The Jack Benny Program

Season 1 Episode 1

Premiere Show

Aired Sunday 7:30 PM Oct 28, 1950 on CBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • (Mel Blanc has interrupted Jack's monologue to adjust lighting and say hi to his aunt)
      Jack: What are you doing?
      Mel: I'm saying "hello" to my aunt in California.
      Jack: But this is a live show. It only goes as far as St. Louis or Kansas City. This probably won't reach California for two weeks.
      Mel: Well, I was talking to a critic during rehearsal and he said if the wind is right, they may get it tonight.

  • Notes

    • Benny relates in a 3/24/1951 article he wrote for Collier's magazine that the closing gag didn't go as planned. He was supposed to play the straight music piece "Hora Staccato", then follow it with "Love in Bloom" as a joke. The audience was supposed to leave during the second gag number, but there was a fouled-up cue and everyone stood up and left the studio as he began "Hora Staccato".

    • This was a 45 minute special, airing from 8-8:45pm(et), pre-empting "The Ken Murray Show". To fill the remaining 15 minutes, CBS presented comedian Sam Levenson in an extended monologue, which later earned him his own variety series on the network in January 1951.

  • Allusions