JACK BENNY GUEST APPEARANCES 1940-1949



The following is a chronological log of Jack Benny’s guest appearances on radio programs during the years 1940 to 1949.  It attempts to be as complete as possible.  Please note that I have posted some MAJOR revisions, corrections, and additions to this list as of October 27, 2014.  I have included information on both circulating and non-circulating shows, and I have tried to note the current circulating status of the program to the best of my ability.  


This log contains the program title; the radio network which broadcast the program; the day, date and time of the broadcast;  the commercial sponsor of the program (where applicable),  then a description of the show/guest appearance, and finally if a recording of the program "circulates" among Old Time Radio collectors.

 

The listed broadcast times are Eastern Standard Time unless noted.  The network AFRS is the Armed Forces Radio Service, which were programs sent for our soldiers overseas. The AFRS programmed both repeats of stateside shows (sans commercials) and original programming of their own.  Please note that the air dates for many AFRS broadcasts are approximate, usually to within a day or so, but sometimes longer. Also some AFRS dates may be the date of recording and not transmission, although I am attempting to verify this data as much as possible.

 

Regarding program descriptions:  for the purposes of this list it is taken as a given that Jack Benny appeared as a guest on every program listed.  Other guests are noted as well.  Guest appearances featuring Benny Show cast member Eddie “Rochester” Anderson have generally been listed under his given name.


As time goes on I hope to include more detailed descriptions of the content of the actual episodes themselves.

 

For ease of reference, I have listed both the "sponsored" name of the program as well as the more common name.... i.e.  The Fitch Bandwagon Show (The Phil Harris and Alice Faye Show)


 

1940

 

1/20/1940        MARCH OF DIMES
NBC RED/MULTI-NETWORK FEED
Saturday 11:00pm- 12 midnight
"Committee for the Celebration of the President's Birthday" program.  1 hour program with Eddie Cantor (MC), Frances Langford, Mickey Rooney, Orson Welles, Connie Boswell, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Fanny Brice, Rudy Vallee, Jim and Marian Jordan.

 

3/24/1940        THE CAMPBELL PLAYHOUSE

CBS                        

Sunday  8:00pm-8:55pm

Sponsor: Campbell Soup

“June Moon”.

Produced and hosted by Orson Welles.


4/26/1940        KATE SMITH PROGRAM

CBS

Friday 8:00pm-8:55pm

Also with Abbott & Costello, John Garfield

 

5/26/1940        AMERICAN RED CROSS PROGRAM

NBC BLUE/MULTI NETWORK FEED

Sunday 2:00pm-3:00pm

With Mrs. Franklin D.Roosevelt, Norman H. Davis (Chairman of the American Red Cross), Wayne Taylor, Edgar Bergen, Laurence Olivier, Vivian Leigh, Gertrude Lawrence, and more.

 

6/19/1940         TOWN HALL TONIGHT  (THE FRED ALLEN SHOW)

NBC                      


Sponsor: Bristol Myers

The famous "feud" between Jack and Fred Allen continues on this episode of Allen's show.


10/20/1940     THE GULF SCREEN GUILD THEATRE

CBS                       

Sunday 7:30pm-8:00pm

Sponsor: Gulf

Jack tries to star with Claudette Colbert on the Gulf Screen Guild show. This aired right after Jack's regular program finished on NBC. Also starring Basil Rathbone. Written by one of the two writers on Jack's regular program, Ed Beloin.


11/21/1940             MAXWELL HOUSE COFFEE TIME (FANNY BRICE SHOW)

NBC

Thursday  8:00pm-8:30pm

Starring Fanny Brice (Baby Snooks), with Dick Powell, Mary Martin.


12/13/1940            HARLEM CHRISTMAS BASKET BENEFIT

WMCA NY

Friday, 1:15am-?

Local New York special with Jack, Duke Ellington, Frank Parker, Sammy Kaye and others

                                               

12/17/1940              LOVE THY NEIGHBOR PREVIEW

Mutual

Tuesday 9:15pm-9:30pm

A 15-minute preview of Jack’s upcoming motion picture, "Love Thy Neighbor". Hosted by Fred Waring.  Also with Benny show regulars Andre Baruch, Dennis Day, Don Wilson, and Fred Allen.

 

 

1941

 
1/1/1941              BUNDLES FOR BRITAIN

NBC BLUE

Wednesday 10:00pm-11:00pm

With Mickey Rooney, Bette Davis, Alla Nazimova, Claudette Colbert, Merle Oberon, Loretta Young, Tony Martin, Judy Garland, more.


1/25/1941        MARCH OF DIMES BENEFIT

MULTI-NETWORK FEED

Saturday  11:00pm-12:00 midnight

An annual benefit broadcast, in connection with President Roosevelt's birthday, for the Infantile Paralysis Fund, aka The March Of Dimes. Hosted by Eddie Cantor. Scheduled to appear along with Jack Benny and his cast were Bob Hope, Rudy Vallee, John Barrymore, Dinah Shore, Bette Davis, Spencer Tracy, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Mickey Rooney, Fibber McGee and Molly (Jim and Marian Jordan), Baby Snooks (Fanny Brice), Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, Amos n' Andy (Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll), Jimmy Cagney, Humphrey Bogart,  Fred Allen and more.  Apparently a recording of the program does not circulate?



2/8/1941            GREEK WAR RELIEF DRIVE

NBC RED (simulcast on other networks)

Saturday 11:15pm- 12:45am

AKA “America Calling”.  Jack and Bob Hope are the hosts for this 90-minute benefit for Greek war relief. Also with Tyrone Power, Melvyn Douglas, Bette Davis, Mary Martin, Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Taylor, Charles Laughton, Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Alice Faye, Tony Martin, Mickey Rooney, Shirley Temple, Hedda Hopper, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and Groucho Marx.  As noted in advance by the Movie-Radio Guide, the program featured a version of The Mikado starring Benny, Hope; Mary Martin singing "Titwillow"; Dick Powell singing; and Marx' Ronald Colman reciting Gene Fowler's "Jervis Bay".


3/30/1941         TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF MOVIE RADIO GUIDE

NBC

Sunday 4:00pm- 4:30pm

Jack and his regular gang (Don Wilson, Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Dennis Day, and Eddie Anderson) perform “Submarine D-1”.  There's still some debate on when exactly this program aired, however the March 29, 1941 issue of the Movie Radio Guide lists "Movie-Radio Guide Tenth Anniversary Celebrity Program" as airing at 1:00pm PST on the NBC Los Angeles station KTFI.  This seems pretty conclusive, but this might also have aired on 3/23/1941.

