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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?


In the early years this was originally titled "The Lucky Strike Program" after the show's sponsor, Lucky Strike cigarettes, which had also sponsored Jack Benny's radio program. The 16mm television syndication prints had the title cards replaced with ones that gave the title as either "The Jack Benny Program" or "The Jack Benny Show". Footage of Benny welcoming the audience to "The Lucky Strike Program" remained intact. See more »


Jack: It's really dangerous, here in the jungle.
'Clyde': Your'e telling me. What about those first three nights, we had to light fires to keep the animals away.
Jack: Yeah, then we ran out of water. For three weeks we couldn't even take a bath.
'Clyde': Then the animals lit fires to keep us away.
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Love In Bloom
(theme song)
by Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger
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Benny's radio shows remain great entertainment.
1 August 2008 | by (Brownsville, Texas) – See all my reviews

Jack Benny's radio shows remain among the very best that Old Time Radio has to offer. Hundreds of hours of this programming are available from any one of several dealers around the country. Most of them sound as they were being broadcast at that moment! Listening to the shows as they were presented week-in and week-out, one gets to know the players while developing a real appreciation for the lines, delivery and timing. In particular, the World War II shows are among my favorites; broadcast from various military bases and always with the best talent of the day. Sadly, it appears that present-generation America doesn't remember Jack Benny or the little group that every week helped him become one of America's all-time great showmen.

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