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Jack Benny was born 120 years ago today!
http://news.kjosy.com ^ | february 14, 2014

Posted on 02/14/2014 10:31:11 AM PST by lowbridge

Jack Benny (born Benjamin Kubelsky; February 14, 1894 – December 26, 1974) was an American comedian,vaudevillian, radio, television, and film actor, and violinist. Recognized as a leading American entertainer of the 20th century, Benny portrayed his character as a miser, playing his violin badly. In character, he would be 39 years of age, regardless of his actual age.

Benny was known for comic timing, and the ability to create laughter with a pregnant pause or a single expression, such as his signature exasperated “Well!” His radio and television programs, popular from the 1930s to the 1960s, were a major influence on the sitcom genre.

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1 posted on 02/14/2014 10:31:12 AM PST by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

And he’s still 39!


2 posted on 02/14/2014 10:32:08 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: lowbridge

Well!


3 posted on 02/14/2014 10:33:29 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Da Coyote
When I turned 39, I went to see my father.

"Dad, I said, WE have a problem. WE can't both be 39."

He looked at me with that familiar grin and said "You have a problem".

4 posted on 02/14/2014 10:34:47 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: lowbridge

Jack Benny and Bill Cosby were the greatest at making you laugh with just a look on their face. Bill is still doing it.


5 posted on 02/14/2014 10:35:23 AM PST by fish hawk (no tyrant can remain in power without the consent and cooperation of his victims.)
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To: Da Coyote

*And he’s still 39!*

“Now Don, cut that out!”

;—)


6 posted on 02/14/2014 10:47:12 AM PST by PATRIOT1876
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To: lowbridge
Forever 39!

B T T T ! ! ! ©

7 posted on 02/14/2014 10:48:27 AM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: lowbridge

“Raaaah-ch’ster!!”


8 posted on 02/14/2014 10:48:32 AM PST by Nea Wood (When people get used to preferential treatment, equal treatment seems like discrimination.-Sowell)
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To: onyx

Hate to say this, but he died in 1974. I have to wonder how many people younger than me even remember who he was?


9 posted on 02/14/2014 10:50:05 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

I have no idea.
He was old when I was young.


10 posted on 02/14/2014 10:51:20 AM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Nea Wood

I have a copy of his show where Julie London was the guest...he was almost drooling! He was one of the best!


11 posted on 02/14/2014 10:51:41 AM PST by Shady (We will not comply. We are Free, We Are AMERICANS!)
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To: lowbridge

Strange. I can listen to an old Jack Benny radio program and get a number of solid, genuine laughs from it.

Yet, I can have my television turned on to the “Comedy Central” network for a full day... with its rotten movies, boorish Stewart/Colbert smarminess, and its roster of tiresome and crude late-night standup comedians... and not even get a single smile, much less an actual laugh.


12 posted on 02/14/2014 10:58:16 AM PST by greene66
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To: lowbridge

“Train leaving on track five for Anaheim, Azusa and Cu-ca-monga!”


13 posted on 02/14/2014 10:58:34 AM PST by Scoutmaster (I'd rather be at Philmont)
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To: lowbridge

the best comedian ever
(Carol Burnett a good second...)


14 posted on 02/14/2014 10:59:57 AM PST by faithhopecharity
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To: greene66

“Strange. I can listen to an old Jack Benny radio program and get a number of solid, genuine laughs from it.”

.

Yep ! The radio “walk” to Benny’s vault was one of the funniest things ever.

.


15 posted on 02/14/2014 11:01:37 AM PST by Mears
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To: lowbridge

120 years? Wow. It took almost that long to get into his vault!


16 posted on 02/14/2014 11:02:05 AM PST by GoDuke
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To: lowbridge

To Be Or Not To Be

a great film

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0035446/

and another great one

The Horn Blows at Midnight

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0037790/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_34


17 posted on 02/14/2014 11:04:01 AM PST by woofie
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To: lowbridge

To celebrate, I should probably get out my old VHS bootleg tape of the movie “Love Thy Neighbor” (1940), which starred Benny and Fred Allen, playing up on their old feud. Pretty funny movie.


18 posted on 02/14/2014 11:04:17 AM PST by greene66
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To: lowbridge

Jack Benny - Your Money or Your Life

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tVzdUczMT0


19 posted on 02/14/2014 11:05:01 AM PST by massmike (If I like my tagline,I can keep it! Obama said so..........)
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To: lowbridge

“Jello again. This is your host, Jack Benny.”