 

4/16/1941          THE QUIZ KIDS SHOW

NBC  BLUE

Wednesday  6:00pm- 6:30pm          

Sponsor: Miles Laboratories (Alka Seltzer)

Game Show.  Jack’s upcoming appearance, and subsequent performance on, this show, was referenced on The Jack Benny Show on 4/6/1941 and 4/13/1941.

 

5/4/1941            BEHIND THE MIKE

NBC BLUE

Sunday 4:30pm-5:00pm

Although some sources (including us, until now) list this as being broadcast on May 14, this is the definite broadcast date. NBC program analysis cards listed Jack as appearing on a broadcast on this date, but without a title; but we can verify this aired on May 4. This series was a "behind the scenes" look at radio production, stars, and series. This episode features Don Wilson interviewing Jack regarding Jack's 10th anniversary in radio. This does circulate.

 

5/7/1941            TEXACO STAR THEATRE  (FRED ALLEN SHOW)

CBS

Wednesday  9:00pm-10:00pm

Amos and Andy visit Fred Allen. Also with Mancel Talcott, Mayor of Waukegan, IL, birthplace of Jack Benny.


 

5/9/1941            TRIBUTE TO JACK BENNY

Not Broadcast

This is a 2 hour non-broadcast recording of a testimonial dinner celebrating Jack’s 10th anniversary in radio. With George Burns and Gracie Allen, Bob Hope, Edgar Bergen, Jimmy Walker, Rudy Vallee, Ed Sullivan and others. One curious thing that you may have noticed is that Jack's first radio appearance has always been credited almost everywhere as occurring in 1932; so why a series of "10th Anniversary" tributes were scheduled for 1941 is frankly a mystery to me.

 

5/9/1941          TRIBUTE TO JACK BENNY

NBC

Friday 10:30pm-11:00pm

30 minute broadcast version of the above testimonial.

 

 

5/25/1941         FITCH BANDWAGON SHOW  (THE PHIL HARRIS AND ALICE FAYE SHOW)

NBC  RED                    

Sunday   7:30pm-8:00pm

Sponsor: Fitch Bandwagon

This aired immediately following Jack's show.

 

7/30/1941         MILLIONS FOR DEFENSE

CBS

Wednesday 9:00pm-10:00pm

AKA “The Treasury Hour”.  One hour program in support of US Savings Bonds.  Jack appears with Claudette Colbert,

Bette Davis, Don Ameche, Tyrone Powers, and Mary Livingstone.

 

9/22/1941         SALUTE TO CHAMPIONS

NBC BLUE

Monday  9:00pm-10:00pm

AKA "Salute of the Champions". A Tribute to the Army and Navy. Does not circulate?

 

11/15/1941         NBC 15th ANNIVERSARY PROGRAM

NBC RED & BLUE

Saturday  11:15pm-2:00am

Three hour extravaganza featuring what seems like every personality on the entire NBC network~!  Celebrating the 15th anniversary of the NBC company, including our guys Jack Benny and Don Wilson, plus:  Bing Crosby, Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy, Fanny Brice, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Fibber McGee and Molly, Kay Kyser and his Orchestra, The Quiz Kids, Benny Goodman, Lum and Abner, Red Skelton,  newsman John Vandercook, Rudy Vallee, Connie Boswell, The Great Gildersleeve (Harold Peary), Ralph Dumke and Budd Hulick, The Modernaires, Lowell Thomas, The US Navy Band, Percy Faith and his Orchestra, Bill Stern, Conrad Thibault, Frank Black (not the one from the Pixies, you Gen X-ers~!), Irene Rich, Glenn Miller and his Orchestra, Marion Hutton, Ken Carpenter, Milton Cross, Walter Tetley, H.V. Kaltenborn, The Hoosier Hot Shots, Pat Buttram, Eddie Peabody, The US Army Band, Lucille Manners, and more.

Also with non-NBC "stars" such as Niles Trammel, President of NBC; Undersecretary of War Robert Patterson, Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox; Chairman of the FCC James Fly; David Sarnoff.    The entire three hour show circulates in very good quality.
 

 

1942

 
 

3/29/1942        GULF SCREEN GUILD THEATRE

CBS                                       

Sunday   7:30pm-8:00pm

Sponsor: Gulf

“Parent by Proxy”.

Also with Paulette Goddard and Frank Nelson. Circulates in very good quality.

 

4/19/1942         THE SILVER THEATRE

CBS                                       

Sunday   6:00pm-6:30pm

Sponsor: International Silver

“The Amazing Mr. Williams”

Also with Mary Livingstone. 30 minutes. Circulates in good quality.

 

5/3/1942           COMMAND PERFORMANCE USA

AFRS

Show # 12

With Mary Livingstone, Dennis Day, Phil Harris, Eddie Anderson. 30 minutes.

 

5/3/1942           FITCH BANDWAGON SHOW (THE PHIL HARRIS  & ALICE FAYE SHOW)

NBC                                      

Sunday  7:30pm-8:00pm

Sponsor: Fitch Bandwagon

 

8/23/1942           VICTORY PARADE

NBC

Sunday   6:30pm-7:00pm

Jack guests along with his cast-mates Mary Livingstone, Dennis Day, and Don Wilson.  The previously listed date of 08/3/1942 was incorrect.

 

10/22/1942      MARCH OF TIME

NBC  BLUE                   

Thursday  10:30pm-11:00pm

Sponsor: Time

Jack and Mary talk about Jack donating his Maxwell car to the war scrap drive.  This episode also featured Albert Einstein, making it perhaps the only radio program to ever have Einstein and Benny on the same show.

 

10/27/1942      MAIL CALL

AFRS

Show # 3. 

Jack and Ann Sheridan in “George Washington Slept Here”. 30 minutes.

 

11/8/1942          TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT

CBS                      

Sunday   10:00pm-10:30pm

Sponsor: Eversharp Pens

Jack is a contestant on this game show hosted by Phil Baker. Jack's category is "musical history". 30 minutes.

                                               

11/10/1942        COMMAND PERFORMANCE USA

AFRS

Show # 41

With Don Wilson and Eddie Anderson. 30 minutes.

 

11/25/1942       THE EDDIE CANTOR SHOW (IT’S TIME TO SMILE)

NBC RED

Wednesday   9:00pm-9:30pm

With Hattie McDaniel, Dinah Shore, Frank Nelson. Jack tries to get Eddie’s cast to come to New York with him. 30 minutes.

 

12/19/1942          SPECIAL MILEAGE RATIONING PROGRAM

NBC

Saturday   2:45pm-3:00pm

15-minute program.  Jack guests along with Eddie Cantor, Dinah Shore, George Burns and Gracie Allen. Also known as the "Gasoline Rationing" special.  This was previously listed as 12/1/1942 but that was incorrect.

