The Jack Benny Program (1950–1965)
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Hal March Show 

Jack answers the first question correctly and immediately quits with $64.

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Jack Benny
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Don Wilson
Dale White ...
Harlow Wilson
Hal March ...
Hal March
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Clara - Fan Club President
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Emma - Fan Club VP
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Jack's opening monologue is interrupted by the president and secretary of his fan club. For their Lucky Strike commercial, Don and Harlow Wilson perform a soft-shoe dance and sing "Me and My Shadow". Jack recently appeared on "The 64, 000 Question" quiz program and the host of that show, Hal March, attempts to earn more money than Jack did, on Benny's version of the game. Written by Anonymous

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20 October 1957 (USA)  »

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Spoofs The $64,000 Question (1955) See more »

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Me and My Shadow
Written by Dave Dreyer, Billy Rose and Al Jolson
Performed by Don Wilson and Dale White
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Don't isolate yourself from it
25 November 2009 | by See all my reviews

Inviting Hal March to appear as a reciprocal guest on this live edition of his show was good way for Jack Benny to be topical and complete a promotional tie-in with the quiz-show craze that was sweeping television at the time -- and the premise of March's "$64,000 Question" provides a good opportunity for Benny to cash in on his many long running cheapness gags.

The sequence that takes up most of the episode in which Jack does his best not to allow March to win any money on his version of the quiz is very funny indeed, piling absurdity on absurdity like the best of Benny's material. For some reason I broke up laughing the hardest at the hard-boiled gangsters who matter-of-factly admit to killing the question-writer to keep the answers secret.

Hal March seems to have a dry, understated sense of humor similar to Benny's, and they have very god comedy rapport. A sequence with members of the Jack Benny Fan Club disturbing the audience doesn't go as far as it could. A few good gags are derived from (or made around) Don Wilson's son Harlow in the opening, but he's still not the show's most charismatic running character either (though that's part of the point). However his song-and-dance to "Me and My Shadow" is very charming.


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