39 Forever Second Edition

Volume 1: Radio 1932-1942 Now Available!

After hundreds of hours of work, I am very excited to announce that the first volume of my revised Jack Benny media log is now available! 

39 Forever was originally released in 1989, and included Jack's radio and television shows, appearances, and specials, movies, books, magazine articles, and discography.  Due to the level of detail involved in this revision, it will be released in multiple volumes over the coming years. 

Who were the first guest stars on the Benny program?

When was the very first mention of a feud between Jack and Fred Allen?

When did Jack first play Love in Bloom on the air?

What character names did Eddie Anderson play besides Rochester?

When did Phil Harris first call Jack "Jackson" and why?

The answers to all these questions and much, much more lie in the pages of 39 Forever, Second Edition.

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Volume 1 covers Jack's regular radio programs from his debut for Canada Dry in May of 1932 through the end of the Jell-O series in May of 1942, almost exactly half of Jack's total regular radio broadcasts.  Please see below for a sample of the write-up for each show.  Full indexes of cast members, cities, musical artists, skits, and songs are also included.

This volume contains 536 pages of detailed information, and is truly a priceless resource for any Benny fan, and anyone looking to understand more about how the program went from its debut to the top of the ratings. 

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39 Forever, Second Edition - Volume 1 is available for $40.00, and will be sent to you via Media Mail.

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Sample show entry:

Date: 2/20/1938             Sponsor: Jell-O             City: Hollywood, CA

Recording Source: East coast                           Problems: None

First line:

And now ladies and gentlemen, we bring you a man who celebrated his birthday last Monday, February the 14th, and his age was exactly…

Summary:

Jack won't tell his age…how Jack got into the service in World War I…Phil wishes him happy 44 (which is right)…Jack says he's 33…gang discusses astrology…telegrams from Jack's father and doctor who delivered Jack…Jack was on Maxwell House "Good News" program, says Allan Jones has a good voice…Kenny Baker thinks Virginia Bruce plays Baby Snooks…skit Submarine D-1…Rochester doesn't want to go on a U-boat…off to Panama…sea horse goes by with sign of "Santa Anita or Bust"…submarine running out of gas, find a submerged gas station…Shlepperman runs the gas station…Shlepperman offers to introduce Jack to a Mermaid…Mary is looking for a he-mermaid

Cast:

Last name

First name

Roles

Guest star

Anderson

Eddie

Rochester

No

Baker

Kenny

Kenny Baker, Lucky Baker

No

Beloin

Ed

Telegram boy 1

No

Benny

Jack

Jack Benny, Butch O'Benny

No

Harris

Phil

Phil Harris, Sock Harris

No

Hearn

Sam

Shlepperman

No

Livingstone

Mary

Mary Livingstone, Slug Livingstone

No

Morrow

Bill

Telegram boy 2

No

Wilson

Don

Don Wilson, Slim Wilson

No

Songs:

Order

Title

Performers

Vocal

1

Go South Young Man

Phil Harris

No

2

Rose Marie I Love You

Kenny Baker

Yes

3

You Do Something to Me

Phil Harris

No

4

Who Knows

Phil Harris

No

Notes:

Blooper

Phil delivers a line slowly and Jack says, "You can deliver that faster tonight"

Blooper

Jack stumbles on the line "ship's steering"

Skit

Submarine D-1