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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:
A woven, recurring blend of comfortable, reassuring humor See more (16 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 (66 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 (67 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 (84 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:
Most of Jack Benny's original radio cast appeared on television with him, including Don Wilson, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Dennis Day, and his real-life wife Mary Livingstone made several guest appearances. In one episode Jack dreamed that he and Mary (his platonic friend on the show) were married and had a teenage daughter. Their daughter was played by their real daughter, Joan Benny.See more »
Quotes:
[Our heroes enter a jungle clearing carrying a tiger on a pole]
Jack:These last 2 miles were rugged, weren't they?
'Clyde':I knew as soon as we got off the freeway, we'd run into trouble.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The George Burns Show (1960) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Love In BloomSee more »

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20 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
A woven, recurring blend of comfortable, reassuring humor, 24 March 2002
Author: Jeff Hill (jeffhill1@hotmail.com) from Sapporo, Japan

In the early 1960's TV Guide critic Cleveland Amory started his review of "The Jack Benny Program" with "There are two kinds of jokes. Regular jokes and Jack Benny jokes." Regular jokes hit you, if you are lucky, only once. Jack Benny jokes hit you, if you are lucky, over and over. What Cleveland Amory at the time was referring to was the way a joke that popped up in the beginning of any given Jack Benny program episode was not an end in itself but a set-up for two, three, or four jokes that would emerge throughout he show.

Some time before I was born, Jack Benny started to use, but never milked, familiar masks: his awful violin playing, his stingy nature, his offense at being insulted by his patented pause followed with, "Well!", his insistence that he was thirty nine years old, and his recurring attempts to get a renowned musician to play his pitiful song, "When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano".

"Hello, Police Department? I want to report a lost wallet. It is brown leather. Inside there are three one dollar bills. And the serial numbers are......" Inside a sauna: "Gee. I haven't sweated this much since they closed the banks in 1934."

As Jack Benny delighted in telling later in life, sometimes the stories behind the jokes were even more funny than the jokes themselves. Jack would work with the writers in mid-week before any given show. As Jack told it, one week one of the writers thought up the scenario, "Jack is walking down the street and a thug comes up to him with a pistol and demands, 'Your money or your life!'" All readily agreed that that was a good premise for a joke. "But how is Jack going to respond?" All in the room were puzzled and when one writer got impatient by calling out, "Well?", Jack, still stumped for a good punch line, snapped back, "I'm thinking it over!" When the other writers started laughing, Jack asked, "What's so funny?" It took Jack Benny a few moments to get it that he had just invented the best joke of his career.

That Jack will forever be remembered as being forever thirty nine years old is now not a joke but an inspiration for us his fans and survivors to hold on to youth and humor for as long as he did.

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