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Remembering The Jack Benny Program
"Jack Benny was one of the funniest comedians of all time, and his show, "The Jack Benny Program," appeared nearly every week on radio and then on TV between 1932 and 1965. This quiz is about that show (mainly the radio version)."
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
Name the singing group that often sang the radio show's commercials and usually left Jack Benny screaming "Wait - a - minute!!"
The Andrew Sisters
The Ink Spots
The Sportsmen Quartet
The Dapper Dans
Jack Benny was actually a decent violin player. But for his radio and TV persona, Jack Benny stank. What was the name of his fictional long-suffering violin teacher, played by Mel Blanc?
Professor Virtuoso Maestro Stokowski Blanc
Professor Ludwig von Blanc
Professor Senior Blanco
A feature of Benny's radio and TV shows was his legendary vault that housed his money. Which of the following did NOT guard his vault at various times through the radio and TV shows' runs?
A Revolutionary War soldier
Carmichael the Polar Bear
Polly the Parrot
One of the biggest laughs the Jack Benny radio show got came from a mangled line. What has this mangled line, and who said it?
Don Wilson, who misread a commercial for "Stucky Likes" cigarettes instead of "Lucky Strikes"
Dennis Day, who sang "Banny Doy" instead of "Danny Boy"
Phil Harris, who referred to Jack Benny as "Action Jackson"
Mary Livingston, who ordered a "chiss sweeze" sandwich
In this running gag, Mel Blanc played a disembodied voice in a train station continually trying to get passengers to board the "train leaving on Track 9" to what three destinations?
Anaheim, Azusa and Cucamonga
Waukegan, Winston and Walla-Walla Washington
Anaheim, Los Angeles and Hawaii
St. Louis, Chicago and East Podunk, Kentucky
What famous entertainer frequently played Jack Benny's next-door neighbor on the radio show?
A mugger stole this object at the end of one radio episode when he famously threatened Jack Benny with "Your money or your life!"
Ronald Colman's Oscar
Benny's favorite dime, which he had had bronzed
The keys to Benny's vault
Bing Crosby's golden microphone
"Your money or your life!" got the biggest laugh ever on Jack Benny's radio show.
One of Jack Benny's longest-running gags was his terrible song, which he tried to trick guest stars into singing. What was the tongue-tripping title of this song that Benny so loved?
"Don't forget me now my darling, on this our wedding day, because you'll be sorry and I'll run away"
"If you don't keep your cat quiet, I'll get a new violin and then you'll be sorry"
"If you say 'I beg your pardon,' then I'll come back to you"
"Wait for me under the apple tree, because it's the best place for applesauce"
Jack Benny and Fred Allen waged a long-running, good-natured "feud" on their respective radio shows. Which of the following gags did Fred Allen use on Jack Benny?
Allen tricked Benny out of his pants by making him "King for a Day"
Allen emptied Benny's studio of props, equipment and actors one hour before Jack's regular Sunday night broadcast
Allen replaced Benny's violin strings with fishing line dipped in resin
Allen conned NBC into letting his show be broadcast in Benny's time-slot, with Allen's cast performing the other cast's roles
What bit on the radio show involving Jack Benny and Rochester, Benny's valet played by black actor Eddie Anderson, caused a minor outrage among certain racists?
Rochester socked Benny and knocked him down
Benny and Rochester once switched roles, with Benny playing the valet
Benny let Rochester appear in skits where Rochester was married to Mary Livingston, Benny's real-life wife
Benny and Eddie Anderson did a radio ad promoting civil rights
Which of the following people played a regular long-running secondary role on "The Jack Benny Program?"
Which of the following performers on Jack Benny's program did NOT have a show of his or her own?
Which of the following roles did Mel Blanc NOT perform regularly on "The Jack Benny Program?"
The Maxwell car
Polly the Parrot
A department store clerk
Jack Benny's fictional persona of a stingy miser was the exact opposite of who he really was: a generous, caring man. Which of the following was NOT one of his fictional miserly ways?
He ran a laundry out of his house
He bought Don Wilson plastic shoelaces for Christmas
He constantly borrowed things from his neighbors
His bathroom was coin-operated
Jack Benny starred in a comedy film that was a box-office bomb. Benny often poked fun at himself on his radio and TV show over this film. What was the name of this movie?
The Horn Blows at Midnight
George Washington Slept Here
To Be or Not To Be
Which of the following cast members did NOT serve in the U.S. Navy?
Until 1949, Jack Benny's radio show appeared on NBC. What station did Benny switch to the next year?
None; he left radio in 1948
At various times, Jack Benny's radio show was sponsored by Jell-O, Lucky Strikes cigarettes, and which breakfast cereal?
For much of the radio show's two-decade run, a combination of two songs served as the show's opening theme song. One was "Yankee Doodle Dandy." What was the other one?
Hooray for Hollywood
Love in Bloom
I'll Be Seeing You
The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down
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Compiled May 24 13