The Jack Benny Program (1950–1965)
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New Year's Eve 

Near the end of a new year's eve interview with a female reporter, Jack tells her the tale of that same night in 1953, when his plans for the evening did not go as expected. Leaving him ... See full summary »

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Episode credited cast:
... Rochester Van Jones
Charles Bagby ... Charlie the Pianist
... Jack Benny
... Dennis Day
... Pondering Husband
Helen Eby-Rock ... Pondering Wife
Jill Jackson ... Newspaper Reporter
... Gloria
... Harry's Drunk Friend
Frank Remley ... Frankie the Guitarist
... Cafe Owner
Jack Shea ... Harry the Drunkard
Wayne Songer ... Wayne the Clarinetist
Sammy Weiss ... Sammy the Drummer
... Don Wilson
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Near the end of a new year's eve interview with a female reporter, Jack tells her the tale of that same night in 1953, when his plans for the evening did not go as expected. Leaving him with no one to be with at midnight and personal regrets. Written by happipuppi13

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31 December 1961 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Auld Lang Syne
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Performed by television orchestra
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Classic Benny
11 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

This show is another of the transpositions from the great radio show: Jack Benny's New Year's Eve adventure. The scene opens with the cast of the show becoming convivial, preparing for their party, and of Jack making a grand entrance in top hat and tails. He has a great date! Dennis Day gives us a wonderful song, and things are off to a great New Year's Eve. But then poor Jack gets some bad news . . . I expect it took great courage to put this show on; at least, back in the radio days. Benny as a tragic figure? In my opinion, here is where he moves into his place as the supreme clown: Pagliachi himself. Not immensely funny, but intensely moving; reminiscent of another great American comedian, Jimmy Durante, covering popular music standards late in his life.


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