 

12/24/1942      COMMAND PERFORMANCE USA

AFRS; fed to all networks

Thursday   11:00pm-12:00 midnight

One hour Christmas program. Jack appears with Fred Allen. Also with Bob Hope, Elmer Davis, The Andrews Sisters, Red Skelton, Spike Jones and the City Slickers, Bing Crosby, Charles Laughton, Edgar Bergen, Dinah Shore, Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, Fred Allen, Kay Kaiser, Ginny Simms, The Charioteers, Ethel Waters, and more.  This was the first time that this program, produced for America's fighting men overseas, was broadcast in the USA.  Jack is the MC of the program.
 
12/26/1942        OVER HERE
NBC BLUE
Saturday   7:00pm-8:00pm
Also known as the "War Bond" show.  A variety show, featuring Jack with his cast-mates Mary Livingstone, Dennis Day, Don Wilson. Also with Benny Goodman, Jane Froman, Lanny Ross, John Vandercook, Clifton Fadiman, Frank McHugh, Janet Blair, and Ronald Colman.

 

 

1943

 
1/10/1943         TEXACO STAR THEATRE
CBS                                      
Sunday   9:30pm-10:00pm
Sponsor: Texaco
Hosted by Fred Allen. Jack appears with violinist Mishel Piastro. 30 minutes.
                                        
1/10/1943          TELL IT TO THE MARINES
 
???

An Office of War Information recording dated 1/10/1943; may not have been broadcast. With Fred Allen. Information from the Library of Congress. 15 minutes.

 

1/15/1943           TRIBUTE TO CAROLE LOMBARD

NBC/WIND Chicago
Friday   9:35pm-10:00pm  (Central Time)
"Carole Lombard Dedicatory Program".   This was broadcast in the Chicago area, perhaps exclusively;  I haven't yet been able to confirm if it aired anywhere else;  it is not listed in the local New York radio programs for the day.  Guests included Governor Henry Schricker of Indiana, and Will Hays. Jack reads a brief eulogy for the recently deceased actress Carole Lombard, whose voice appears "by transcription".  The program aired again on Chicago's WENR at midnight. Based on the NBC Program Analysis sheets I had previously listed the program date as 01/11/1943, but that appears to have been incorrect.  As far as I can determine this broadcast does not seem to circulate.

 

2/14/1943         THE ARMY SHOW

CBS

With Eddie Anderson

 

2/21/1943         THE QUIZ KIDS SHOW         

NBC BLUE                             

Sunday   7:30pm-8:00pm    

Sponsor: Alka Seltzer

 

6/9/1943           THE EDDIE CANTOR SHOW (IT’S TIME TO SMILE)

NBC

Wednesday   9:00pm-9:30pm

Eddie’s 29th wedding anniversary. With Groucho Marx, Mary Livingstone, and Burns and Allen.

 

6/11/1943          CAMEL COMEDY CARAVAN

CBS                    

Friday   10:00pm-10:45pm                

Sponsor: Camel cigarettes

Jack appears with his cast members Mary Livingstone, Don Wilson, Phil Harris, Dennis Day and Eddie Anderson. They perform a take-off on Fred Allen's "Allen's Alley" feature, called "Benny's Boulevard". They also perform a playlet, "The Case of the Stolen Dog".  I previously had listed this as a regular episode of the Caravan, featuring hosts Jimmy Durante and Garry Moore, but this is incorrect. This was actually the second in a series of 5 specials by Camel dedicated to the fighting forces, and is essentially a 37 minute version of a regular Jack Benny program, with all of his regular cast plus Mel Blanc and Bea Benaderet, and even including a song by Dennis Day.

 

6/14/1943         LADY ESTHER GULF SCREEN GUILD THEATRE

CBS

Monday   10:00pm-10:30pm

“Love Is News”

With Ann Sheridan and James Gleason.

 

9/13/1943         JACK BENNY IN EGYPT SPECIAL

NBC
Monday   11:30pm-12:00 midnight
This is a special transmission by the USO, of a show done in Cairo by Benny's USO touring group. It bears more then a passing resemblance to his regular show. The cast is Jack, actress Anna Lee, harmonica player Larry Adler, and singer Wini Shaw.  There are opening jokes by Jack and the announcer, two musical interludes ("Begin the Beguine" by Adler and "Lady in Red" by Shaw), a fake commercial for pyramid builders that cracks Jack up, and a sketch about Larry and Jack in an Egyptian bazaar. It's not as laugh-out-loud funny as regular episodes are, but its a comical and entertaining curiosity nonetheless.
 

10/1/1943          YOUR ALL TIME HIT PARADE

NBC       

Friday   8:30pm-9:00pm                           

Sponsor: American Tobacco Company

Music show.  Jack reads a letter from a fighting man overseas, and makes a war bond plea.


10/11/1943      ED SULLIVAN ENTERTAINS

NBC

Monday   7:15pm-7:30pm

Jack guest stars along with Mary Livingstone.  This does not seem to circulate.

 

11/2/1943          THE GEORGE BURNS AND GRACIE ALLEN SHOW

CBS                                       

Tuesday   9:00pm-9:30pm

Sponsor: Lever Bros- Swan Soap

Gracie blackmails Jack into letting George sing on Jack’s show.

 

11/25/1943        SOLDIERS IN GREASE PAINT
NBC
Thursday   12:15pm-1:00pm

A 45 minute Thanksgiving program, a salute to the U.S.O.  With Bob Hope, Jascha Heifetz, Al Jolson, Kay Francis, Frederic March, General Joseph Byron, Rear Admiral Louis E Dunfall, Andy Devine, Anna Lee, Frances Langford, Jerry Colonna, Martha Raye, Merle Oberon.  Circulates in very good quality.

12/25/1943       THE ELGIN ALL-STAR CHRISTMAS SHOW
CBS
Saturday   4:00pm-6:00pm
Sponsor: Elgin Watch Co.
AKA "Two Hours of Stars".   The 4-6pm slot on both Thanksgiving and Christmas days were becoming a tradition for all-star specials sponsored by the Elgin Watch Co.  The programs featured songs, sketches, and stand-up comedy. This year's Christmas special included Jack Benny along with Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Lena Horne, Cass Daley, Fibber McGee & Molly, The Charioteers, Robert Young, and more.  Listening to these Elgin war-time home front holiday specials today can be a very nostalgic and even moving experience.  The show is somewhat hard to find but does circulate.

 

 

1944

 

1/5/1944            MAIL CALL

AFRS

Show # 72

With Judy Garland. The air date may be incorrect.

 

1/24/1944         JUBILEE

AFRS

The date may be incorrect.

