Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Monday, December 29, 2014

Duffy's Tavern - December 29, 1948 - Missing Christmas Cards with Dorothy Shaye

Archie's upset because Finnegan didn't send him a Christmas Card, but Finnegan's upset for the same reason. The guest is singer Dorothy Shaye.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Great Gildersleeve - December 20, 1942 - Christmas Program

Gildy has been so busy trying to finish the annual report for the water department that he hasn't done any Christmas shopping.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Jack Benny - December 19, 1948 - Christmas Shopping for a Wallet for Don

In the annual Christmas shopping show, Jack buys an expensive wallet for Don before exchanging it for a cheaper one. Frank Nelson plays the floorwalker, and Mel Blanc plays the harried clerk.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Jack Benny - December 17, 1944 - Frank Sinatra

Jack hears a commercial for Sympathy Soothing Syrup and heads to the drugstore, where he meets Frank Sinatra.
The Sympathy Syrup routine was a running bit spoofing the then-current commercials for Serutan, which made a big deal of spelling the name backwards. The Sympathy Syrup routines always got a big laugh; Frank Nelson plays the commercial announcer.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Fibber McGee & Molly - December 16, 1941 - Fibber Cuts Christmas Tree

McGee cuts his own Christmas tree and has to trim the branches. This is the second episode after the Pearl Harbor bombing, and has lots of nods to the new wartime footing and appeals to listeners to help the war effort.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Our Miss Brooks - December 13, 1953 - Conklin the Bachelor

Mr. Conklin's wife wants him to court her again, so she produces a forged letter stating their marriage isn't official.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Burns & Allen - December 11, 1947 - Lady Killer

Gracie takes pity on Meredith Willson's lack of success with women and tries to turn him into a lady killer.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Fibber McGee & Molly - December 10, 1940 - Mailing Christmas Packages

McGee has a bad day when he hears that Uncle Dennis will be staying for Christmas, and then has all kinds of trouble mailing his and Molly's Christmas packages.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

My Favorite Husband - December 9, 1949 - The French Lessons

When Liz and Iris can’t read the menu at a French restaurant, they decide to take French lessons. Soime of this material was re-used in "I Love Lucy".

Monday, December 8, 2014

Jack Benny - December 8, 1946 - Shoelaces for Don

It's Christmas time again, and time for another classic Christmas shopping episode where Jack attempts to buy gifts for the cast. As always, Frank Nelson plays the floorwalker and Mel Blanc plays the harried clerk.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Duffy's Tavern - December 7, 1943 - Bing Crosby May Buy a Half Interest in the Bar

Bing Crosby is the guest. This episode was during the period where the sponsor, Bristol-Myers, was trying to re-title the show as "Duffy's", thinking that having "Tavern" in the title was a bad influence. The change wasn't popular and the title was soon changed back to "Duffy's Tavern".

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Magnificent Montague - December 1, 1950 - To Shave or Not to Shave

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Montague has a huge decision - he has an opportunity to play Romeo on stage, but he would be forced to shave his famous beard.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Jack Benny - November 30, 1952 - Thanksgiving Pilgrims

Jack heads over to Mary's place, where the gang has gathered for Thanksgiving. Frank Nelson plays a butler.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Jack Benny - November 26, 1939 - Duck Hunting

The Thanksgiving dinner hosted by Jack is discussed. In a sketch, Jack recalls shooting the duck he served. Dennis Day sings "Faithful Forever".

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Monday, November 24, 2014

Fibber McGee & Molly - November 24, 1953 - Selling Doc the Ring

McGee blows Molly's $10 Christmas Club fund on a worthless ring, and then plans to sell the ring to Doc Gamble.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

You Bet Your Life - November 23, 1949

Groucho meets a bride's father and a groom's mother, a butcher and a housewife, and a bail bondsman and a process server.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Friday, November 21, 2014

Burns & Allen - November 21, 1944 - Hotel Room Shortage

On tour in Philadelphia, George and Gracie find there's a shortage of hotel rooms. After Gracie sneaks her way into securing one for her and George. Gracie dreams that guest star Franchot Tone is George.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Great Gildersleeve - November 19, 1944 - Reception for Miss Del Rey

Gildersleeve and Judge Hooker decide to have a reception for Miss Del Rey, hoping that it will help her new dance studio.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Monday, November 17, 2014

Burns & Allen - November 17, 1942 - Gracie Buys a Live Turkey

Since the Burnses are cutting their budget down to help during the war, Gracie buys a live turkey for Thanksgiving.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Fibber McGee & Molly - November 16, 1948 - Bowling Night

McGee needs to replace Wallace Wimple for his bowling tournament, but who can he get on short notice?

