The Jack Benny Program (1950–1965)
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The Smother Brothers confound every attempt by Jack to force them into his straitjacket comedy formula while performing his theme song, but even scarier to Jack is when he's pinned under an... See full summary »

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The Smother Brothers confound every attempt by Jack to force them into his straitjacket comedy formula while performing his theme song, but even scarier to Jack is when he's pinned under an unexploded bomb in a World War II London air raid. The UXB squad turns out to be the Smothers. Tom can't remember which wire to pull, while Dick uses the opportunity of Jack being immobilized to lock in an appearance on Jack's final program. Written by David Stevens

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16 April 1965 (USA)  »

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Though this was Jack's final weekly programme, when it was shot nobody knew it would be, and no mention is made of it. See more »

Goofs

Though the skit takes place in London during the Blitz, Benny mentions Jack Paar, an unknown until the age of television a decade later. See more »

Quotes

Jack Benny: If I wanted philosophy, I'd go to Bertrand Russel or Jack Paar!
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References The Johnny Carson Show (1955) See more »

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Blue Tail Fly (Jimmy Crack Corn)
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Performed by Tom Smothers and Dick Smothers
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Smothers Brothers guest on final Jack Benny Program
7 July 2006 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

This final regular episode of The Jack Benny Program starts with The Smothers Brothers singing what has long been Jack's Theme: Love in Bloom. Tom, of course, interrupts halfway through with Dick expressing annoyance throughout before completing their number. Jack then talks to the boys before they go to their skit: A "What If?" concerning Jack's encounter with the boys during WWII. The skit ends with all three blown up then we see them (or their dummies) fall down at Benny's regular home stage and (after editing) reacting to what just happened. Jack and the brothers wave goodbye to us for what Jack must have thought was the last show of the season but turned out to be the final regular episode ever. He would only do occasional specials until his death in 1974. This episode was amusing throughout and has no dated elements but low ratings made this Jack's only regular season on the NBC television network after fourteen years on CBS. I saw this on a Universal VHS with a hilarious Peter Lorre ep preceding it. By all means, seek this out!


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