The Jack Benny Program

Season 10 Episode 2

Harry Truman Show

Aired Sunday 7:30 PM Oct 18, 1959 on CBS



  • Notes

    • The sordid "Quiz Show Scandals" were front page news at this time, with the House Committee on Legislative Oversight beginning hearings in October 1959. The networks were scurrying to cover themselves, making new rules and public declarations guaranteeing transparency. CBS' president Frank Stanton went as far as to declare that laugh tracks would no longer be used. Jack Benny was quite public in objecting to this, telling columnist Earl Wilson in November 1959, that no CBS brass ever told him to stop using them. Discussing this show, Benny said, "When you film a show, you almost have to have it...We filmed the Truman interview in the library in Independence. He was saying some very funny things. For him to have said these things without any laugh response would have been deadly." Jack personally oversaw the "sweetening" himself.