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Fein, Irving 1911-2012

Overview
Works: 133 works in 143 publications in 1 language and 1,400 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Humor  Caricatures and cartoons  Parodies, imitations, etc  Radio programs 
Classifications: PN2287.B4325, B
Publication Timeline
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Publications about Irving Fein
Publications by Irving Fein
Publications by Irving Fein, published posthumously.
Most widely held works by Irving Fein
Jack Benny : an intimate biography by Irving Fein( Book )
5 editions published between 1976 and 1977 in English and held by 1,216 libraries worldwide
The best of old time radio starring Jack Benny ( Sound Recording )
2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 44 libraries worldwide
Ten complete and unedited radio shows starring Jack Benny
An audio-biography of The Jack Benny program by Jack Benny( Sound Recording )
1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 6 libraries worldwide
Radio historian Chuck Schaden discusses The Jack Benny program with Jack Benny, fellow performers, writers, Benny's manager, and daughter Joan. Includes excerpts from some of the show's 23 years of weekly broadcasts
The Jack Benny program ( visu )
2 editions published between 1960 and 1963 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
Jack goes Christmas shopping with Rochester and drives the staff of the department store crazy
The Jack Benny program ( visu )
2 editions published in 1965 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
In the opening monologue, Jack shows the audience why his Stradivarius is worth $30,000. He introduces Milton Berle and they spar a bit. Don introduces Miss Carmelita Montoya, a dancer from Madrid who uses One-a-Day Brand Vitamins for castanets. The sketch is about Jonathan Goodheart (Jack), wealthy philanthropist who believes there is no such thing as a bad boy, but his newly adopted son (Berle) gives him cause to wonder
The Jack Benny hour ( visu )
2 editions published between 1965 and 1966 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
Jack Benny's entrance takes so long that Bob Hope gets there first. Bob introduces Elke Sommer. Benny's monologue concerns the fact that the show is in color (the stage manager chokes him from time to time to keep his cheeks rosy) and that it is called a special; Benny asserts that it's not a special, it's two half hours put together; a special is when coffee goes from 85 cents to 74 cents. The sketch concerns "elements popular on television today," and parodies The Munsters, Bewitched, The fugitive ("the doctors are after me; I voted for Medicare"), Secret agent, My mother the car, Peyton Place and Hullabaloo. The Beach Boys sing California girls. Jack and Bob drive up in a dune buggy dressed as long-haired surfers. Benny introduces Elke Sommer and goes on and on about her beauty, until she feels compelled to assert that she thinks that her physical appearance is over-emphasized and she thinks the fact she speaks five languages is far more important. She translates a phrase Benny heard over and over in Italy as "how can a man be so cheap?" Benny tells her she has 2 seconds to change costume if she wants to promote her new record album, which she accomplishes thanks to pre-recording. In a song-and-dance number, she sings He's a clown (to Jack) on a Madrid set. Jack's travel agent comes out to discuss his flight on Eastern Airlines in two weeks, mentioning the discount for his wife on the "family plan," and introducing 3 beautiful dumb stewardesses, 3 crew members, 3 chefs and 3 violinists who plan to serve him on the flight. Benny announces he is flying to London for a command performance for Queen Elizabeth, and recalls his previous command performances and previous visits to England. The Beach Boys sing Barbara Ann. In the sketch, Benny visits Walt Disney to ask for 110 free tickets to Disneyland for the people putting on this special. In exchange, Benny says he is going to do an Italian sex film with the Walt Disney approach on his sketch. The sketch follows, a parody of Marriage Italian style, with Elke Sommer playing the governess, Maria Poppini, culminating with a rendition of Mozzarella-provolone-Parmesan-ricotta to the tune of Supercalafragalisticexpialidocious. Disney sends his pet tiger over to get the free tickets back
The Jack Benny program ( visu )
2 editions published in 1965 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
Jack is berating his publicity agent for not getting him dignified publicity, when the agent gets a phone call informing him that Ronald Reagan won't be able to make his scheduled appearance on the Impromptu panel discussion show. Jack insists that his agent get him on the show. Dennis arrives looking for a ruby lost from his ring; he thinks he has found it, but he has found a One-a-Day Brand Vitamin, allowing Don to do the commercial. On the show, Jack can't think of anything to say on various intellectual topics, until a question is asked about the effect on the American dollar of the fall of the British pound; Jack is still talking about money after the final credits have gone on, and the camera has been turned off
The Jack Benny program ( visu )
2 editions published between 1964 and 1965 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
In his monologue, Jack reveals that his producer has been using raffle tickets to get the audience to stay in their seats until the end of the program. He introduces Connie Francis, and they argue about whether it is harder to sing or to get laughs. She sings I was born too late, and an Al Jolson medley (Swanee, Mammy, and April showers). Don does the Alka-Seltzer commercial as an endorsement by a safe-cracker. In the sketch, Benny, Stevens, Dale White and Don Wilson play members of the Skinner family of the Ozarks. They all sing a parody of Sit right down and write yourself a letter
