The Jack Benny Program

Season 11 Episode 13

Don's 27th Anniversary With Jack

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Aired Sunday 7:30 PM Jan 15, 1961 on CBS
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Don's 27th Anniversary With Jack
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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

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Bill Baldwin

Bill Baldwin

Himself

Guest Star

John Daly

John Daly

Himself

Guest Star

Leonid Kinskey

Leonid Kinskey

Sergei Finskey

Guest Star

Robert Garsen

Robert Garsen

Sportsmen Quartet (1954-1965)

Recurring Role

Bill Days

Bill Days

Sportsmen Quartet

Recurring Role

Jay Moffett

Jay Moffett

Sportsmen Quartet (1957-1965)

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  • 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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