Category Archives for "Jack Benny Show"

55. The Story of Gunsmoke & Other Radio Tales

The Story of Gunsmoke on the Radio

Listen to These Programs:  The Story of Gunsmoke:  Part 5   ~   Adventures of Philip Marlowe:  The Fox's Tail   ~   The Jack Benny Show:  Jack Goes to the Dentist

The Story of Gunsmoke was broadcast over WAMU-FM, Washington D.C. on April 25, 1976. It was written, produced and directed by Jim Hickman with the assistance of Norman MacDonnell and the original Gunsmoke radio staff.

Hickman flew to California, personally paying many of his travel expenses, in order to tape interviews with the people responsible for the radio show many describe as the best ever produced.  Hickman knew cast and crew were aging and so wanted to have these historical interviews to be enjoyed by future generations -- so they might understand the magic of radio in the 1950s.

Read More & Listen

54. Jack Bets on Our Fancy & Other Stories

Jack Bets on Fancy Pants

Listen to These Programs:  Adventures of Philip Marlowe:  The Final Payment   ~   The Jack Benny Show:  Jack Bets on Our Fancy   ~   The Story of Gunsmoke:  Part 4

Our Show #54 features a very funny episode of The Jack Benny Show.  Jack is off to Santa Anita with Mary.  While there, they run into William S Paley, the Chief Executive of CBS. Paley is about to place a bet on a horse he has studied, but Jack tries to convince him to bet on the horse he favors. The results are hilarious.

By the way, this episode has a couple of classic Benny bits.  One, Jack makes a trip to his vault --- which was not nearly as common as many people think.  Also, he meets up with Sheldon Leonard for one of uproarious dialogues.  This time Leonard is a horse handicapper who tries to give Jack a tip. When you hear him say:  Pssst.  Hey you, come here --- you know the fun is about to begin.

The final scene is one of the funniest in the history of the Jack Benny Show.  Enjoy it!      

Read More & Listen

52. The Good Neighbor Policy & Other Stories

Listen to These Programs:  Adventures of Philip Marlowe:  Good Neighbor Policy   ~   Jack Benny Show:  Fred Allen Wants Jack to Guest Star on His Show   ~  The Story of Gunsmoke: Part 2

On this episode of The Adventures of Philip MarlowePhil's phone line is somehow mixed up with one of the neighbors in his apartment building.  When Marlowe receives a call from a frantic woman meant for his neighbor, it becomes clear the guy is up to something shady and dishonest. Naturally Phil has to get involved.  

This is a lighthearted episode that includes a very funny bit with Jane Morgan as an xylophone playing next door neighbor who is about to drive Phil nuts!    

Read More & Listen

51: The Iron Coffin & Other Stories

Listen to These Programs:  The Adventures of Philip Marlowe:  The Iron Coffin   ~   The Jack Benny Show: Jack is Sick in Bed with a Cold  ~  The Story of Gunsmoke:  Part 1

In this episode of The Adventures of Philip Marlowe, a woman hires Phil because she is afraid that her daughter’s fiance  is dangerous -- both to her daughter and to  himself. When Phil begins to investigate he soon finds himself drawn into mysterious circumstances in a creepy old medieval castle that has been moved from Spain.  This one gets a bit weird. 

For the Comedy Corner this time we have a funny episode of The Jack Benny Show Jack is down with a cold, and he is not the best patient.  Not only is he irritable and cranky with everyone who visits, he also has some pretty strange dreams.  Great sound on this classic episode. 

Read More & Listen

29. Lily in the Chimoipo Bar & Other Exotic Stories

Listen to These Programs:  Voyage of the Scarlet Queen: Lily in the Chimoipo Bar   ~   The Jack Benny Show: Jack Tries to Reach His Ad Agency   ~   I Love A Mystery:  Thing That Cries in the Night ep 12   ~    Gunsmoke: Robin Hood

Would you like a brief synopsis of each program?  Well, we're working on it.  It may take a little while because we have over 300 programs to do!  But when this information is available, you will find it right here.  

In the meantime, you can still give a listen and discover these great shows for yourself.

Read More & Listen

28. The Gypsum Hills Feud & Other Stories

Listen to These Programs:  Gunsmoke: The Gypsum Hills Feud   ~   Voyage of the Scarlet Queen: The Boston Geisha   ~   The Jack Benny Show: Ronald Colman's New Movie   ~   I Love A Mystery: Thing That Cries in the Night ep 11

We are busily working away in the background trying to develop some intelligent and insightful program descriptions for the selections in our Show #28.  They should appear here real soon.  

But you don't have to wait.  Go ahead and listen now.  It's free.

Read More & Listen

21. Shanghai Is A Verb & Other Captivating Stories

Listen to These Programs:  Have Gun, Will Travel: Shanghai Is a Verb   ~   I Love A Mystery: Thing That Cries in the Night ep 4   ~   The Jack Benny Show:  After the Races   ~   Gunsmoke: The Gypsum Hills Feud

We have some fun programs on Show #21.  Before we just put something up here, however, we want to first give it the thoughtful consideration we always give our program synopses.  We're working on it right now and will post the final product soon.  

In the meantime, feel free to listen to the programs anyway.  It's fine with us. 

Read More & Listen

20. The Thing That Cries in the Night & Other Stories

Listen to These Programs:  I Love A Mystery: Thing That Cries in the Night Ep 3   ~   Dragnet: The Big Cup   ~   The Jack Benny Show:  At the Races with Ronald & Benita Colman   ~   Gunsmoke - Skid Row

Jack Doc & Reggie are up to their elbows in mystery and intrigue in an old Hollywood mansion where the witness the thing that cries in the night.  Also, Jack Benny heads to Santa Anita with Mary and Rochester and meets up with Ronald and Benita Colman in a hilarious episode of the Benny Show.  

We also have dandy episodes of both Dragnet and Gunsmoke.  It's a great line up, so give a listen.

Read More & Listen

2. Dinner At The Colmans & Other Stories

Listen to These Programs:  Jack Benny: Dinner at the Colman's   ~   Jack Benny: Last Week's Mistakes   ~   Screen Guild Theater: Champagne for Caesar

​This time around we have three episodes from two great programs:  The Jack Benny Show  with each  centered around  Ronald Colman and his wife Benita Hume-Colman.  Both episodes are laugh-out-loud funny!  

Surely, if you are an OTR fan, you are familiar with the ongoing relationship between Jack Benny and his next door neighbors, Ronald and Benita Colman.  It was a gag The Benny Show milked for years and it never failed to provide episodes that truly make you laugh out loud.  

Read More & Listen