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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:
Character Comedy 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:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Several episodes were adaptations of plots used on his radio show. Examples of this are the "Christmas Shopping" episode and the "Horse Racing" episode.See more »
Quotes:
Jack Benny:[on the phone with Mary Livingston] Hello, Mary. Are you free tonight? No, I don't have any plans. Would you like to go see a movie? No, I'll come to your house; you're TV screen is much bigger.
[Mary hangs up the phone]
Jack Benny:Mary? Mary? I don't know what she's mad about.
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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Character Comedy, 3 April 2009
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Jack Benny was unique among the great comedians this country has produced. Only his comedy was not the product of gags or situations, though he used them. His comedy arose out of an indelible character he created, the lovable tightwad who came into our homes via radio and television for over 30 years.

In real life Jack Benny was not a tightwad, in fact he was a generous man whose charitable giving was known if not publicized. That of course would have ruined the image and the image was the linchpin of his comedy.

Because we knew his character so well, the cheap gags followed. They would mean nothing to anyone else, but because it was Benny we laughed at a burglar saying your money or your life and Benny stalling with a reply of I'm thinking. The sounds of his Maxwell car were second nature, they brought laughs because Benny was too cheap to buy a new car. And his Social Security number, 000-00-0001 in deference to his age.

The Jack Benny Show took us inside the pretend world of tightwad Jack Benny. His announcer Don Wilson, real life wife Mary Livingston, butler Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, and the perpetual adolescent with the piping tenor Dennis Day all were part of that world. On radio Phil Harris as the brash band-leader was there, but he didn't make it to television, deciding to strike out on his own. All of these people bounced gags off Benny's tightwad character and all got generous laughs at his expense. But the laughs were coming for Benny's character, not necessarily out of anything he said necessarily.

Some his shows were classics and allowed people to really enjoy themselves. One of my favorites had Raymond Burr as a guest star who did courtroom sketch and broke into a song and dance before the jury. Burr looked like he was having a great time. Another show I remember had long time show business friends Bing Crosby and George Burns as guests, reminiscing about back in the days when the three of them were a vaudeville trio act.

His shows were welcome in millions of American homes including mine. Would that another Jack Benny would come on the scene today.

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