Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Old Time Radio: Jack Benny's last Christmas radio show (1954)

 A long running tradition on the radio version of The Jack Benny Program, which would carry over to the TV version until it ended in 1965, was the annual Christmas show. A running gag was Jack frustrating a department store salesman (Mel Blanc) by making constant exchanges, largely due to his indecisiveness, which would drive the poor salesman crazy.

In this 1954 episode, Sheldon Leonard also appears as the track tout.

Somewhere up in Heaven, Mel & Jack are rehearsing for this year's show at the Pearly Gates.

Rating: A-.

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