Carmichael the polar bear. The banter with Phil Harris. The quiet shots from Mary Livingston. All classic.


20 posted on 02/14/2014 11:06:27 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Nea Wood

Yessss, Mr. Benny!


21 posted on 02/14/2014 11:11:33 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: Scoutmaster
“Train leaving on track five for Anaheim, Azusa and Cu-ca-monga!”

In addition to Rochester, Don Wilson, and Dennis Day, he had great supporting players around him such as Mel Blanc, Frank Nelson, and Benny Rubin.

I remember a Christmas episode where Mel Blanc played a clerk in a department store where Jack was shopping. Jack Benny bought a wallet as a gift for Don Wilson, which Mel Blanc gift wrapped for him. Benny kept bringing the wallet back to Mel Blanc to be re-wrapped, with Blanc becoming more and more upset each time. Benny had to turn away from the camera to keep the audience from seeing how he was cracking up because of the way Mel Blanc was carrying on.

22 posted on 02/14/2014 11:22:04 AM PST by GreenHornet
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To: lowbridge

Thanks for posting that. Jack and Groucho were two classics, among the best.


23 posted on 02/14/2014 11:32:21 AM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: GreenHornet
Mel Blanc's "Anaheim, Azusa and Cu-ca-monga!" lived on in Warner Brothers cartoons, Johnny Carson skits (one of his car salesman skits gave directions via AA&C, and Carson character Floyd R. Turbo was from Cucamonga), and Jan & Dean's 'Anaheim, Azusa, and Cucamonga Book Review, Sewing Circle, and Timing Association.'

Personally, I spent a month in Rancho Cucamonga one weekend.

24 posted on 02/14/2014 11:36:09 AM PST by Scoutmaster (I'd rather be at Philmont)
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To: lowbridge

Thanks! That was wonderful.

A lot of his stuff really holds up well. And he was just hysterical to watch.

I wonder how many young comics even know of him.


25 posted on 02/14/2014 11:37:02 AM PST by Forgotten Amendments (I remember when a President having an "enemies list" was a scandal. Now, they have a kill list.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
Yeah. Wildly famous one day, virtually forgotten a generation later. I tried to explain to my kids who Sid Caeser was, and it was hopeless. They don't understand that in an era when there was only two or three channels, and homes only had one TV, there were a few programs that everyone watched. My kids will not watch an old movie or TV program if it is in black and white. They miss a lot of good stuff.
26 posted on 02/14/2014 11:44:40 AM PST by fhayek
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To: Mears
Yep ! The radio “walk” to Benny’s vault was one of the funniest things ever.

Ditto that. I remember sitting with my dad listening to that. I was just a little kid and thought it was funny as hell.

27 posted on 02/14/2014 11:47:30 AM PST by Ditto
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To: lowbridge

“Modesty is my best quality”


28 posted on 02/14/2014 11:50:04 AM PST by MooseKnuckles ( “People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.”)
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To: fish hawk
Jack Benny and Bill Cosby were the greatest at making you laugh with just a look on their face. Bill is still doing it.

I agree. I wish there were an official title of Comedian Laureate. Cos would be mine (works clean, isn't mean, is actually funny....)

29 posted on 02/14/2014 11:52:48 AM PST by llevrok (F the government)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
I have to wonder how many people younger than me even remember who he was?

"I'm thinking. I'M THINKING!!"

30 posted on 02/14/2014 11:53:51 AM PST by llevrok (F the government)
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To: GreenHornet

and arguably the greatest sketch writers and prop men ever.


31 posted on 02/14/2014 11:55:53 AM PST by llevrok (F the government)
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To: fhayek

yep... and hence you have Laurel & Hardy, who visited Britain after their career had ended...

and they met mobs in the streets... they were so touched. I’ve seen photos of them in tears which was their reaction to the love and respect that England showed them. This is from a biography I read about them, and I can’t for the life of me remember the title.

Stan Laurel was pretty much out of the lion share of his money and living in an apartment in Santa Monica in his later years.

strange thing about America...


32 posted on 02/14/2014 12:04:07 PM PST by Chuzzlewit
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To: GreenHornet
Christmas episode with mel blanc:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhW1GjVxVUA

And the scene alone:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4Dw3vvXGUg

33 posted on 02/14/2014 1:32:29 PM PST by lowbridge
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To: Buckeye McFrog
"Benny"

Around 1997 I was talking to a young co-worker about movies and tv. I mentioned John Belushi. She asked me who he was. I began to wonder if any of the young people ever heard of or liked comedians much older than themselves.

