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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jack Benny
... Joan Cameron
... Rochester Van Jones (as Rochester)
... Andy
... Phil
... Dennis
... Virginia
... Peggy
... Josephine
... Brenda Tracy
... First Outlaw
... Second Outlaw (as Morri Ankrum)
... Charlie Graham
... Taxi Driver
Merriel Abbott Dancers ... Dancers: Indian Adagio and Acrobatic Routines
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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) »

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"Mr. Allen sho' do say funny things." - "Oh, shut up, Rochester." See more »


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3 May 1940 (USA)  »

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Hejsan, vi rider igen!  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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In an interview, Kay Linaker related how the film crew had to pick Jack Benny up and place him on his horse as he didn't know how to mount or ride horses. Kay and Jack also filmed the runaway scene where they're trotting their horses a few feet and then their doubles would take over. When the director shouted for action, Andy Devine's horse bit Kay's horse and caused it to runaway. In the ensuing chaos, Jack's horse also took off and since Jack couldn't ride a horse, he had a hard time with it and had to take the following two days off from filming. See more »

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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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Referenced in The Jack Benny Program: Musicale (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

MY KIND OF COUNTRY
(1940) (uncredited)
Written by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Sung by Dennis Day and chorus
Danced by Merriel Abbott Dancers (last dance)
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Benny's Best!! A Must See for Old Time Radio Fans!!
21 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

Buck Benny Rides Again is a treat from the main title and credits announced by an on-screen Don Wilson to the great banter between Benny, Rochester, Andy Devine and of course, Phil Harris. Given ample showcase are the many talents of Eddie "Rochester" Anderson as not only a top notch comedian, but a talented dancer.

The supporting females are all lovely, and of course, despite his many faults, Jack Benny winds up with Ellen Drew in the end!

It is said that Jack appeared with Rochester in a theatre in Harlem when Buck Benny Rides Again premiered...Jack stood by Rochester for years and ignored the color barrier of the 30s, 40s and 50s in show business.

Made the same year is "Love Thy Neighbor" which featured Jack's feud with Fred Allen...they were actually released fairly close together--capitalizing on the height of Jack's popularity just before the war.


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