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Jack Benny and Fred Allen Feud

The decade long feud between Jack Benny and Fred Allen featured barbs between the two comedy greats on multiple old time radio shows.

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"King for A Day"



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Jack Benny Fred Allen Feud

Jack Benny Fred Allen FeudSince 1932, Jack Benny long amused radio audiences with his continuing gags, including his ah-hem thrifty spending habits, his perpetual age of 39, that dreadful violin playing.  Fred Allen also began his career in radio comedy since 1932, when he began the show "The Lint Bath Club Revue" with wife Portland Hoffa.  Allen was famous for ad-libbing and cracking up the audience with running comments on the jokes.

After child violinist Stewart Canin's performance on Allen's show, Fred Allen commented that  "a certain alleged violinist" (Jack Benny) should hide in shame.   Although the initial quip from Fred Allen was ad lib, the two met with their writers to expand the gag to their respective old time radio showsJack Benny continued the gag and promised (or threatened according to Allen) to play "The Bee" on his violin on the February 7th, 1937 show, eventually playing it on the February 28th. 

Some memorable lines from the Jack Benny and Fred Allen Feud include:

Fred Allen: Jack, you couldn't ad lib a belch after a plate of Hungarian goulash.
Jack Benny: You wouldn't say that if my writers were here.

Allen: Why you fugitive from a Ripley cartoon!

Allen: How long have you been in the cake business?
Benny: Long enough to know a crumb when I see one.

Benny: You ought to do well in pictures, Mr. Allen, now that Boris Karloff is back in England.

Allen: Tomorrow night, in your ermine robe, you will be whisked by bicycle to Orange, New Jersey, where you will be the judge in a chicken-cleaning contest.
Benny: I'm KING for a Day!

Jack Benny Fred Allen FeudThe Benny-Allen feud reached its climax in the famous "King For A Day" sketch on Fred Allen's program, when Fred Allen stole Jack Benny's pants.

The decade long feud between Jack Benny and Fred Allen featured barbs between the two comedy greats on multiple old time radio shows including Allen's Alley, The Jack Benny Program, Command Performance, and The Big Show

The collection is organized chronologically to follow the comedic feud as it unfolded to the radio listener. See also: Down Allen's Alley (with Fred Allen).

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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
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    37 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 21 hours, 17 min
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      37 shows - total playtime 21 hours 17 minutes
      1. 360405 Jack Benny 728 Clown Hall T.mp3
      2. 360426 Jack Benny 731 Boston Tea Party.mp3
      3. 370103 Jack Benny 814 More Buck Be.mp3
      4. 370124 Jack Benny 817 Jack Practic.mp3
      5. 370131 Jack Benny 818 Nightmares Of Fred Allen.mp3
      6. 370228 Jack Benny 822 Jack's Violi.mp3
      7. 370307 Jack Benny 823 Fight Of The.mp3
      8. 370310 Allen's Alley 623 Tht One Long Pan On Cruise Ship.mp3
      9. 370314 Jack Benny 824 From The Hot.mp3
      10. 380327 Jack Benny 926 Harry Von Ze.mp3
      11. 380518 Allen's Alley 666 Tht House That Jack Built.mp3
      12. 390129 Jack Benny 1018 Jack Goes In.mp3
      13. 390205 Jack Benny 1019 Jack Challen.mp3
      14. 401222 Jack Benny 1212 Christmas Sh.mp3
      15. 421224 Cpusa Christmas Special.mp3
      16. 430110 Allen's Alley 403 T T Jack Benny.mp3
      17. 431225 Cpusa Christmas Special Bob Hope.mp3
      18. 441001 Jack Benny 1601 Jack Looks F.mp3
      19. 441224 Cpusa Special Christmas Sh.mp3
      20. 450114 Jack Benny 1616 Mrs Nussbaum's Restaurant.mp3
      21. 450204 Jack Benny 1619 From St Alba.mp3
      22. 460519 Jack Benny 1734 Fred Allen Asks Jack To Appear.mp3
      23. 460526 Allen's Alley 489 King For A Day.mp3
      24. 470525 Jack Benny 1835 Allen's Alle.mp3
      25. 480509 Allen's Alley 565 Break The Contestant.mp3
      26. 490626 Allen's Alley W Jack Benny Last Show.mp3
      27. 500115 Jack Benny 2119 How Jack And.mp3
      28. 500212 Jack Benny 2123 Allen's Alle.mp3
      29. 501022 Jack Benny Dennis Borrow $5k For Candy Business.mp3
      30. 501105 Big Show Debut Fred Allen, Jimmy Durante.mp3
      31. Benny Allen - Love Thy Neighbor.mp3
      32. Benny Allen Feud 1o6 The Vaudeville Days.mp3
      33. Benny Allen Feud 2o6 Reunited After 7 Years of Feuding.mp3
      34. Benny Allen Feud 3o6 Benny's Boulevard.mp3
      35. Benny Allen Feud 4o6 King for a Day.mp3
      36. Benny Allen Feud 5o6 Mammoth Department Store.mp3
      37. Benny Allen Feud 6o6 The Wright Brothers True Story.mp3
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    37 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 21 hours, 17 min
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      37 shows - total playtime 21 hours 17 minutes
      1. 360405 Jack Benny 728 Clown Hall T.mp3
      2. 360426 Jack Benny 731 Boston Tea Party.mp3
      3. 370103 Jack Benny 814 More Buck Be.mp3
      4. 370124 Jack Benny 817 Jack Practic.mp3
      5. 370131 Jack Benny 818 Nightmares Of Fred Allen.mp3
      6. 370228 Jack Benny 822 Jack's Violi.mp3
      7. 370307 Jack Benny 823 Fight Of The.mp3
      8. 370310 Allen's Alley 623 Tht One Long Pan On Cruise Ship.mp3
      9. 370314 Jack Benny 824 From The Hot.mp3
      10. 380327 Jack Benny 926 Harry Von Ze.mp3
      11. 380518 Allen's Alley 666 Tht House That Jack Built.mp3
      12. 390129 Jack Benny 1018 Jack Goes In.mp3
      13. 390205 Jack Benny 1019 Jack Challen.mp3
      14. 401222 Jack Benny 1212 Christmas Sh.mp3
      15. 421224 Cpusa Christmas Special.mp3
      16. 430110 Allen's Alley 403 T T Jack Benny.mp3
      17. 431225 Cpusa Christmas Special Bob Hope.mp3
      18. 441001 Jack Benny 1601 Jack Looks F.mp3
      19. 441224 Cpusa Special Christmas Sh.mp3
      20. 450114 Jack Benny 1616 Mrs Nussbaum's Restaurant.mp3
      21. 450204 Jack Benny 1619 From St Alba.mp3
      22. 460519 Jack Benny 1734 Fred Allen Asks Jack To Appear.mp3
      23. 460526 Allen's Alley 489 King For A Day.mp3
      24. 470525 Jack Benny 1835 Allen's Alle.mp3
      25. 480509 Allen's Alley 565 Break The Contestant.mp3
      26. 490626 Allen's Alley W Jack Benny Last Show.mp3
      27. 500115 Jack Benny 2119 How Jack And.mp3
      28. 500212 Jack Benny 2123 Allen's Alle.mp3
      29. 501022 Jack Benny Dennis Borrow $5k For Candy Business.mp3
      30. 501105 Big Show Debut Fred Allen, Jimmy Durante.mp3
      31. Benny Allen - Love Thy Neighbor.mp3
      32. Benny Allen Feud 1o6 The Vaudeville Days.mp3
      33. Benny Allen Feud 2o6 Reunited After 7 Years of Feuding.mp3
      34. Benny Allen Feud 3o6 Benny's Boulevard.mp3
      35. Benny Allen Feud 4o6 King for a Day.mp3
      36. Benny Allen Feud 5o6 Mammoth Department Store.mp3
      37. Benny Allen Feud 6o6 The Wright Brothers True Story.mp3
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    37 recordings on 20 Audio CDs
    total playtime 17 hours, 39 min