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Our Miss Brooks - November 15, 1953 - The Moving Van

Walter and Stretch's brother buy a moving van, but they have to deal with the demand not only for a moving van, but a one-room hotel.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Jack Benny - November 14, 1948 - Mary Is Missing

Show time is approaching, but Mary is nowhere to be found. Dennis Day sings "Buttons and Bows".

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Great Gildersleeve - November 13, 1946 - Gildy Sees a Pretty Lady

Gildy gets Judge Hooker to invite him to a country club dinner where Gildy hopes to score points with a woman he's attracted to.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Monday, November 10, 2014

Jack Benny - November 10, 1940 - Dog Catcher of Beverly Hills

Jack tries to persuade the director of his new movie, "Love Thy Neighbor", to have the premiere in Jack's home town of Waukegan.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Duffy's Tavern - November 9, 1951 - Cultural Singing Contest

Archie wants Mrs. Pendleton to have a singing contest at Duffy's, so he tries to get music critic Deems Taylor to judge it.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Jack Benny - November 6, 1938 - The Crowd Roars

Jack's party of the previous week is discussed; in a sketch, the 1938 movie "The Crowd Roars" is parodied.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Our Miss Brooks - November 5, 1950 - Indian Burial Ground

Connie picks up an arrow on Mr. Conklin's lot, and thinks she may have discovered an Arapaho burial ground.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Monday, November 3, 2014

The Great Gildersleeve - November 3, 1948 - Secret Engagement

Gildy and Adeline got engaged last week to improve their chances of adopting the mystery baby, but now Gildy wants to keep the engagement a secret.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Phil Harris/Alice Faye - October 30, 1949 - Ukelele Lesson

Phil and Remley, taking advantage of the Arthur Godfrey-inspired ukelele fad, decide to give ukelele lessons.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Jack Benny - October 29, 1950 - How Jack Met the Colmans

Jack's in New York for his first television show, and staying at the Acme Plaza again. A reporter asks him to tell the story of how he met Ronald and Benita Colman.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Great Gildersleeve - October 28, 1945 - Rumor: Mrs. Peavey Is Ill

Gildy hears that Peavey's wife needs an operation, and rallies the Jolly Boys to raise the money to pay for it.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

You Bet Your Life - October 26, 1949

Groucho meets a bachelor and a spinster, a baker and a housewife, and a clerk from a magic shop and a schoolboy.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Jack Benny - October 25, 1936 - Romeo & Juliet Preview

Everyone's talking about Jack's recent movie, "The Big Broadcast of 1937". Next week's play, "Romeo and Juliet", is also discussed, until the sponsor tells Jack they can't do it.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Phil Harris/Alice Faye - October 24, 1948 - Live Steer

When Phil and Alice need to economize, Frankie tells them he can get a great deal on meat. It turns out, though, that the meat is still alive.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Our Miss Brooks - October 22, 1950 - Stretch Is in Love Again

Stretch is in love and it's affecting his play on the football team. Connie tries to talk with him and find out what's going on.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Jack Benny - October 21, 1945 - Texas Sandman

Jack decides to take Rochester's advice and bet on Texas Sandman at the Gold Cup horse race; Frank Nelson plays the track's PA announcer.

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Great Gildersleeve - October 20, 1948 - Adopting the Baby

Looking to put his best foot forward as he attempts to adopt the mystery baby, Gildy prepares to ask Adeline to be his wife.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Fibber McGee & Molly - October 19, 1953 - Ribbon on Finger to Recall What?

