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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rochester Van Jones (as Rochester)
Lillian Cornell ...
Theresa Harris ...
Brenda Tracy
First Outlaw
Second Outlaw (as Morri Ankrum)
Charlie Graham
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Merriel Abbott Dancers ...

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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) »


"Imagine that tenderfoot on a horse! If Benny ever gets on a jackass, you wouldn't know who's riding who!" Fred Allen's Voice. See more »


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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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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 »


[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 »


(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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Buck Benny- warm & funny
8 January 2005 | by (NORTHRIDGE, CA.) – See all my reviews

This movie has the neatest 'look' to it. It's the visual equivalent to a warm bath. Silly and corny and all those other terms that add up to non-threatening, trouble-forgetting fun. Ellen 'the Body' Drew plays the hard to get singer in a sisters vocal group, also comprised of the cute and whimsical Virginia Dale and Lillian Cornell, who seems almost invisible, so little does she shine. The song, 'Say It' melts me every time i hear it, and it's in the film twice. Jack is an understated scream. When the girls tell him they're staying at a western-theme hotel, Jack, in his best western tone replies, "That's a little too 'delooxe' for me." His shiny, studded cowboy suits are overly done, a la Liberace! Phil Harris is great in his 'Well all Riiiight' hipsterspeak way, and Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson handles a great deal of the dialog. Great for a 'nothing-to-do' night, but don't think it ever came out on VHS. I taped it. If you get the chance, see it!

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