The Jack Benny Program (1950–1965)
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George Burns/Spike Jones Show 

In this parody of the Broadway musical "Damn Yankees," Jack Benny dreams he sells his soul to the Devil for a chance to play at Carnegie Hall. Jack gets his wish, but the conductor of his ... See full summary »
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Mary Livingstone ...
Artie Auerbach ...
Mendelsohn
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Gracie Allen (voice)
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George Burns / Devil
Robert Darwin ...
Man (as Bob Darin)
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Violinist with Spike Jones
Lowell Gilmore ...
Concert Announcer
Peter James ...
Elvis with Spike Jones
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Himself
Carey Leverette ...
Stretcher Bearer
Freddy Morgan ...
Banjo Player with Spike Jones
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In this parody of the Broadway musical "Damn Yankees," Jack Benny dreams he sells his soul to the Devil for a chance to play at Carnegie Hall. Jack gets his wish, but the conductor of his symphony orchestra turns out to be Spike Jones - who sabotages Jack's performance at every turn. Written by ted.hering@juno.com

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7 October 1956 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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A Concert from Heck
23 February 2017 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Wacky load of laughs. Jack's due to play Mendelsohn's Violin Concerto solo at Carnegie Hall. Needless to say, his nerves are packed tight. It doesn't help when the 19th-century composer himself turns up in a puff of smoke in Jack's dressing room. Good thing he's only doing a cigarette commercial !! Worse is when George Burns turns up in another smoke puff—as the Devil !, even sporting horns. So what's Jack to do, except go on stage and saw away as best he can. Which he does, even when Spike Jones turns up in another smoke puff to crash the concert. And get a load of Mousy Garner with a face from Goodyear Rubber. I could swear he's Moe's pudgy brother from The Three Stooges. Anyhow Jack does his usual droll asides, performing ably with violin even under extreme circumstances. Fans of an absent Day and Livingston, however, may be disappointed. Rochester makes an early appearance offering his usual funny asides. Anyhow, it's a colorful and laugh loaded episode from that classic series.


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