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** Dennis Day, who had taken the place of Kenny Baker, Michael Bartlett, Frank Parker and James Melton, was replaced by Larry Stevens during his stint in the Navy.

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** Dennis Day, who had taken the place of Kenny Baker, Michael Bartlett, Frank Parker and James Melton, was replaced by Larry Stevens during his stint in the Navy.Navy, between November 1944 and March 1946.



* RealLifeRelative: Apart from Jack and Mary, Don Wilson's wife Lois Corbett would often appear on later radio episodes in assorted roles before playing Mrs. Wilson on TV.



* TalkingToHimself: One episode featured Jack and Rochester taking a road trip to Palm Springs. A scene in a gas station featured Mel Blanc playing the gas station attendent, as well as providing voice overs for the Maxwell's motor and Polly, Jack's parrot.

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* TalkingToHimself: One episode featured Jack and Rochester taking a road trip to Palm Springs. A scene in a gas station featured Mel Blanc playing the gas station attendent, attendant, as well as providing voice overs for the Maxwell's motor and Polly, Jack's parrot.


** The channel hop also affected Phil Harris' show: For a time, Harris would try to "commute" between NBC and CBS (easy to do as the buildings were very close together) to do Benny's on the latter and his own show on the former. However, NBC got fed up, and demanded he choose -- his own show, or Benny's. When he chose his own show, the character of Frankie Remley (a real-life member of Benny's backing orchestra, but played on Harris' show by Eliott Lewis) ended up getting a forced rename, as the character proper belonged to Benny's show -- the expedient solution being to turn Lewis into TheDanza and have the character go under the name "Eliott Lewis."
* TheDanza: Most of the main cast, with the exception of Rochester (real name Eddie Anderson) and Mary Livingston (Sadie Marks, though she later had it legally changed to match her character). Creator/MelBlanc is a semi-example as "Professor [=LeBlanc=]".

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** The channel hop also affected Phil Harris' show: For a time, Harris would try to "commute" between NBC and CBS (easy to do as the buildings were very close together) to do Benny's on the latter and his own show on the former. However, NBC got fed up, and demanded he choose -- his own show, or Benny's. When he chose his own show, show (partly because Lucky Strike would have imposed him a pay cut on the Benny show), the character of Frankie Remley (a real-life member of Benny's backing orchestra, but played on Harris' show by Eliott Lewis) ended up getting a forced rename, as the character proper belonged to Benny's show -- the expedient solution being to turn Lewis into TheDanza and have the character go under the name "Eliott Lewis."
* TheDanza: Most of the main cast, with the exception of Rochester (real name Eddie Anderson) and Anderson), Mary Livingston Livingstone (Sadie Marks, though she later had it legally changed to match her character).character) and Dennis Day (Gene [=McNulty=]). Creator/MelBlanc is a semi-example as "Professor [=LeBlanc=]".



* TheOtherDarrin: Before Phil Harris, many noted bandleaders of the day provided the music for the show, among them George Olsen, Ted Weems, Frank Black, Don Bestor, Johnny Green and Jimmie Grier. Harris was himself replaced by Bob Crosby (Bing's brother) when the show moved to CBS.

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* TheOtherDarrin: TheOtherDarrin:
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Before Phil Harris, many noted bandleaders of the day provided the music for the show, among them George Olsen, Ted Weems, Frank Black, Don Bestor, Johnny Green and Jimmie Grier. Harris was himself replaced by Bob Crosby (Bing's brother) when the show moved to CBS.CBS.
** Dennis Day, who had taken the place of Kenny Baker, Michael Bartlett, Frank Parker and James Melton, was replaced by Larry Stevens during his stint in the Navy.
** During the show's later years, Mary stopped attending the shows, recording her lines from home. In the studio, she was replaced by her adopted daughter Joan.



* ThePeteBest: Several people from the early history of the show. Don Bestor, Johnny Green, Frank Parker. The best example is his writer Harry Conn. Harry Conn was Jack's writer until mid-1936, when he claimed that Jack had no talent of his own and all of his laughs came from his head. Coupled with his wife making a similar remark to Jack's wife Mary Livingstone (i.e., that Mary could only afford her fur stole through Conn's talent), he was fired and left Jack without a script. Jack hired two writers named Bill Morrow and Ed Beloin, who greatly refined the show's humor and the characters into what we recognize until the end of the show. Harry Conn barely wrote anything after leaving the show and wound up as a doorman.

