The Jack Benny Program

Don's 27th Anniversary With Jack

Season 11, Ep 13, Aired 1/15/61
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  • Episode Description
  • Don Wilson is saluted on his 27th anniversary of working with Jack. Benny gives him a cape, a crown, and a throne, which collapses under Don's weight. The Sportsmen sing "Down Yonder". In flashbacks, Jack shows how the two met: Jack's radio sponsor, the Universal Corset Co., holds auditions for an announcer for Jack's program. Don is awful--he's only there to complain about a corset he bought--but he's the only one who laughs at Jack's stale jokes. Jack sends Don to elocution lessons and a dance where he becomes a ballerina. John Daly presents Don with a plaque for his achievements in broadcasting and congratulates him on saving the Benny show when it was "down". Don agrees the show was a flop without him. An insulted Jack breaks the plaque over Don's head.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Bill Baldwin

    Himself

  • John Daly

    Himself

  • Don Wilson

    Himself

  • Jack Benny

    Himself

  • Leonid Kinskey

    Sergei Finskey

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • Don: (wearing royal robe and crown, Don sits on his throne and the bottom collapses) I told you this crown was too heavy. Jack: Don. Don, the weight that broke this throne didn't come from your head, believe me.

    Notes (2)

    • This episode is based on an episode of Jack's radio series, "Don Wilson's Story of 25 Years in Radio", which aired 10/30/1949.

    • Auditioners Roy Rowan and Bill Baldwin were actual announcers as well as actors: Rowan announced and did audience warm-ups for I Love Lucy, The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show and Here's Lucy. Baldwin voiced The Beverly Hillbillies as well as playing playing the ring announcer in the film Rocky.

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