A woebegone old car, a harried department store clerk, a monosyllabic man in a sombrero, and a train announcer whose line ran somewhere between Orange County and the Twilight Zone are all memorable characters from The Jack Benny Program, and all the products of a single talented throat: Mel Blanc. "The Man of a Thousand Voices" was Carmichael the Polar Bear, who lived improbably in Jack's cellar.
"Mel Blanc is a genius."
Take one wife, calm and level headed. Add a pinch of sarcasm. Fold in one husband, suitably dense. Stir until fully blended. Sprinkle with wisecracking children, a goofy sidekick, a volcanic boss, and an annoying brother-in-law. Cook until half baked. Phil Harris, the swaggering, cocky cornball, is in top form. Alice Faye delights as the glamorous yet grounded retired movie star.
"Laugh a while...let a song be your style..." and enjoy radio's most outrageous comedy couple: Phil Harris and Alice Faye. They are off to a raucous start in these classic early episodes, co-starring Elliott Lewis as the unforgettable Frankie Remley! Stunts, gags, and over-the-top shenanigans are enabled by the diabolical delivery boy Julius Abbruzio (played by the delightful Walter Tetley). Cameo appearances are provided by Gale Gordon, Frank Nelson, Mel Blanc, and the dashing Robert Taylor.
Alice has been shopping for a surprise birthday present for Phil; Phil suspects she's having an affair.
Struggling to make his down-and-out orchestra plucky and profitable, Phil Harris conducts his zany sidekick, winsome wife, precocious kids, and grouchy grocery boy through a symphony of silliness. If you long for a series where the drinks are stiff and the whimsy is wicked, you've come to the right place!
Remley buys a car for $300; and what a car!
Extreme characterizations, extreme scripts, extremely funny! The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show set the pace for all-out comedy as the Golden Age of Radio moved into its latter days, with Jack Benny's wavy-haired bandleader, his long-suffering movie-star wife, and his no-account guitar-playing buddy caught up in outlandish predicaments every week. Aided and abetted by some of radio's outstanding character actors, Phil and Alice's adventures will always leave you laughing!
Phil discovers that little Alice and Phyllis have lost a library book and have been suspended from school. Phil Harris, Elliott Lewis, Jeanine Roos, Walter Tetley, Robert North, Anne Whitfield, Frank Nelson.
Alice is collecting money for the March of Dimes. Phil and Remley decide to help get contributions.
When Mr. Scott, needs last minute entertainment for his daughter's birthday party, Phil promises to get a print of Cinderella from Walt Disney. Disney turns him down, but Phil is undaunted. He decides to create his own version of the story!
Phil tries to get an extra two tickets to South Pacific. No easy task!
Alice tries to hire a male secretary for Phil. Alice Faye, Anne Whitfield, Bill Forman (announcer), Bob Sweeney, Elliott Lewis, Jeanine Roos, Phil Harris, Robert North, Walter Tetley....
Phil's back after a five-and-a-half week Canadian fishing trip with his buddies. He's happy to be home, but disappointed at the reception he receives from Alice, the girls, and Remley.
Phil and Alice go to sign their contract with Rexall.
Little Phyllis is going to be a movie star! Alice Faye, Anne Whitfield, Bill Forman (announcer), Elliott Lewis, Jeanine Roos, Lois Corbett, Phil Harris, Robert North, Walter Tetley.