History Radio / TheJackBennyProgram

27th May '18 2:20:34 AM woohookitty
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first few seasons were quite similar to the typical radio show of the early 30s, with 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 1937.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first few seasons were quite similar to the typical radio show of the early 30s, with 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 1937. Phil Harris joined in 1936 and Dennis Day in 1939.
3rd Apr '18 5:58:37 PM RAraya
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* OldShame: An in-universe inversion: everyone ''except'' Jack considers TheHornBlowsAtMidnight to be this.

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* OldShame: An in-universe inversion: everyone inversion--everyone ''except'' Jack considers TheHornBlowsAtMidnight ''Film/TheHornBlowsAtMidnight'' to be this.
30th Mar '18 2:33:13 PM KennethMorgan
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* OldShame: An in-universe inversion: everyone ''except'' Jack considers TheHornBlowsAtMidnight to be this.
22nd Mar '18 6:21:04 PM RAraya
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* TheChewToy: Mel Blanc was the "go-to" guy to portray this kind of character in the show.

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* TheChewToy: Mel Blanc was the "go-to" guy to portray this kind of character in the show.show, ''especially'' a certain violin instructor.
17th Mar '18 7:49:34 PM RAraya
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* ButtMonkey:

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* ButtMonkey: Jack always ends up in some fix.
17th Mar '18 7:48:33 PM RAraya
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* TheAnnouncer: Don Wilson.



* BeleagueredAssistant: Rochester was often this to Jack.



* BrooklynRage: One of Mel Blanc's characters was a surly gentleman who spoke in a Brooklyn accent, often giving Jack all sorts of grief. He was not given a name, but apparently had a wife named Mabel.

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* BrooklynRage: One of Mel Blanc's characters BreakoutCharacter: Rochester was a surly gentleman who spoke supposed to appear only in a Brooklyn accent, often giving Jack all sorts couple of grief. episodes as a railroad porter. He became so popular that he was not given eventually added as a name, but apparently had a wife named Mabel.regular cast member.



* BrooklynRage: One of Mel Blanc's characters was a surly gentleman who spoke in a Brooklyn accent, often giving Jack all sorts of grief. He was not given a name, but apparently had a wife named Mabel.
* ButtMonkey:



* CloserToEarth: Mary

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* TheChewToy: Mel Blanc was the "go-to" guy to portray this kind of character in the show.
* CloserToEarth: MaryMary, although Jack became this on the TV version.



* ContinuityNod

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* ContinuityNodContinuityNod: If a guest star had previously appeared on Jack's show, he would mention



* CrossOver: With ''Radio/TheBurnsAndAllenShow''. Jack and Creator/GeorgeBurns were lifelong friends and appeared on each others shows often. In one episode of his show [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CoYC1QhjgI George gets Jack on his special television]] which Jack lampshades with "You're not watching me on your silly TV are you? I'm not on until Sunday Night!". After Jack then starts to quote his appearence fee George shuts off the tv! In another episode George threatens his announcer Harry Von Zell by pondering, "I wonder what Don Wilson is doing next year..."

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* CrossOver: With ''Radio/TheBurnsAndAllenShow''. Jack and Creator/GeorgeBurns were lifelong friends and appeared on each others shows often. In one episode of his show [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CoYC1QhjgI George gets Jack on his special television]] which Jack lampshades with "You're not watching me on your silly TV are you? I'm not on until Sunday Night!". After Jack then starts to quote his appearence appearance fee George shuts off the tv! TV! In another episode George threatens his announcer Harry Von Zell by pondering, "I wonder what Don Wilson is doing next year..."



* GossipyHens: Gertrude Gearshift and Mabel Flapsaddle.



** One example, from the detective themed Bogart episode:

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** One example, from the detective themed detective-themed Bogart episode:



* LargeHam:
** Phil Harris, hoo boy.
** Rochester also tended to be this, especially on radio, where many an episode would open with him singing in an exaggerated fashion.
** Frank Nelson. Yeeeees?



