The Jack Benny Program

Claudette Colbert and Basil Rathbone Show

Season 1, Ep 3, Aired 4/1/51
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  • Episode Description
  • Jack wants a dramatic role on an episode of Robert Montgomery Presents Your Lucky Strike Theatre that's already set to star Claudette Colbert and Basil Rathbone. He goes to the sponsor's office and pleads with producer Montgomery to dump Rathbone and use him instead. Not taking no for an answer, Jack crashes a rehearsal of the show at Colbert's apartment; Montgomery gives him a small part to read just to shut him up. Benny proves to be such a disruptive pest, Rathbone calls him a "schlemiel" and storms out.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Don Wilson

    Himself

  • Sam Perrin

  • Milt Josefsberg

  • George Balzer

  • John Tackaberry

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • (Jack's pitching Robert Montgomery on starring him on his dramatic series) Jack: Well, Bob. Maybe you're worried about my acting ability. Did you see my second show? Montgomery: No, I didn't. Jack: Why not? Montgomery: I saw the first one!

    Notes (1)

    • This story, with Jack seeking a dramatic role, was restaged on the episode Irene Dunne Show airing 12/6/1953.

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