 

2/1/1944            NBC WAR BOND PARADE

NBC

Tuesday   12:00 midnight-1:00am

One hour special program. Jack makes a speech. The first of eight war bond programs, also with the cast of the movie "A Date With Judy, and Ma Perkins, Vic and Sade, Ginny Simms, Ronald Colman, and a story read by Nelson Olmsted. Aired midnight-1:00am.

 

2/3/1944           JOAN DAVIS SHOW

Thursday   9:30pm-10:00pm

With Jack Haley.  Jack Benny guest stars along with Adolphe Menjou.  Does not appear to circulate.


2/26/1944         PABST BLUE RIBBON TOWN (GROUCHO MARX SHOW)

CBS                                     

Saturday   8:00pm-8:30pm

Sponsor:Pabst

Host: Groucho Marx

 

3/2/1944        THE ACADEMY AWARDS

CBS/KNX

Thursday 10:15pm-1:00am

Jack is the MC

At present time I can't confirm the date or time of this broadcast.

 

3/27/1944        LADY ESTHER SCREEN GUILD

CBS                           

Monday   10:00pm-10:30pm          

Sponsor: Lady Esther Cosmetics

With Barbara Stanwyck.  Also with Basil Rathbone.  The show is about why Jack is not going to appear on the show

 

4/15/1944         TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES

NBC                                    

Saturday 8:30pm-9:00pm

Sponsor: Proctor & Gamble



6/5/1944         FIFTH WAR LOAN DRIVE---NBC DAY

NBC

Monday 11:30pm-12:00 midnight

"One for The Money".  Jack hosts the first portion of the program.  This program may have aired on 6/15/1944.



6/11/1944          YOUR ALL TIME HIT PARADE

NBC      

Sunday   7:00pm-7:30pm                              

Sponsor: American Tobacco Company/Lucky Strike

With Mary Livingstone, Eddie Anderson, Del Sharbutt and F.E. Boone. This was the summer timeslot replacement for the Jack Benny Show

 


6/17/1944         COMMAND PERFORMANCE USA

AFRS

Show # 125

Jack is the host. With Bing Crosby, Harpo Marx, Gary Cooper, Ann Miller, Lena Horne

 

8/29/1944        JACK BENNY IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC

NBC

Tuesday   6:15pm-6:3pm

Broadcast from Noumea, New Caledonia. Withe Carole Landis, Martha Tilton, and Larry Adler.

 

9/28/1944        NBC PARADE OF STARS

NBC
Can't confirm date of this program.
 
9/30/1944        COMMAND PERFORMANCE USA
AFRS
Show # 140
With Don Wilson, James Cagney, Martha Tilton, Tommy Dorsey, Deanna Durbin, Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Les Paul, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Ginger Rogers

 

10/2/1944         NBC PARADE OF STARS
NBC

 

10/29/1944      ARMY HOUR

NBC

Sunday   3:30pm-4:30pm

Jack takes part in this tribute to the U.S.O. Camp shows. Also with Bob Hope, Dinah Shore, James Cagney.  Recordings of this show may not circulate.

 

11/10/1944        THE AMOS AND ANDY SHOW

NBC                
Friday   10:00pm-10:30pm                   

Sponsor: Lever Bros.
With Eddie Anderson. Rochester goes to Amos and Andy looking fora new  job

 

11/20/1944       JUBILEE

AFRS

Jack's second appearance on this program, which is targeted to black GIs. The book "Jack Benny: The Radio and Television Work" seems to date this program as having aired on 03/31/1945, but I've so far been unable to verify that.  It does seem as this may have been the show recorded on 01/24/1944.   This episode also features Eddie Anderson as Rochester.

 

11/23/1944       SIXTH WAR LOAN DRIVE VARIETY SHOW/"LET'S TALK TURKEY TO JAPAN"

NBC

Thursday   11:30pm-01:00am

AKA "Let's Talk Turkey to Japan".  A Thanksgiving Day special featuring Jack along with co-hosts Bing Crosby and Eddie Cantor; also with Bob Hope, Dinah Shore, Frank Morgan, Kay Kaiser , John Charles Thomas, Amos & Andy, Dick Powell, The Ken Darby Chorus, Nora Martin, The Charioteers, Ginny Sims, Harold Peary (The Great Gildersleeve) and more.  There may not be a circulating recording of this show.


11/26/1844       STOP OR GO

Blue Network

Sunday 8:30pm-9:00pm

Sponsors:  Bexel Vitamins, Yodora Deodorant.

Hosted by comedian Joe E. Brown.  Celebrating Joe's forty-fourth year in show business. Guest Starring, along with Jack, are Orson Welles, Hedda Hopper, Rudy Vallee, and Dorothy Lamour.


12/06/1944        "THE SHOW GOES ON"

NBC

Wednesday    11:30pm-12:30am

A Sixth War Loan Drive/War Bonds special program.  Featuring Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Dinah Shore, Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy, Fred Astaire, Frances Langford, Ann Sheridan, Al Jolson, Paulette Goddard, Jerry Colona, more.  Jack Benny and Eddie (Rochester) Anderson were scheduled to appear but may not have;  in his closing dialog of the December 10, 1944 Jack Benny program, Jack refers to a "big sixth war loan program" as having taken place "last Wednesday night".  He also states that because of technical difficulties, they couldn't "tune him in" implying that he did not appear on the program as was advertised. However I'm listing the program here as Jack was scheduled to appear.


12/18/1944        THE FRANK SINATRA SHOW

CBS

Monday   8:30pm-9:00pm


 

12/23 or 25/1944      COMMAND PERFORMANCE USA
AFRS
According to the Library of Congress' database, this AFRS show aired on December 23, 1944, and runs 135 minutes (saved on 5 discs). "Special Christmas broadcast of the Armed Forces Radio Services variety show".  The show is listed as being in 11 "parts". Part 1 are the songs "Brazil" by the Xavier Cugat Orchestra and "Let's Be Sweethearts" by Virgina O'Brien; Part 2 is "Holiday for Strings" by Spike Jones and "Amor" by Ginny Simms; Part 3 is Jimmy Durante, "Babalu" by the Cugat Orchestra and "I'll Be Seeing You" by Dinah Shore; Part 4 is a department store skit with Jack Benny, Frank Nelson, Fred Allen and Verna Felton; Part 5 is "Dance With A Dolly" by Kay Kyser, and "It Had To Be You" by Frances Langford; Part 6 is "Moonlight and Shadows" by Dorothy Lamour ,  "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby" by Johnny Mercer, and "The Lobby Song" by Danny Kaye; Part 7 is a W.C. Fields monologue, and "The Trolley Song" by Judy Garland; Part 8 is a dramatization  of the Charles Tazewell story "The Small One",  with Spencer Tracy, Lee J Cobb, Skip Homeier and Howard Duff; Part 9 is a "Medley of Christmas Songs" by Dinah Shore, Judy Garland, Ginny Simms, Dorothy Lamour, Frances Langford and the Ken Darby Singers; Part 10 is General George C. Marshall and Part 11 features Admiral Ernest J. King. Ken Carpenter is the M.C. for the show.

