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The Mouse That Jack Built (1959)

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Jack (voice)
... Mary (voice)
... Rochester (voice) (as Rochester)
... Don (voice)
... The Maxwell / Ed the Vault Guard (voice)
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Storyline

In this spoof of "The Jack Benny Program", a mouse with Jack Benny's personality and poor violin playing ability lives, along with a mouse version of Benny's valet, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, in a hole in a wall of Jack Benny's own home. Jack the rodent takes a mouse version of 'Mary Livingstone (I)' out to dinner, and the two unwittingly walk right into the disguised mouth of an orange cat! Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A good friend of Jack Benny and a regular performer on his radio and TV shows, Mel Blanc not only provided the sounds of Jack Benny's Maxwell, his automobile on the latter's radio show, but also such characters as Benny's continually flustered violin teacher, Professor LeBlanc, faux-Latino musician Cy, shy-guy Stanley Gropf, and the train station announcer who always said that the next train was leaving for "Anaheim, Azuza, and Cuc.....amonga." See more »

Quotes

Jack: [singing] Oh, Rochester?
Rochester: [singing] Yes, Boss?
Jack: [singing] Where's my new white jacket?
Rochester: [singing] I'm wearing it.
Jack: Not any more, you're not.
Rochester: But boss, I rented it from you for a week for five bucks.
Jack: The week was up five minutes ago. Now bring it here.
Rochester: Oh, okay, Boss.
Jack: It's Miss Livingston's birthday, and I'm taking her out.
[Jack puts on the jacket and a blue bow tie]
[...]
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Crazy Credits

When Mary Livingston told Jack Benny, she wanted champagne, as his birthday gift, NO SALE {capital letters} are on both of his eyes and a cash register rings. Meaning as if it was going to be too expensive, to him! See more »

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Spoofs The Jack Benny Program (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

The Gold Diggers' Song (We're in the Money)
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
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Seems weaker than 'The Honey Mousers' but I'm really unqualified to make that statement!
3 November 2008 | by See all my reviews

As a British viewer, Robert Mckimson's 'The Mouse That Jack Built' goes completely over my head. Jack Benny was never a big celebrity in the UK and I have never been exposed to any of his work. Unlike McKimson's earlier TV parody 'The Honey Mousers', 'The Mouse That Jack Built' relies heavily on the audience being familiar with the source material. Since I am not even slightly aware of Benny's work, 'The Mouse That Jack Built' is completely bewildering to me. I have to say that even without any knowledge of what is being parodied, 'The Mouse That Jack Built' seems significantly weaker that 'The Honey Mousers', relying on constant references and celebrity voiceovers rather than any real plot. The ending, in which Benny makes a live action cameo, looks especially unfunny. But I hold my hands up and admit I could be wrong. There's simply no way to tell and, from my standpoint of total ignorance, I don't think I should even really rate this cartoon that was intended for a different audience entirely.


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