The Jack Benny Program: Season 8, Episode 7

Christmas Shopping Show (15 Dec. 1957)

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Jack is determined to finish his Christmas shopping in one visit and tortures a wallet salesman with constant changes to his order. Meanwhile, Dennis is having difficulty finding the right present for his mother.


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Episode cast overview:
Dennis Day ...
Wallet Salesman
Frank Nelson ...
Mr. Nelson - Floor Walker
Charles Cantor ...
Lingerie Salesman (as Charlie Cantor)
Maxine Semon ...
Rolfe Sedan ...
Salesman Who Helps Rochester
Paul Maxey ...
Benny Rubin ...


Jack is determined to finish his Christmas shopping in one visit and tortures a wallet salesman with constant changes to his order. Meanwhile, Dennis is having difficulty finding the right present for his mother.

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15 December 1957 (USA)  »

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[first lines]
[crawling through a horde of women shoppers]
Jack Benny: Christmas shopping gets worse every year
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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Written by Johnny Marks
Performed by Dennis Day
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Christmas Shopping Show episode of "The Jack Benny Program" is one hilarious holiday entry
7 December 2008 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Before I watched the Jack Benny holiday episode I'm reviewing here, I listened to a couple of episodes of his radio show that aired consecutive weeks on December 14 and 21, 1941. The first of those had Jack and Mary shopping for Christmas presents while Dennis and Rochester waited outside (or maybe they shopped themselves). It's here that Frank Nelson appears as a floorwalker though he has yet to say, "Yeeessss!" Anyway, the running gag concerns Jack's use of what a toy bird he wants to get Dennis sounds like. The following week has Jack planning his Christmas party which threatens to be ruined by his border, Mr. Billingsly who has a screw loose. Also, among the movie stars Jack invited was one Rodney Dangerfield who in this episode is a talked-about-only singing cowboy! I wonder if the real one-who was 20 at the time and was then Jacob Cohen-ever heard this show and thought of it when he became a professional comedian. Both episodes were hit-and-miss concerning various gags but since the shows aired live, there were plenty of bloopers that Benny hilariously kept commenting on so they were a little less uneven. Now on to this TV episode. Jack and Rochester are shopping at a department store. Jack decides to get Don Wilson a $40 wallet. The person who's wrapping it up is a sales clerk played by Mel Blanc. Because of the various times that Jack keeps changing his mind about certain things, Blanc gets more upset every time he comes back. My favorite line of Blanc's concerning him is "The customer is always right. And this jerk is a customer!" LOL! I also loved the way Rochester keeps saying "No" when another clerk asks him what kind of person his boss is. There's also an amusing cameo of Richard Deacon-you know, Mel Cooley on "The Dick Van Dyke Show"-as another clerk talking to Dennis Day who sings "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" here. And then Don himself has a bizarre cameo with Santa Claus! Oh, and Frank Nelson is back as the floorwalker. I think I've said enough so all I'll now say is: Watch this show if you're a die-hard Jack Benny fan!

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