Laura Leibowitz5:04 PM I think most of you have heard that when I first met him years ago, he met me at the elevator in his building. When the doors opened, he looked at me and said, “You’re too young to be President of the Jack Benny Fan Club.” I responded, “Well, to me you’re still ten years old!”
Rodrigo Araya5:10 PM The November 1943 episode where Jack buys a live turkey (and not an ostrich as it happened four years earlier…).5:12Mel did his bit during the dream, some 22 minutes into the program.
Laura Leibowitz5:13 PM Actually, you’re right.5:13The first Anaheim… was 1/7/45.5:13And George Balzer was a new writer getting his chops for the 1943 Thanksgiving show.
Rodrigo Araya5:14 PM Speaking of Mel, I also saw the 1957 Christmas Shopping show…5:14“Now what? NOW WHAT?!”5:14“Poor fellow… Had a whole life to live…”
Laura Leibowitz5:15 PM Someone had programmed that as their ring tone (now what) a while back. I kind of wondered how Mel Blanc yelling was received by others.
Laura Leibowitz5:16 PM You could do worse!5:17Hey folks, I’ve been doing a substantial amount of heavy lifting this afternoon (Facebook friends have seen the photos) and now having sat down to the chat, my body is saying (ala Sheldon Leonard) “Uh uh” and wanting me to take a nap.
garth_johnson5:24 PM Dreamed I was being annoyed by a couple on the deck chairs beside me — why the Ferry had deck chairs I don’t know1953-09-13_-_jb5_-_source_catalog_-_jack_with_guest_marilyn_monroe_deck_chair_scene-1-a.jpg
Rodrigo Araya5:29 PM ROCHESTER: Carmichael. Papa needs a new fur coat for the winter…5:31JACK: Carmichael? Oh, no! How did I get all this white fur?
garth_johnson5:33 PM Looks like Roch had to dye it to please Mamie.1950-00-00_-_cst_-_getty_187177365_nwm_-_rochester_enjoys_horserace.jpg
Rodrigo Araya5:35 PM JACK: C’mon, Rochester! Take that razor down! I’ll give ya a nice raise! And a big new wardrobe! ROCHESTER: Uh-huh. You’re not Mr. Benny… (edited) 5:36JACK: I’ll convince you I’m not Carmichael… Here’s Phil.
Doug Kiser5:36 PM Wonder what brand of cigar that is? Cigars were a big part of old shows.
Rodrigo Araya5:36 PM PHIL: Hello, Rochester. Hi, Carmichael! Here’s a fish for ya!5:37As late as the 1980s/early 90s it was common for comedians to smoke cigars. Take Letterman on his NBC days, for instance.5:38Probably had to do with the fact smoking was quite commonplace then.
garth_johnson5:41 PM Haven’t come across any specific brand information for Jack – except inexpensive stogies — but for awhile George and Gracie were sponsored by a cigar company.
Doug Kiser5:43 PM Cool! My dad smoked cigars and the company went out of businesses after he died.
Doug Kiser5:45 PM Their clothes look wonderful. People don’t dress up today like yesteryear.
Rodrigo Araya5:46 PM Haven’t seen many DB blazers since Sept. ’08. Got one myself earlier this year… (edited) 5:49Seriously, I spent some five years looking for one, but no one had them in stock…
garth_johnson5:50 PM In 2010, when I was told I had to ‘Dress Properly’ for my first day at Tech Support Job — I wore a suit and tie where everyone else was dressed in polo shirts and Jeans — my supervisor told me not to be a smart-ass — I told him to give me a corporate shirt!2 repliesLast reply 1 month agoView thread
Rodrigo Araya6:02 PM I remember that, pre-pandemic, they said “Oxford bags” (a 20s-era trouser style) would become popular again, but a year later it seems we’ll be stuck with ol’ slim fit for the foreseeable future…6:02I think Jack wore a pair on “The Song Writers’ Revue”…
Tom V.6:04 PM I love watching “Leave It To Beaver”, with Ward Cleaver wearing a suit and tie, reading the newspaper on the family’s couch.
garth_johnson6:04 PM Jack in Song Writers ‘1930-01-06_-_fil_-_source_catalog_-_the_song_writers_revue_-_1928-112_-_jack_benny-a.jpg
Rodrigo Araya6:04 PM Wonder what Esky (the mascot from Esquire) would think about the state of men’s clothing…6:04The magazine held a joke contest in ’38. Guess who were two of the judges?
garth_johnson6:06 PM Finally found jack wearing a “not formal wear” bow tie.1941-05-06_-_jb4_-_historicimages_cvp80521_-_ciros_night_club_-_mary_livingstone_and_jack_benny_dancing-a.jpg 6:071941 – Hollywood, Calif., — Mary Livingstone (Mrs. Benny) and Jackson Benny shake out a Hollywood shag at Ciro’s as Jack proudly acknoledges his terpsichore triumph.
6:091941 – Number one funny man, Jack Benny pops a little of his corn into a N.B.C. mike as Groucho Marx, Bob Hope, and Dick Powell look on.1941-03-09_-_jb4_-_historicimages_catalog_-_jack_with_hope_marx_and_powell-a.jpg