Posted ByGerry O. on March 14, 2002 at 09:08:11:
In Reply to: Re: Speaking Of GREAT Singing "Lucky" Commercials.... posted byBobR on March 14, 2002 at 00:45:29:
: : : Last night I saw the opera "Rigoletto" and thoroughly
: : : enjoyed it. At one point, they began singing a tune
: : : that was so familiar to me, but I couldn't quite place
: : : where I heard it before. Suddenly, I realized what it
: : : was and I leaned over to my husband and whispered, "It's
: : : a Lucky Strike commercial!!". In the episode dated 4/25/48,
: : : entitled "Charlie's Aunt", soprano Dorothy Kirsten appeared on
: : : the JB show and sang a song from "Rigoletto" with the
: : : Sportmen Quartet. Of course all the words were changed
: : : to advertise Lucky Strikes....it's about the best commercial
: : : I've ever heard on all the JB shows. Even when we go
: : : to the opera, we can't escape Jack! ha ha ha
: : : Tanya
: : My all-time FAVORITE singing Lucky commercial is the one on the Thanksgiving program of 1947 (where Jack goes to buy a turkey).
: : Jack accompanies the Sportsmen Quartette on his violin to an absolutely ROUSING rendition of "The Poet and Peasant Overture" (with Lucky lyrics, of course!). They really knew how to plug the sponsor's product back then!
: Not to stir up any negativity on the Lucky commercials,Jack later in life regretted his association with these cancer sticks.Unbeknownst to him at the time and to the majority of ill informed Americans this product would kill enormous numbers of people unknowingly.Jack never smoked and at least did not suffer the fate of millions with lung cancer or deadly emphysema.I personally skip all Lucky commercials due to family members succumbing to this vile product.Yes,it is cute that there were some comedic episodes related to this product ,but in the long run there is really no comedy about it.
Bob, for the record, Jack Benny DID smoke, but mainly cigars. (Mary smoked cigarettes, but not Luckies....Chesterfield was her brand, and she would discreetly smuggle packs of Chesterfields into the studio in her purse).
It goes without saying that smoking cigarettes is a hazardous habit. A GREAT way to discourage anyone from smoking (even a younger person) is to show them old movies or TV shows and point out all of the actors and actresses who died an earlier-than-necessary death due to their cigarette smoking....It really scares the daylights out of a lot of people!