Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Jack Benny But Were Afraid to Ask (1971)

This special spoofs portions of Benny's career.


Norman Abbott




Credited cast:
Jack Benny ... Himself
David Reuben David Reuben ... Himself (as Dr. David Reuben)
George Burns ... Himself
Lucille Ball ... Herself
John Wayne ... Himself
Phil Harris ... Himself
Dionne Warwick ... Herself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bill Baldwin ... Announcer (voice)
Tommy Farrell ... Film Director
Bob Hope ... Himself
Remo Pisani Remo Pisani ... Vaudeville Agent
David Westberg ... Various


Using the book "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Sex But Were Afraid to Ask" as a springboard for his special, Jack Benny's guests include the book's author Dr. David Reuben, Lucille Ball, Phil Harris, George Burns, Dionne Warwick, John Wayne, and a cameo by Bob Hope. Songs include Harris singing "That's What I Like About the South" (which Benny deconstructs), and Dionne Warwick singing "I Got Love" and "Who Gets the Guy". Sketches depict Benny's start in show business, and how he met George Burns, as well as a look at his mythical youth as a romantic leading man. Written by Michael Mooney

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Release Date:

10 March 1971 (USA) See more »

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J&M Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although Lucy says here her first film was called 'Goldwyn Girl', Ball's first film was actually titled 'Kid Millions' (1934), although she was indeed one of the film's Goldwyn Girls. They were named after motion picture producer Samuel Goldman, who founded a production company that released film through United Artists, and later RKO. Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz later bought RKO studios and renamed it Desilu. In reality, Benny's first feature film was 'Chasing Rainbows' in 1930. The first time Jack Benny and Lucille Ball really appeared together was on television in 1952. See more »


Jack Benny: What's your name, boy?
John Wayne: Marion Michael Morrison.
Jack Benny: Marion Michael Morrison? No wonder you're a chorus boy. You'll never get anywhere with a name like that.
John Wayne: Well, I have been thinking of changing it, Mr. Benny. To Wayne.
Jack Benny: Wayne. That's not too bad. Wayne. How about Wayne Newton?
Lucille Ball: How about John Wayne Newton?
John Wayne: That's worse than Marion Michael Morrison.
Jack Benny: Let me give you some advice. You're too big and tall and clumsy to be a chorus boy. Why don't you buy yourself a horse, a cowboy suit, and put a black ...
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Crazy Credits

Over the closing credits, Jack Benny plays the violin and the studio audience gets up and walks out. Benny follows some of them up the aisle, playing all the while. See more »


References The Kraft Music Hall (1967) See more »


I Got Love
Written by Peter Udell and Gary Geld
Sung by Dionne Warwick
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