“Old Time Radio Salutes the Academy Awards” featuring:
The Lucky Strike Program featuring Jack Benny: “High Noon”
The Magnificent Montague: “Lost in Hollywood”
Original Air Dates: September 28, 1952; January 19, 1951
Performance Date: February 8, 2009
Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear celebrated the Academy Awards by presenting two special Hollywood-themed episodes of two classic radio comedies.
Former Vaudeville entertainer Jack Benny became a pioneer of radio and early television—his program ran on one medium or another for more than 30 years, from 1932 until 1965. It is considered one of the comedic high-points from the Golden Age of Radio and Television.
Aside from Benny, the cast boasted regulars like Eddie Anderson, Phil Harris, Dennis Day, Mel Blanc, and Bea Benaderet. Many went on to achieve fame in their own right on other radio and early television programs.
In this episode of The Lucky Strike Program featuring Jack Benny, Benny and his castmates present a send-up of the popular Gary Cooper-Grace Kelley film High Noon.
The Magnificent Montague was a short-lived radio comedy, running from November, 1950 through September, 1951. It starred Monty Woolley as a former Shakespearean actor who, having fallen on hard times, is forced to swallow his pride and take a part on a daily radio program. The cast also included Anne Seymour and Pert Kelton.