As children from the fifties and sixties, we loved Jack Benny, Red Skelton, The Stooges, and any other comedians who made us laugh. The people we laughed at didn't have to be close to our age. Funny was funny.

34 posted on 02/14/2014 1:41:43 PM PST by driftless2
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To: lowbridge

Thanks for the Youtube links! Classic stuff!


35 posted on 02/14/2014 2:32:59 PM PST by GreenHornet
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To: lowbridge

http://free-classic-tv-shows.com/Variety/The-Jack-Benny-Program/index.php

Stream or download the episodes. Great stuff.


36 posted on 02/14/2014 2:41:43 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: GreenHornet

There were several Christmas episodes with Mel Blanc...on radio anyway. One year he was buying shoelaces for Don (couldn’t decide between metal tips or plastic tips). Another year it was gopher traps (lethal or non?)

And Mel as his violin teacher.....

https://archive.org/details/JackBenny1


37 posted on 02/14/2014 2:58:11 PM PST by Overtaxed
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To: blueunicorn6

And his perpetually annoyed next-door neighbor, Ronald Colman; some of the most hilarious scenes ever!


38 posted on 02/14/2014 6:45:13 PM PST by 6323cd
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To: onedoug; windcliff

Ping


39 posted on 02/14/2014 6:45:37 PM PST by stylecouncilor
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To: lowbridge

It’s easy to get Benny’s radio shows for a pittance from several companies, or on eBay. The first one, from 1932, with George Olsen and his Music, exists in its entirety. (It’s not funny.) There are fragments of shows from 1933-36, and from then on they are virtually complete.

Fibber McGee and Molly are also available, almost their entire radio career.

Also, “Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar.”

My three favorite OTR programs.


40 posted on 02/14/2014 11:15:37 PM PST by Arthur McGowan
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To: Arthur McGowan

Why pay, even a pittance, when you can download them off many sites for free?

http://www.archive.org


41 posted on 02/15/2014 10:18:14 AM PST by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

Labor.


42 posted on 02/15/2014 11:01:45 AM PST by Arthur McGowan
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To: Arthur McGowan

Never heard Benny’s first program, but I’ve long known it circulates. Didn’t know George Olsen’s band was present. Always liked Olsen’s 1924 recording of “Beale Street Blues,” but his early-30s music had gotten rather mellow for my tastes.


43 posted on 02/15/2014 3:21:04 PM PST by greene66
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To: lowbridge

I love Jack Benny. His stuff is better than most of what is around today. Listen to shows almost daily.


44 posted on 02/15/2014 3:22:56 PM PST by Vision (Tune out, drop back)
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To: greene66

I think my favorite Olsen is “I’m Bringing a Red, Red Rose.” I have a mint copy—sounds cleaner than a couple of reissues I have.

And I love the Hollywood stuff—1929-30. It’s hot, but has the “California sound.” Sounds like Leroy Shield, Gus Arnheim, Jimmie Grier.


45 posted on 02/15/2014 5:29:37 PM PST by Arthur McGowan
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To: greene66

On the fragments of Benny shows from 1933-34, you can hear Frank Black’s orchestra. Awesome. One of those big-budget, elephantine, but hot, hot radio orchestras. It’s maddening that only snippets survive.


46 posted on 02/15/2014 5:31:57 PM PST by Arthur McGowan
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To: Arthur McGowan

Not familiar with Frank Black, but it does sound like something I might like. I am fond of that sort of full-blooded, bouncy, vibrant radio/studio orchestra sound, like in the vein of the 1936 Bill Challis radio transcriptions.

Plus, I do like the uniquely ‘lilting’ sound of 1920s California/West Coast bands, such as Herb Wiedoeft, Abe Lyman, Herman Kenin and such... the sort of breezy, laid-back style that’s reminiscent of what one hears in the old, early-30s Hal Roach comedy shorts.

One nice, later George Olsen record I have, and always particularly liked, is his version of “Big City Blues.” The 78rpm I have is in almost near-mint condition. I also really like his “Everybody Loves My Baby” recording.


47 posted on 02/15/2014 6:47:14 PM PST by greene66
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