Rodrigo Araya5:02 PM Remember last week I reflected on the lack of fiction content in comedy podcasts and wondered about the parodies Jack would do if he were doing the show in this day and age?
garth_johnson5:03 PM A bit crowded here tonight1943-08-00_-_uso_-_fold3_catalog_-_national_archives_usaaf_photos_middle_east_egypt_personnel_-_jack_benny_at_payne_airfield_cairo.jpg
Rodrigo Araya5:04 PM Well, I came up with this exchange if the Benny troupe did “Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood”RICK DALTON (Jack): Cliff. Mr. Hassenpfeffer told me my future was like Phil Harris’ music. CLIFF BOOTH (Don): How come? RICK: Turbulent, stagnant… abominable!
garth_johnson5:12 PM Page one of the script – From the University Of Wyoming – American Heritage Center Photographs – Larry Adler Papers;1943-09-13_-_uso_-_uw_ah08198_1032_-_north_africa_-_cairo_broadcast_-_script_page_01.jpg
garth_johnson5:15 PM I have a Sara Burner show to listen to — was going through some June 1950 papers and saw she got her own show – Sara’s Private Caper – one episode exists in the OTRLibrary, still have to find out how long it ran.
Rodrigo Araya5:16 PM I think it only ran a season or less.5:16Apparently, audiences were confused about its content.5:17Was it a comedy or a detective show?5:17The same thing happened with the “Police Squad!” show.
Rodrigo Araya5:19 PM When did Sara become unreliable as an actress? 1952?5:20She was appearing on several radio shows and was supposed to voice “Chilly Willy” (she did the song for the character’s debut), and then lawsuits piled up.
garth_johnson5:22 PM Don’t rightly know — ’58 is when she divorced – and around that time had some custody issues with her child.
Rodrigo Araya5:22 PM Yes, but the lawsuits (including the Benny one) were from 1953. Anyway, it was quite a fall.5:23Maybe my dates are mixed up as well…5:24I remember one scene in “It’s in the Bag!” and Fred Allen said the JB fan club was composed by three people.
garth_johnson5:25 PM My clippings don’t show much as I’ve been more focused in the pre 1932 era of late
garth_johnson5:27 PM The whole Benny Vaudeville era – lots of interesting work trying to piece together the where and who of things5:281920-03-08_-_nws_-_vancouver_sun_-_pg_00_-_orpheum_-_bright_and_clever_bill_with_marx_brothers_in_amusing_act.jpg
garth_johnson5:33 PM That’s not Jack5:34Vancouver’s Mayor1942-04-23_-_van_-_cofv_archives_cva_1184-173_-_vancouver_mayor_j_w_cornett.jpg
Rodrigo Araya5:35 PM Gosh! I should have read to the end of the description.5:35And I’d like to say he’s commencing to lose his hair.5:35He likely had his hair cut with his hat on.5:36(a crack Jack made at composer Fred Fisher in a film)
Rodrigo Araya5:37 PM I listened to the Vancouver show some time ago, and things sounded quite emotional over the end, considering Dennis was leaving for the Navy.5:39Funny how Jimmy Melton, Frank Parker and Kenny all called Jack by his first name, but Dennis and Larry almost never did.5:39Except for the sake of a joke, of course.
garth_johnson5:39 PM For those joining us late … The Five Jerks To Cairo special broadcast is earlier in this session … but we seem to have jumped to Vancouver …1943-07-00_-_uso_-_source_catalog_-_north_africa_-_cairo_-_five_jerks_to_cairo.jpg
5:511936 – Piru News –Jack Benny at bat and George Burns (of Burns and Allen) catcher. Two of the famous stars who will play in the “world’s greatest baseball game,” “The Comedians” versus “Leading Men,” at Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, Saturday 2 P.M., July 18. Over 50 noted comedians and screen romeos will play a regulation nine-inning game using the regulation Pacific Coast baseball league ball. For thrills, fun and charity (every penny going to charity) it promises to be the “battle of the century.” Tickets are on sale at Southern California Music Company and all their branch stores.1936-07-09_-_nws_-_piru_news_-_worlds_greatest_baseball_game.jpg