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Buck Benny Rides Again (1940)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Western | 3 May 1940 (USA)
Jack Benny (as himself) tries to make good his fictitious boasts about roughing it in Nevada, in a spoof of Western cliches.

Director:

Mark Sandrich

Writers:

William Morrow (screen play), Edmund Beloin (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Benny ... Jack Benny
Ellen Drew ... Joan Cameron
Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson ... Rochester Van Jones (as Rochester)
Andy Devine ... Andy
Phil Harris ... Phil
Dennis Day ... Dennis
Virginia Dale ... Virginia
Lillian Cornell ... Peggy
Theresa Harris ... Josephine
Kay Linaker ... Brenda Tracy
Ward Bond ... First Outlaw
Morris Ankrum ... Second Outlaw (as Morri Ankrum)
Charles Lane ... Charlie Graham
James Burke ... Taxi Driver
Merriel Abbott Dancers Merriel Abbott Dancers ... Dancers: Indian Adagio and Acrobatic Routines
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Storyline

Radio star Jack Benny, intending to stay in New York for the summer, is forced by the needling of rival Fred Allen to prove his boasts about roughing it on his (fictitious) Nevada ranch. Meanwhile, singer Joan Cameron, whom Jack's fallen for and offended, is maneuvered by her sisters to the same Nevada town. Jack's losing battle to prove his manhood to Joan means broad slapstick burlesque of Western cliches. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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nevada | boast | singer | rival | spoof | See All (13) »

Taglines:

"Imagine that tenderfoot on a horse! If Benny ever gets on a jackass, you wouldn't know who's riding who!" Fred Allen's Voice. See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Dennis Day first movie performance. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Don Wilson: And now ladies and gentlemen, we bring you that rugged hero of the great outdoors, that strong silent sphynx of the prairie, that man among men where men are men... Jack Benny in Buck Benny Rides Again!
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Connections

Referenced in Bugs Bunny Rides Again (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

I'M AN OLD COW HAND (FROM THE RIO GRANDE)
(1936) (uncredited)
Written by Johnny Mercer
Sung by Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson
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Benny show cast in a fun movie
15 September 2015 | by SimonJackSee all my reviews

Audiences today are subjected to types of humor quite different from that of the mid-20th century. So, younger movie buffs may not enjoy this film that much. But, for anyone who heard or watched the Jack Benny show on radio/TV, "Buck Benny Rides Again" will bring back fond memories.

This isn't a great comedy, but it is a good one. Mostly it's a showcase for Benny and many of the characters who peopled his radio and TV shows. And that makes it nostalgic and special in an historical sense. The story is so-so, and the scripting and plot tend to bounce around. But the characters are mostly here with their oft hilarious interplay.

An extra bonus is a very well choreographed musical dance with performers dressed in Indian costumes. There are a few songs as well. Some humor of course, is ageless. Such a line that I enjoyed here is uttered by Benny as himself. "Rochester, there's an old Chinese proverb that says, 'When butler butt in on boss, better have other job up sleeve.' Jack walks away and then says, "Catch on?"


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Buck Benny Rides Again See more »

Filming Locations:

Palm Springs, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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