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Release Date:
3 May 1940 (USA) See more »
SPRING'S NO. 1 LAUGH HIT...THE BEST OF THE BENNY'S! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
Jack Benny (as himself) tries to make good his fictitious boasts about roughing it in Nevada, in a spoof of Western cliches. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jack Benny ... Jack Benny

Ellen Drew ... Joan Cameron

Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson ... Rochester Van Jones (as Rochester)

Andy Devine ... Andy

Phil Harris ... Phil

Dennis Day ... Dennis

Virginia Dale ... Virginia
Lillian Cornell ... Peggy
Theresa Harris ... Josephine

Kay Linaker ... Brenda Tracy

Ward Bond ... First Outlaw

Morris Ankrum ... Second Outlaw (as Morri Ankrum)

Charles Lane ... Charlie Graham
James Burke ... Taxi Driver
Merriel Abbott Dancers ... Dancers: Indian Adagio and Acrobatic Routines

Don Wilson ... Don Wilson

Fred Allen ... Fred Allen (voice)
Mary Livingstone ... Mary Livingstone (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eddie Acuff ... Truck Driver (uncredited)
Harry Baldwin ... Bald Messenger (uncredited)
George Barrows ... Dancer (uncredited)
Billy Bletcher ... Last Porter (uncredited)
George Bruggeman ... Dancer (uncredited)
Bruce Cameron ... Dancer (uncredited)
Eddy Chandler ... Cowhand #1 (uncredited)
Sonny Chorre ... Indian (uncredited)
Gene Clark ... Dancer (uncredited)
Monte Collins ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Dorothy Dayton ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jean De Briac ... Waiter (uncredited)
Jerome de Nuccio ... Dancer (uncredited)
Edgar Dearing ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Sayre Dearing ... Man at Audition (uncredited)
Paula DeCardo ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Martin Faust ... Cowhand (uncredited)
Willie Fung ... Chinese Cook (uncredited)
Edward Gargan ... Policeman (uncredited)
Flash Gordon ... Dancer (uncredited)
Roger Gray ... Ranch Foreman (uncredited)
George Guhl ... Porter #5 (uncredited)
Sol Haines ... Dancer (uncredited)
George Hickman ... Page Boy (uncredited)
Leyland Hodgson ... Waiter (uncredited)
Portland Hoffa ... Portland Hoffa (voice) (uncredited)
Arthur Stuart Hull ... Sponsor (uncredited)
Sam Karbin ... Dancer (uncredited)
Harvey Karels ... Dancer (uncredited)
John Laing ... Room Clerk (uncredited)
Bud Lawler ... Dancer (uncredited)
George Melford ... Bartender (uncredited)
James Notaro ... Dancer (uncredited)

William H. O'Brien ... Waiter (uncredited)
Dick Rich ... Cowhand #2 (uncredited)
Ed Rifkin ... Dancer (uncredited)

Buddy Roosevelt ... Engineer (uncredited)
Charles Schaeffer ... Dancer (uncredited)
Charles Teske ... Dancer (uncredited)
Three Martels & Mignon ... Adagio Act (uncredited)

Martha Tilton ... Joan Cameron (singing voice) (uncredited)
Archie Twitchell ... Mac - Attendant (uncredited)

Max Wagner ... Cowboy (uncredited)
George Walcott ... Hotel Official (uncredited)
Ernest Whitman ... Colored Gentleman (uncredited)
Allen Wood ... Bellboy (uncredited)

Directed by
Mark Sandrich 
Writing credits
William Morrow (screen play) and
Edmund Beloin (screen play)

Zion Myers (based on an adaptation by) (as Z. Myers)

Arthur Stringer (story)

Everett Freeman  contributor to dialogue (uncredited)
Sam Hellman  contributor to treatment (uncredited)
Sig Herzig  contributor to dialogue (uncredited)
Eddie Mann  contributor to treatment (uncredited)

Produced by
Mark Sandrich .... producer
William LeBaron .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Victor Young (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Charles Lang (director of photography)
Film Editing by
LeRoy Stone (edited by)
Art Direction by
Roland Anderson 
Hans Dreier 
Costume Design by
Edith Head (costumes)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ben Holmes .... second unit director
Hollingsworth Morse .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
A.E. Freudeman .... interior decorator
Sound Department
Don Johnson .... sound recordist
Gene Merritt .... sound recordist
Music Department
Charles Henderson .... musical director
Frank Loesser .... lyrics by
Jimmy McHugh .... music by
Victor Young .... musical director
John Leipold .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Emil Pallenberg .... trainer: 'Carmichel' the bear
LeRoy Prinz .... other dance numbers staged by
Louise Clark .... stand-in: Theresa Harris (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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84 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Australia:G | Sweden:Btl | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #5843)

Did You Know?

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 »
[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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Bugs Bunny Rides Again (1948)See more »


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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Benny show cast in a fun movie, 15 September 2015
Author: SimonJack from United States

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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