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THE JACK BENNY SHOW

Show Type: Comedy

First Telecast: October 28, 1950

Last Telecast: August 30, 1977

Theme Music:  "Love in Bloom," by Leo Robin & Ralph Rainger

Broadcast History:

October 1950 – June 1959, Sunday 7:30-8:00 on CBS

October 1959 – June 1960, Sunday 10:00-10:30 on CBS

October 1960 – June 1962, Sunday 9:30-10:00 on CBS

September 1962 – June 1963, Tuesday 9:30-10:00 on CBS

September 1963 – September 1964, Tuesday 9:30-10:00 on CBS

September 1964 – September 1965, Friday 9:30-10:00 on NBC

August 1977, Tuesday 8:00-8:30 on CBS

Regulars

Jack Benny

Eddie "Rochester" Anderson

Don Wilson

Dennis Day

Mary Livingstone

Frank Nelson

Artie Auerbach

Mel Blanc

SYNOPSIS

Jack Benny had been a regular network-radio personality since 1932. When he made his first tentative forays into television in 1950, it was with a series of specials that aired on an infrequent basis in what would eventually become his regular Sunday nighttime slot. Ten of them aired during the 1950-1951 and 1951-1952 seasons. From October 5, 1952, through the following January his show was televised once every four weeks, and when he returned again, on September 13, 1953, it was on an alternate-week basis that lasted through June of 1960. For his last five seasons, The Jack Benny Show aired every week.

The format of the show, and the personality of its star, so well honed in two decades on radio, made the transition to television almost intact. Jack's stinginess, vanity about his supposed age of 39, basement vault where he kept all his money, ancient Maxwell automobile, and feigned ineptness at playing the violin were all part of the act – and were, if anything, bolstered by their visibility on the TV show. Added to Jack's famous pause and exasperated "Well!" were a rather mincing walk, an affected hand to the cheek, and a pained look of disbelief when confronted by life's little tragedies.

The two regulars who were with Jack throughout his television run were Eddie "Rochester" Anderson as his valet and Don Wilson as his announcer and friend. Appearing on a more irregular basis were Dennis Day, Artie Auerbach, Frank Nelson, Mary Livingstone (Mrs. Benny), and Mel Blanc, all veterans from the radio show. Blanc, the master of a thousand voices (including Bugs Bunny), was both heard as the engine of Jack's Maxwell and seen as Prof. Le Blanc, his long-suffering violin teacher.

Jack’s underplayed comedy was as popular on television as it had been on radio. After thirteen years as a more or less regular television performer, he cut back his schedule to an occasional special and continued to appear until the year of his death, 1974. CBS brought back four episodes from The Jack Benny Show, originally filmed in the early 1960’s, for a limited run in August 1977.

CBS had also aired reruns of this series on weekday afternoons from October 1964 to September 1965 as The Jack Benny Daytime Show and on Sunday afternoons from October 1964 to March 1965 as Sunday with Jack Benny.

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