These Armed Forces Radio shows and other holiday specials featuring stunning collections of Hollywood talent together for the purpose of boosting soldier and homefront morale and soliciting war bond sales during World War II would start winding down next year as the conflict thankfully and finally drew to a close;  this would be the last WWII wartime holiday season.
 
12/25/1944      ELGIN WATCH CO CHRISTMAS DAY GREETING TO AMERICA
CBS
Monday   4:00pm-6:00pm

AKA "Two Hours of Stars".  This is third annual production of the by-now-traditional 4 to 6pm Elgin holiday program.  This one features Jack along side the MC Don Ameche, Eddie Anderson, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Carmen Miranda, Ginny Simms, Joseph Sziget, Vera Vague, The Les Paul Trio, The Charioteers, and more.  Circulates in very good quality.
 

 

1945

 

 

1/15/1945          MARCH OF DIMES OPENING RALLY

NBC

Monday   12:30pm-1:00pm

With Mary Livingstone, Basil O'Connor, and the RAF Band. Live from Rockefeller Plaza, NY.


1/17/1945        THE ALL-AMERICAN JAZZ CONCERT

NBC (WJZ)

Wednesday   11:30pm-01:00am

A unique jazz concert broadcasting from three locations: New York, New Orleans, and Hollywood. Featuring the bands of Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, plus awards presented by Judy Garland, Beatrice Lillie and Jack Benny. Recordings of varying length circulate of this show.

 

1/30/1945         AMERICA SALUTES THE PRESIDENT’S BIRTHDAY

ALL-NETWORK FEED

Tuesday   11:15pm-12:15 am

Quentin Reynolds, MC, introduces guests Jack Benny, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy, Joan Edwards, Judy Garland, the Great Lakes Naval Band and Choir, and more, in a salute to the birthday of President Roosevelt.
 
2/1/1945           MAIL CALL
AFRS
Show # 132
                                 

2/3/1945           THESE ARE OUR MEN

NBC                                     

Saturday   2:00pm-2:20 pm

Sponsor: Parker Watch Co.

A Tribute to Admiral Chester Nimitz. Aired 2:00-2:20pm.

 

2/11/1945          FITCH BANDWAGON SHOW  (THE PHIL HARRIS & ALICE FAYE SHOW )

NBC               

Sunday   7:30pm -8:00pm                     

Sponsor: Fitch Bandwagon

 

2/24/1945        NEGRO NEWSPAPER PUBLISHER ASSOCIATION

NBC

Saturday   2:30pm-3:00pm

AKA The Negro Press 118th Anniversary program.  Jack Benny appears along with Ralph Cooper, Paul Robeson, and John Stengstacke.  Perhaps it's worth noting here that, as you may have noticed from this list, Jack Benny did a very large amount of benefit shows, not only for support of the Allies during World War II, but also promoting such issues as equal rights and brotherhood.

 

3/7/1945           MAIL CALL

AFRS

Show # 135

 

4/14/1945         PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT’S DEATH

NBC

Saturday   time unknown

“Hollywood Salutes FDR”

Jack reads a letter of an Army major to his son on the death of FDR. Hosted by Bette Davis, also with Edgar Bergen, Ingrid Bergman, Bing Crosby, James  Cagney, Eddie Cantor, Ronald Colman, Deanna Durbin, Ed Gardner, Bob Hope, Kay Kyser, Ethel Smith, John Charles Thomas.
 
4/28/1945        MAIL CALL
AFRS
Show # 138
"Mulrooney's Message", written and directed by Jack Benny. With Bette Davis, Don Wilson, Bing Crosby, Leo McCarey, William Frawley, Barry Fitzgerald
 
5/10/1945        COMMAND PERFORMANCE USA
AFRS
Show # 174.
Jack and Paulette Goddard go on a date. With Mel Blanc, Frank Nelson

5/16/1945       THE ROAD AHEAD
NBC
Wednesday    9:00pm-9:30pm
Hosted by Clifton Fadiman, with Jack and Ginny Simms as guests.  This was a "town meeting" regarding the post-war plans of veterans.  Broadcast from the Army Air Force Convalescent Center in Pawling, New York (though Jack's part is via telephone from San Francisco).  Sponsored by the Army, Navy, the American Red Cross, and American business firms.   This show may not circulate.

 

5/27/1945        THE PHIL HARRIS & ALICE FAYE SHOW (FITCH BANDWAGON SHOW)

NBC                    

Sunday   7:30pm-8:00pm                

Sponsor: Fitch Bandwagon

 

5/29/1945        THIS IS MY BEST

CBS

Tuesday   9:30pm-10:00pm

“Babes in the Woods”

 

5/30/1945        SEVENTH WAR BOND DRIVE---NBC BOND DAY

NBC

Wednesday   11:30pm-12:55am

"NBC Salutes the Mighty Seventh".  Special Memorial Day Program. Jack is the MC for the Hollywood portion of the show.  With Benny show regulars Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Eddie Anderson, Larry Stevens, Mel Blanc, Frank Nelson, FE Boone, and LA Speed Riggs.  Also on the program are Fred Waring, John Charles Thomas, Bob Burns, Spike Jones, Ronald Colman, Art Linkletter and Billie Burke, and more.

 

6/9/1945           GENERALS PATTON AND DOOLITTLE

NBC

Saturday   12:15am-12:55am

Official Reception from L.A. Memorial Coliseum for Generals George S. Patton & James H. Doolittle.

 

8/14/1945         WORLD WAR

NBC

???

Episode # 170--Japan Surrenders

Special Paris program
 
8/18/1945        THE FRED WARING SHOW
NBC
A remote from Paris, with Jack appearing with Larry Adler and Ingrid Bergman. Aired 11:00-11:15am.

 

10/8/1945         NBC PARADE OF STARS

NBC

Monday   10:00pm-11:30pm

A sneak preview of the upcoming NBC fall season. With Don Wilson, and many NBC stars including Bob Burns, Edgar Bergen, Abbott & Costello, Bill Stern, William Bendix, Dinah Shore, Rudy Valee, and Harold Peary.

 

10/14/1945       THE ARMY HOUR

NBC

Sunday   4:00pm-4;30pm

From the Santa Barbara Redistribution Center. With Bob Hope and Dinah Shore.

