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As Goyish as Lime Jell-O? Jack Benny and the American Construction of Jewishness

Holly A. Pearse

in Jewishness: Expression, Identity and Representation

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781904113454
eISBN:
9781800340336
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113454.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter discusses the Jewishness of modern radio comedy. The question of whether Jack Benny — who in a career spanning from 1932 to 1965 was internationally renowned as a star in the classic ... More


Jack Benny and the Golden Age of American Radio Comedy

Kathryn H. Fuller-Seeley

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780520295049
eISBN:
9780520967946
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520295049.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Radio

Jack Benny became one of the most influential entertainers of the 20th century - by being the top radio comedian, when the comics ruled radio, and radio was the most powerful and pervasive mass ... More


The Ballet and Ballyhoo of Radio Showmanship: Young & Rubicam’s Soft Sell

Cynthia B. Meyers

in A Word from Our Sponsor: Admen, Advertising, and the Golden Age of Radio

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780823253708
eISBN:
9780823268931
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823253708.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

This chapter analyzes the advertising industry debates over the use of entertainment and “showmanship” as a selling tool on radio. Early in the radio era, admen debated about the usefulness and ... More


Postscript: The Afterlife: 1965 and Beyond

Will Friedwald

in Straighten Up and Fly Right: The Life and Music of Nat King Cole

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
June 2020
ISBN:
9780190882044
eISBN:
9780190882075
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190882044.003.0012
Subject:
Music, Popular

During Christmas 1964, three members of the Cole family were in the hospital: Nat, in Los Angeles, and his father, in Chicago, were essentially on their deathbeds, but Nat’s oldest child, Carole was ... More


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