The Jack Benny Program: Season 12, Episode 17

Ghost Town Western Sketch (11 Feb. 1962)

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Jack and Gisele are returning from a show in Phoenix and get lost. They stumble into a café in what appears to be a Western ghost town and ask directions. While they sup on peanut butter ... See full summary »

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Jack Benny / The Cactus Kid
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Gisele MacKenzie / Tess MacKenzie
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Tombstone Harry
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Cafe Owner
James Flavin ...
Joe - Bartender (as Jim Flavin)
Irene Tedrow ...
Cafe Owner's Wife
Glen Turnbull ...
Saloon Patron
The Sportsmen Quartet ...
Singing Group (as Sportsman Quartet)
Benny Rubin ...
Drunk
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Jack and Gisele are returning from a show in Phoenix and get lost. They stumble into a café in what appears to be a Western ghost town and ask directions. While they sup on peanut butter sandwiches, the owner spins a story from the town's history, where a black-hearted villain called Tombstone Harry tries to force a beautiful saloon girl to marry him, or he'll foreclose on her mortgage. A black-garbed hero, the Cactus Kid, attempts to stop the villain. Written by David Bassler

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This was the program run by WTAF, Channel 29 in Philadelphia the morning after Jack died, beginning with a freeze frame of him on stage as the local announcer told of his loss. See more »

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Cafe Owner: I'm gonna fill you so full of holes you'll like you came through a player piano!
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Buttons and Bows
Music by Jay Livingston
Lyrics by Ray Evans
Sung by Gisele MacKenzie
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Duel delights
25 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a pretty unusual pre-filmed episode of "The Jack Benny Program," jumping right into the unusual show-length sketch premise that Jack and Gisele MacKenzie (her particularly for no evident reason) have found themselves at the only populated building in a ghost town while trying to find their way back from a show, and relive the events in the town's wild-west past.

It's not so much a parody of a Western as a Western framework around Jack's familiar character and the personality-based gags in inspires in the context, providing a great opportunity to play up his supposed extreme cowardice for laughs. In fact, a lot of the material, and the voice Jack uses, recall pleasantly the "Buck Benny" sketches that he did frequently on the radio (and which were made into a film) in the 1930s.

The the laugh highlight of this episode is based on Jack's misfiring gun, and it's a perfect example of the way he could use a gag, then us it to set up a great running gag for double laughs within the course of one episode. That's followed by a great sequence involving a poker game.

One of the weirder premises for a Jack Benny episode and almost seem to fit with even the rest of his heterogenous episodes but very funny all the same.


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