39 Forever Second Edition

Volume 2: Radio 1942-1955 Now Available!

After hundreds of hours of work, I am very excited to announce that the second 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. 

What were the longest laughs on the Benny program?

How did Jack regain the Maxwell after donating it to the scrap drive?

What were all the shows with the running gags of the vault, the tout, and Si-Sy?

What's the story on Mary dubbing her lines from home?

The answers to all these questions and much, much more lie in the pages of 39 Forever, Second Edition Volume 2.

Click here:  Readers rave about 39 Forever Volume 1!

Volume 2 covers Jack's regular radio programs from his switch to Grape Nuts Flakes in October of 1942 through the end of the radio series in May of 1955.  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 581 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. 

GREAT!  So how do I buy it?

39 Forever, Second Edition - Volume 2 is available for $40.00, and will be sent to you via Media Mail (or surface mail for international orders).  

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Sample show entry:

Date: 11/8/1942     Sponsor: Grape Nuts Flakes     City: Hollywood, CA

Recording Source: Network                 Problems: None

First line:

Now, ladies and gentlemen, the elections being over, we bring you a man who was swept into office by an overwhelming majority…the new sidewalk inspector of Beverly Hills, California, Jack Benny

Summary:

Jack is the new sidewalk inspector of Beverly Hills…Jack makes a political speech…Jim Far-Lee handled Jack's campaign…Phil brings a letter from Mary's mother…Uncle Willy hasn't been arrested since the dim-out because no one leaves shades up any more…George Washington slept in Mary's family's home…Jack uses an anteater to check for cracks in the sidewalk…Don wrote a play, "The Twink Family"…Mrs. Twink is a welder on the night shift…ice girl gets fresh with Mr. Twink, Clarabelle is jealous…Dennis asks what Jack is getting him for Christmas…Andy Devine has 12 pretty college girls picking tomatoes on his farm…Andy wants to sell Jack Leona, a horse for his buggy…Jack wants to see Leona's teeth, Andy's father pulls them out for him…Leona starts coughing and sneezing…Rochester calls, he just bought a horse…Jack tells Rochester to return the horse

Cast:

Last name

First name

Roles

Guest star

   

Gloria the ice girl

No

Anderson

Eddie

Rochester

No

Beloin

Ed

Hooray for Benny guy

No

Benny

Jack

Jack Benny, Oglethorpe J. Twink

No

Colvig

Pinto

Leona

No

Day

Dennis

Dennis Day, Josephine Twink

No

Devine

Andy

Andy Devine

Yes

Goff

Norris

Father Devine

No

Harris

Phil

Phil Harris, Joe Twink

No

Livingstone

Mary

Mary Livingstone, Clarabelle Twink

No

Wilson

Don

Don Wilson

No

Songs:

Order

Title

Performers

Vocal

1

I Am an American

Phil Harris

No

2

Massachusetts

Phil Harris

No

3

White Christmas

Dennis Day

Yes

4

You Can't Say No to a Soldier

Phil Harris

No

Notes:

Notable

First time Jack says "Hello again"

Running gag

Mary's mother communication