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Buck Benny Rides Again (1940)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Western | 3 May 1940 (USA)
Jack Benny (as himself) tries to make good his fictitious boasts about roughing it in Nevada, in a spoof of Western cliches.

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Radio star Jack Benny, intending to stay in New York for the summer, is forced by the needling of rival Fred Allen to prove his boasts about roughing it on his (fictitious) Nevada ranch. Meanwhile, singer Joan Cameron, whom Jack's fallen for and offended, is maneuvered by her sisters to the same Nevada town. Jack's losing battle to prove his manhood to Joan means broad slapstick burlesque of Western cliches. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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nevada | boast | singer | rival | spoof | See All (13) »

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"Mr. Allen sho' do say funny things." - "Oh, shut up, Rochester." See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »

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3 May 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hejsan, vi rider igen!  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Trivia

One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its initial telecast in Los Angeles took place Thursday 8 January 1959 on KNXT (Channel 2). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Don Wilson: And now ladies and gentlemen, we bring you that rugged hero of the great outdoors, that strong silent sphynx of the prairie, that man among men where men are men... Jack Benny in Buck Benny Rides Again!
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Referenced in The Jack Benny Program: Musicale (1961) See more »

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DRUMS IN THE NIGHT
(1940) (uncredited)
Written by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Sung by Ellen Drew, Virginia Dale, Lillian Cornell
Danced by Merril Abbott Dancers ("Indian Adagio")
Also danced by Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson
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Benny show cast in a fun movie
15 September 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Audiences today are subjected to types of humor quite different from that of the mid-20th century. So, younger movie buffs may not enjoy this film that much. But, for anyone who heard or watched the Jack Benny show on radio/TV, "Buck Benny Rides Again" will bring back fond memories.

This isn't a great comedy, but it is a good one. Mostly it's a showcase for Benny and many of the characters who peopled his radio and TV shows. And that makes it nostalgic and special in an historical sense. The story is so-so, and the scripting and plot tend to bounce around. But the characters are mostly here with their oft hilarious interplay.

An extra bonus is a very well choreographed musical dance with performers dressed in Indian costumes. There are a few songs as well. Some humor of course, is ageless. Such a line that I enjoyed here is uttered by Benny as himself. "Rochester, there's an old Chinese proverb that says, 'When butler butt in on boss, better have other job up sleeve.' Jack walks away and then says, "Catch on?"


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