"Grape-Nuts Flakes" Era


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Posted ByGerry O. on July 17, 2002 at 15:39:34:

I've heard several Jack Benny programs from the "Grape-Nuts Flakes Program" run.....
Is it just me, or do the "Grape-Nuts" shows mark a definite slump in the Benny program?
I realize that the show had some tough breaks during this period (Jack's serious illness and 6-week absence from the show, Phil Harris going into the service and being replaced by various unfunny bandleaders, etc.).
However, I just don't find many of the Grape-Nuts shows to be FUNNY....many of them seem to fall flat.
Maybe this was a "growing pains" period for the program...it was after the silly (but funny), free-wheeling "Jell-O" era and just before the more sophisticated and extremely well-written "Lucky Strike" era.
Do any of you have any thoughts on Jack's "Grape-Nuts Flakes" programs?



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