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"The Jack Benny Program" Don's Anniversary (1961)

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Original Air Date:
15 January 1961 (Season 11, Episode 13)
On the anniversary of Don Wilson's 27 years of service with Jack, he and Jack recall the first day they met, when Don showed up for an audition and Jack put him through dance and elocution classes to "whip him into shape". | Add synopsis »
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Don's Anniversary was a greatly humorous special episode of "The Jack Benny Program" saluting 27 years of being Jack's announcer See more (1 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Jack Benny ... Jack Benny

Don Wilson ... Don Wilson
The Sportsmen Quartet ... Themselves

Howard McNear ... Mr. Willoughby
Roy Rowan ... Himself

Bill Baldwin ... Himself

Nancy Kulp ... Elocution Teacher

Leonid Kinskey ... Sergei Finskey
John Daly ... Himself

Episode Crew
Directed by
Frederick De Cordova  (as Fred De Cordova)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
George Balzer  written by
Hal Goldman  written by
Al Gordon  written by
Sam Perrin  written by
Howard Snyder  uncredited
Hugh Wedlock Jr.  uncredited

Produced by
Frederick De Cordova .... producer (as Fred De Cordova)
Irving Fein .... executive producer
Original Music by
Mahlon Merrick 
Cinematography by
Robert De Grasse (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ralph Davis Jr. 
Casting by
Kerwin Coughlin 
Art Direction by
Ralph Berger 
Pato Guzman  (as Patino Guzman)
Makeup Department
Lee Greenway .... makeup artist
Eva Kryger .... hair stylist (as Eve Kryger)
Norbert A. Myles .... makeup artist (as Norbert Miles)
Production Management
Argyle Nelson .... production supervisor (as W. Argyle Nelson)
James Paisley .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ted Schilz .... assistant director
Art Department
Ernest Graber .... property master
Robert Priestley .... set dresser
Sound Department
Charles David Forrest .... sound recordist (as Dave Forrest)
Robert Reeve .... re-recording editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Maury Thompson .... camera coordinator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bob Christenson .... costumes (as Robert Christenson)
Editorial Department
Bill Heath .... editorial supervisor
Music Department
Mahlon Merrick .... conductor
Robert H. Raff .... music editor (as Robert Raff)
Other crew
Maggie Lawrence .... script supervisor

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Additional Details

30 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Don's Anniversary was a greatly humorous special episode of "The Jack Benny Program" saluting 27 years of being Jack's announcer, 2 September 2009
Author: tavm from Baton Rouge, La.

Just watched on YouTube this special episode of "The Jack Benny Program". Why is this one special? Well, as the title indicates, it has Jack giving his announcer of 27 years his own episode as he gives Don a crown (which is a little heavy on him) and his own royal chair (which collapses when he sits on it). We also see a flashback to when Jack first met Don when Benny was auditioning for an announcer for his radio show when his sponsor (Howard McNear) wanted someone other than Jack to do commercials for the Universal Corset Company. The first two potentials are actual announcers Roy Rowan and Bill Baldwin. They're both pretty good. Then Don comes along and sounds bored when reading the titles before laughing at Jack's jokes. He gets hired but has to take elocution lessons from Nancy Kulp and ballet lessons from Leonid Kinskey. Oh, and I forgot to mention that before the flashback, The Sportsmen Quartet sings a special song for Don. Anyway, before the show ends newsman John Daly presents Don with a plaque before...You'll just have to watch the episode to find out how the whole thing ends. Quite hilarious especially during Don's dancing "lesson". Despite the end, this was quite a humorously touching episode that should please many fans of this longtime duo of Jack Benny and Don Wilson.

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