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The Jack Benny Program (TV Series 1950–1965) Poster

(1950–1965)

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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.
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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.
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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 Benaderet as Gertrude. Berner returned to the show for one more episode in 1955.
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Several episodes were adaptations of plots used on his radio show. Examples of this are The Jack Benny Program: Christmas Shopping Show (1957) and the "Horse Racing" episode.
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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.
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Theme song is a standard violin étude written by Konradin Kreutzer. It's the second one in the famous Kreutzer book.
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Marilyn Monroe's first television appearance was on The Jack Benny Program: Bob Crosby's Contract (1952).
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