The Jack Benny Program: Season 4, Episode 3

Humphrey Bogart Show (25 Oct. 1953)

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Police Lt. Jack Benny questions notorious killer "Babyface" Bogart (guest star Humphrey Bogart).

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Jack Benny / Det. Lt. Benny
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Bob Crosby ...
Himself / Det. Sgt. Crosby
Don Wilson ...
Don Wilson / Detective Wilson
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Benny Rubin ...
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Lucky Strike Commercial
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Police Lt. Jack Benny questions notorious killer "Babyface" Bogart (guest star Humphrey Bogart).

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Humphrey Bogart joined Jack Benny in a funny and lengthy Lucky Strike cigarette commercial midway through this episode. It must have been quite a coup for the sponsor to have a huge Hollywood screen star like Bogart participate in a TV commercial. See more »

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Jack Benny: What are you gonna do?
Babyface Bogart: [aiming handgun at Benny] I'm gonna put a red eye between them two blue ones.
Jack Benny: Where'd ya get the gun?
Babyface Bogart: You didn't frisk me so good when I came in, did ya?
Jack Benny: No. No, when I put my hand in your pocket, I found a dollar bill, and got so excited I didn't look any further.
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References The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945) See more »

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Performed by Dorothy Collins
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The Monologue is Best Part
27 September 2010 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

That opening monologue is a good chance to catch Benny's underlying charm, that is, when he slips gently into his reluctant-egotist act as the best comedian around. With most other comedians, that schtick could easily become obnoxious. But with Jack's basic likability, it's not only humorous but also oddly endearing. Same thing with his notorious "tightwad" act. We can laugh at these negative character qualities because we sense the man underneath is a genuinely nice person. Frankly, I don't get that same sense from many other comedians.

To me, the Bogart skit is a disappointment. It's neither well written nor does Bogart appear to be in the proper mood-- as other reviewers also point out. At the same time, the "voice-over" during the curtain call appears appears both odd and strained. For a guest appearance, it's an unusual few minutes and I wouldn't be surprised if there were an interesting inside story behind it.


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