Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Bob Hope - May 29, 1945 - From South Bend with Herbert Marshall

Broadcasting from South Bend, IN, the guest is Hope's summer replacement, Herbert Marshall. In a sketch, Bob opens an automobile plant.

Monday, May 27, 2013

My Favorite Husband - May 27, 1949 - Liz in the Hospital

Liz takes a sick George to the doctor, but finds out that her tonsils need to be removed. She would later be a regular on the series, but in this episode, Bea Benaderet plays both a nurse and an elderly patient.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Jack Benny - May 26, 1946 - Ed Sullivan

On the last show of the season, everyone discusses their plans for the summer. Ed Sullivan presents an award to Jack.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Fred Allen - May 23, 1948 - The Life of Bing Crosby

Bing Crosby is the guest as Fred plans to write a movie about Bing's life; Fred asks the denizens of Allen's Alley what they listen to on the radio.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Jack Benny - May 22, 1949 - The Champion and the Setup

The sketch is a combined parody of two boxing movies, "The Champion" and "The Setup". The end of the show is missing here, unfortunately. Dennis Day sings "A Chapter in My Life Called Mary".

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Our Miss Brooks - May 21, 1950 - Rare Black Orchid

Walter gives Connie a rare black orchid, without telling her that he'd stolen it from Mr. Conklin.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Jack Benny - May 18, 1941 - On the Set of Charley's Aunt

Jack meets the gang in his dressing room on the set of "Charley's Aunt", a film version of the classic play. The marriage of Phil Harris and Alice Faye is announced on this episode. Frank Nelson plays the make-up man.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Jack Benny - May 14, 1950 - Mother's Day Gags

Film star Vivian Blaine is the guest on this Mother's Day show, and there's also an appearance by Frank Fontaine. Dennis Day sings "Little Mother of Mine".

Monday, May 13, 2013

Bob Hope - May 13, 1947 - Peter Lorre

Film star Peter Lorre is the guest in a parody of Inner Sanctum. Desi Arnaz sings "My Adobe Hacienda".

Saturday, May 11, 2013

The Great Gildersleeve - May 11, 1949 - Gildy's Millionaire Friend

Gildy becomes jealous when his wealthy friend hits it off with Gildy's girlfriend.

There's a commercial announcement at the beginning of the show telling the audience they can now buy Parkay margarine in yellow sticks. That may sound like an odd announcement, but for many years, the dairy lobby had gotten laws passed that forced margarine to be colored pink, to emphasize that it wasn't butter. Those laws were being repealed in many places by the late '40s.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Jack Benny - May 10, 1953 - From San Francisco

The gang performs the last of three shows from San Francisco. The references to "cimarron rolls" are a callback to a fluffed line of Mary's on a recent show.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Fibber McGee & Molly - May 8, 1945 - Housing Shortage Survey on V-E Day

In an episode with a special dedication at the opening in tribute to V-E day, McGee is commissioned to complete a survey to forecast the upcoming housing needs.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Monday, May 6, 2013

Friday, May 3, 2013

You Bet Your Life - May 3, 1950

Groucho's guests are a hot rod driver and a female gas station attendant, a tax assessor and a hotel clerk, and a game warden and a fisherman.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Jack Benny - May 2, 1948 - Frank Sinatra

Jack offers new contracts to the cast, who aren't very pleased with them. Frank Sinatra is the guest, and Artie Auerbach appears again as Mr. Kitzel.