Going Bananas

I love silly songs and this has been a favorite of mine since I was a kid. Here is Guy Marks performing his hit novelty song, Loving You Has Made Me Bananas.

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Remembering a Legend….Jack Benny

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Jack Benny February 14, 1894 – December 26, 1974

 

40 years ago today the world lost one of the greatest comedians who ever lived when Jack Benny died at the age of 80….of course, Jack would have insisted that he was 39.

Jack Benny’s career ranged from vaudeville to radio to movies to television to concert stages to personal appearances….and he continued to perform almost until his death from pancreatic cancer. He was even set to co-star with Walter Matthau in the film The Sunshine Boys….that role would played instead by Benny’s best friend of 55 years, George Burns. I’ll bet that Jack would have been pleased that George’s career was revived by his Oscar-winning turn in the movie.

NBC aired a half-hour tribute tribute on December 27th that was hosted by Tom Snyder and CBS aired the following hour-long tribute on December 29th, the day of Benny’s funeral. Hosted by Charles Kuralt, this special includes comments from Benny’s co-stars Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Frank Nelson, Don Wilson, Dennis Day and Mel Blanc, plus Milton Berle, Danny Thomas, Danny Kaye, CBS founder/chairman William S. Paley, Bob Hope’s eulogy at the services and a wonderful clip to end the broadcast….Jack and Gisele MacKenzie with their classic violin duet of “Getting to Know You”.

Today’s Christmas Video

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Since today is Christmas Eve, today’s Christmas video is The Night Before Christmas, a 1905 film by Thomas Edison, featuring one Edwin S. Porter as Santa Claus.

Today’s Christmas Video

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Here’s a nice compilation of clips of Andy Williams with the Osmond Brothers and his own siblings, the Williams Brothers from Christmas editions of The Andy Williams Show. This is from the DVD The Best of the Andy Williams Christmas Shows and features commentary from Donny Osmond and from Andy himself.

Today’s Christmas Video

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Here’s a 1951 Castle Films presentation of Howdy Doody’s Christmas starring Buffalo Bob Smith as himself and as Howdy’s voice, a pre-Captain Kagaroo Bob Keeshan as Clarabell the Clown and Dayton Allen as Ugly Sam, who has mistaken Santa Claus (actor unknown) for a wanted bandit.

 

Today’s Christmas Video

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Here is an unusual 1947 trailer for Miracle on 34th Street….it’s unusual because it does not include any scenes from the film, except for brief moments from the opening and closing. Instead of the stars of the film – Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, Edmund Gwenn and Natalie Wood – it features Rex Harrison, Ann Baxter, Peggy Ann Garner and Dick Haymes.

And here is a colorized trailer that does feature the film’s stars.

 

 

Today’s Christmas Video

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Silver Bells, as introduced by Bob Hope and Marilyn  Maxwell in the 1951 film The Lemon Drop Kid.

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