THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM--- LISTS

THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM'S YEAR-END HOOPER RATINGS

1934-1935        3rd Place         36.4
1935-1936        3rd Place         26.8
1936-1937        2nd Place        28.6
1937-1938        2nd Place        34.0
1938-1939        2nd Place        31.4       
1939-1940        2nd Place        34.1
1940-1941        1st Place        
   36.2
1941-1942        5th Place          31.0
1942-1943        5th Place         33.9
1943-1944        5th Place         27.9
1944-1945        7th Place         24.2
1945-1946        6th Place         24.1
1946-1947        3rd Place         27.2
1947-1948        4th Place         26.0
1948-1949        3rd Place         26.4
1949-1950        1st Place          25.3


MY TOP TEN JACK BENNY "NON-REGULAR" CHARACTERS

MR. KITZEL                            (Artie Auerbach)
MR. BILLINGSLEY               (Ed Beloin)
SHLEPPERMAN                    (Sam Hearn)
GERTRUDE GEARSHIFT    (Bea Benaderet)
MABEL FLAPSADDLE         (Sara Berner)
STEVE BRADLEY                  (Richard Lane)
PROFESSOR LeBLANC        (Mel Blanc)
ED THE VAULT GUARD      (Joseph Kearns)
RACETRACK TOUT               (Benny Rubin/Sheldon Leonard)
LUCRETIA DAY                     (Verna Felton)

                                        

1940s: ORIGIN STORIES

10/06/1940.....Jack Tells His Childhood Story
03/15/1942......"The Life of Jack Benny" featured
05/28/1942.......The Life Story of Jack Benny
03/11/1945.......How Jack Found Rochester
03/18/1945.......How Jack Found Mary
04/01/1945.......How Jack Found Phil
05/06/1945.......How Jack Found Don
01/15/1950.......How Jack Met Fred Allen
05/28/1950.......How Jack Met the Cast

A DENNIS DAY CHRISTMAS PLAYLIST

12-24-1939        O Little Town of Bethlehem/The First Noel/Away in a Manger
12-22-1940        The First Noel//O Come All Ye Faithful
12-21-1941        The First Noel/Away in a Manger/Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
11-08-1942        White Christmas
12-20-1942        White Christmas
12-05-1943        I'll Be Home for Christmas/White Christmas
12-26-1943        The First Noel/Away in a Manger/O Come All Ye Faithful
12-22-1946        Silent Night Medley (w/ Kenny Baker & Larry Stevens)
12-21-1947        O Little Town of Bethlehem/The First Noel/Adeste Fideles
12-19-1948        Ave Maria
12-25-1949        Ave Maria
12-10-1950        Christmas in Killarney
12-24-1950        Christmas Medley
11-25-1951        Frosty the Snowman
12-16-1951        Christmas in Killarney
12-23-1951        Adeste Fideles/Silent Night/Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
12-07-1952        Christmas in Killarney
12-21-1952        Adeste Fideles/Silent Night/Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
12-20-1953        Adeste Fideles/Silent Night/Hark! The Herald Angels Sing







THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM 1940s CHRISTMAS EPISODES

12-17-1939     CHRISTMAS SHOPPING FOR PERFUME AND A NECKTIE
12-24-1939    CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE AT JACK'S HOUSE
12-22-1940    ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SHOPPING EPISODE
12-14-1941     HORSERADISH
12-21-1941     THE CHRISTMAS TREE
12-19-1943    JACK AND MARY GO CHRISTMAS SHOPPING
12-26-1943    CHRISTMAS AT JACK'S HOUSE
12-24-1944    TRIMMING A TREE
12-23-1945    THE ENGLISH BUTLER
12-22-1946    CHRISTMAS PARTY AT BIRMINGHAM GENERAL HOSPITAL
12-21-1947     LAST MOMENT CHRISTMAS SHOPPING
12-19-1948    JACK BUYS A WALLET FOR DON AS A CHRISTMAS GIFT
12-22-1948    EXPERIMENTAL BROADCAST # 1
12-18-1949     MARY BUYS JACK A PENCIL SHARPENER FOR CHRISTMAS

EPISODES DETAILED IN THE "JACK BENNY, THE RADIO AND TELEVISION WORK" BOOK

In 1991, the Museum of Television and Radio, in conjunction with an exhibition at the Museum, published the excellent book "Jack Benny: The Radio and Television Work".  In addition to some very fine essays regarding Jack and his radio and television program, the book also features quite a few capsule reviews of particularly noteworthy/funny Jack Benny radio episodes. If you want to listen to classic Jack Benny radio programs but don't want to download or buy a ton of episodes, you could do worse than try to obtain the episode examples listed in this book. 

Following is a list of the Jack Benny radio episodes from the 1940s singled out for review in this book
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The Jell-O Program        

03-17-1940
    The Hunchback of Notre Dame
10-20-1940     Jack tries to trade in his Maxwell  
12-15-1940    From the Ritz Hotel in New York
04-20-1941    Jack is upset about the Quiz Kids
05-11-1941    NBC Tribute to Jack Benny's 10th Anniversary
02-01-1942    The Frightwig Murder Case pt.1
05-10-1942    Jack learns it is his last season for Jell-O

The Grape Nuts Flakes Program

10-04-1942    Jack Rounds up the gang in his Maxwell
02-21-1943    Chicago-a Monument for Jack
03-14-1943    Orson Welles Fills In
04-11-1943    Jack returns after his illness
12-19-1943    Jack and Mary go Christmas Shopping
04-23-1944    Dennis Leaves for the Navy


The Lucky Strike Program

10-01-1944    Jack looks for a Replacement Singer
01-07-1945    Leaving for New York City
02-11-1945    From Glen View AFB, Illinois
04-29-1945    First appearance of Prof. LeBlanc
12-02-1945    The I Can't Stand Jack Benny Contest

01-06-1946    Rose Bowl Game
04-14-1946    Violin Practice Interrupts Ronald Colman
03-16-1947    Jack's replacement for The Sportsmen
02-15-1948    Jack's Birthday Party
02-29-1948    Jack's Girlfriend

03-14-1948    Winner of the Walking Man Contest
03-28-1948    Jack is Robbed of Ronald Colman's Oscar
04-04-1948    Jack Wants to Borrow Bing Crosby's Oscar

02-02-1949

The Jack Benny/Fred Allen "Feud" Shows

03-15-1942        Jell-O Program
12-24-1942        Command Performance
10-29-1944        Lucky Strike Program
03-17-1946        Lucky Strike Program
05-26-1946        The Fred Allen Program
05-25-1947        Lucky Strike Program
06-27-1948        The Fred Allen Program


Jack Benny Guest Appearances

03-24-1940        Campbell Playhouse
03-31-1945        Jubilee
06-09-1946        Quiz Kids
01-30-1947        Pabst Blue Ribbon
03-26-1947        Philco
11-09-1948        Bob Hope Program
12-19-1948        Phil Harris/Alice Faye Program
03-04-1949        Ford Theatre
12-25-1949        Holiday Hotpoint