    Disc A001

    1. Benny Allen - Love Thy Neighbor
    2. Benny Allen Feud 1o6 The Vaudeville Days
    3. Benny Allen Feud 2o6 Reunited After 7 Years of Feuding

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    Disc A002

    1. Benny Allen Feud 3o6 Benny's Boulevard
    2. Benny Allen Feud 4o6 King for a Day

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    Disc A003

    1. Benny Allen Feud 5o6 Mammoth Department Store
    2. Benny Allen Feud 6o6 The Wright Brothers True Story

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    Disc A004

    1. 360405 Jack Benny 728 Clown Hall T
    2. 360426 Jack Benny 731 Boston Tea Party

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    Disc A005

    1. 370103 Jack Benny 814 More Buck Be
    2. 370124 Jack Benny 817 Jack Practic

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    Disc A006

    1. 370131 Jack Benny 818 Nightmares Of Fred Allen
    2. 370228 Jack Benny 822 Jack's Violi

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    Disc A007

    1. 370307 Jack Benny 823 Fight Of The

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    Disc A008

    1. 370310 Allen's Alley 623 Tht One Long Pan On Cruise Ship

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    Disc A009

    1. 370314 Jack Benny 824 From The Hot
    2. 380327 Jack Benny 926 Harry Von Ze

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    Disc A010

    1. 380518 Allen's Alley 666 Tht House That Jack Built

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    Disc A011

    1. 390129 Jack Benny 1018 Jack Goes In
    2. 390205 Jack Benny 1019 Jack Challen

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    Disc A012

    1. 401222 Jack Benny 1212 Christmas Sh

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    Disc A013

    1. 421224 Cpusa Christmas Special

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    Disc A014

    1. 430110 Allen's Alley 403 T T Jack Benny

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    Disc A015

    1. 431225 Cpusa Christmas Special Bob Hope

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    Disc A016

    1. 441001 Jack Benny 1601 Jack Looks F
    2. 450114 Jack Benny 1616 Mrs Nussbaum's Restaurant

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    Disc A017

    1. 450204 Jack Benny 1619 From St Alba
    2. 460519 Jack Benny 1734 Fred Allen Asks Jack To Appear

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    Disc A018

    1. 460526 Allen's Alley 489 King For A Day
    2. 470525 Jack Benny 1835 Allen's Alle

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    Disc A019

    1. 480509 Allen's Alley 565 Break The Contestant
    2. 490626 Allen's Alley W Jack Benny Last Show

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    Disc A020

    1. 500115 Jack Benny 2119 How Jack And
    2. 500212 Jack Benny 2123 Allen's Alle
    3. 501022 Jack Benny Dennis Borrow $5k For Candy Business

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