McGee has put a ribbon on his finger to remind him that he is supposed to do something, but he doesn’t know what it is.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Fred Allen - October 18, 1942 - Orson Welles

Orson Welles stars in a production of “Les Miserables.” Arthur Godfrey makes another of several appearances as the announcer before deciding the studio wasn't big enough for himself and Fred Allen.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Jack Benny - October 17, 1948 - Sorry, Wrong Number

Barbara Stanwyck is the guest star. When Jack, Mary and Dennis all go to see the movie "Sorry, Wrong Number", Jack remembers a similar situation that occurred the previous year when Jack was talking to his sponsor.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

My Favorite Husband - October 16, 1948 - Liz Sells Dresses

Liz acciedntally returns a dress to a more expensive store than where she bought it, and makes money on the deal. She then decides to go into business buying dresses at one store and returning them at another.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fibber McGee & Molly - October 15, 1940 - Missing Screwdriver

McGee can't find his screwdriver, so he brings his tool chest up to the living room and starts emptying it.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Burns & Allen - October 14, 1940 - What's Wrong with Gracie?

George thinks Gracie's acting even stranger than usual, and the sound man suggests that she see a psychiatrist.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Jack Benny - October 13, 1946 - Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy

Jack and Mary walk to the studio for the show, and run into lots of recurring characters. Frank Nelson plays a counter man in the drugstore.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

You Bet Your Life - October 12, 1949

Groucho meets a young couple who are going steady, a housewife and a DMV employee, and a girl softball player and a steam room masseur.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Jack Benny - October 9, 1938 - Yellow Jack

The cast performs a parody of the 1938 movie “Yellow Jack”, in which Jack is a doctor in Cuba. Frank Nelson has a role in the play.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Jack Benny - October 8, 1950 - Jack Listens to the World Series

Jack invites the gang to his house to listen to the World Series. Frank Nelson is the play-by-play announcer.

Monday, October 6, 2014

The Great Gildersleeve - October 6, 1948 - The Welfare Investigator

Gildy gets a letter from the county welfare department,, and is afraid they're coming to take away the mystery baby.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Jack Benny - October 5, 1941 - From New York

An executive from Jell-O visits for the first show of the season, broadcast from Ebbets Field in Brooklyn.,

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Fred Allen - October 4, 1942 - Charles Laughton

The first episode of the 1942 season is also the first half-hour Fred Allen Show. Still sponsored by Texaco at this point, the new announcer is Arthur Godfrey, who would last only a few weeks before leaving.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Phil Harris/Alice Faye - October 2, 1949 - Frankie Borrows the Car

When Phil gets tired of having Frankie contantly borrow his car, he resolves to buy Frankie the cheapest used car he can find.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Jack Benny - October 1, 1944 - Jack Looks for Replacement Singer

In the show's first episode for Lucky Strike, Jack and Mary meet with the new sponsor. Later, they discuss how to replace Dennis Day, who has joined the Navy.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014

Sunday, September 28, 2014

You Bet Your Life - September 28, 1959

Groucho meets a single woman and a Dale Carnegie instructor, and two people who've been married four times each (but not to each other.)
This is the first episode in which the couples can choose a number on a wheel for up to $10,000 in the end game.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Friday, September 26, 2014

Burns & Allen - September 26, 1946 - Quiz Show

George and Gracie need a new refrigerator, so they decide to go on a quiz show to win one. Frank Nelson plays a contestant on the show.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Phil Harris/Alice Faye - September 25, 1949 - Regular Office Hours

Since Phil was unprepared for last week's season opener, Mr. Scott orders him to keep regular hours at the Rexall office. With nothing specific to do, Phil and Frankie hit upon the idea of having a one cent sale at the Rexall store.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Jack Benny - September 24, 1950 - The Gold Rush of '49

After Jack and Phil argue about the performance of the band, the cast performs a play about the California Gold Rush.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Fibber McGee & Molly - March 22, 1949 - Dressmaker's Dummy

Molly's trying to make a new dress, but McGee has destroyed her dressmaker's dummy while practicing his old nife-throwing act.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Jack Paar - September 21, 1947 - This Is America

In a sketch, movie tariffs in England lead to American movies being condensed for export. Later, a comical report on farming.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Fibber McGee & Molly - March 20, 1951 - Good Deeds

When McGee finds out that a Good Samaritan has received a large reward, he decides to go around town and do good deeds.