The Jack Benny program ( visu )
1 edition published in 1964 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Coming home from his show, Jack receives a message to call a Dr. Johnson. The doctor asks him to come right over. Dr. Johnson is a psychiatrist who has found a man with amnesia who keeps repeating Jack's name. Jack identifies the amnesia victim as Professor Le Blanc, his old violin teacher; in flashback, we see he has gone crazy because Jack plays so badly. To cure Le Blanc, Jack plays his violin beautifully, and Le Blanc, realizing he is not a failure as a violin teacher, recovers. Jack asks the doctor not to reveal that he is such a good violinist because he has made so much money as a bad one
The Jack Benny program ( visu )
1 edition published in 1961 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
In the opening segment, Jack practices his lines on the bus on the way to the rehearsal for his show. While Don and the director are waiting for Jack to arrive, Jane Morgan sings The Second time around. When Jack arrives, he flirts with Jane, then invites her to lunch. Don does the Lipton Tea commercial with a parrot that does so well Jack fires Don. Jack takes Jane to lunch at a cafeteria. He and Jane rehearse their lines for a skit about a fight between a husband and a wife; everyone in the cafeteria takes sides, and a brawl ensues
The Jack Benny program ( visu )
1 edition published in 1961 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Jack's monologue is about the freeways. The sketch is the same as the one done on October 4, 1953
The Jack Benny program ( visu )
1 edition published in 1960 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Jack takes his girlfriend Mildred to a violin concert, even though she would prefer to go to the fights. Jack spots the Stewarts in the audience and tries to get their attention by tossing peanuts at them, eventually driving them out. When Mildred turns on her transistor radio to listen to the fight, the entire audience leaves
The Jack Benny program ( visu )
1 edition published in 1961 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Jack goes to a nightclub. The Sportsmen Quartet sing 'When my sugar walks down the street.' The next act is a hypnotist; the hypnotist makes a pretty girl from the audience think a middle-aged man from the audience is Tony Curtis, then makes the man think he is Fred Astaire; Jack scoffs, so the hypnotist suggests that when he leaves the stage he will think he is Diamond Jim Brady, 'the world's greatest spendthrift.' When Jack comes back angry about the results, the hypnotist makes him think he is Bob Hope
The Jack Benny program ( visu )
1 edition published in 1962 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Because Jack is late so often, Frederick de Cordova and Don are rehearsing with Jack's stand-in, Charlie, who looks nothing like him. When Jack finally arrives, the stand-in criticizes Jack's entrance. The rehearsal is interrupted by a phone call from Rochester who announces that the Maxwell has been stolen. Don rehearses the Lipton Flow-Through Teabag commercial with Charlie. At the Beverly Hills Police Station, Jack is reminded of the sumptuousness and refinement of the station. Rochester is interrogated. Eventually the car is found; it has been returned to Jack's house by the thieves. Remake of skit originally done Nov. 18, 1956
The Jack Benny program ( visu )
1 edition published in 1965 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Jack's usual amateur show. Mel Blanc plays the drunken bottle-player. Dennis Day plays a Japanese in a Beatle outfit who sings 'I want to hold your hand.' The Guire Sisters do their singing act
The Jack Benny program ( visu )
1 edition published in 1961 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Dennis comes on in squeaky shoes and sings 'It's almost like being in love.' In the sketch, Jack plays an N.Y.P.D. police detective trying to get a confession from a gangster
The Jack Benny program ( visu )
1 edition published in 1961 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Jack's monologue is interrupted by a phone call from U.S. Treasury agents, who want to see Jack at home in an hour. Jack is so nervous, he lets Don take the rest of the show, and goes home. It turns out the agents are from Fort Knox and want to study the security systems in Jack's vault
The Jack Benny program ( visu )
1 edition published in 1963 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Jack is working on a Julius Caesar sketch, and is being pursued by an amorous female fan. Don does the State Farm commercial as an encounter with an admirer who thinks State Farm is terrific because it paid for his car accident even though he wasn't insured with them. Dennis wants to take over the show for a few weeks, so he hires a Benny impersonator to make phone calls in Benny's name, and thus make Jack think he is going crazy; Jack winds up on the mental ward of the hospital
The Jack Benny program ( visu )
1 edition published in 1963 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Jack hosts amateur talent contest with a barefoot tap dancer, an acrobat and his dog, a drunk acrobat, and a Mexican musical group led by Mel Blanc. Benny and Jessel do a skit
The Jack Benny program ( visu )
1 edition published in 1964 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
In the sketch, Don has arranged for Harlow to take the sponsor's daughter on a date. Unfortunately, Harlow has never been on a date before
 
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Fein, Irving A. 1911-
Fein, Irving A. 1911-2012
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