flat tire. I really should have called for a taxi."
Mary: "Call for a taxi? You wouldn't call for HELP if it had a METER on it."
Jack:  "First place...you read that line wrong"
Mary: "I know".
Jack:  "Supposed to be...you wouldn't call for HELP if it had a meter on it. I was even afraid of that today...this morning".


Flub Two: 

Eddie "Rochester" Anderson makes an amusing "flub" talking to Jack while trying to park the Maxwell:
Jack: "Rochester, there's a place to park right across the street".
Rochester: "Can't do it. boss, I'll have to make a U-Turn".
Jack: "Well, what's wrong with making a U-Turn?"
Rochester: "There's a two....two dollar double charge for that, and no floor show"
Jack and Rochester together: "There's a two dollar cover charge for that floor show".
Jack: "All I ask for is one rehearsal..."


Flub Three:

Don: "Oh Jack before you start the ketch..sketch, don't you think we ought to do a commercial?"
Jack: "Just one fella, one fella that's all I ask...just one man read a line right. Thirteen years he's been with me"

Dennis' Song:   
Dennis sings "How Are Things in Gloccamorra".

 
23.        03/02/47                THE SPONSOR WANTS THE SPORTSMEN RE-HIRED

Don's Introduction: "Ladies and gentlemen, last week Jack Benny fired his quartet, the Sportsmen...a few minutes later his sponsor, Mr. Riggio, called from New York and insisted that Jack rehire the quartet. Jack stood his ground...and in no uncertain terms, said..."
 
The Show:   The program starts with Jack still on the phone with Mr. Riggio.  The cast convince Jack that it would be wise to re-hire the Sportsmen. Jack and Mary drive to the Sportsmen to ask them to come back to the show. The Sportsmen demand (in song, of course) an extra $500 a week, and Jack refuses. Jack makes a plea for war relief.

Dennis' Song:   Dennis sings "Oh, But I Do".
 
                                                            
 
24.        03/09/47                JACK TRIES TO FIND A REPLACEMENT FOR THE SPORTSMEN

Don's Introduction: "And now, ladies and gentlemen...let's go out to Jack Benny's home in Beverly Hills, where, even as you and I, Rochester is filling out his income tax".
 
The Show:   In the opening, Jack helps Rochester fill out his income tax form, and Mary reads a letter from her mother.  Then, Phil tells Jack that his talent agent may be able to help him find a replacement for the Sportsmen.  Jack and Mary go to see him, and Frank Nelson appears as head of the "Nelson Talent Agency". He offers Jack, as a replacement for the still-fired Sportsmen, 2 girl vocalists, played by Sara Berner and Elvia Allman, and several other acts, including singing seals.

Dennis' Song:  Dennis sings "You Can't See the Sun When You're Crying".
 
 
25.        03/16/47               JACK'S REPLACEMENT FOR THE SPORTSMEN

Don's Introduction: "Ladies and gentlemen, last Thursday night the Academy Awards were given out to a favored few...all the Hollywood celebrities gathered at the Shrine Auditorium to take their hats off to the winners. And so tonight, we bring you the man who had the hat check concession, Jack Benny~!"
 
The Show:   An infamous episode.  The guest stars are singers Bing Crosby, Andy Rusel, and Dick Haymes. They join Dennis as a quartet that Don wants Jack to hire as a replacement for the
Sportsmen. Andy and Dick want $35 a week, while Bing wants $50 (he wants more because has four children).  As  notated in the NBC Program Analysis sheets, "Bing Crosby, during the vocalising at 7:22:50 pm EST, made the following remark: "Who the hell picked out this key, Dennis Day?"   According to Jack in the "Sunday Nights at Seven" book, " as soon as Crosby said the magic word 'hell', all heck broke loose on every member station of the NBC network and all the switchboards began lighting up and buzzing as thousands of irate listeners telephoned to register their shock at "Father" Crosby's blasphemy".  Jack says that an NBC vice president told him that Jack's writers, producer Hilliard Marks, Lucky Strikes, NBC, and Bing Crosby would all have to apologize for this "awful thing". Jack refused.

