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Release Date:
28 October 1950 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
The comic misadventures of the skinflint comedian and his friends. Full summary »
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 7 wins & 13 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The Jack Benny Program See more (15 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 4 of 256)

Jack Benny ... Jack Benny / ... (256 episodes, 1950-1965)
Don Wilson ... Don Wilson / ... (239 episodes, 1950-1965)

Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson ... Rochester Van Jones / ... (176 episodes, 1950-1965)
Dennis Day ... Dennis Day / ... (143 episodes, 1950-1965)
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Series Directed by
Frederick De Cordova (71 episodes, 1955-1964)
Ralph Levy (65 episodes, 1951-1961)
Norman Abbott (38 episodes, 1961-1965)
Seymour Berns (18 episodes, 1957-1960)
Don Weis (10 episodes, 1957-1960)
James V. Kern (4 episodes, 1954-1961)
Dick Linkroum (3 episodes, 1951)
 
Series Writing credits
George Balzer (254 episodes, 1950-1965)
Sam Perrin (254 episodes, 1950-1965)
Hal Goldman (221 episodes, 1954-1965)
Al Gordon (221 episodes, 1954-1965)
Milt Josefsberg (38 episodes, 1951-1961)
John Tackaberry (38 episodes, 1951-1961)
Hugh Wedlock Jr. (26 episodes, 1953-1961)
Howard Snyder (24 episodes, 1950-1961)

Series Produced by
Irving Fein .... executive producer / producer (89 episodes, 1952-1965)
Hilliard Marks .... producer / associate producer (66 episodes, 1951-1961)
Frederick De Cordova .... producer (58 episodes, 1955-1964)
Ralph Levy .... executive producer / producer (45 episodes, 1951-1961)
Hal Burke .... associate producer (32 episodes, 1963-1965)
Richard Fisher .... associate producer (27 episodes, 1954-1961)
Norman Abbott .... producer (22 episodes, 1961-1965)
Al Simon .... producer / producer: McCadden Corp. (6 episodes, 1954-1961)
James V. Kern .... producer (3 episodes, 1957-1961)
Seymour Berns .... producer (2 episodes, 1959-1960)
 
Series Original Music by
Mahlon Merrick (83 episodes, 1954-1965)
 
Series Cinematography by
Nicholas Musuraca (56 episodes, 1962-1965)
Henry Cronjager Jr. (15 episodes, 1960-1962)
Robert De Grasse (13 episodes, 1954-1961)
Philip Tannura (10 episodes, 1953-1961)
John MacBurnie (7 episodes, 1955-1957)
Stanley Pavey (4 episodes, 1956-1957)
Mack Stengler (4 episodes, 1958-1960)
John L. Russell (3 episodes, 1957-1958)
Sidney Hickox (3 episodes, 1959-1962)
 
Series Film Editing by
J.R. Whittredge (66 episodes, 1961-1965)
Ralph Davis Jr. (13 episodes, 1954-1961)
Daniel A. Nathan (10 episodes, 1955-1958)
Richard C. Meyer (7 episodes, 1953-1955)
Stanley Rabjohn (7 episodes, 1956-1959)
John A. DeLong (6 episodes, 1964-1965)
Stanley Frazen (4 episodes, 1953-1959)
Michael R. McAdam (4 episodes, 1958-1960)
Guy Scarpitta (2 episodes, 1953-1961)
 
Series Casting by
Kerwin Coughlin (32 episodes, 1954-1962)
 
Series Art Direction by
Pato Guzman (31 episodes, 1954-1962)
Robert Tyler Lee (28 episodes, 1953-1963)
Frank Arrigo (24 episodes, 1962-1964)
Rolland M. Brooks (18 episodes, 1961-1962)
Ralph Berger (16 episodes, 1954-1961)
John J. Lloyd (16 episodes, 1958-1965)
John Meehan (10 episodes, 1957-1960)
Martin Obzina (7 episodes, 1955-1957)
Alexander A. Mayer (6 episodes, 1964-1965)
Norman G. Arnold (4 episodes, 1956-1957)
Raymond Beal (3 episodes, 1964)
William D. DeCinces (2 episodes, 1964)
 
Series Set Decoration by
John McCarthy Jr. (51 episodes, 1962-1965)
Julia Heron (17 episodes, 1963-1964)
James Redd (16 episodes, 1959-1965)
Ross Dowd (16 episodes, 1959-1962)
Perry Murdock (14 episodes, 1957-1965)
Robert C. Bradfield (9 episodes, 1962-1965)
Buck Henshaw (6 episodes, 1955-1958)
Gene Redd (5 episodes, 1955-1957)
John Lamphear (3 episodes, 1955)
Anthony Mondell (2 episodes, 1959-1963)
Ralph Sylos (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
 
Series Costume Design by
Bob Christenson (1 episode, 1960)
Harald Johnson (1 episode, 1960)
 
