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A Day in the Life of Dennis Day

A Day in the Life of Dennis Day is an American old-time radio situation comedy. It was broadcast on NBC from October 3, 1946, to June 30, 1951.[1] It is also sometimes referred to as The Dennis Day Show[2] (not to be confused with the television program of the same name).

A Day in the Life of Dennis Day
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Dennis Day
Other names The Dennis Day Show
Genre Situation comedy
Running time 30 minutes
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
Syndicates NBC
Starring Dennis Day
Announcer Frank Barton
Verne Smith
Jimmy Wallington
Produced by Bill Harding
Original release October 3, 1946 (1946-10-03) – June 30, 1951 (1951-06-30)
Sponsored by Lustre Creme Shampoo



For most of the program's time on the air, Dennis Day played a soda jerk who sang as he worked. His character was naive, innocent, and prone to making wisecracks, much like the character Day played on The Jack Benny Program.[2] Radio historian John Dunning wrote, "His [the character's] name was Dennis Day, but not, he emphasized, the same Dennis Day as that bright young man on the air with Jack Benny."[1] Plots often derived from problems with his girlfriend and her parents. Before the show ended, it changed to a variety format.[2]

Being the star of his own program was a departure from Day's previous experience as a regular on Benny's show. "I'm just as scared as I was in 1939 [when he joined Benny's show]," he said. "You know, you get used to being a stooge. This one I'll have to carry myself."[3]


Day starred as himself in the program, which began after he was discharged from the Navy in 1946.[4] Mildred Anderson (played at different times by Bettie Miles, Barbara Eiler, and Sharon Douglas) was Day's girlfriend. Mildred's parents, Herbert and Clara Anderson (played by Francis "Dink" Trout and Bea Benaderet, respectively), owned the boarding house in which Day lived. Homer Willoughby (played by John Brown) owned the drugstore in which Day worked.[5]

Announcers were Frank Barton, Verne Smith, and Jimmy Wallington. Ken Carson sang for commercials. Instrumental music was by Robert Armbruster and Charles Dant. The producer was Bill Harding.[5]


  1. ^ a b Dunning, John (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio (Revised ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. pp. 193–194. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3.
  2. ^ a b c Reinehr, Robert C.; Swartz, Jon D. (2010). The A to Z of Old Time Radio. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 77. ISBN 9780810876163. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  3. ^ Todd, John (July 19, 1946). "In Hollywood". Tyrone Daily Herald. Pennsylvania, Tyrone. International News Service. p. 16. Retrieved June 30, 2017 – via  
  4. ^ "Questions And Answers". The Fresno Bee The Republican. California, Fresno. December 10, 1947. p. 34. Retrieved June 30, 2017 – via  
  5. ^ a b Terrace, Vincent (1999). Radio Programs, 1924-1984: A Catalog of More Than 1800 Shows. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 94. ISBN 978-0-7864-4513-4.

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