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Great Gildersleeve - September 19, 1943 - Preparing for Leila's Return

Gildy orders the children to stay near home, which contributes to his fraying nerves as he awaits Leila's return and his next meeting with Eve.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Our Miss Brooks - September 18, 1949 - Faculty Cheer Leader

To compete with a rival principal, Conklin creates a faculty cheerleader position; he and Connie end up as the two candidates for the spot.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

You Bet Your Life - September 17, 1952

Groucho meets two young singles, a Red Cross volunteer and another volunteer's husband, and a pair of new parents.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Burns & Allen - September 16, 1940 - George Needs a Guest Star

A guest star is needed for the first show of the fall season. The sponsor wants Clark Gable, but all George has is an impersonator.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Jack Benny - September 14, 1952 - Phil Harris Is Replaced by Bob Crosby

Jack has returned from Europe and is ready to begin the season, but first he must get bandleader Bob Crosby to sign his contract as Phil Harris' replacement.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Bob Hope - September 13, 1955 - Claire Trevor

The guest star is actress Claire Trevor. In a sketch, her recent movie "The High and the Mighty" is parodied. Margaret Whiting sings "Tweedle Dee".

Friday, September 12, 2014

Duffy's Tavern - September 12, 1943 - Lucille Ball

Archie gets a letter from an old friend saying that Archie's about to be listed in Who's Who.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Jack Benny - September 11, 1949 - Beverly Hills Tour

In this renowned episode that began the 1949 season, the cast are introduced via a bus tour through Beverly Hills. Dennis Day sings "Younger Than Springtime". Frank Nelson plays the bus driver.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Our Miss Brooks - September 10. 1950 - Rumors

When a rumor spreads that Mr. Conklin is about to be fired, Connie and the gang chip in to start a laundry business.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Burns & Allen - September 9, 1940 - George Owes Money for Phone Calls

George owes a $25 fee for his court case; in trying to raise the money, Gracie racks up far more than that in phone charges, which puts George right back into a pickle again.

Monday, September 8, 2014

The Great Gildersleeve - September 8, 1948 - Mystery Baby

Gildy finds a baby while out shopping, and takes it home for safekeeping.
This was the first episode of the season, and was the beginning of a story arc involving the baby that went on for several months.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Fibber McGee & Molly - March 6, 1945 - Golden Anniversary Party

McGee wants to celebrate his and Molly's 50th wedding anniversary tonight, while they're not too old to enjoy it.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Burns & Allen - September 5, 1946 - George's Allergies

George takes an outdoor vacation, but his allergies are still acting up after he returns. Gracie leaves no stone unturned to find the cause.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Dennis Day - September 3, 1947 - Dennis for Mayor

Mildred's parents tell Dennis to make something of himself, so he lets himself get talked into running for mayor. Dennis sings "The Old Chaperone" and "That's My Desire".

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

My Favorite Husband - September 2, 1949 - The Elves

When Liz and George find that someone's been ordering ice cream from the milkman every day, the trail leads to their new neighbors and their ten children. Frank Nelson guest stars.

Monday, September 1, 2014

The Magnificent Montague - September 1, 1951 - Gossip Column Revisited

When Walter Winchell suggests in his column that "Eddie Montague" has been fooling around with a chorus girl, Edwin has to clear his name.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

You Bet Your Life - February 28, 1959

Groucho meets a woman from Java and the son of a silent movie star, and then a Japanese woman and a man who preforms a "strong man" act.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Phil Harris/Alice Faye - February 26, 1950 - Wabash Avenue

Phil is disappointed with his treatment in his recent movie, "Wabash Avenue", so he and Frankie decide to make their own movie.

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Great Gildersleeve - February 25, 1948 - Be Kind to Birdie

Gildy tries to score points with his new next-door neighbor, but he suspects she has designs on Birdie's services.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Duffy's Tavern - February 23, 1951 - Job Opening

The bar is hiring, and a prizefighter is sent to Duffy’s Tavern by an employment agency to interview for a waiter’s job.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Jack Benny - February 22, 1948 - House in Palm Springs

Jack decides to build a house in Palm Springs. Frank Nelson plays the construction supervisor, and guest star Frank Sinatra plays a carpenter. Dennis Day sings "Serenade Of The Bells".