Series Makeup Department
Florence Bush .... hair stylist (45 episodes, 1957-1964)
Jack Barron .... makeup artist (41 episodes, 1955-1964)
Norbert A. Myles .... makeup artist (33 episodes, 1954-1962)
Lee Greenway .... makeup artist (15 episodes, 1954-1962)
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist (15 episodes, 1964-1965)
Leo Lotito Jr. .... makeup artist (13 episodes, 1954-1960)
Eva Kryger .... hair stylist (12 episodes, 1954-1961)
Larry Germain .... hair stylist (11 episodes, 1964-1965)
George Lane .... makeup artist (4 episodes, 1961-1962)
Virginia Darcy .... hair stylist (4 episodes, 1964-1965)
Dorrie Hamilton .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 1957)
Gustaf Norin .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 1961)
Gene Roemer .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1961-1962)
Jean Udko .... hair stylist (2 episodes, 1961-1962)
 
Series Production Management
Argyle Nelson .... production supervisor (34 episodes, 1954-1962)
James Paisley .... production manager / unit production manager (34 episodes, 1954-1962)
Herbert W. Browar .... production manager / production by (7 episodes, 1954-1961)
Sam Perrin .... production supervisor (3 episodes, 1955-1956)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ronald R. Rondell .... assistant director (31 episodes, 1957-1965)
Ted Schilz .... assistant director (12 episodes, 1954-1961)
Charles S. Gould .... assistant director (11 episodes, 1962-1964)
Frank Fox .... assistant director (10 episodes, 1962-1963)
Joseph Depew .... assistant director (9 episodes, 1953-1961)
Jack Aldworth .... assistant director (9 episodes, 1961-1962)
Jack Corrick .... assistant director (7 episodes, 1955-1957)
Maury Thompson .... assistant director (6 episodes, 1962)
Bud Grace .... assistant director (5 episodes, 1961)
William Lang .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1956-1957)
Abby Singer .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1958-1960)
John F. Meyers .... associate director (3 episodes, 1956-1958)
Read Killgore .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1962)
Jim Hogan .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1957-1958)
James Nicholson .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1958-1959)
Howard A. Quinn .... associate director (2 episodes, 1958-1959)
Ray Taylor Jr. .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1964)
 
Series Art Department
Kenneth L. Westcott .... property master (12 episodes, 1961-1962)
Ernest Graber .... property master (11 episodes, 1954-1961)
Sandy Grace .... set dresser (9 episodes, 1954-1961)
W.C. Hartman .... property master (6 episodes, 1962)
Ross Dowd .... set dresser (4 episodes, 1961)
Robert Tyler Lee .... settings (3 episodes, 1952-1953)
Sam Harris .... property master (2 episodes, 1961)
Robert Priestley .... set dresser (2 episodes, 1961)
 
Series Sound Department
Arthur Piantadosi .... sound (22 episodes, 1962-1964)
Jack A. Finlay .... sound editor (21 episodes, 1960-1962)
Cam McCulloch .... sound mixer / sound recordist (13 episodes, 1960-1962)
Charles David Forrest .... sound recordist / sound (11 episodes, 1954-1961)
Robert Reeve .... sound re-recording editor / sound re-recording mixer / ... (11 episodes, 1954-1961)
Richard J. Pietschmann Jr. .... sound (10 episodes, 1963-1964)
Harry M. Leonard .... sound (9 episodes, 1964-1965)
Roy Meadows .... sound (8 episodes, 1954-1957)
John Stransky Jr. .... sound (8 episodes, 1963-1964)
Eldon Campbell .... sound mixer (6 episodes, 1962)
George Foster .... sound supervisor (4 episodes, 1954-1961)
William H. Lynch .... sound (4 episodes, 1957-1959)
Buster Ambler .... sound (3 episodes, 1956-1957)
Stephen Bass .... sound (3 episodes, 1958-1959)
Larry Heath .... sound editor (2 episodes, 1954-1961)
Melvin M. Metcalfe Sr. .... sound (2 episodes, 1957-1960)
Earl Crain Jr. .... sound (2 episodes, 1958-1959)
Jack Lowry .... re-recording editor (2 episodes, 1959-1960)
Frank Webster .... sound mixer (2 episodes, 1961)
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (2 episodes, 1962-1963)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Hal Burke .... camera coordinator (18 episodes, 1960-1962)
Maury Thompson .... camera coordinator (13 episodes, 1955-1962)
James S. Rice .... lighting director (5 episodes, 1956-1959)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vincent Dee .... costume supervisor / wardrobe supervisor (68 episodes, 1954-1965)
Bob Christenson .... costumes / wardrobe (21 episodes, 1954-1962)
Paul McCardle .... costumer (6 episodes, 1962)
W.T. Zacha .... costumes (4 episodes, 1961-1962)
Felix Evans .... wardrobe supervisor (3 episodes, 1957)
Burton Miller .... costumes (2 episodes, 1963)
 
