Jack demonstrates the difference between his cheap violin and his $30,000 Stradivarius. Also, Milton Berle plays the part of a very bad boy adopted by Jack.




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Episode cast overview:
Jack Benny / Jonathan W. Goodheart
Milton Berle / Marvin
The Wife, Mrs. Goodheart
Scott Elliott ...
The Butler
Pitt Herbert ...
Orphanage Man, Mr. Silman
Joan Swift ...
The Governess, Miss Thompson
Keith Peters ...
2nd Little Boy
Pat Thompson ...
1st Little Boy


In the skit, Jack plays a wealthy man who, under the mistaken belief that "there is no such thing as a bad boy", goes to an orphanage to adopt one, and though advised against it, takes a full grown man in a Buster Brown suit nicknamed "The Rat", who promptly betrays the man's trust, by cracking his home safe. Written by WesternOne

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22 January 1965 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The line, there's no such thing as a bad boy, repeated in this episode was said in the movie 'Boys Town' by Spencer Tracy playing the part of Father Edward Flanagan. This saying was first coined by Floyd Starr in 1910 in a sociology class at Albion College, Albion, Michigan. See more »


[repeated line]
Jonathan W. Goodheart: There's no such thing as a bad boy.
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Jack Adopts Milton Berle
1 May 2012 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

After Jack demonstrates the difference in sound by playing a cheap violin compared to his $30,000 Stradivarius, "Mr. Television" guest star Milton Berle appears to take the instruments off stage. Jack plays both violins with equal skill, of course. Their on-stage antics are followed by the evening's skit, entitled "The Story of Jonathan Goodheart, or There Is No Such Thing as a Bad Boy". Heretofore, decent childless Jack (as Jonathan W. Goodheart) adopts overgrown orphan Berle (as Marvin). Berle turns out to be a very, very bad boy. Jack Benny and Milton Berle are very, very funny in this one.

******** Jack Adopts a Son (1/22/65) Norman Abbott ~ Jack Benny, Milton Berle, Joyce Van Patten, Scott Elliott

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