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Fred Allen - February 21, 1940 - The Missing Cat

The news item of the week is the recent snowstorm The Mighty Allen Art Players perform "The Missing Cat". When a society lady loses her pampered kitty, she calls for the extremely politically incorrect (in today's terms) Chinese detective, One Long Pan.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Great Gildersleeve - February 19, 1947 - Substitute Secretary

Gildy's secretary calls in sick with a toothache, and sends her sister from New York in as a substitute.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Bob Hope - February 17, 1948 - Fred Astaire

In a sketch, Bob looks for the mayor of Woodland Hills. Guest Fred Astaire discusses his upcoming movie "Easter Parade", and he and Bob play struggling performers in another sketch.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

You Bet Your Life - February 16, 1949 - Unedited

Groucho interviews a couple celebrating their 50th anniversary, a housewife and an ambulance driver, and a newsboy and a city editor.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Our Miss Brooks - August 14, 1955 - Sneaky Peekers

A replica of Rodin's "The Thinker" is ordered for the Founder's Day celebration, but instead "The Kiss" is delivered.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

My Favorite Husband - August 13, 1948 - The Charity Bazaar Kissing Booth

George and Liz both think helping out the local charity bazaar is a great idea, until each finds out that the other one volunteered to run a kissing booth.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Burns & Allen - August 12, 1940 - Gold Rush Gracie

George and Gracie perform their version of the 1940 film Gold Rush Maisie, called Gold Rush Gracie.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Our Miss Brooks - February 11, 1951 - Business Course

As they compete for the attentions of Mr. Boynton, Connie and Miss Enright both campaign to teach a business course.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Jack Benny - February 10, 1946 - Eddie Cantor

In a show originating from Palm Springs, Jack tries to get Eddie Cantor to rent his house to Jack. Frank Nelson plays a waiter.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Bob Hope - August 9, 1943 - Dorothy Lamour / Paulette Goddard / Veronica Lake

In a show performed at an Army ordinance supply base, Bob furnishes the soldiers with some eye candy in the persons of Dorothy Lamour, Paulette Goddard and Veronica Lake.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Fibber McGee & Molly - February 8, 1944 - Waiting for Ice Cream Delivery at Kramer's

After tiring of trying to make their own ice cream, the McGees decide to go down to Kramer's drug store and wait for the ice cream delivery.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Fred Allen - February 6, 1949 - Bert Lahr

The question of the day is about the recent drop in prices. Later, Fred meets Bert Lahr at a television rehearsal.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Jack Benny - February 5, 1950 - From NY - Trying to Find Rochester

In a broadcast from New York to benefit the Heart Fund, Jack phones all over Harlem looking for Rochester, who's out on the town. Dennis Day sings "Dear Hearts and Gentle People".

Monday, August 4, 2014

My Favorite Husband - August 4, 1949 - Speech for Civic Organization

After trying to impress a guest by agreeing with everything he says, Liz finds herself invited to speak to his civic group.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Fibber McGee & Molly - February 3, 1948 - Fibber Makes a New Table Lamp

McGee see a magazine article showing how to make a lamp from a spittoon and resolves to make one, over Molly's objections.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Friday, August 1, 2014

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Duffy's Tavern - July 29, 1940 - Audition Show

This is the audition show for Duffy's Tavern which ran as part of the "Forecast" series - an entire series made up of audition shows. The opening phone call and Archie's initial speech (where the elite meet to eat, Duffy ain't here) are already fully formed, but the format is a little looser, more like a variety show interrupted by sketches.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Jack Benny - April 28, 1940 - Buck Benny at the Paramount Theater

The show is performed form the Paramount Theater in New York as Jack's new movie, "Buck Benny Rides Again", is promoted.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Fibber McGee & Molly - April 26, 1954 - Fibber's Old Suit

After his morning ablutions, Molly tells McGee she's given his favorite old suit to the Salvation Army.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Our Miss Brooks - July 24, 1949 - Mrs. Davis' Cookies

Connie feeds Mr. Boynton some of Mrs. Davis' cookies in the hope that he'll get sick and she can nurse him back to health.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Jack Benny - April 23, 1944 - Dennis Leaves for the Navy

The cast says "so long" to Dennis Day as he enters the service. The show is broadcast from Mary's hometown of Vancouver. Dennis sings "Amour"; Mary and Phil sing "Love, Love, Love".

