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Jack Benny Lucky Strike Program - The Mean Old Man (03-21-54)
Time-length-icon 29m 30s
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Publish-date-icon March 6, 2014
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The Mean Old Man (Aired March 21, 1954)
American Tobacco's Lucky Strike was his longest-lasting radio sponsor, from October, 1944, through the end of his original radio series. The show returned to CBS on January 2, 1949, as part of CBS president William S. Paley's notorious "raid" of NBC talent in 1948–49. There it stayed for the remainder of its radio run, which ended on May 22, 1955. CBS aired repeats of old radio episodes from 1956 to 1958 as The Best of Benny. Benny's stage character was just about everything the actual Jack Benny was not: cheap, petty, vain, and self-congratulatory. His comic rendering of these traits became the linchpin to the Benny show's success. Benny set himself up as the comedic foil, allowing his supporting characters to draw laughs at the expense of his character's flaws. By allowing such a character to be seen as human and vulnerable, in an era where few male characters were allowed such obvious vulnerability, Benny made what might have been a despicable character into a lovable Everyman character. THIS EPISODE: March 21, 1954. Program #372. CBS network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. Who is "The Mean Old Man?" Tune in and find out. AFRS program name: "The Jack Benny Program." The program was rebroadcast as "The Best Of Benny" on May 19, 1957. The script was originally used on the show March 4, 1951. Eddie Anderson, Dennis Day, Bea Benaderet, Sara Berner, Jack Benny, Don Wilson, Milt Josefsberg (writer), John Tackaberry (writer), Al Gordon (writer), Hal Goldman (writer), Hilliard Marks (producer, transcriber), Ralph Levy, The Sportsmen. 29:29. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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