The Jack Benny Program: Season 4, Episode 7

Liberace Show (17 Jan. 1954)

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Jack visits the home of Liberace, but even he isn't ready for the outrageous extravagance he sees there.

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Jack goes to Liberace's house to negotiate a concert appearance. He's amazed by the number of candelabras that fill the house and how everyone (including the butler, the gardener and a visiting child) wear tuxedos. At the concert, Liberace plays a piano piece composed by Chopin and Jack, with violin, joins him to play "September Song". Written by David Bassler

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[first lines]
Rochester Van Jones: [speaking on phone] Hello, Mr. Benny's dressing room - star of stage, screen and radio, and right now he's in front of the cameras trying to convince television.
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September Song
Written by Kurt Weill & Maxwell Anderson (uncredited)
Performed by Liberace (piano) and Jack Benny (violin)
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Bittersweet nostalgia
9 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I remember asking someone, at the time, if Liberace was the greatest piano player in the world. He was very popular; and, it seemed to me, very skillful (I played the piano a bit in those days too). He plays very well here, but it is sad to think what he became and how he ended. Anyway, here he is on top of his form, and Jack uses him to fullest advantage. There are very funny allusions to Liberace's famous, extravagant lifestyle. Also impressive are the clever set pieces and wonderful sight gags, typical of the Jack Benny Show production department but not so typical for television of the day. Someone put a lot of thought, and a lot of work, in to transitioning Jack Benny from radio to television.


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