The Jack Benny Program

Season 6 Episode 10

How Jack Met Rochester

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Aired Sunday 7:30 PM Jan 29, 1956 on CBS
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How Jack Met Rochester
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Jack tells his guest Sarah Churchill how he first met Rochester. In a flashback, Jack is making his big move from New York to Hollywood as cheaply as possible. Rochester is the porter on the train Jack is taking westward. Benny is smuggling Don (for whom he bought a children's ticket) and Dennis (no ticket) in his upper berth. Rochester discovers his scheme but promises to keep it quiet. Unfortunately, the conductor finds out and fires Rochester on the spot. Feeling badly for having gotten Rochester canned, Jack offers him a job as his butler/nursemaid.moreless

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    Will Wright

    Will Wright

    Conductor

    Guest Star

    George Comfort

    George Comfort

    Dining Car Waiter

    Guest Star

    Joe Roach

    Joe Roach

    Extra (unbilled)

    Guest Star

    Roy Glenn

    Roy Glenn

    Henry, a Porter

    Recurring Role

    Benny Rubin

    Benny Rubin

    Indian

    Recurring Role

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    • TRIVIA (2)

      • The story of this episode is based on Eddie Anderson's first appearance on Jack's radio show in 1937. He played a porter on a train Jack was on. Jack liked his delivery and distinctive voice so much that he added the character of Rochester later in the season.

      • Jack tells Sarah that Rochester has been with him eighteen years.

    • QUOTES (2)

      • (discovering Don dressed as a 12-year-old kid hiding in Benny's berth)
        Rochester: Oh, Mr. Benny! Come now!
        Jack: He's got a thyroid condition!
        Don: You see, Daddy. I told you it wouldn't work.

      • (discussing Rochester's starting salary)
        Jack: What do you think would be a fair salary?
        Rochester: I ain't gonna get that, so let start somewhere else.
        Jack: You see, we understand each other already.

    • NOTES (1)

      • The story of how Benny and Rochester met was used again on the episode of 1/28/1962 How Jack Met Rochester. The story was different on Benny's radio series; in the episode How Jack Found Rochester airing 3/11/1945, the two met when Rochester was a cab driver.

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