Monday, July 21, 2014

Dennis Day - April 21, 1948 - Newspaper Misquote

Dennis gets into trouble when a newspaper reporter puts words in his mouth. Frank Nelson plays the reporter. Dennis sings "There Ought to Be a Society" and "You Were Meant for Me".

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Jack Benny - April 20, 1947 - The Egg and I

The cast does a take-off on "The Egg and I", and Frank Nelson plays a real estate officer.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Our Miss Brooks - July 17, 1955 - Planning a Trip to Europe

Connie is trying to promote a summer vacation trip to Europe, but so are Mr. Boynton and Mr. Conklin.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

You Bet Your Life - April 16, 1952

Groucho meets a single woman and an Air Force Lieutenant, a housewife and a salesman, and a golf caddy and a woman who runs a cat motel.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Jack Benny - April 7, 1946 - Weekend at the Acme Plaza

Hollywood hearttthrob Van Johnson is the guest star, and he and Mary are late for the show after she goes to pick him up. Dennis Day sings "I Can't Begin to Tell You".

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Halls of Ivy - April 14, 1950 - Mrs Foster's Lost Dog

On the way to an event given by Mrs. Foster, a financial benefactor of the college, the Halls are delayed when they find a lost dog.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Fibber McGee & Molly - April 13, 1948 - New Fire Alarm Box

McGee's beside himself with excitement over the new fire alarm box that's being installed on the corner of the block.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Bob Hope - April 5, 1949 - Tom Sawyer

Doris Day helps Bob pack for a trip to New York to do a TV show. Bob plays Tom Sawyer in a sketch.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Phil Harris/Alice Faye - July 10, 1946 - First Audition Show

Here's Phil Harris & Alice Faye's audition show as hosts of the "Fitch Bandwagon", for Fitch shampoo. The show presented here is pretty much in the form it would have for years, beyond the point where they changed sponsors and the name became "The Phil Harris/Alice Faye Show".

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Jack Benny - April 12, 1942 - Try and Get it Quiz Show

The show originates from Camp Haan. Quiz shows are parodied in a sketch, and Dennis Day sings "She'll Always Remember". Frank Nelson plays Virgil, the Sound Man.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Dennis Day - April 7, 1948 - Save WEAZ

Station WEAZ is about to go out of business, and Dennis embarks on a mission to save it.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Friday, July 4, 2014

Jack Benny - March 28, 1943 - Death at Midnight

The cast meets at the drugstore to await the arrival of Orson Welles, who's subbing for an under-the-weather Benny.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

My Favorite Husband - July 1, 1949 - Reminiscing

While Liz works on her scrapbook, she and George reminisce about the day George taught her to drive, the time Liz signed an affidavit swearing never to interrupt George's stories again, and when the butcher thought that Liz had a crush on him. Frank Nelson plays a policeman.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Jack Benny - April 3, 1949 - Jack Prepares for Trip to NY

Mary and Rochester help Jack pack for his trip to New York. At the airport, Jack finds the usual torment, including the racetrack tout, and Frank Nelson at the information desk.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Fibber McGee & Molly - June 28, 1937 - Human Cannonball

McGee finds himself in charge of mounting a circus benefit, and is himself the major attraction as he'll be shot out of a cannon.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Fred Allen - June 27, 1948 - Jack Benny / Stop the Music

In the last show of the season, the success of the competing show "Stop the Music" is mocked. The denizens of Allen's Alley discuss their upcoming vacations. In a sketch, Fred goes to visit his nemesis, Jack Benny.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Jack Benny - June 26, 1938 - Last Show of the Season

The cast discuss their vacation plans. Jack tries to throw an end-of-season party, but has an argument with his cook (Rochester is there, but isn't his cook yet.)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Halls of Ivy - June 25, 1952 - Summer Vacation

Toddy feels slighted when no students appear at the farewell party being given for him by the faculty as the school year ends.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

My Favorite Husband - June 24, 1949 - Liz Changes Her Mind

Liz can't seem to follow through on anything without changing her mind. After George complains, Liz is determined to finish everything she starts. Parts of this episode were recycled for the "I Love Lucy" episode "Lucy Changes Her Mind".

