The Jack Benny Program

Season 11 Episode 9

Jack Goes Christmas Shopping

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Aired Sunday 7:30 PM Dec 18, 1960 on CBS
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Jack Goes Christmas Shopping
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Jack and Rochester go Christmas shopping in a department store. Jack harasses clerk Mel Blanc, repeatedly have him re-wrap the gift he bought for Don because he wants to change the card inside. Dennis Day sings "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer". Don, dressed as a kid, sits on Santa's lap to do the State Farm commercial. Jack has several arguments with surly floorwalker Frank Nelson, especially after smashing a new watch with a hammer. He buys lingerie from a clerk too unnerved by nighties to touch them with his bare hands. After going back to make changes on Don's gift one too many times, Blanc, now a wreck, loads a pistol and shoots himself.moreless

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  • Correct title

    8.5
    I don't know where ethanmuse gets his information. First he says there was no Christmas shopping episode on this date (12/18/60), then he states that the Christmas shopping episode viewers see is from 1960 not 1957. The episode described above has the usual opening from that season (the "faces" opening) plus has a copyright date of 1960. This episode is sponsored by State Farm (Don Wilson performs the commerical in front of Santa at the store) so it has nothing to do with Lucky Strike which stopped sponsoring the program in 1959. State Farm was one of the sponsors beginning in 1959 so that also places this episode in 1960. The description above is apparently correct.moreless
  • Wrong title. This date's episode had nothing to do with Christmas shopping.

    9.0
    I don't know where TV.com gets its information, but there was no Christmas shopping television episode aired on this date. I've read the actual script for the show that aired that day, and it's not about Christmas shopping. It's an episode where Jack goes grocery shopping. Mel Blanc isn't even in it.



    For proof of this, go to http://www.tobaccodocuments.org and do a search for Jack Benny. There you will find authentic scanned copies for every radio and television script Jack performed for Lucky Strike. These are official primary source documents that prove what aired on a particular date. There was no Christmas shopping episode done by Jack Benny on this date. In fact, the annual Christmas shopping radio episode aired the week prior.



    The first televised Christmas shopping episode wasn't until 1957, and it's never been released on video or DVD. The version that everybody has seen is the 1960 version, regardless of the date on the package.moreless
Richard Deacon

Richard Deacon

Shirt Salesman

Guest Star

Rolfe Sedan

Rolfe Sedan

 

Guest Star

Paul Maxey

Paul Maxey

Department Store Santa

Guest Star

Benny Rubin

Benny Rubin

Bandit

Recurring Role

Frank Nelson

Frank Nelson

Floorwalker

Recurring Role

Mel Blanc

Mel Blanc

Wallet Salesman

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • One of the poems Jack writes on the card for Don's gift:
      Your pear-shaped tone, many announcers ape,
      But no one can ape your pear-shaped shape.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Richard Deacon: (sarcastic clerk to Dennis Day) I wouldn't know. I'm standing behind this counter because, in a moment of wild enthusiasm, I sold my pants.

    • Salesman: Your father was scared of your mother?
      Dennis Day: Everybody's scared of my mother, when I was born the stork dropped me a block away from the house, good thing I knew the address.

    • Salesman: Here's a nice little garments, a genuine silk nightie.
      Jack: Oh it is nice...but what are the loops for?
      Salesman: 'Da loops?
      Jack: Yeah 'da loops, what are 'da loops for?
      Salesman: Oh that's for when you go to bed, you loop them over your toes and that way the nightgown don't creep up on you.

    • Jack: I wonder where the jewelry department is.
      Thief: It's that way.
      Jack: I hope they still have a nice selection.

    • Jack: I want to see a watch.
      Saleswoman: For a man, woman, or dog?
      Jack: Dog?
      Saleswoman: Well this is Beverly Hills.
      Jack: A woman, I don't know any dogs.

    • Jack: I don't want to duplicate anything, what did I give you for Christmas last year?
      Rochester: A brand new dollar bill...and a lecture on the evils of wine, women and song.
      Jack: Oh yeah, well that was a gag, I did that to make you laugh.
      Rochester: I wish you would've told me, I cried all night.

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