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* ThePeteBest: Several people from the early history of the show. Don Bestor, Johnny Green, Frank Parker. The best example is his writer Harry Conn. Harry Conn was Jack's writer until mid-1936, when he claimed that Jack had no talent of his own and all of his laughs came from his head. Coupled with his wife making a similar remark to Jack's wife Mary Livingstone (i.e., that Mary could only afford her fur stole through Conn's talent), Jack offered him a substantial raise, but Conn demanded equal pay. As a result, he was fired and left Jack without a script. Jack hired two writers named Bill Morrow and Ed Beloin, who greatly refined the show's humor and the characters into what we recognize until the end of the show. Harry Conn barely wrote anything after leaving the show and wound up as a doorman.


** And before that, at least one generation knew him more from WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes than from the original show.



--> '''Jack''' Polly! You sounded just like Professor Le Blanc!

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--> '''Jack''' Polly! You sounded just like Professor Le Blanc![=LeBlanc=]!



--> '''Jack''' Come to think of it, you look just like Professor Le Blanc, too...

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--> '''Jack''' Come to think of it, you look just like Professor Le Blanc, [=LeBlanc=], too...


* RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor: Jack Benny WAS this trope. His radio persona was a vainglorious petty miser, who wasn't above taking advantage of his close friends and cast if he could get away with it. Jack Benny, in RealLife, Jack was universally known as a kind and very generous man.
** In fact, DickCavett paid Benny a posthumous tribute by remarking that after most celebrities died, stories would come out of the woodwork about the deceased's peccadilloes, meanness or other faults. Benny was so universally loved in Hollywood that no one had a nasty thing to say about him after he died.

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* WeirdAlEffect: WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons' riff on Frank Nelson is far, far better-known among younger generations than the man himself is.


* TheDanza: Most of the main cast, with the exception of Rochester (real name Eddie Anderson) and Mary Livingston (Sadie Marks, though she later had it legally changed to match her character). MelBlanc is a semi-example as "Professor [=LeBlanc=]".

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* TheDanza: Most of the main cast, with the exception of Rochester (real name Eddie Anderson) and Mary Livingston (Sadie Marks, though she later had it legally changed to match her character). MelBlanc Creator/MelBlanc is a semi-example as "Professor [=LeBlanc=]".

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** The channel hop also affected Phil Harris' show: For a time, Harris would try to "commute" between NBC and CBS (easy to do as the buildings were very close together) to do Benny's on the latter and his own show on the former. However, NBC got fed up, and demanded he choose -- his own show, or Benny's. When he chose his own show, the character of Frankie Remley (a real-life member of Benny's backing orchestra, but played on Harris' show by Eliott Lewis) ended up getting a forced rename, as the character proper belonged to Benny's show -- the expedient solution being to turn Lewis into TheDanza and have the character go under the name "Eliott Lewis."


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** In fact, DickCavett paid Benny a posthumous tribute by remarking that after most celebrities died, stories would come out of the woodwork about the deceased's peccadilloes, meanness or other faults. Benny was so universally loved in Hollywood that no one had a nasty thing to say about him after he died.

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* TheOtherDarrin: Before Phil Harris, many noted bandleaders of the day provided the music for the show, among them George Olsen, Ted Weems, Frank Black, Don Bestor, Johnny Green and Jimmie Grier. Harris was himself replaced by Bob Crosby (Bing's brother) when the show moved to CBS.


* TheDanza: Most of the main cast, with the exception of Rochester (real name Eddie Anderson) and Mary Livingston (Sadie Marks, though she later had it legally changed to match her character). MelBlanc is a semi-example as "Professor Leblanc".

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* TheDanza: Most of the main cast, with the exception of Rochester (real name Eddie Anderson) and Mary Livingston (Sadie Marks, though she later had it legally changed to match her character). MelBlanc is a semi-example as "Professor Leblanc".[=LeBlanc=]".


* TheDanza

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* TheDanzaTheDanza: Most of the main cast, with the exception of Rochester (real name Eddie Anderson) and Mary Livingston (Sadie Marks, though she later had it legally changed to match her character). MelBlanc is a semi-example as "Professor Leblanc".