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Fred Allen - June 22, 1938 - Telephone Weddings

The latest fad in wedding ceremonies, marriage by telephone, is discussed; Fred interviews Art Molger, a newspaper puzzle editor in Boston.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Great Gildersleeve - June 21, 1942 - The Father's Day Chair

Everyone orders Gildy a different-colored club chair for Father's Day, and mayhem ensues when they all arrive at the house.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Jack Benny - June 20, 1937 - Jack's Movie

Jack leaves the show to shoot a scene from his upcoming movie, "Artists and Models". Kenny Baker sings "Never in a Million Years".

This is the earliest surviving episode with Eddie Anderson as Rochester, who meets up with Jack at Paramount.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Phil Harris/Alice Faye - June 19, 1949 - Frankie's Foster Son

Remley plans to get married so that he can adopt the French orphan who was left on his doorstep. Alice sings "I'm in Love with a Wonderful Guy".

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Burns & Allen - June 18, 1945 - Making George Look Young

When others say that George looks old, it makes Gracie feel old herself, so she decides to give George a makeover.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Saturday, June 14, 2014

The Halls of Ivy - June 14, 1950 - Stolen First Edition

Vicki buys Toddy a rare first edition as a gift, but it turns out to have been stolen from the campus library.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Our Miss Brooks - June 12, 1949 - Wishing Well Dance

A wishing well is set up at the school to raise funds for a dance; when Connie's friends hear that Mr. Boynton's wish is for a lock of her hair, they all go to work.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Bob Hope - June 10, 1952 - Dale Evans & Roy Rogers

From the Naval Air Station in Coronado, California, the guests are Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. Dale sings "T for Texas" and Roy sings "A Four-Legged Friend". In a sketch, Roy and Hy Averback visit Bob at home.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Jack Benny - June 9, 1940 - Vacation Plans

The gang discusses Jack's upcoming vacation in Hawaii and the movie he'll be shooting after that. Dennis Day sings "Say It".

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Burns & Allen - June 8, 1943 - Gracie & Tootsie Work for Millionaire Playboy

Tootsie and Gracie go to apply for jobs with a playboy who's looking for help. When George meets the playboy, he gets jealous.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Burns & Allen - June 6, 1944 - Kansas City's Favorite Singer

While George is upset because he's not recognized for doing anything well, an address mixup leads to him receiving a letter intended for Dinah Shore declaring him Kansas City's favorite singer. Frank Nelson plays a member of the Kansas City council.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Jack Benny - June 5, 1938 - The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Part 3

After some jokes about Jack's upcoming movie, "Artists and Models Abroad", the final part of the Tom Sawyer play is performed.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

You Bet Your Life - June 4, 1952

Groucho meets a bachelor and a spinster, a woman who works at the draft board and a man from Missouri, and a housewife and a man who works at the Office of Price Stabilization.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Fibber McGee & Molly - June 3, 1947 - Citizenship Test

When Fibber loses his birth certificate, Mayor LaTrivia tells him that he needs to take a citizenship test.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Jack Benny - March 30, 1952 - My Naval Career

The show is perfomed from a naval training base in San Diego. In a flashback to 1917, Jack enlists in the Navy. Dennis Day sings "I Hear a Rhapsody".

Saturday, May 31, 2014

The Halls of Ivy - May 31, 1950 - The Sexton Award

Toddy faces a babysitting emergency on the night he's to receive the prestigious Sexton Award.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Our Miss Brooks - May 27, 1951 - The English Test

Connie's planning to have Mr. Boynton take her to a party at Stretch Snodgrass' house, but she finds out that Stretch's father will cancel the party if Stretch doesn't win an award for English.