“It’s a Man’s Life in Old Time Radio” featuring:
The Lucky Strike Program featuring Jack Benny: “Captain Horatio Hornblower”
The Maxwell House Coffee Time featuring George Burns and Gracie Allen: “Gracie Meets Sam Spade”
Original Air Dates: September 23, 1951; February 10, 1949
Performance Date: February 13, 2011
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.
The legandary duo of George Burns and Gracie Allen first met and performed together in vaudeville in Newark, New Jersey in 1922. They subsequently married in 1926, and continued to perform together. Burns wrote most of the material and played the straight man to Allen's scatter-brained but loveable dimwit.
They first performed on radio in 1932, and by 1934 they had their own show, The Adventures of Gracie. Their show continued, under various names, including The Hines Honey and Almond Cream Show, throughout the 1940s. They eventually moved to television in 1950, where they remained until 1959. Their television program ran in syndication for many years following cancellation.
- The Lucky Strike Program featuring Jack Benny: “Captain Horatio Hornblower”
- The Maxwell House Coffee Time featuring George Burns and Gracie Allen: “Gracie Meets Sam Spade”
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