The Jack Benny Program (1950–1965)
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Gary Cooper Show 

Jack welcomes superstar and personal friend Gary Cooper, who makes his "live" (actually videotaped) television debut. Coop flubs a line ,and then does an Elvis-like turn with a guitar and ... See full summary »

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Episode credited cast:
... Jack Benny / Tex Morgan
... Rochester Van Jones
... Dennis Day
... Mary Livingstone
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jan Arvan ... Mr. Bentley - Director
Paul Baxley ... Third Man
Maria Cooper Janis ... Gary Cooper's Daughter (as Maria Cooper)
... Himself
Dick Crockett ... First Man
Dick Geary ... Second Man
Sol Gorss ... Bob Houston
John Laing ... Announcer
Virginia Mancini ... Singer
... Mrs. Gary Cooper
The Sportsmen Quartet ... Themselves
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Jack welcomes superstar and personal friend Gary Cooper, who makes his "live" (actually videotaped) television debut. Coop flubs a line ,and then does an Elvis-like turn with a guitar and the Sportsmen quartet. The main skit shows Jack wearing huge-heeled boots, auditioning for a cowboy movie part as Cooper's twin brother. Written by WesternOne

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21 September 1958 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Regular series announcer Don Wilson was appearing in a play in Philadelphia and missed several episodes at the beginning on the ninth season. John Laing substituted for him as the Announcer during this period. See more »

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Remade as The Jack Benny Program: The Tall Cowboy Sketch (1963) See more »

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Bird Dog
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Sung by Gary Cooper and The Sportsmen Quartet
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A Classy Season Premier
27 February 2014 | by See all my reviews

Jack Benny was, first and foremost, a showman. I've listened to all his radio shows, twenty-five years, and he missed only one: when Carole Lombard died in the plane crash. He performed ill and tired--no one could ever tell. For all those years, his audience could count on him for a good show. And for this one, he brought Gary Cooper to the small screen.

Gary Cooper had won his Oscar for High Noon. He was big: the biggest He appeared awkward on this live show, but that was part of his charm and Benny played it up. The skit was a cowboy scene (and pretty dumb, to be honest), but it's great television history. Lost for years, newly released--classic.


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