Friday, January 31, 2014

Jack Benny - January 31, 1937 - Nightmares of Fred Allen

Phil's sister visits the set. After promising to play "The Bee" on next week's show, Jack has a nightmare about Fred Allen. Kenny Baker sings "Sweetheart, Let's Grow Old Together".

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Phil Harris/Alice Faye - January 30, 1949 - The Fire Chief

Phil is named volunteer Fire Chief. Alice sings "Clancy Lowered the Boom", and Phil sings "Thank the Man Upstairs".

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Bob Hope - January 28, 1941 - Basil Rathbone

In a sketch with guest star Basil Rathbone, Bob plays a magazine salesman who calls at the home of a mad doctor.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Jack Benny - January 27, 1946 - Contest Winners Announced

Jack gives away $10,000 in the "Why I Can't Stand Jack Benny" contest, judged by Fred Allen.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Fibber McGee & Molly - January 25, 1944 - Dining Out to Celebrate

The McGees try to decide where to go out to dinner. Marlin Hurt makes his first appearance on the show as Beulah the maid.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Our Miss Brooks - January 24, 1954 - Foreign Teachers

After Connie and other staff members insult some obnoxious foreign teachers, Connie and Mr Boynton visit the superintendent and impersonate them, hoping to get out of trouble.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Monday, January 20, 2014

Bob Hope - January 20, 1942 - Edward Everett Horton

After some monologue jokes about wartime rubber conservation, Bob and guest star Edward Everett Horton appear in a sketch about Bob's childhood. Betty Hutton sings "Shady Lady Bird".

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Fibber McGee & Molly - January 19, 1954 - McGee Works On Toaster to Forget Contest

While discussing the "Citizen X" contest with Molly, McGee volunteers to make the toast, which leads to a battle of wits between McGee and the toaster as he tries to fix it.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

You Bet Your Life - January 18, 1950 - Unedited

In this unedited episode, Groucho meets a bouncer and an accountant, a chiropodist and a housewife, and an Irish war bride and her husband.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Monday, January 13, 2014

You Bet Your Life - January 13, 1954 - Unedited

In this full recording of the show before it was edited down to 30 minutes, Groucho meets a young married couple, a man who works with racetrack betting equipment and a woman from Rome, and a salesman and a 96-year-od woman.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Duffy's Tavern - January 11, 1946 - Making a Movie / Larry Storch

When Archie wants Duffy to back the filming of Archie's life story, he hires Larry Storch to impersonate some big stars to impress Duffy.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Fibber McGee & Molly - January 10, 1950 - McGees Help Out at Walt's Malt Shoppe

When Walt needs to leave the malt shop to see his wife off at the train station, the McGees run the shop in his absence.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Fred Allen - January 9, 1949 - H. Allen Smith / Literary Panel

The guest is author H. Allen Smith, who participates in a comic roundtable about his book. There's also the usual walk down "Main Street" (renamed from Allen's Alley for the sponsor, Ford.)

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Jack Benny - January 8, 1950 - Drear Pooson

This episode has what may be Frank Nelson's funniest moment on the series. When Don Wilson fluffs the name of columnist Drew Pearson early in the show, one of the greatest callbacks in history occurs when Frank Nelson makes his entrance in a sketch later.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Bob Hope - January 7, 1953 - Road to Bali with Jack Benny

Benny and Hope trade barbs; in a sketch based on Hope's movie "The Road to Bali", Bob and Jack are stranded on a tropical island.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Jack Benny - January 4, 1942 - New Year's Eve Party at the Biltmore Bowl

Jack gets ready for a New Year's Eve party at the Biltmore, where Phil's band will be playing. There's a sarcastic waiter, who for some reason isn't played by Frank Nelson. An odd little episode.

At the party, Jack and Mary also meet fictional film star "Rodney Dangerfield", a parody of macho movie stars who was referred to a number of times during the series. Some years later, the comedian Jack Roy borrowed the name and never looked back.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Burns & Allen - January 3, 1946 - Taking In a Veteran

Because of the postwar housing shortage, Gracie plans to take in a veteran and his family; Meredith Willson wants to start a vaudeville act with George.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Fibber McGee & Molly - January 2, 1940 - Fibber Builds a Doghouse

When McGee gets some new tools, Molly suggests that he build a doghouse (to stop him from "repairing" their real furniture.)

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Our Miss Brooks - January 1, 1950 - Babysitting on New Year's Eve

When Connie can't afford to go out on New Year's Eve, she agrees to babysit Mr. Conklin's nephew to get the money.