History Radio / TheJackBennyProgram

23rd Jul '16 7:06:16 PM pwiegle
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* TheAllegedCar: Jack's Maxwell.

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* TheAllegedCar: Jack's Maxwell. The Maxwell Motor Company went out of business in 1925, but Benny was too stingy to buy himself a new car, or even a new''er'' used car, as long as his old one still ran, however poorly.
31st May '16 2:33:18 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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** It should be noted that Mister Kitzel, a RecurringCharacter (who also appeare on the Al Pearce show and with Abbott and Costello) who was openly Jewish, was never portrayed as being particularly tight-fisted or stingy. The same happened earlier with Schlepperman (Sam Hearn, who would later portray a hillbilly who would call Jack a "rube").

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** It should be noted that Mister Kitzel, a RecurringCharacter (who also appeare appears on the Al Pearce show and with Abbott and Costello) who was openly Jewish, was never portrayed as being particularly tight-fisted or stingy. The same happened earlier with Schlepperman (Sam Hearn, who would later portray a hillbilly who would call Jack a "rube").
23rd May '16 2:59:31 PM woohookitty
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** Jack's vanity, especially his toupee, which in real life Jack did not wear.
** Phil Harris and his band's partying, especially Remley the guitar player.
8th May '16 2:20:48 PM Wackd
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Recurring characters included Jack's CloserToEarth co-star (and real-life wife) Mary Livingston; his long-suffering African-American valet Rochester; brash Southern bandleader Phil Harris; naïve boy tenor Dennis Day (and, beforehand, Kenny Baker in a similar role); and rotund announcer Don Wilson, who tended to turn the conversation or the sketch to a discussion of the sponsor's product. Jack himself, portrayed as notoriously cheap and self-aggrandizing, usually played the comic foil to the other characters: the real-life Benny is famous for noting, "I don't care who gets the laughs on my show, as long as the show is funny."

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Recurring characters included Jack's CloserToEarth co-star (and Mary Livingston (played by his real-life wife) Mary Livingston; wife Sadie Marks); his long-suffering African-American valet Rochester; Rochester (Eddie Anderson); brash Southern bandleader Phil Harris; naïve boy tenor Dennis Day (and, beforehand, Kenny Baker in a similar role); and rotund announcer Don Wilson, who tended to turn the conversation or the sketch to a discussion of the sponsor's product. Jack himself, portrayed as notoriously cheap and self-aggrandizing, usually played the comic foil to the other characters: the real-life Benny is famous for noting, "I don't care who gets the laughs on my show, as long as the show is funny."
27th Feb '16 12:06:00 PM morenohijazo
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* UnexpectedPositive: Jack goes with a neighborhood boy to the dentist because the boy is scared. Guess which one needs a tooth pulled?
21st Feb '16 8:04:16 AM notShemp
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* RepeatedCueTardyResponse: On a Christmas show, Andy Devine was supposed to climb out of the chimney when Jack yelled, "Santy Claus will be here any minute!" When the time came, Jack yelled several times, louder each time. Eventually, Andy cuts him off and says he can't come because he's stuck in the chimney.
15th Feb '16 11:38:49 AM jamespolk
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** Creator/JimmyStewart and his wife, as Jack's neighbors in the TV show. Ronald Colman and his wife performed a similar function on the radio show.

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** Creator/JimmyStewart and his wife, as Jack's neighbors in the TV show. Ronald Colman Creator/RonaldColman and his wife performed a similar function on the radio show.
1st Jan '16 2:09:20 PM PuffyTreat
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* RoboticReveal: A 1963 episode of Jack's TV program had guest star Johnny Carson praising Benny, while simultaneously marveling at his host's longevity in show-biz, wondering aloud to two stage hands how he does it. This is immediately followed by Benny entering the dressing room and being nonchalantly dismantled into various mechanical parts right before the dumbfounded Carson's eyes.
29th Dec '15 3:38:27 PM RAraya
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* StealingFromTheHotel: On an episode, Rochester and a friend are cleaning in Jack's house when the friend asks Rochester what Benny's name was before he changed it. Rochester says he's forgotten. The friend looks down at the towel he's holding and says, "It wasn't Conrad Hilton, was it?"

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* StealingFromTheHotel: On an episode, Rochester and a friend are cleaning in Jack's house when the friend asks Rochester what Benny's name was before he changed it. Rochester says he's forgotten. The friend looks down at the towel he's holding and says, [[DeadpanSnarker "It wasn't Conrad Hilton, was it?"it?"]]


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* TotallyRadical: A 1959 episode had Don turning into a beatnik, fake beard and oversized sweater included.
23rd Nov '15 1:24:39 PM RAraya
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* CasanovaWannabe: Jack was often this when trying to lure any girl.



** Phil Harris' "Hiya, Jackson!" and "Hiya, Livvy!" counts. As well as recurring guest star Ronald Coleman's "I'm in the library, Benita!" Dennis Day had a few, such as "Yes please?" and "OHHHH.....(fill in the blank)

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** Phil Harris' "Hiya, Jackson!" and "Hiya, Livvy!" counts. As well as recurring guest star Ronald Coleman's Colman's "I'm in the library, Benita!" Dennis Day had a few, such as "Yes please?" and "OHHHH.....(fill in the blank)blank)
** EEE-YEEEEESSSSS!



** When Eddie Anderson was a Mystery Guest for the GameShow ''WhatsMyLine'', he was only refered to by the name Rochester by the panel and host.

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** When Eddie Anderson was a Mystery Guest for the GameShow ''WhatsMyLine'', he was only refered referred to by the name Rochester by the panel and host.host.
* DeadpanSnarker: [[WorldOfSnark Almost everyone on the show]], with special credit going to Rochester and Frank Nelson.



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first few seasons were quite similar to the typical radio show of the early 30s, with short skits and the orchestra playing popular songs of the day. The comedy was directly lifted from Jack's vaudeville act, such as him opening the show with some bogus news and Mary playing Jack's dim-witted girlfriend, speaking in a high-pitched voice. Don Wilson would become the announcer by 1934 and Rochester would join in around 1935.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first few seasons were quite similar to the typical radio show of the early 30s, with short skits Jack acting as an emcee, his monologue and the odd sketch being secondary to the orchestra playing popular songs of the day. The comedy was also directly lifted from Jack's vaudeville act, such as him opening the show with some bogus news and Mary playing Jack's dim-witted girlfriend, speaking in a high-pitched voice. Don Wilson would become the announcer by 1934 and Rochester would join in around 1935.1935.
** Most notoriously was that the stinginess aspect of his character was ''absent'': In the January 1, 1933 episode, he said he got for Christmas handkerchiefs for [[GagNose (Jimmy) Durante]], earmuffs for [[ClarkGable Gable]] and shoes for [[GretaGarbo Garbo]].


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** Jack was liable to do this early on: The first New Year show had Jack giving Father Time some Canada Dry (being his sponsor at the time), turning into a younger version of himself for 1933. Jack's reluctance in regards to doing this resulted in him being fired by the company a short time later.
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