The Jack Benny Program

First Show of the Season

Season 8, Ep 1, Aired 9/22/57
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  • Episode Description
  • The eighth season opens with audience members in line discussing how tickets to the show were forced on them. Following Jack's monologue, Dennis Day sings "Around the World in 80 Days." Don starts performing his Lucky Strike commercial as a calypso number and Jack stops him, saying he doesn't want a middle commercial this week. Instead, Benny brings out Mel Blanc as a novelty musician from Vienna; he plays bottles filled with alcohol and as he tunes them, he gets progressively soused. Don's wife forces Jack to call the sponsor and explain that cutting the commercial was not Don's idea. The sponsor is not pleasedmoreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Lois Corbet

    Lois Wilson

  • Don Wilson

    Himself

  • Thomas Wade

    2nd Man in Line

  • Dennis Day

    Himself

  • Jesslyn Fax

    Emma

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • Emma: (elderly woman swooning over Jack) Why, when he stands up there on the stage with that devil-may-care attitude...those baby blue eyes...shivers run up and down my spine, and that hasn't happened since I danced with President Buchanan!

    • (discussing Jack's European trip) Dennis: I'll bet you were on the go all of the time. Jack: Well, yes, yes, that's true. But how did you know? Dennis: You look lousy!

    • (Dennis explaining that he met his psychiatrist at an ice cream parlor) Jack: In an ice cream parlor? How did you know he was a psychiatrist? Dennis: I ordered a banana split made with a cucumber and he hand me his card.

    Notes (1)

    • The bit with Mel Blanc getting drunk while tuning his "instrument" was restaged in Amateur Night on 12/18/1964.

    Trivia (1)

    • Jack mentions that Dennis Day's real name is Eugene Patrick McNulty.

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