I Stand Condemned (Aired January 19, 1947)
The Jack Benny Program is a classic comedy that is truly one of the best-loved programs from the Golden Age of Radio. It started life as The Canada Dry Program in 1932 on the Blue Network and finished off as The Lucky Strike Program on CBS in 1955. In between, it kept the audience in stitches and established Benny as one of America's all-time great comedians. The format of the show, and the personality of its star, so well honed in two decades on radio, made the transition to television almost intact. Jack's stinginess, vanity about his supposed age of 39, basement vault where he kept all his money, ancient Maxwell automobile, and feigned ineptness at playing the violin were all part of the act. Added to Jack's famous pregnant pause and exasperated "Well!" were a rather mincing walk, an affected hand to the cheek, and a painted look of disbelief when confronted by life's little tragedies.
January 19, 1947. NBC network. Commercials deleted. The cast does its version of, "I Stand Condemned."
A mysterious, wealthy stranger is giving money away! The plot is similar to "The Lucky Strike Program Starring Jack Benny" of March 24, 1946. Boris Karloff (guest), Jack Benny, Mary Livingstone, Mel Blanc, Phil Harris, Eddie Anderson, Dennis Day, Jeanette Eymann, Frank Nelson, George Balzer (writer), John Tackaberry (writer), Milt Josefsberg (writer), Sam Perrin (writer), Mahlon Merrick (conductor). 28:59. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.