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"General Electric Theater" The Joke's on Me (1961)

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Ken Kolb (teleplay & story)
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Original Air Date:
16 April 1961 (Season 9, Episode 29)
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Lee Marvin ... Sid Benton

Bud Abbott ... Ernie Kauffman

Mala Powers ... Martha Benton

Kathleen Hughes ... Sheila

Episode Crew
Directed by
Ida Lupino 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ken Kolb  teleplay & story

Produced by
Stanley Rubin .... producer
Original Music by
Pete Rugolo 
Cinematography by
Benjamin H. Kline (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Edward Haire 
Art Direction by
John J. Lloyd 
Set Decoration by
John McCarthy Jr.  (as John McCarthy)
James M. Walters Sr.  (as James M. Walters)
Makeup Department
Jack Barron .... makeup artist
Florence Bush .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Donald Baer .... assistant director
Sound Department
William H. Lynch .... sound (as William Lynch)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vincent Dee .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
David J. O'Connell .... editorial supervisor
Music Department
Stanley Wilson .... music supervisor

Series Crew
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Directed by
Leslie H. Martinson 
John Brahm (episode "Auf Wiederschen")
Charles F. Haas (episode "My Dark Days-Aftermath: Part 2") (episode "My Dark Days-Prelude: Part 1") (as Charles Haas)
Don Medford (episode "I Am a Fool")
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sherwood Anderson  story (episode "I Am a Fool")
Leo Davis  adaptation (episode "Martry, The")
Steve McNeil  writer
George Milburn  story (episode "Wish Book The")
Marion Miller  autobiography (episode "My Dark Days-Prelude: Part 1")
Marion Miller  (episode "My Dark Days-Aftermath: Part 2")
Shirley Peterson  (episode "Song Caruso Sang, mThe")
Arnold Peyser  writer
Lois Peyser  writer
Thomas Nord Riley  uncredited
Arnold Schulman  adaptation (episode "I Am a Fool")
Arthur Steuer  (episode "Mr. Ocean Blue")

Produced by
Tony Barr .... associate producer (as Anthony Barr)
Costume Design by
Vincent Dee 
Music Department
Lloyd R. Apperson .... musician
Fenton Jones .... musician
Other crew
Douglas Benton .... story editor
Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

30 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Bud goes solo, 6 April 2013
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

I finally got to see the one appearance of Bud Abbott without Lou Costello in this GE Theater production, The Jokes On Me. Bud co-stars with Lee Marvin and Mala Powers. Lee and Mala play an obnoxious comedian and his long suffering wife who is finally divorcing him. But not after a last minute ploy where she arranges for him to adopt a war orphan in Europe, though I would think by 1961 that was getting to be old hat.

Abbott plays Marvin's manager who acts as a referee between the battling couple, but when he can't squelch the orphan adoption and the attending publicity which compromises Marvin's cynical image he gets fired. After that Marvin and Powers have to work things out if they can.

Abbott turned in a fine performance and I'm thinking it was health issues that kept him from doing more like this. Which makes it doubly sad because God knows he needed the money after the IRS went after both him and Lou. Maybe also Bud did not want to wind up simply working to pay the IRS the rest of his life.

He got deservedly good reviews and Marvin and Powers are also fine in this nice and tight show business tale.

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