 

10/26/1945      PABST BLUE RIBBON TOWN

CBS

Hosted by Groucho Marx
 
10/26/1945       THE DANNY KAYE SHOW
CBS
Friday   10:30pm-11:00pm
The cast of the Jack Benny show fills in for Danny Kaye while he is on a USO tour.  With Benny show regulars Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Larry Stevens, Eddie Anderson, Frank Nelson and Mel Blanc, this is essentially an "extra" episode of the Jack's show. In fact, some radio listings even listed this as a Friday episode of the "Jack Benny Show".


11/9/1945        COMMUNITY FUND SHOW
WIND CHICAGO
Friday    10:45am-11:00am
Jack guests on this local Chicago show.  It apparently doesn't circulate.


11/11/1945        REQUEST PERFORMANCE
CBS       
Sunday   9:00pm-9:30pm                               
Sponsor: Campbell's Soup
"The Tell Tale Heart". Jack takes Mary Astor on a date. With Kathryn Grayson, Sydney Greenstreet, Del Sharbutt
                                 
11/29/1945       MAXWELL HOUSE COFFEE TIME  (GEORGE BURNS AND GRACIE ALLEN SHOW)

NBC                     

Thursday   8:00pm-8:30pm              

Sponsor: Maxwell House


12/25/1945      ELGIN WATCH CO CHRISTMAS DAY GREETING TO AMERICA

CBS

Tuesday   4:00pm-6:00pm

AKA "Two Hours of Stars".  Another Christmas, another Elgin holiday afternoon special. This fourth annual one features Jack along with host Don Ameche, Bob Hope, Ginny Simms, Arthur Rubinstein, Vera Vague, The Charioteers, Larry Storch, and more. I love these specials, and this one circulates in good quality.

 

12/28/1945      BILL STERN SPORTS REEL

NBC                                     

Friday   10:30pm-11:00pm 

Sponsor: Colgate Palmolive Peet.

 

1946
 
 

1/13/1946          LADY ESTHER SCREEN GUILD

CBS

 

1/31/1946          COMMAND PERFORMANCE USA

AFRS

Show # 209

"Sorry Wrong Number"

 

3/13/1946         THE EDDIE CANTOR SHOW

NBC                                      

Wednesday   9:00pm-9:30pm

Sponsor: Bristol Myers

 

3/23/1946        TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES

NBC                                        

Saturday   8:30pm-9:00pm

Sponsor: Proctor & Gamble

Jack is one of the celebrity contestants honoring the 6th birthday of this game show program. Also appearing are Dinah Shore, Rudy Vallee, Eddie Cantor, John Charles Thomas and William Bendix.

 

4/27/1946        RODGER YOUNG VILLAGE DEDICATION CEREMONIES

???

Rodger Young Village was a public housing project, set up to provide temporary housing for veterans returning to the Southern California  area  following the end of  World War II.  This was most likely a local-area broadcast.  The Village was mentioned on the 3/31/1946 episode of the Jack Benny Show, with Dennis Day singing "The Ballad of Rodger Young".

 

5/26/1946        THE FRED ALLEN SHOW

NBC                            
Sunday   8:30pm-9:00pm           
Sponsor: Standard Brands
The feud continues. Jack takes part in a game show parody, "King for a Day". Jack plays Myron Proudfoot, a contestant.
 
6/9/1946           THE NATE GROSS SHOW
WBBM Chicago
Sunday   10:15pm-10:30pm
Jack guests on this 15-minute local Chicago show, aka The Town Tattler.

6/9/1946         THE QUIZ KIDS
NBC
Sunday   7:30pm-8:00pm
Jack is listed as appearing tonight, although I have yet to 100% confirm this.

 

10/3/1946         USO

NBC

Transcribed 5 minute sketch to entertain the troops abroad


10/3/1946        A DAY IN THE LIFE OF DENNIS DAY

NBC

Thursday   7:30-8:00pm

Sponsor: Colgate Palmolive Peet

Previously listed as airing on 10/8/1946. This is the debut episode of Dennis' own radio program. Featuring Sharon Douglas, John Brown, and the Charles Dant Orchestra.

 

10/6/1946         THE EDGAR BERGEN/CHARLIE MCCARTHY SHOW

NBC                                   

Sunday   8:00pm-8:30pm

Sponsor: Standard Brands

 

10/10/1946      KAY KAISER’S COLLEGE OF MUSICAL KNOWLEDGE

NBC                                       

Sponsor: Colgate Palmolive Peet

May not be correct broadcast date.

 

11/28/1946       ELGIN WATCH CO 5TH ANNUAL THANKSGIVING SHOW

CBS

Thursday   4:00pm-6:00pm

That time again---a Thanksgiving afternoon and the fifth annual Elgin Thanksgiving afternoon special. Along with the usual MC Don Ameche, Jack also guests with Lauritz Melchior, Red Skelton, Jimmy Durante and Garry Moore, Vera Vague, Peter Lind Hayes, The Charioteers, Burl Ives, The Lou Silver Orchestra, and more.
 

12/16/1946       LUX RADIO THEATRE

CBS

Monday   9:00pm-10:00pm

“Killer Cates”  (AKA “Killer Kates”)
 

12/?/1946          SANTA CLAUS PARADE

 

 

1947
 
 

1/8/1947            A DAY IN THE LIFE OF DENNIS DAY

NBC    

Wednesday   8:00pm-8:30pm                                

Sponsor: Colgate Palmolive Peet

 

1/20/1947         GLAMOUR MANOR

NBC
Monday   12noon-12:30pm
AKA "The Kenny Baker Show"
 
1/26/1947         WE THE PEOPLE
CBS                       
Sunday   10:30pm-11:00pm              
Sponsor: Gulf Oil
With Mary Livingstone.  Jack and Mary discuss their 20th wedding anniversary
 

1/30/1947         THE EDDIE CANTOR SHOW            

NBC                            
Thursday   10:30pm-11:00pm        

Sponsor: Pabst Sales Co.
With Ralph Edwards and Peter Lind Hayes.

1/30/1947         THE MARCH OF DIMES PROGRAM
MULTI-NETWORK FEED
Thursday   11:15pm-12:00 midnight

 
2/22/1947        NATIONAL BROTHERHOOD WEEK

NBC

Saturday   4:30-5:00pm

Special program in co-operation with the National Conference of Christians and Jews.  With Karl Swenson and Juano Hernandez; Jack is one of the speakers.
 

3/6/1947           AMERICAN RED CROSS PROGRAM

NBC

???

5-minute Red Cross plea. I can't confirm this broadcast date as of yet.

