Radio broadcast of the 22nd annual Academy Award ceremony at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood, California for the best films and performances of 1949. Broderick Crawford captured the best actor award for "All The King's Men" while Olivia de Havilland won best actress award for "The Heiress." "All The Kings's Men" won the award for best picture. This was the last year all five Best Picture nominees were in black and white.
Other awards: Best Supporting Actor: Dean Jagger
Best Supporting Actress: Mercedes McCambridge
Best Director: Joseph Mankiewicz
Host: Paul Douglas.
Jerry Haendiges hosts this tribute 7 days after Jack Benny's death. There is
a brief biography of Benny's career and complete radio broadcasts from the 1940's, including two Jack Benny programs with Mary Livingston, Don Wilson, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Dennis Day and Phil Harris. From 1945 we hear a complete program of Screen Guild Theater with Benny, Jean Hersholt, Barbara Stanwyck, Basil Rathbone, and Michael Curtiz. Announcer Truman Bradley is also heard. Mail Call from Armed Forces Radio presents a program with Benny, Claudette Colbert, Jinx Falkenburg, Paulette Goddard and Jeanne Crain. And from Hallmark Playhouse James Hilton introduces "My
Financial Career" starring Jack Benny,
which is heard in its entirety.