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The Mouse That Jack Built (1959)

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In this spoof of "The Jack Benny Program", a mouse with Jack Benny's personality and poor violin playing ability lives, along with a mouse version of Benny's valet, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, in a hole in a wall of Jack Benny's own home. Jack the rodent takes a mouse version of 'Mary Livingstone (I)' out to dinner, and the two unwittingly walk right into the disguised mouth of an orange cat! Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Trivia

The only payment Jack Benny asked for his work was a copy of the cartoon. See more »

Quotes

Jack: Help! Help!
[Jack Benny then woke up, from his dream]
Jack: Gee, what a crazy dream. Imagine, Mary and me, as two little mice, trapped inside a cat. And I was playing the violin.
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When Mary Livingston told Jack Benny, she wanted champagne, as his birthday gift, NO SALE {capital letters} are on both of his eyes and a cash register rings. Meaning as if it was going to be too expensive, to him! See more »

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Spoofs The Jack Benny Program (1950) See more »

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Sweet Georgia Brown
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Music by Maceo Pinkard and Ben Bernie
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time may not treat these old-school entertainers nicely, but I still recommend the cartoon
30 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

I learned about Jack Benny through his bit part in "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World". Later on, I learned about his overall career. And now, here's another addition to his career: "The Mouse That Jack Built" is a cartoon version of Benny's TV show (which I've never seen). In this case, Jack Benny, Mary Livingstone, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson (also an "IAMMMMW" cast member) and Don Wilson provide the voices of mice with their respective names and personalities; Mel Blanc voices vault watcher Maxwell...and he's been watching the vault for a VERY long time! Anyway, after Jack has played the violin - though not equaling Isaac Stern - he makes Rochester return a white vest, as he's about to take Mary out for her birthday. The only thing is, the Kit Kat Klub is in fact a real cat! I've always liked how the Termite Terrace crowd kept finding new things to do in cartoons. The obvious problem with a cartoon like this one is that people in the 21st century might not know who Jack Benny was and the whole premise will go over everyone's heads. But if we just watch what happens, we can surely get a kick out of the cartoon. I certainly recommend it.


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