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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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SPRING'S NO. 1 LAUGH HIT...THE BEST OF THE BENNY'S! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »

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3 May 1940 (USA)  »

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Hejsan, vi rider igen!  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In an interview, Kay Linaker related how the film crew had to pick Jack Benny up and place him on his horse as he didn't know how to mount or ride horses. Kay and Jack also filmed the runaway scene where they're trotting their horses a few feet and then their doubles would take over. When the director shouted for action, Andy Devine's horse bit Kay's horse and caused it to runaway. In the ensuing chaos, Jack's horse also took off and since Jack couldn't ride a horse, he had a hard time with it and had to take the following two days off from filming. See more »

Quotes

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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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Connections

Referenced in The Jack Benny Program: Buck Benny Rides Again (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

MY KIND OF COUNTRY
(1940) (uncredited)
Written by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Sung by Dennis Day and chorus
Danced by Merriel Abbott Dancers (last dance)
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Underated Film
11 January 2004 | by (Sarasota, Florida) – See all my reviews

What makes this film unique is it is one of only two that contained characters from the Benny Radio shows, bandleader Phil Harris, Eddie Rochester Anderson, Dennis Day, and voice cameos with Mary Livingstone and Fred Allen. The plot is a spoof of the radio Westerns of the day. If you are not familiar with Benny's career and the old radio shows you may miss much of the humor in this film. But it is still a fine film if you can find it. I was lucky to find it on Ebay as it is unavailable anywhere else. Ellen Drew is perfectly cast as the Dame who is the object of Benny's facination. Eddie Rochester Anderson sings MY, MY, in the film which became a huge international hit at the time. Benny's next film after this one was " Love Thy Neighbor " opposite Fred Allen, you must have both these films in your collection.


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