 

3/9/1947           FITCH BANDWAGON SHOW  (THE PHIL HARRIS & ALICE FAYE SHOW)

NBC

Sunday   7:30pm-8:00pm


3/13/1947        ACADEMY AWARDS DINNER

NBC

Thursday   11:45pm-2:30am

The presentation of the Oscars for Best Film and Best Acting performances. Featuring Jack as the Master of Ceremonies, this aired live from the Shrine Auditorium (hence the very late East Coast air times).

 

3/26/1947        PHILCO RADIO TIME  (THE BING CROSBY SHOW)

ABC

Wednesday   10:00pm-10:30pm

Also with Mary Livingstone.

 

5/11/1947          FITCH BANDWAGON SHOW (THE PHIL HARRIS & ALICE FAYE SHOW)

NBC

Sunday   7:30pm-8:00pm

 

5/18/1947         FITCH BANDWAGON SHOW  (THE PHIL HARRIS & ALICE FAYE SHOW)

NBC

Sunday   7:30pm-8:00pm

 

5/31/1947         HERE’S TO VETERANS

NBC

Saturday   1:45pm-2:00pm

 

6/1/1947            THE FRED ALLEN SHOW

NBC                                       

Sponsor: Standard Brands

 

6/15/1947         THE JACK PAAR SHOW

NBC                                       

Sponsor: American Tobacco Company

 

8/17/1947         THE JACK PAAR SHOW

NBC                                        

Sunday   8:30pm-9:00pm

Sponsor: American Tobacco Company

 

10/05/1947        COMMUNITY CHEST PROGRAM

MULTI- NETWORK FEED

Sunday   10:30pm-11:00pm

Special 4 network program, "Mobilization for Human Needs";  President Truman and others speaking on the post-war food situation.  I did have this previously listed as 09/28/1947, but the air date above seems to be accurate.

 

10/5/1947         THE QUIZ KIDS SHOW

NBC                                      

Sunday   4:00pm-4;30pm

Sponsor: Miles Laboratories

Jack and Fred Allen guest star.

 

11/20/1947       THE EDDIE CANTOR SHOW

NBC                                      

Thursday   10:30pm-11:00pm

Sponsor: Pabst Sales Co.

 

11/27/1947       ELGIN WATCH CO. 6TH ANNUAL THANKSGIVING SHOW

CBS

Thursday   4:00pm-6:00pm

AKA "Two Hours of Stars".  The tradition continues~! For the sixth consecutive year Elgin sponsors a Thanksgiving afternoon special with Don Ameche as the MC.   Jack performs a very funny violin duet with Yehudi Menuhin.  The Benny shows'  Mr. Kitzel (Artie Auerbach) also appears.  With Garry Moore and Jimmy Durante, Sir Lancelot, Vera Vague, Larry Storch, Red Skelton, The Page Cavanaugh Trio, Louis Silvers and His Orchestra, Margaret Whiting, The Doctors of Harmony, and more.


 

12/20/1947  To 3/6/1948    TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES

NBC                                            

Saturdays   8:30pm-9:00pm

Sponsor: Proctor & Gamble

Jack was “The Walking Man”, picked up in various homes in which he was “hidden” every Saturday night during the period listed. Listeners were given clues to try to guess the identity of this "walking man".

 

12/21/1947       FITCH BANDWAGON SHOW (THE PHIL HARRIS & ALICE FAYE SHOW)

NBC
Sunday   7:30pm-8:00pm
 

 

                                1948
 

                               

1/8/1948            MAXWELL HOUSE COFFEE TIME  (GEORGE BURNS & GRACIE ALLEN SHOW)

NBC

Thursday   8:30-9:00pm

 

1/12/1948           USO FAREWELL PROGRAM

NBC

Monday   11:30pm-12 midnight

“Hail and Farewell”.  Previously listed as 1/11/1948, this is most likely the special that aired on Monday 1/12/1948 from 11:30pm-12midnight on NBC; "marking the end of the USO".

 

1/15/1948          GEORGE BURNS & GRACIE ALLEN SHOW

NBC                                                    

Thursday   8:30-9:00pm

Sponsor: F&M Schaeffer Brewing Company

“The Life of Jack Benny”.  With George Burns and Gracie Allen.

 

2/7/1948           BOY SCOUT JAMBOREE

NBC

Saturday   5:15pm-5:45pm

Jack appears along with Hal Peary, J Edgar Hoover, the Mitchell Boys Choir, Emory Houghton, and more.  From Baltimore, MD.

 

3/3/1948           THE BING CROSBY SHOW (PHILCO RADIO TIME)

ABC

Wednesday   10:00pm-10:30pm

Jack guest stars along with "Gladys Szabisco"


6/12/1948         HOLLYWOOD RED CROSS SALUTE

ABC

Saturday   11:15pm-12:00 midnight

Bob Hope and Phil Baker are the Masters of Cermonies for this salute to the Red Cross.

 

6/27/1948        THE FRED ALLEN SHOW

NBC                    

Sunday   8:30-9:00pm                                   

Sponsor: Ford Motor Company

Fred visits Jack in Jack's hotel room, as Jack prepares to sail to England.

 

7/31/1948         OLYMPICS 1948

NBC

Saturday   7:00pm-7:15pm

Olympic sportswriter roundtable discussion, from London

 

9/26/1948        LET’S TALK HOLLYWOOD

NBC          

Sunday   7:00pm-7:15pm                                               

Sponsor: American Tobacco Company

With Edith Gwyn, Eddie Bracken, Frank Sinatra, George Murphy. Aired 7:00-7:30pm.

 

9/30/1948        COMMUNITY CHEST OF AMERICA

NBC/MULTI NETWORK FEED

Monday   10:30pm-11:00pm

President Truman opens the 1948 Community Chest Drive, from Louisiana.  Jack appears along with Eddie Anderson, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Eddie Cantor, Marlene Dietrich, and Robert Taylor from Hollywood, Henry Ford II from Washington DC, and others.  This circulates in very good quality.

 

11/9/1948          THE BOB HOPE SHOW

NBC                                      

Tuesday   9:00pm-9:30pm

Sponsor: Lever Bros.

 

11/13/1948        ANACIN HOLLYWOOD STAR THEATRE

NBC                                       

Saturday   8:00pm-8:30pm

Sponsor: American Home Products

Jack guests along with Barbara Whiting.

 

11/18/1948        HALLMARK PLAYHOUSE

CBS

Thursday   10:00-10:30pm

“My Financial Career”

This circulates in excellent quality.

