Info On "Strange" Benny Show From 1938

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Posted ByGerry O. on December 12, 2001 at 23:24:38:

A Jell-O broadcast which has always fascinated and puzzled me is the broadcast from 1938 where Jack does the show from New York City. It's the one where the only regulars are Jack and Rochester....the rest of the cast is made up of guest stars Fred Allen, Abe Lyman, Kate Smith, Harry Von Zell and Robert Ripley. This is one WEIRD Benny show! Aside from the fact that most of the regulars are missing, Jack acts and sounds quite different than he usually did during this period...For instance, he uses the word "grand" in describing things about 4 or 5 during the show...and he didn't normally do that. Does anyone know any particulars about this NYC broadcast? Why were Jack and Rochester the only regulars who appeared that week? Usually when Jack did his show from NYC it was the same basic Benny program with only a few minor changes (maybe one or at the most two regulars didn't appear)...but THIS program is RADICALLY different from a typical Benny broadcast! Does anyone know why?

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