Jack Benny is preparing his New Year's Eve radio broadcast but takes time out to take his valet Rochester to meet his girlfriend Josephine arriving on a steamer. Fred Allen and his sister ... See full summary »
When Bill and Connie Fuller are forced to move out of their Manhattan apartment because of their pet dog, Connie persuades Bill to buy a dilapidated old Pennsylvania house that George Washington allegedly slept in.
Bob Gordon is staging a new Broadway Show, but he is short of money. He gets an offer of money by the young widow Lilian, if she can dance in his new show. Bert Keeler, a paper man, gets ... See full summary »
Mac Brewster (Benny) is head of an advertising firm that is in debt. The million-dollar Townsend Silver contract could save the firm, but the wealthy playboy Alan Townsend (Arlen) wants an ... See full summary »
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As her fifth wedding anniversary approaches, a woman realizes that she is fed up with always coming in second to her husband's advertising business. Just at the moment when she is trying to... See full summary »
Falling asleep during the Paradise Coffee ("The Coffee that Makes You Sleep") Program, the band's third trumpeter dreams he's Athanael, an angel deputized to blow the Last Trumpet at ... See full summary »
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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
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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 took place in Omaha Thursday 13 November 1958 on KETV (Channel 7), followed by Chicago Saturday 3 January 1959 on WBBM (Channel 2),by Los Angeles Thursday 8 January 1959 on KNXT (Channel 2), and by St. Louis Saturday 10 January 1959 on KMOX (Channel 4). In Grand Rapids it first aired 27 October 1959 on WOOD (Channel 8), in Toledo 16 November 1959 on WTOL (Channel 11), in Philadelphia 11 December 1959 on WCAU (Channel 10), and in San Francisco 1 January 1960 on KPIX (Channel 5). New York City televiewers finally got a look at it 23 July 1960 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »
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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As much as I like Jack Benny and Rochester and Fred Allen and all the banter that goes on between them, I love this movie because it is maybe the best, though not nearly prominent enough, appearance by Phil Harris. Not only was Harris a great singer with a wonderful baritone voice. (Harris gave voice to "Baloo" the Bear in Disney's Jungle Book.)
But most of all, I love Harris as a bandleader. I think this was the source of his popularity with the generation who could see him first hand. It's not just that he had a great dance band, it was watching him in action: this man had the greatest moves of any bandleader/singer in history. Kay Kaiser was another practitioner of "bandleader as performer". But Harris was able to meld his singing with his bandleading in a physical manner that must be seen to be appreciated. So if you get the chance, watch this silly, funny romp with Jack Benny and the gang, and especially Phil Harris.
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