The Jack Benny Program

Christmas Show

Season 8, Ep 7, Aired 12/15/57
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  • Episode Description
  • This is the TV debut of Jack's traditional Christmas shopping radio show. Jack and Rochester go looking for gifts at a department store. Jack harasses clerk Mel Blanc, repeatedly have him re-wrap the wallet he bought for Don because he wants to change the card inside. After changing it one too many times, Blanc, now a wreck, loads a pistol and shoots himself. Jack has several arguments with surly floorwalker Frank Nelson, especially after smashing a new "unvreakable" watch with a hammer. He buys lingerie from a clerk too unnerved by nighties to touch them with his bare hands.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Frank Nelson

    Mr. Nelson, Floorwalker

  • Gil Frye

    Sales Clerk

  • Eddie Anderson

    Rochester Van Jones

  • Chuckie Bradley

    2nd Sales Girl

  • Don Wilson

    Himself

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • Jack: (asking male clerk to display some lingerie on the counter) Wait a minute. Why are you putting gloves on? Lingerie Sales Clerk: Touchin' that stuff with my bare hands makes me a nervous wreck!

    • Jack: I beg your pardon, mister, are you the floorwalker? Floorwalker Nelson: What do you think I am with this carnation, a float in the Rose Parade?

    • (writing first card for Don's gift) Jack: This gift is from Jackie, Oh, golly, oh shucks. I hope that you like it, it cost forty bucks!

    Notes (2)

    • This episode was restaged on the episode Jack Goes Christmas Shopping airing 12/18/1960.

    • This Christmas shopping sketch was adapted from the 12/19/1948 episode of Jack Benny's radio series.

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