'''Mrs. Day:''' Out of a 2 story window? Oh, I knew there was something wrong when you bounced right back up.

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'''Mrs. Day:''' Out of a 2 story two-story window? Oh, I knew there was something wrong when you bounced right back up.



* RidiculouslyAverageGuy: Jack is naturally this, being surrounded by the most over-the-top characters and situations. This in spite of his stinginess, his dubious violin skills and the fact he still drives his Maxwell.

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* RidiculouslyAverageGuy: Jack is naturally this, being surrounded by the most over-the-top characters and situations. This in spite of his stinginess, his dubious violin skills and the fact he still drives his much-defective Maxwell.



** Benny's permanent age of 39, done best in an ImagineSpot sketch when Jack wonders what his show would be like after another 20-30 years. Of course, all of the regular players are old and feeble while Jack himself is still 39 and kicking.

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** Benny's permanent age of 39, done best in an ImagineSpot sketch on his "20th anniversary on TV" special when Jack wonders what his show would be like after another 20-30 years. Of course, all of the regular players are old and feeble while Jack himself is still 39 and kicking.



* SarcasticDevotee: Mary and Rochester towards Jack.



* SoundToScreenAdaptation

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* SoundToScreenAdaptationSoundToScreenAdaptation: The show moved to television in 1950, firstly appearing every six to eight weeks, then on a monthly basis and later every other week. By 1960 the show appeared on TV every week.
* SourSupporter: Mary sometimes became this in later radio seasons.
8th Mar '18 11:59:59 AM RAraya
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* RidiculousAverageGuy: Jack is naturally this, being surrounded by the most over-the-top characters and situations.

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* RidiculousAverageGuy: RidiculouslyAverageGuy: Jack is naturally this, being surrounded by the most over-the-top characters and situations.situations. This in spite of his stinginess, his dubious violin skills and the fact he still drives his Maxwell.
8th Mar '18 11:58:23 AM RAraya
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* OnlySaneMan: Mary often filled this role on radio, while Jack was this in the TV version (unless Mary appeared).


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* RidiculousAverageGuy: Jack is naturally this, being surrounded by the most over-the-top characters and situations.
9th Feb '18 7:02:51 PM TomServo
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** After Dennis Day got his own show called "A Day In The Life Of Dennis Day", he started constantly putting Jack down because he only has one show.
9th Feb '18 5:26:15 PM TomServo
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* BadBoss: A whole host of running gags revolved around how the cast, and Rochester, in particular, continually complained about how Jack was a stingy slave-driver who, besides being extraordinarily reluctant to pay his employees their salaries, would insert all sorts of weird and annoying obligations into their contracts, such as having Dennis mow his lawn, or having Mary help him out with his laundry business, or making his cast work odd jobs during February because it's the shortest month of the year.

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* BadBoss: A whole host of running gags revolved around how the cast, and Rochester, in particular, continually complained about how Jack was a stingy slave-driver who, besides being extraordinarily reluctant to pay his employees their salaries, would insert all sorts of weird and annoying obligations into their contracts, such as having Dennis mow his lawn, or having Mary help him out with his laundry business, or making his cast work odd jobs during February because it's the shortest month of the year. Most definitely not in real life, though.



** Don Wilson's role as the commercial pitchman diminished severely during the Lucky Strike years, with the company's insistence on using their own commercials before and after the program, and the addition of the Sportsman Quartet's song commercials in the show. This is in contrast to his comically overenthusiastic commercial plugs for Jell-O and Grape Nuts during their time as Jack's sponsors. AFRS versions of the show, which cuts out all the commercials, often only leave the introduction and a line or two from Don, if that.



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first few seasons were quite similar to the typical radio show of the early 30s, with 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.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first few seasons were quite similar to the typical radio show of the early 30s, with 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 1935.1937.
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