A classic show with two classic comedians. Prior to the show, Eddie Cantor makes a phone calls to get Jackk Benny on his show. He has to wait until Jack takes care of some important business at the local drugstore. As the show begins, Eddie chats with announcer, Harry Vonzell about how stingy Jack is, then keeps giving Jack the brush off. Hattie McDaniels joins the teasing by commenting on both Rochester and Jack.
Once Jack makes it on stage, he and Eddie take a few jabs at each other, and Jack plugs his new film, Washigton Slept Here. Jack is such a humble soul. (wink, wink)
Eddie is polite as Jack talks about his acting prowess, but when Jack leaves for a moment, Eddie tells Harry what he really thinks. Dinah Shore arrives to sing, and Jack calls her aside to try to woo her away from the show. When it doesn’t work she sings,m White Christmas. Hey, it may be out of season, but it gives you something to think about on a hot Summer day. Next, Jack tries to win Harry Vonzell away from the show, but it just leads to a segway for a commercial.
Upset over the ordeal, Eddie impersonates Rochester for a prank phone call to Jack. The Mad Russian doesn’t have any qualms about leaving Eddie. His loyalties are so fickle. After another commercial break, Jack accompanies Eddie on violin as he sings, Ida Sweet as Apple Cider. Of course, getting a few pitches for their respective sponsors.
Tommy Dorsey. 1942. Marie.
And a little fun with Keith and the Retrobots.