The Jack Benny Program

Jam Session At Jack's

Season 5, Ep 2, Aired 10/17/54
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  • Episode Description
  • In Jack's monologue, he reads critics' reviews of his first show of the season; he skips those who hated him. Don balks at Jack's idea for the commercial but does it anyway: singing while skipping rope. Jack hurries home for the weekly jam session at his house. His pals filter in: Tony Martin (clarinet), Fred MacMurray (saxophone), Dick Powell (trumpet), Dan Dailey (drums), and Kirk Douglas (banjo). They avail themselves of the coin-operated vending machines hidden throughout Jack's living room. The group plays a ragged version of "Basin Street" while Kirk keeps breaking into "Bye Bye Blues", the only song he knows. In the epilogue, Jack has the audience applaud for its favorite musician. The winner gets $5 of Jack's own cash. Jack keeps his five.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Eddie Anderson

    Rochester Van Jones

  • Sam Perrin

  • George Balzer

  • Milt Josefsberg

  • John Tackaberry

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • Jack: (after Don Wilson was forced to do a commercial while skipping a rope) It wasn't bad. The audience loved it out there.
      Don: I guess it was all right.
      Jack: You guess? Don, you were wonderful! How do you know? Maybe tonight a star was born. With you it could be the Big Dipper.

    • Jack: (monologue, talking about his last show) The reviews came in. I read 'em, I burned 'em, now let's forget about 'em.

    • Jack: (talking instruments with Tony Martin) I was offered $3000 for my violin. Tony: Now wait a minute, Jack. Who'd ever offer you $3000 for your violin? Rochester: Everybody in the neighborhood chipped in!

    Notes (1)

    • This episode was telecast live from CBS Television City in Hollywood.

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