 

11/25/1948       ELGIN  THANKSGIVING DAY GREETING TO AMERICA

NBC

Thursday   4:00pm-6:00pm

AKA "Two Hours of Stars".  The Elgin Watch Company's seventh annual Thanksgiving afternoon special, with the usual Master of Ceremonies Don Ameche.  With Frances Langford, Red Skelton, Garry Moore, Jimmy Durante, Dean Martin, Vera Vague, Jerry Lewis, Mario Lanza, Artie Auerbach, and more.  This whole show circulates in very good quality.

 

12/9/1948         SEALTEST VARIETY THEATRE

NBC

Thursday   9:30-10:00pm

Hosted by Dorothy Lamour

 

12/17/1948       THE EDDIE CANTOR SHOW

NBC                                      

Friday   9:00-9:30pm

Sponsor: Pabst Sales Co.

 

12/19/1948       THE PHIL HARRIS & ALICE FAYE SHOW         

NBC                                 

Sunday   7:30pm-8:00pm

Sponsor: Rexall Drugs                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                    

12/30/1948      SUSPENSE

CBS

Thursday   9:00pm-9:30pm

Sponsored by Auto-Lite

The story is “Break-Up” with William Bendix.  Jack appears at the end of the program to promote his switch from NBC to the CBS network.

 

1949
 

 

1/1/1949             THE GENE AUTRY SHOW

CBS

Saturday   8:00pm-8:30pm

This was part of the whirlwind of publicity and appearances Jack did after switching over from NBC to CBS.

 

 3/4/1949           FORD THEATRE

CBS

Friday   9:00pm-10:00pm

Sponsored by Ford Motors.

“The Horn Blows at Midnight”.  Jack's appearance on the show was built up to for weeks on his own program, with producer Fletcher Markel, star Claude Rains, and even Warner Bros. studio head Jack Warner trying to persuade Jack not to do the show, due to "The Horn Blows at Midnight" having been such a "flop" in the theatres. This circulates in great quality.

 

3/16/1949         CAMPFIRE GIRLS BIRTHDAY SALUTE

CBS

Wednesday   10:00pm-10:30pm

AKA "Campfire Girls Birthday Party". With Margaret Whiting, Bob Crosby, Shirley Temple, Joel McCrea and others.

 

3/31/1949         THE GEORGE BURNS & GRACIE ALLEN SHOW

NBC                                      

Thursday   8:30-9:00pm

Sponsor: General Foods


4/3/1949           LOUELLA PARSONS BROADCAST

NBC

Sunday   9:15pm-9:30pm


 

5/8/1949           TREASURY DEPARTMENT

???

Most likely this is a mistaken air date for the following program.

 

5/16/1949         U.S. TREASURY PROGRAM

NBC/MULTI NETWORK FEED

Monday   10:30pm-11:00pm

"Treasury Opportunity Bond Drive Show". Program in support of US Savings Bonds.  With Alan Ladd, Irene Dunn, Roy Rogers, Al Jolson, Esther Williams, Eddie Anderson, Red Skelton, Frank Sinatra, Dorothy Lamour, Fred Waring, Lionel Barrymore, John W. Snyder, Secretary of the Treasury, and President Harry Truman.  I've also seen this listed in some logs/catalogs as "Opportunity U.S.A" and as being an hour long; but this version of the program, at least, was a half hour and aired on multiple networks.

 

6/8/1949           FAMILY THEATRE

MUTUAL        

Wednesday   9:30-10:00pm               

“The Hound of Heaven” with Mark Stevens and Rod O'Connor.

 

6/26/1949        THE FRED ALLEN SHOW

NBC                                   

Sunday   8:00pm-8:30pm

Sponsor: Ford Motor Company

 

9/14/1949         LIGHT UP TIME (THE FRANK SINATRA SHOW)

NBC                                   

Wednesday   7:00pm-7:30pm

Sponsor: American Tobacco Company

 

9/30/1949        COMMUNITY CHEST OF AMERICA

NBC/MULTI NETWORK FEED

Friday   10:00pm-10:30pm

“Animal Foundation” . President Truman opens the Community Chest of America. With Ralph Edwards, Ethel Barrymore, Frank Sinatra, Dinah Shore, Bob Hope and others.

 

10/8/1949         CONFIDENTIAL CLOSE-UPS

NBC

Saturday   5:45pm-6:00pm

May actually have been known as "Hollywood Close Ups". George Fisher was the interviewer.

 

10/21/1949       COLGATE PALMOLIVE PEET SHOW

NBC

 

10/28/1949      NEW YORK FOUNDLING HOPSITAL

NBC

Friday   11:30pm-12:00 midnight

New York Foundling Hospital show; may have been broadcast exclusively on the East Coast. Jack guest stars with Eddie Cantor, Bing Crosby, Jimmy Durante, Bob Hope, the Henry Russell Orchestra, and Dinah Shore.


11/6/1949        THE AMOS N' ANDY SHOW

CBS

Sunday 7:30pm-8:00pm

Sponsor: Rinso, Lifebuoy Soap

"The Friendly Loan Company".  This episode aired immediately following the Jack Benny program. Guest starring Jack Benny and Eddie Anderson as Rochester.

 

12/6/1949         THE BOB HOPE SHOW

NBC                                

Tuesday   9:00pm-9:30pm    

Sponsor: Lever Bros.

 

12/25/1949      HOTPOINT HOLIDAY HOUR

CBS

Sunday   5:00pm-6:00pn

“The Man Who Came to Dinner”.  Jack plays the main role. Also with Charles Boyer, Dorothy McGuire, and Rosalind Russell.



                               

 

 

SOURCES: 


Following is a list of the sources utilized in creating this log.   I have not listed any program date or title that I could not verify with at least two different sources, unless it is noted in the program description.

 

NBC Program Analysis sheets, courtesy of the Library of Congress. Special thanks to Samuel Brylawski of the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division.

 

The Jack Benny personal papers collection at the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming.  Special thanks to Emmett D. Chisum, Research Historian for his help in my research in 1989 and 1990, and also big thanks to Shannon Bowen Maier for her help in 2009.

 

The Jack Benny Papers (collection 134), Department of Special Collections, Charles E Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles (Manuscripts Division).

 

The United States Library of Congress SONIC database


The UCLA Film and Television Archive

 

Various privately published radio logs

 

Contemporary newspaper/radio magazine radio listings, 1940-1949.


The J. David Goldin Collection at the Marr Sound Archives


We certainly welcome any additions/corrections to our Jack Benny Guest Appearances List.   If you have any information regarding the program details, dates, or which recordings circulate or do not circulate, please feel free to pass them along (you will be credited, of course). 


Also, we would particularly welcome any information regarding the many Armed Forces Radio programs listed, such as Command Performance USA, Mail Call, etc....including such information as the recording dates and air dates.  You can send information to:  jackbenny1940s@gmail.com.


 

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