Jack attempts to steal a movie role from Vincent Price, whom has been promised the lead in Irene Dunne's next picture.

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Rex Evans ...
Gordon the Butler
Rolfe Sedan ...
The Barber
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Lois Kimbrell ...
Gregory Ratoff's Secretary
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Lucky Strike Commercial
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Reading the morning paper, Jack spots an article that describes a forthcoming film starring Irene Dunne that will co-star Vincent Price. Jack confronts director Gregory Ratoff, insisting he replaces Price with Jack. Failing that, he insinuates himself into a script reading at Irene's house, desperately trying to compete with Price. Written by WesternOne

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6 December 1953 (USA)  »

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[Jack is convinced he can steal an upcoming leading role, which has already been promised to Vincent Price]
Jack Benny: It looks as though I'm going to take your place in this picture.
Vincent Price: You're taking my place? Oh, that's ridiculous, old boy.
Jack Benny: Oh, no it isn't. You see, at rehearsal tonight you and I are both going to read the parts, and, uh, the best man will win.
Vincent Price: The, uh, *best* man?
Jack Benny: Yes.
Vincent Price: Mr. Benny, when two people are involved in a statement, the comparative is used. You don't say 'the best man will win', ...
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Skillful reutilization of a great idea
9 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This television episode is classic Benny. You will find all the great elements that his character had become: stingy, prissy, vain. I still do not understand why he was so loved by audiences of the day. In this show, he tries once again to become a romantic leading man by inviting himself to audition for a part already promised to Vincent Price. The leading lady is Irene Dunne, and Jack mooches his way into her house for the scene. The show is an exact copy of a radio episode, which starred Basil Rathbone and Claudette Colbert; and Benny's director of To Be of Not to Be, the great Ernst Lubitch. The results are hilarious. Simply hilarious.


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