The Jack Benny Program (1950–1965)
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Liberace Show 

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



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Episode cast overview:
Don Wilson
Gertrude, switchboard operator
Mabel, switchboard operator
Rex Evans ...
Geoffrey, the butler
Lois Corbett ...
Lois Wilson
Rolfe Sedan ...
Pierre, the Chef
Ray MacDonnell
Roland Peat


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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Release Date:

17 January 1954 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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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Episode Isn't Much, But Liberace Surprises
25 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

After opening skits of Benny in the dressing room and his shoulder pads, elevator lifts and girdle - but who's vain? - we see/hear Gertrude and Mabel, the switchboard operators make a few wise cracks. Some are funny, some too dated to be appreciated as much now.

Then we are witness to Jack going over to Liberace's house. The famous piano player must have been a good sport, because they poke fun at time for his excess in chandeliers, big smiles (even the butler has a huge, constant smile), tastes in food, his Japanese gardener, and his nephew "Willie," a little boy who was outside playing football with his friend while wearing a tuxedo!! (Only in the Liberace family.)

Later, we get to hear him in concert, which is always nice. With all the glitz and glamor, people forget this guy was talented piano player.

What surprised me was how well Liberace acted. He was more natural sounding and read most of his lines better than Benny.

Overall, however, this really wasn't as good as perhaps I am making it sound. It might have been entertaining in 1954, but not in 2007, even for those of us who grew up in the '50s. This episode seemed a lot longer than its half-hour, dragging in too many spots at Liberace's house.

Note: this episode came with the commercials. Wow, it's odd to see a pretty woman and members of the telecast all telling us all the benefits of Lucky Strike cigarettes.

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