Earlier in the episode, Don, Jack and Mary are talking about television, and Mary reads a poem:

"Television is here to stay,
And it won't be hard to sell it.
Now you can hear and see Jack's show
And soon, you'll be able to smell it".


After Mary has some long dialog with Jack about the Academy Awards, Jack refers to Mary's flubs....."That was a long speech, and you got it out (audience laughter). I'm always worried about those long speeches.."   The Academy also send someone to check up on Jack, (played by Elliot Lewis) since an Oscar is missing from the ceremony, and they think Jack might have taken it (something a phone call from Rochester confirms). At the ending of the episode, Bing Crosby also presents Jack with the Variety Magazine Award for his contribution to radio during his 15 years on the air. This is a very funny episode, kicked into high gear when Der Bingle shows up.  When Jack sees Crosby walks in and says "Bing Crosby~!", Crosby's (perhaps ad-libbed) reply, "you were expecting maybe a transcription?" gets a HUGE audience laugh.  But later it seems the studio audience doesn't quite know what to make of Bing's cursing live on the air....there is definitely laughter, but afterwards the incident is not referred to at all by anybody on the show, so the laughter dies down.

Dennis' Song:  Dennis sings in the quartet with Bing Crosby, Andy Rusel, and Dick Haymes. They sing a medley of Donnegal/Always/Ragtime Cowboy Joe/Carolina in the Morning
 
 
26.        03/23/47            THE SPORTSMEN ARE HIRED BACK

Don's Introduction: "Ladies and gentlemen, as you all know, four weeks ago Jack Benny got into trouble with his sponsor because he fired his quartet...despite the fact that Jack auditioned several singing groups, he could find no suitable replacement... so now we find Jack at home, where he has just started to type a letter to his old quartet, The Sportsmen..."

The Show:   Jack wants the Sportsmen Quartet back, so first he tries typing them a letter (Rochester has to help him spell the more difficult words). Deciding not to send the letter, Jack instead goes to visit the Sportsmen's manager, Mr. Stewart (played by Elliot Lewis), to try and get them back on the show. At the end of the show the Sportsmen agree to return, and the cast (Sportsmen, Mary, Don, Dennis, Phil, Jack, and even Mr. Kitzel all take a verse) sing "Old Jack Benny", to the tune of "Old McDonald Had a Farm".

It's worth noting that, although it's a minor point and would go unnoticed today,  during the opening typewriting scene, it was fairly "progressive" for 1947 to have Rochester spelling the more difficult words for Jack that Jack can't spell. Mel Blanc gives a typically great performance as the Maxwell car, sputtering and stuttering as Jack, Mary and Rochester try to start it so they can go visit the Sportsmen. And this is a typically great 1946- 1947 episode, the show running on all cylinders and built upon running jokes and situations that had been lasting for weeks.

Dennis' Song:  Dennis sings "I'll Close My Eyes"
 
 
27.       03/30/47            FROM SAN FRANCISCO

Don's Introduction: "Ladies and gentlemen, on last Tuesday night in Los Angeles, with bands playing and trumpets blaring, the star of our show boarded a special car on the lark and on Wednesday morning, after a night of excitement and anticipation, finally arrived in San Francisco and was met at the station by a red cap...and here he is, Jack Benny".
 
On Location:  From San Francisco (commercials are from Hollywood).

Guest Star:   Jane Wyman is the guest star. 

The Show:   Phil Harris is not on the show, so the orchestra is directed by Mahlin Merrick.

Dennis' Song:  Dennis sings "The Coffee Song"
 
 
28.        04/06/47            JACK TRIES TO GET SAMUEL GOLDWYN TO DO "THE LIFE OF JACK BENNY"
 
Don's Introduction: "And now, ladies and gentlemen, let's go back to this morning and look in on Jack Benny at his home in Beverly Hills..."

