The Jack Benny Program

Season 3 Episode 7

Fred Allen Show

Aired Sunday 7:30 PM Apr 19, 1953 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Fred Allen Show
After Jack's monologue rehearsal (lots of jokes about Fred Allen), Rochester rides out on Benny's hot dog cart and sells sandwiches to the crew. He serenades them with "Side by Side" so he can collect a cover charge. Jack is in the lobby of his sponsor's office to renew his contract option. Meanwhile inside Mr. Lewis' office, Fred Allen is trying to convince him to put Jack "out to pasture" and and hire him for the show. Allen hides in a closet as Jack enters. When Mr. Lewis says he wants a few days to think it over, Jack smells a louse. Leaving, Benny opens the wrong door, finds Allen and hits the roof. After the pair have reconciled, Eddie Cantor pops out of another closet and pitches Mr. Lewis on making him the star of the show.
The show concludes with Cantor, Allen, and Jack on stage in front of the curtain trading jabs.moreless

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (4)

      • Jack: (explaining how to get to his house) You go two blocks to your right until you come to the California Bank. Then you go four blocks to your left until you come to the Bank of America. Then seven more blocks to your right until you come to the Citizen's National Bank. Then you keep going to your left until you come to the Beverly Hills branch of the California Bank, ...
        Fred: Wait a minute, Jack. Wouldn't it be easier if I just went straight ahead on Sunset Boulevard?
        Jack: Well, if you don't care for scenery, yes.

      • Jack: (as Rochester is selling Benny's food to the crew) Why--why do you put so much ketchup on the sandwiches?
        Rochester: Well, that was an idea of mine to drum up more business.
        Jack: Well, how would ketchup give us more business?
        Rochester: Well, I figured if some of it dripped on their shirts, we might to get to do their laundry, too.

      • Mr. Lewis: (Fred has just suggested replacing Jack with himself) I don't know. Taking a man like Jack Benny and putting him out to pasture...Do you think it will work?
        Fred: Why of course. Look. If Benny can spend the last years of his life around anything green, he'll go for it.

      • Jack: (monologue) What a face on Fred Allen. With those bags under his eyes, he looks like a short butcher peeping over two pounds of liver.

    • NOTES (3)

      • The sketch with Jack meeting his sponsor to sign a contract was restaged in the episode Season Premiere of 10/15/1961. In that episode, it was Phil Slivers who wanted his job.

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

      • The phony Benny-Allen feud had, at the time of this show, been going on for 18 years. It began on radio when Jack did a take-off on Major Bowes Amateur Hour. On that show he featured a child violinist playing "The Bee". Allen joked on his next show that the kid was only eight and could play the song; Jack should be ashamed of himself. Jack responded the following week on his program, and the running gag was underway.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • When Fred Allen uses the words "loose ends", a duck comes down from Mr. Lewis' ceiling with $100 in it's mouth. Allen had said the secret words, just like on the series You Bet Your Life. In fact, Lewis says Groucho Marx had installed the duck.