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The Jack Benny Program (1950–1965)

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The comic misadventures of the skinflint comedian and his friends.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 8 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »



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Complete series cast summary:
 Jack Benny / ... (256 episodes, 1950-1965)
Don Wilson ...
 Don Wilson / ... (240 episodes, 1950-1965)
 Rochester Van Jones / ... (177 episodes, 1950-1965)
Dennis Day ...
 Dennis Day / ... (143 episodes, 1950-1965)


Jack Benny was a regular on his own radio program since 1932. He brought the program, with his underplayed humor, to TV along with his radio regulars. Jack, who remained 39-years-old, kept his money in his basement and drove his old Maxwell car just as he had done on the radio. Written by J.E. McKillop <jmckillo@notes.cc.bellcore.com>

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Release Date:

28 October 1950 (USA)  »

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The Jack Benny Show  »

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Did You Know?


Sara Berner, who played Mabel Flapsaddle, left the show in 1954 due to what the media reported as a "misunderstanding". She was replaced by Bea Bernaderet as Gertrude. Berner returned to the show for one more episode in 1955. See more »


Jack: [poking his head through the stage curtains] Bob, will you please give me my pants back?
Bob Hope: Put your head back through there, or I'll start handing out baseballs to the audience.
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Referenced in Bird (1988) See more »


Love In Bloom
(theme song)
by Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger
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My father and Jack Benny are forever united in my mind.
14 December 2004 | by (Houston, Tx, USA, Earth) – See all my reviews

Jack Benny is an American entertainment icon. Born in 1894, he had a very long career in radio, TV, live performances, and the movies. In his 1950s and 1960s TV show that we used to watch, he always had his violin. Benny was quite an accomplished violinist, but as part of his comedy act he usually played it like a beginner might. My dad loved Jack Benny. My dad also played a violin.

Benny always played a borderline sad sack, when something in a skit didn't go his way, he might stand and look directly at the audience, with a frown, playing for sympathy. But Benny needed none, he was one of the "in crowd" with Bing Crosby, George Burns, and all the other entertainment giants of the first half of the 20th century.

I also had the pleasure of seeing Jack Benny live, in 1968, when he performed on my college campus. Even though he was in his 70s by that time, he was still the same old Jack Benny. His musical guest for that performance was Lainie Kazan, a singer I had never heard of, but she was marvelous. We were so impressed, we bought several of her LP music albums, and she inspired us to name our first daughter 'Lainie'. Although she has not been a working singer for years, Kazan still is a popular actress, often in the role of a big Jewish or Italian NYC mother.

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