The Jack Benny Program

Jack's Lunch Counter

Season 5, Ep 11, Aired 2/20/55
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  • Episode Description
  • In his monologue Jack discusses guitarist Frank Remley's drunken birthday party. Dennis interrupts, upset that George Raft got the star dressing room. After a loud crash, Dennis mother walks out to say the dressing room is now his; she just threw Raft out of it. Dennis sings "Young and Foolish". In the "dramatic" sketch ("Death Across the Lunch Counter," or "Dial 'M' For Mustard") Jack plays Charleston T. Gundlefinger, a diner owner. He's nervous because murderers are on the loose in the area. Three suspicious men come in at closing and two of them (Raft and Day) start to intimidate Jack. They also dance when the jukebox plays "Papa Loves Mambo." Benny shoots Raft, who does a hammy death scene, and Day. The third man isn't a thug; he's the interior decorator Charleston had hired.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dennis Day

    Himself / Slugger

  • Verna Felton

    Dennis' Mother

  • Don Wilson

    Himself / Police Chief Chubby Wilson

  • Frank Shawl

    Boy Dancer

  • Micki Barton

    Girl Dancer

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • Jack: (explaining to Dennis how big a star George Raft is) Paramount offered him $100,000. Twentieth Century Fox offered him $150,000, and Warner Brothers offered him $200,000! Dennis: Oh, stop aggravating yourself!

    • Jack: (to the thugs who have entered his diner) Now, look gentlemen, I don't want any trouble. What'll you have...ham and eggs...corned beef hash...or a nice mixed green salad? (Raft slaps Jack across the face ) Ouch! Why did you slap me? Raft: I don't like salad!

    Notes (1)

    • This script was restaged in the episode Lunch Counter Murder with Dan Duryea replacing George Raft on 12/4/1960.

    Trivia (1)

    • In the closing epilogue, Jack promotes that his next show on 3/6/1955 will be telecast in color.

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