Guest Star:   Samuel Goldwyn and Hoagy Carmichael, with Viola Vonn as Goldwyn's secretary.

The Show:   Sam & Jack mention briefly Goldwyn's mistake at the Oscars, when he announced "Hugo" Carmichael. Jack also delivers the punchline, "I need you like a moose needs a hat-rack", which quickly becomes another running gag on the show when the audience doesn't respond
.

Dennis' Song:  Dennis appears on the show but doesn't sing.

 
 
29.        04/13/47            JACK FIXES A PHONOGRAPH AND BUYS A BASEBALL TEAM
 
Don's Introduction: "And now, ladies and gentlemen...let's go out to Jack Benny's house in Beverly Hills where we find Jack trying to fix his broken phonograph".

The Show:   Jack reminisces about his days a a water-boy for the Waukegan baseball team. Bea Benaderet, absent from the show due to pregnancy (her baby was born on March 4), returns in her regular role as Goitrude/Gertrude, one of the two telephone operators. This is their first appearance since 10/20/46. Richard Lane appears as press agent Steve Bradley.

Dennis' Song:
  Dennis sings "When Am I Gonna Kiss You Good Morning?".

 
 
30.        04/20/47            THE EGG AND I

Don's Introduction: "Ladies and gentlemen, over these many years that I've been introducing our scintillating star...my one regret has been that I'm not a poet...for if I were, I would paint a word picture with colorful phrases...(Jack: "What a beautiful thought, Don...I can just imagine you a poet. Henry Wadsworth Fatfellow...continue, Don") However, you don't have to be a Shelley or a Keats to...((interrupted by a phone ringing...after a routine by Jack and Rochester, Don finishes his introduction)). Ladies and gentlemen, as I was saying, even though I'm not a poet, today I'd like to introduce our star with a little poem. (Jack: "A poem?") Yes..."To Jack Benny":  I love my boss but he's so cheap/He only spends a slow buck/His suits are from Montgomery Ward/His hair from Sears and Roebuck. And here he is, Jack Benny".
 
The Show:   The cast does a take-off on "The Egg and I". Frank Nelson plays a real estate officer during the skit.  Immediately after Dennis' song, Jack says "....like a moose needs a hat rack. I can't understand why that didn't get a laugh. Norman Krasna liked it. That was Dennis Day singing his latest Victor recording, "Mam'selle". Everything falls on us around here. You can get killed around here". It's not clear what Jack was referring to with that last remark.

Dennis' Song:  
Dennis sings "Mam'selle".
 
 
31.        04/27/47            LEAVING FOR CHICAGO

Don's Introduction: "Ladies and gentlemen, next Sunday immediately after the broadcast Jack Benny and his gang leave for the East to fulfill vaudeville engagements in Chicago and New York. So let's go out to Beverly Hills where we find Mary and Rochester helping Jack prepare for the big event".
 
Guest Stars:   Ronald Colman and Benita Hume are guests as Jack and the cast prepare for a trip to Chicago to perform live shows.

The Show:  Jack gives Ronald and Benita tickets to his show, and even drives them to the studio.  When Jack delivers his
"...like a moose needs a hat-rack" joke, he says "I can't understand why that doesn't get a laugh. Three weeks I've been doing it and it's never gotten a laugh. Norman Krasna LOVED it!" Rochester sings "That's What I Like About the South", and Dennis sings "Anniversary Song".

When Ronald asks "Benita, have you ever seen any of Phil Harris' musicians?" and Benita answers "Please, Ronnie! I'm eating!" the line gets a huge laugh.
 
Show Closing:  Jack: "I want to take just a moment to tell all of our friends in Texas and New Orleans that we're leaving by plane tonight and will be with you in Galveston on Monday, Houston on Tuesday, and New Orleans on Wednesday to put on shows to raise money for the relief of the Texas City victims. I know you'll all give this your full support. Thank you very much".
The Texas City disaster took place on April 16, 1947 and was the worst
industrial accident in U.S. history; over 500 people died when the SS Grandcamp, docked in the Port of Texas City, caught fire and exploded.

