For Thanksgiving, we present two Turkey Day-themed comedies. First up, on “The Jack Benny Show,” Mary reads a poem she wrote just for 1939. From 1939 to 1941, Thanksgiving was celebrated not on the fourth Thursday of the month, but the third. Then Jack wonders what’s going on when the turkey he bought lays an egg as big as a cantaloupe. “The Great Gildersleeve” was always filled with topical laughs. As Thanksgiving approaches, Gildy hopes to get a coveted “B Ration” gas card, nephew Leroy has to perform in the school Thanksgiving play, and it becomes harder and harder to actually find a turkey.
The Jack Benny Show
“Jack Discovers He Has Purchased an Ostrich for Thanksgiving Dinner”