Series Editorial Department
David J. O'Connell .... editorial department head (51 episodes, 1962-1965)
Bill Heath .... editorial supervisor / supervising editor (34 episodes, 1954-1962)
Richard G. Wray .... editorial supervisor (22 episodes, 1955-1960)
Stanley Frazen .... editorial supervisor (7 episodes, 1954-1961)
 
Series Music Department
Mahlon Merrick .... conductor / musical director (141 episodes, 1951-1965)
Stanley Wilson .... music supervisor (51 episodes, 1962-1965)
Jack Hunsaker .... music editor / music supervisor (21 episodes, 1960-1962)
Robert H. Raff .... music editor (11 episodes, 1954-1961)
 
Series Other crew
Hal Burke .... assistant to the producer (20 episodes, 1962-1963)
Frances Steens .... script supervisor (13 episodes, 1961-1962)
Maggie Lawrence .... script supervisor (12 episodes, 1954-1961)
Ken Kaylor .... technical director (6 episodes, 1956-1958)
Jim Brady .... technical director (5 episodes, 1955-1960)
Lester Hoyle .... script supervisor (4 episodes, 1961)
Glen Turnbull .... choreographer (3 episodes, 1962)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Jack Benny Show" - USA (informal title)
"The Lucky Strike Program" - USA (alternative title)
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Runtime:
30 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
A 1952 spoof of Gaslight (1944), entitled "Autolight" and co-starring Barbara Stanwyck proved so popular that Jack Benny wanted to rebroadcast it. Legal wrangling with MGM resulted in this not happening until 1959.See more »
Quotes:
[Jack decides to have a shave]
Rochester:[checking his equipment] Shaving cream, brush, razor, smelling salts.
Jack:Smell?... What do I want with smelling salts?
Rochester:That's for me. I can't stand the sight of blood.
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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
The Jack Benny Program, 4 February 2005
Author: rcj5365 from Durham, North Carolina

This was one of the great comedy shows of all time and one of the TV's Golden age of programs that begin in the early 1950's and continued onward into the mid-1960's. Jack Benny had been a regular network-radio personality since 1932. When he made his first tentative forays into television in 1950,it was mainly a series of specials that aired on a infrequent basis in what would eventually become his regular Sunday night-time slot(that ran from October of 1950,and ending in June of 1962). Ten of them aired during the 1950-1951 season and 1951-1952 seasons. From October 5, 1952,through the following January his show was televised once every four weeks,and when he returned again,on September 13,1953,it was an alternate-week basis that lasted through June of 1960. For his last five seasons,"The Jack Benny Show" aired every week. It was shown on two major television networks. First it ran on CBS-TV from October 28,1950 through September of 1964. Then the show switched networks,this time over to NBC-TV from September of 1964 through September of 1965,which lasted one season.

It amazingly ran for an impressive fifteen seasons on prime-time television. 1950-1965.

The format of the show,and the personality of its star,so well honed in two decades on radio,made the transition television almost intact. Jack's stinginess,vanity about his supposed age of 39,basement vault where he kept all his money,ancient Maxwell automobile,and feigned ineptness at playing the violin were all part of the act-and were,if anything,bolstered by their visibility on the TV show. Added to Jack's famous pregnant pause and exasperated "Well!" were a rather mincing walk,an affected hand to the cheek and a pained look of disbelief when confronted by life's little tragedies. The show also made some headway into the relationship between employer and employee and "The Jack Benny Program" was the only show on television where you could see individuals of different races and backgrounds working with each other. The two regulars that were with Jack throughout his television run were Eddie "Rochester" Anderson,as his valet and Don Wilson as his announcer and friend. Appearing on a more irregular basis were Dennis Day,Artie Auerbach,Frank Nelson,Mary Livingstone(Mrs. Jack Benny),and Mel Blanc,all veterans from the radio show. Blanc,the master of a thousand voices for several cartoon characters(including Bugs Bunny as well the voice of Barney Rubble on "The Flintstones",and Mr. Spacey on "The Jetsons"),was both heard as the engine of Jack's Maxwell and seen as Professor LeBlanc,his long-suffering violin teacher.

Jack's underplayed comedy was as popular on television as it has been on the radio. After fifteen years as more or less regular television performer,he cut back his schedule to an occasional special and continued to appear until his untimely death in 1974. But it wasn't until 12 years after "The Jack Benny Program" went off the air,CBS brought back several episodes of "The Jack Benny Show",originally filmed in the early 1960's,for a limited run in August of 1977. CBS had also aired repeats of this series on weekday afternoons from October of 1964 to September of 1965 as "The Jack Benny Daytime Show",and on Sunday afternoons from October of 1964 to March of 1965 as "Sunday with Jack Benny"

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