Dennis' Song: Dennis sings "Anniversary Song".










32.       05/04/47            TO THE TRAIN STATION FOR CHICAGO
 
Don's Introduction: "Ladies and gentlemen, tonight Jack Benny leaves for Chicago, where he starts his vaudeville tour this Friday...so let's go out to Jack's house where we find Rochester helping him pack".

The Show:   Jack and cast are getting prepared for the Chicago trip. Verna Felton (as Dennis' mother), Babe Marks, Alice Faye, Frank Nelson (as a ticket seller at the train station) and Artie Auerbach (Mr. Kitzel) all have bit parts. Jack makes another "hat-rack/Krasna" joke, and says to Rochester he can't understand why it didn't get a laugh. Rochester replies "maybe it isn't funny".   This is the last show of the year for Don Wilson, Bea Benaderet, Sara Berne, and Mel Blanc.

Dennis' Song:   Dennis appears on the episode but does not sing.
 
 
33.        05/11/47            FROM CHICAGO
 
Show Introduction: "Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Norman Barry and I am substituting for Don Wilson. It is my job to introduce that scintillating star of stage, screen, and radio...but how can a star of such magnitude be introduced properly by such an insignificant person as I?"

On Location:  From Chicago (commercials from Hollywood).

Guest Star:   Guest for this Mother's Day show is Marjorie Reynolds, who is appearing on stage with the Benny vaudeville show. Norman Barry fills in for announcer Don Wilson for this show. Artie Auerbach appears as Mr. Kitzel, who has also traveled to Chicago.

Dennis' Song:  Dennis sings "Little Mother of Mine"
 
 
34.        05/18/47            FROM NEW YORK
 
Show Introduction: Kenny Delmar: "Ladies and gentlemen, it has often been said that it takes brains to make money. I don't want to start an argument, but here's the star of our show, Jack Benny".

On Location: From New York (commercials from Hollywood).

Guest Stars:  Al Jolson is the guest star, and sings "April Showers" and "You Made Me Love You"; Kenny Delmar fills in for announcer Don Wilson.

The Show:   After the introduction, Jack and Kenny Delmar discuss Delmar's regular job, on The Fred Allen program. When Kenny tells Jack "...when I hear the name Fred Allen, I instinctively bow my head", Jack replies "Well, Kenny, if you bow your head low enough, you might see his Hooper..."; this is a reference to the Hooper ratings system for radio programs.  Jack and Mary discuss  Mary's sister Babe and Babe's boyfriend, an undertaker. Mary tells Jack that he drives a convertible hearse, and Jack says "convertible hearse? That's a good idea...get a little brown before they lower you down..". Much of this segment and the "get a little brown..." joke were cut from the script of episode 32, where it was originally a talk between Mary and Babe. Artie Auerbach appears as Mr. Kitzel in New York, and says he is visiting his Aunt, Mrs. Nussbaum, who lives in Allen's Alley.


Dennis' Song:  Dennis Day is absent from the show this week.
 
 
35.        05/25/47            ALLENS' ALLEY
 
Show Introduction: Rochester: "Ladies and gentlemen...it isn't usually my place to introduce the star of our show...but today it's worth five dollars to me, so here he is...Jack Benny."

On Location:  From New York (commercials from Hollywood).

Guest Stars:  Guests are Fred Allen and Jack Paar.

The Show:   Dennis Day returns to the program, and sings "I Can't Get Up the Nerve to Kiss You"; Rochester does the announcing chores for the absent Don Wilson. The cast do a take-off on "Allen's Alley", which is followed by Jack and Allen "grooming" Paar for his summer replacement series. This is the last show of the season. "The Jack Paar Show" is the summer replacement show. (Dennis Day guest starts on June 1, and Jack Benny guests on June 15)

Dennis' Song:   Dennis sings "I Can't Get Up the Nerve to Kiss You"