The Jack Benny Hour (1965)

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The Beach Boys appear in a skit with Benny and Hope as surfers. Jack trys to weasel Disneyland tickets from Walt Disney. Also, a skit with Benny, Hope and Sommer in a takeoff on Italian ... See full summary »

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Jack Benny / Rosano
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Bob Hope / Marcello
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Elke Sommer / Maria Poppenini
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Lee Patterson
Bill Baldwin
Bob Garrett
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The Beach Boys appear in a skit with Benny and Hope as surfers. Jack trys to weasel Disneyland tickets from Walt Disney. Also, a skit with Benny, Hope and Sommer in a takeoff on Italian movies. This was Benny's first special after the demise of his regular series. Benny obviously trys to appeal to the younger viewers by booking the very popular Beach Boys. Written by Anonymous

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3 November 1965 (USA)  »

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Spoofs The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964) See more »

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Barbara Ann
Music and Lyrics by Fred Fassert
Performed by The Beach Boys
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Quaint period piece..typical of mindset and society norms at the time
15 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you appreciate Jack Benny, Bob Hope, Elke Sommer, the Beach Boys, et al, you will appreciate shows like this. One has to keep in mind that this show was aired on Nov 3rd, 1965 and a whole lot has changed since then. It's an entirely different world. The attitude and behavior towards women, the attitude and behavior towards all groups within this country, whatever hyphenated group, has changed to the point that this type of humor would never be attempted today unless done by a member of whatever group is being spoofed. Being of Italian ancestry, I actually appreciated the last comedy sketch, once your mind adjusts to the era and also knowing first hand the vast generalizations of Italians that are actually true, I found so much of this show that showed why the host and participants, all big names, and were the stars that they were. The Beach Boys segment, although the show butchered California Girls (the music itself is a masterpiece by Brian Wilson), it was interesting to see them in their heyday (Brian before breakdowns, Dennis and Carl before the various issues that led to both of their unfortunate passing way before their time, the band before the inner turmoil caused mainly by Love and self destruction) and interacting with Benny and Hope. Their live rendition of Barbara Ann is a treat. This is one of my least appreciated tunes by them (a "cover" off their Party album) but to see Carl take the opportunity to add some great Carl guitar licks was a surprise and benefit.

This show is a great example of an era - the heyday of the variety show. I was a small child when these shows were running with vague memories of them and I watch them now and appreciate the talent and time from the era that they were made.


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