Saturday, November 17, 2012

The Jack Benny Show 1952-53 Season

The Jack Benny Show in the last years of the Golden Age of Radio managed to climb higher in the ratings each season and would culminate in being the #1 show for the 1954-55 season.
We are going to look at the 1952-53 season as The Lucky Strike Program with Jack Benny would be the #2 show of the radio season behind the resurgent Amos N' Andy Show that somehow saw its ratings jump to #1.

In my own opinion this is a really good season even without bandleader Phil Harris, who left the show after the 1951-52 season.  He was ably replaced by Bob Crosby, brother of legendary crooner Bing Crosby.
The sound quality of these shows is remarkable and gives the show a more "modern" feel and they are really in stride this season with Rochester, Dennis, Mary and Don.   I think Mel Blanc was really on top of his game during the 1950s and this season is one of his best.

This week the first 3 episodes of the 1952-53 season.

You get the added bonus of a great introduction by my friend Buck Benny who happily allowed me to post these shows from his Buck Benny Podcast.  Please go listen and follow him for great Old Time Radio from the 30s, 40s and 50s.

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