* HeyItsThatGuy: [[GilligansIsland The Skipper]] runs the gym that Jack joins to impress a young lady he met at the studio.
** In a flashback episode, [[Series/TheAndyGriffithShow Floyd the Barber]] is Jack's first radio sponser, [[Series/TheBeverlyHillbillies Miss Jane]] is a speech teacher, and [[Series/WhatsMyLine John Daly]] appears AsHimself.
** [[Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow Rhoda's Dad]] and [[Theatre/TheOddCouple Dr Melnix]] are [[IntimidatingRevenueService IRS agents]] wanting to know how Jack managed to make $327,000 and claim only $18 in entertaining deductions.
** [[Series/McHalesNavy Capt. "Leadbottom" Binghamton]] is the Studio barber.
** [[Series/MissionImpossible IMF agent Willy Armitage]] is Tarzan (before Jack replaces him) in the Carol Burnett episode.
** Retroactively- Frank Nelson made regular appearances on the show in bit parts like a radio announcer if Jack had on the radio- even introducing the show if the cast was supposed to be somewhere outside the studio at the beginning of the show for years before his well known "Yes Guy" became a recurring character. Since late 1940s radio episodes and the TV show have been in wider circulation than earlier shows, this reaction is common when somebody listens to an episode from the late 30s and finally recognizes Frank Nelson's voice (His real, non-BigHam voice, that is- it's much more subdued, but still recognizable if you listen for it).
* HeyItsThatVoice: Creator/MelBlanc. Also Frank Nelson (the "yyyyeees?" guy) and Phil Harris, well known today for his voice work in [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney movies]]. And Sheldon Leonard.
** A very young Creator/HarryShearer, best known today for all his roles on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', played Jack as a child in one episode.
*** Barry Gordon (best known as [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Donatello]]) played Jack as a child in a different episode, as well as an actor cast as young Jack in another.

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* YouLookFamiliar: All of Mel Blanc's roles, lampshaded brutally and constantly.
--> '''Polly''' Monsieur Benny, my money, please! *rawk*
--> '''Jack''' Polly! You sounded just like Professor Le Blanc!
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--> '''Jack''' Come to think of it, you look just like Professor Le Blanc, too...
** Frank Nelson's many appearances (the roles vary, the character remains constant) also qualify. One episode even has Jack visiting a shrink, convinced that he's losing his mind because he keeps seeing Nelson everywhere he goes!
*** At the end of that ep, [[spoiler: Nelson shows up at the doctor's office, feeling the same thing about Jack and fleeing at the mere sight of him. This makes Jack feel better.]]
** When Dick Van Dyke guest-starred on the show they did a skit involving a murder mystery. Jack was the inspector and Dick was everyone else.


* MarathonRunning: On Dec 31 2011/Jan 1st 2012 Digital channel Antenna TV ran "Night of 2012 Laughs" a 20 hour marathon of ''Series/TheJackBennyProgram'' alternating with ''Series/TheBurnsAndAllenShow''.

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* MarathonRunning: On Dec 31 2011/Jan 1st 2012 Digital channel Antenna TV Creator/AntennaTV ran "Night of 2012 Laughs" a 20 hour marathon of ''Series/TheJackBennyProgram'' alternating with ''Series/TheBurnsAndAllenShow''.

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** Retroactively- Frank Nelson made regular appearances on the show in bit parts like a radio announcer if Jack had on the radio- even introducing the show if the cast was supposed to be somewhere outside the studio at the beginning of the show for years before his well known "Yes Guy" became a recurring character. Since late 1940s radio episodes and the TV show have been in wider circulation than earlier shows, this reaction is common when somebody listens to an episode from the late 30s and finally recognizes Frank Nelson's voice (His real, non-BigHam voice, that is- it's much more subdued, but still recognizable if you listen for it).


* RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor: Jack Benny WAS this trope. His radio persona was a mean, petty, miserly so-and-so. Jack Benny, in RealLife, was one of the kindest and most generous men ever.

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* RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor: Jack Benny WAS this trope. His radio persona was a mean, petty, miserly so-and-so. vainglorious petty miser, who wasn't above taking advantage of his close friends and cast if he could get away with it. Jack Benny, in RealLife, Jack was one of the kindest universally known as a kind and most very generous men ever.man.

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