Films parodied on the Jack Benny Programby dusky-1 | created - 02 Jul 2013 | updated - 5 months ago | Public
Skits on the radio version of the Jack Benny Program frequently satirized popular films - albeit, with only the loosest parallels to their source material. This list is for my fellow Benny fans; air dates are provided in case you care to track them down. Curtain! Music.
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1. She Done Him Wrong (1933)
Passed | 66 min | Comedy, Drama, History
In the Gay Nineties, a seductive nightclub singer contends with several suitors, including a jealous escaped convict and a handsome temperance league member.
Votes: 5,106 | Gross: $2.00M
2. Little Women (1933)
Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Family, Romance
A chronicle of the lives of a group of sisters growing up in nineteenth-century America.
3. The House of Rothschild (1934)
Passed | 88 min | Biography, Drama, History
The wealthy Rothschild family undergoes prejudice from the anti-Semitic society they live within.
Adapted in two parts: 1934-8-24 & 1934-8-31
4. The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934)
Passed | 109 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
Elizabeth Barrett's tyrannical father has forbidden any of his family to marry. Nevertheless, Elizabeth falls in love with the poet Robert Browning.
Adapted on 1934-10-28 and again 1937-2-8.
5. Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch (1934)
Passed | 80 min | Comedy, Drama
The Wiggs family plan to celebrate Thanksgiving in their rundown shack with leftover stew, without Mr. Wiggs who wandered off long ago an has never been heard from. Do-gooder Miss Lucy ... See full summary »
6. Broadway Thru a Keyhole (1933)
90 min | Musical
Racketeer Frank Rocci is smitten with Joan Whelan, a dancer at Texas Guinan's famous Broadway night spot. He uses his influence to help her get a starring role in the show, hoping that it ... See full summary »
7. The Count of Monte Cristo (1934)
Passed | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
After greedy men have Edmound Dantes unjustly imprisoned for 20 years for innocently delivering a letter entrusted to him, he escapes to get his revenge on them.
8. Ah Wilderness! (1935)
Passed | 98 min | Comedy, Drama
Story of small-town life in turn-of-the-century America, and a young boy's problems facing adolescence.
Adapted on 1936-04-12 & 1937-05-17
9. Anthony Adverse (1936)
Passed | 141 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance
In 18th-century Italy, an orphan's debt to the man who raised him threatens to separate him forever from the woman he loves.
Adapted in two parts: 1936-10-11 & 1936-10-18
10. Girls' Dormitory (1936)
Approved | 66 min | Drama, Romance
When a busybody teacher in a girls' finishing school finds a love letter from a student to an unknown man, a minor scandal erupts.
11. Wife, Doctor and Nurse (1937)
Approved | 85 min | Comedy, Romance
Social butterfly (Young) marries Park Avenue doctor (Baxter) and learns that his nurse (Bruce) is in love with him.
12. Lost Horizon (1937)
Approved | 132 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
A plane crash delivers a group of people to the secluded land of Shangri-La - but is it the miraculous utopia it appears to be?
13. The Hurricane (1937)
Approved | 110 min | Action, Drama, Romance
A Polynesian sailor -- unjustly imprisoned after defending himself against a colonial bully -- is relentlessly persecuted by his island's martinet French governor.
14. Submarine D-1 (1937)
Approved | 100 min | Action, Drama
Navy officers fall for Ann. She has her own plans. USS Pensacola is struck during a last dive drill, there is an attempt to rescue. The USS Dolphin (D-1) and her crew depart from ... See full summary »
15. A Yank at Oxford (1938)
Passed | 102 min | Drama, Romance, Sport
A brash young American aristocrat attending Oxford University gets a chance to prove himself and win the heart of his antagonist's sister.
16. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
G | 83 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy
Exiled into the dangerous forest by her wicked stepmother, a princess is rescued by seven dwarf miners who make her part of their household.
Votes: 172,778 | Gross: $184.93M
1938-4-24 and again on 1939-1-8
17. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938)
Passed | 91 min | Adventure, Drama, Family
Tom Sawyer and his pal Huckleberry Finn have great adventures on the Mississippi River, pretending to be pirates, attending their own funeral and witnessing a murder.
Adapted in three parts: 1938-5-22, 1938-5-29 & 1938-6-5
18. Yellow Jack (1938)
Passed | 83 min | Drama, History, Mystery
In the fever-stricken areas of Cuba a brave band of scientists, doctors and U. S. Marines fight a losing battle against the deadly plague of 'Yellow Jack,' until the great heroic risk taken by an Irish sergeant brings victory.
19. Algiers (1938)
Passed | 96 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
Beautiful Gaby meets a romantic jewel thief in the mysterious Casbah.
1938-10-23 and again on 1943-10-24
20. The Crowd Roars (1938)
Passed | 90 min | Action, Drama
A young boxer gets caught between a no-good father and a crime boss when he starts dating the boss's daughter, although she doesn't know what daddy does for a living.
21. Too Hot to Handle (1938)
Passed | 107 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Two rival newsreel photographers join forces to find the an aviatrix's missing brother, who has disappeared in the Amazon rainforest.
22. Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938)
Passed | 91 min | Comedy, Romance
Andy has problems raising the last payment for a used car and juggling three pretty girls with an upcoming country club dance scheduled.
23. Jesse James (1939)
Approved | 106 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
After railroad agents forcibly evict the James family from their family farm, Jesse and Frank turn to banditry for revenge.
Adapted in two parts: 1939-2-26 & 1939-3-5
24. Four Girls in White (1939)
Passed | 73 min | Action, Comedy, Drama
Four student nurses cope with life and career problems while interning at a major hospital.
25. Gunga Din (1939)
Approved | 117 min | Adventure, Comedy, War
In 19th century India, three British soldiers and a native waterbearer must stop a secret mass revival of the murderous Thuggee cult before it can rampage across the land.
Adapted in two parts: 1939-5-14 & 1939-5-21
26. The Story of Alexander Graham Bell (1939)
Approved | 98 min | Biography, Drama, History
The story of how Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone.
27. The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)
Approved | 80 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson investigate the legend of a supernatural hound, a beast that may be stalking a young heir on the fog-shrouded moorland that makes up his estate.
28. Stanley and Livingstone (1939)
Approved | 101 min | Adventure, Drama, History
Tasked by his editor, American reporter Henry M. Stanley travels to a dangerous and uncharted region of East Africa to find the missing Scottish pioneer missionary Dr. David Livingstone.
29. The Women (1939)
Not Rated | 133 min | Comedy, Drama
A study of the lives and romantic entanglements of various interconnected women.
Votes: 11,973 | Gross: $2.27M
1939-11-5 - notably, with Jack's male cast playing the female roles!
30. Intermezzo (1939)
Approved | 70 min | Romance, Drama
A concert violinist becomes charmed with his daughter's talented piano teacher. When he invites her to go on tour with him, they make beautiful music away from the concert hall as well. He ... See full summary »
31. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Not Rated | 129 min | Comedy, Drama
A naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the United States Senate. His plans promptly collide with political corruption, but he doesn't back down.
Votes: 102,012 | Gross: $9.60M
1940-3-10 and again 1943-1-24
32. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
Passed | 117 min | Drama, Romance
In 15th century France, a gypsy girl is framed for murder by the infatuated Chief Justice, and only the deformed bellringer of Notre Dame Cathedral can save her.
Votes: 9,912 | Gross: $3.27M
33. Pinocchio (1940)
G | 88 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
A living puppet, with the help of a cricket as his conscience, must prove himself worthy to become a real boy.
Votes: 123,695 | Gross: $84.25M
34. Northwest Passage (1940)
Passed | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, History
Langdon Towne and Hunk Marriner join Major Rogers' Rangers as they wipe out an Indian village. They set out for Fort Wentworth, but when they arrive they find no soldiers and none of the supplies they expected.
35. City for Conquest (1940)
Passed | 104 min | Drama, Music, Sport
Danny is a content truck driver, but his girl Peggy shows potential as a dancer and hopes he too can show ambition. Danny acquiesces and pursues boxing to please her, but the two begin to spend more time working than time together.
36. The Letter (1940)
Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
The wife of a rubber plantation administrator shoots a man to death and claims it was self-defense, but a letter in her own hand may prove her undoing.
37. Tobacco Road (1941)
Approved | 84 min | Comedy, Drama
Hillbilly family life in 1941 rural Georgia.
38. Dive Bomber (1941)
Approved | 132 min | Drama, War
A military surgeon teams with a ranking navy flyer to develop a high-altitude suit which will protect pilots from blacking out when they go into a steep dive.
39. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
Passed | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Dr. Jekyll allows his dark side to run wild when he drinks a potion that turns him into the evil Mr. Hyde.
Adapted in two parts: 1941-11-30 & 1941-12-7
40. Tales of Manhattan (1942)
Unrated | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A formal tailcoat that gets passed from one owner to another affects each life in a significant way.
1942-10-25; testimonial: the Benny parody led to my discovery of this film, which I'm quite grateful for.
41. Casablanca (1942)
PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War
A cynical American expatriate struggles to decide whether or not he should help his former lover and her fugitive husband escape French Morocco.
Votes: 497,454 | Gross: $1.02M
1943-10-17; notably with Rochester's performance of "As Time Goes By."
42. The Woman in the Window (1944)
Approved | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
When a conservative middle-aged professor engages in a minor dalliance with a femme fatale, he is plunged into a nightmarish quicksand of blackmail and murder.
1945-3-25 with Alan Ladd (for some reason)
43. Gaslight (1944)
Not Rated | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Years after her aunt was murdered in her home, a young woman moves back into the house with her new husband. However, he has a secret that he will do anything to protect, even if it means driving his wife insane.
1945-10-14 with Ingrid Bergman
44. State Fair (1945)
Approved | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
The Frake family attends the annual Iowa State Fair; each member of the clan has their own reason for doing so.
45. The Lost Weekend (1945)
Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Film-Noir
The desperate life of a chronic alcoholic is followed through a four-day drinking bout.
Votes: 31,889 | Gross: $9.46M
1946-3-10 with Ray Milland
46. Week-End at the Waldorf (1945)
Passed | 130 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical