The Jack Benny Program - Season 11

CBS (ended 1965)




Episode Guide

  • Nightbeat Takeoff
    Nightbeat Takeoff
    Episode 1
    With the new season, Jack is preparing to do the series on a weekly basis. His publicity agent has hired trucks to run over people leaving a tire imprint that says "Watch Jack Benny every week". Canceling out on a golf game at the country club, Jack overhears George Burns, Robert Wagner and Tony Curtis questioning whether he has the stamina for a weekly program. Suddenly feeling tired, Jack goes home and takes a nap. He has a nightmare where he's grilled by Mike Wallace on his Nightbeat program about deciding to go weekly. Benny squirms under the questioning.moreless
  • Dick Clark Show
    Dick Clark Show
    Episode 2
    Jack wants to know how he can get teenagers to watch his show, so he goes to Dick Clark, an expert on the subject. Dick suggests that Jack book a rock band like The Sabres, who proceed to perform "Flip, Flop and Fly". Benny naturally balks at paying their $5,000 fee and decides to form his own band. Dressed as The Sabres, Dennis, Don and Jack perform the same number on the show.moreless
  • Milton Berle Show
    Milton Berle Show
    Episode 3
    Jack and Milton Berle meet in a restaurant and discuss comedy. Now that Benny is on every week, Berle offers his idea of what it takes to sustain a weekly series. In no time, he has remade Jack into his own image. They do a show together with Milton as the straight man and Jack, in a clown suit, delivering corny jokes and getting a pie in the face.moreless
  • Gisele Mackenzie
    Gisele Mackenzie
    Episode 4
    Jack goes to Andre's Barber Shop but no barber, manicurist, or shoe shine man wants to work on him. They all grouse about how he's stiffed them on tips in the past. On stage, Jack brags about the suit he's wearing: it only cost $12 in Hong Kong. He introduces Gisele who plays piano and sings "Smile." Jack asks her out to dinner after the show, but she passes because she's throwing a party--one Jack wasn't invited to. Finally, the violins come out and they duet on "Fascination/Puttin' On the Ritz." As they perform a classical number, Jack's cheap suit begins to disintegrate into rags.moreless
  • John Wayne Show
    John Wayne Show
    Episode 5
    In a show taped in New York, Jack says he's in town for a little press party he threw for 500--at the Automat. He introduces Betty Furness and John Wayne in the audience. John L.C. Sivoney, also in the crowd, demands to know why he wasn't introduced. Vocalist Jaye P. Morgan sings "Bill Bailey." Benny makes a dinner date, completely forgetting that he'd already asked Morgan out. John Wayne comes to the rescue and volunteers to take Jaye to dinner on the town. The twosome sit down to in an exotic restaurant and are shocked to see Jack; he's masquerading as a gypsy violinist.moreless
  • Joey Bishop Show
    Joey Bishop Show
    Episode 6
    In a show taped in New York, guest vocalist Diana Trask performs. Don and Jack go to the Copacabana to catch Joey Bishop's nightclub routine. Jack is impressed and suggests to Joey they they should team up as an act. Bishop isn't interested; he doesn't "dig" Benny's comedy.
  • Lunch Counter Murder
    Jack's monologue concerns the previous night's bachelor party. Dennis refuses to sing because Duryea got the star dressing room; Dennis' mother throws Duryea out of the room. The "dramatic" sketch is entitled "Death Across the Lunch Counter, or He Died Sunny-Side Up". Jack plays Charleston T. Gundlefinger, a diner owner who's about to close. It is midnight and he's nervous because a man was recently murdered across the street. Three toughs (Duryea, Day and Nelson) come in and intimidate Jack. Benny shoots Duryea and Day and turns the gun on the third man. Number three isn't a thug; he's Charleston's interior decorator.moreless
  • Jack Goes To A Concert
    Jack takes his girlfriend Mildred to a black-tie violin recital though she'd rather go to the fights. He gives an orchid that arrived by a mistake. (It was meant for the Jimmy Stewarts, who have a similar address.) At the concert, he spies Jimmy and Gloria below and tries to get their attention by pelting them with peanuts. The Stuarts, hoping to avoid Jack, flee. A bored Mildred turns on her transistor radio to listen to the fight which clears out the rest of the theater.moreless
  • Jack Goes Christmas Shopping
    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
  • Amateur Show
    Amateur Show
    Episode 10
    Jack discusses his holiday; The band gave him a 5 karat ring, but the cops took it back, Rochester went out with the Mills Brothers, and Dennis gave him a mackerel on a fish hook. The first amateur act is a lousy musical group, the Tijuana Troubadors, with Mel Blanc. Mel and Jack do their "Si/Sy/Sue" routine.
    In the Lipton Tea commercial, Don plays piano while his son, Harlow, sings "One of These Days" as Sophie Tucker. Jack runs Harlow off his stage.
    Using her married name, Nanette Fabray shows up with a violin case. She pulls out a saw and plays it as Jack accompanies her on "April Showers."
    At the close, Jack introduces Mel Blanc, congrats Nanette on her new series, and Harlow on his Sophie Tucker impression; Harlow says he was doing Nelson Eddy.moreless
  • Jack Casting For Television Special
    Jack has written his fascinating life story, all typed by Rochester, and goes about the task of auditioning actors to play the parts. He casts a gorgeous young woman to play his first love, with his real first girlfriend playing the role of his mother. The tough part is finding just the right youth to play him as a child. He passes on one young man, instead hiring the pushy, demanding boy who's acting as the kid's agent.moreless
  • Jack Goes To The Vault
    During his monologue, Jack gets a phone call from two Treasury agents who want to meet him at his home in an hour. Jack's sure he's about to be charged with tax evasion, so he leaves the show to Don and races home. The agents are actually from Fort Knox and they've come to study his legendary vault. Jack leads the government men on the dangerous path underground where they encounter his man-eating plant, Edwin. Still watching the vault is the long-suffering guard who tells Jack that he's never seen smog, but hopes President Washington will do something about it.moreless
  • Don's 27th Anniversary With Jack
    Don Wilson is saluted on his 27th anniversary of working with Jack. Benny gives him a cape, a crown, and a throne, which collapses under Don's weight. The Sportsmen sing "Down Yonder".
    In flashbacks, Jack shows how the two met: Jack's radio sponsor, the Universal Corset Co., holds auditions for an announcer for Jack's program. Don is awful--he's only there to complain about a corset he bought--but he's the only one who laughs at Jack's stale jokes.
    Jack sends Don to elocution lessons and a dance where he becomes a ballerina.
    John Daly presents Don with a plaque for his achievements in broadcasting and congratulates him on saving the Benny show when it was "down". Don agrees the show was a flop without him. An insulted Jack breaks the plaque over Don's head.moreless
  • Jack At The Supermarket

    Rochester is out golfing while Jack does the housework, thanks to a crooked game of gin rummy. Jack plays with Don and sticks him with the chores. Dennis drops by and sings "Let There Be Love" before Don cheats him into cleaning. Jack goes to the supermarket and has numerous run-ins with sarcastic clerk Frank Nelson, fruit seller Benny Rubin, and Herb Vigran at the meat counter. A woman is handing out samples of cake; when she leaves the display unattended, Jack sees the "FREE" sign, takes all the cakes and the tablecloth it sits on. Finally tired of Jack's pestering, Nelson shoves Jack into a cart and takes him to checkout.

  • Jack Is Hypnotized
    Jack Is Hypnotized
    Episode 15
    Jack and his secretary, Miss Gordon, go to a nightclub to see the Sportsmen Quartet, who sing "When My Sugar Walks Down the Street". He proceeds to scoff at the next act, a performance of hypnotism by Professor Colini. The professor soon makes Jack a believer when he convinces the old cheapskate that he's Diamond Jim Brady; Jack complies by tipping the waiter $50. Unhappy about his new-found spending skill, Jack comes back to professor Colini who now makes him think he's Bob Hope.moreless
  • Jack Goes To a Gym
    Jack Goes To a Gym
    Episode 16
    To impress an attractive receptionist at the studio, Jack decides he needs some muscles. He joins a gym and, to keep from paying full price for membership, he talks Don into joining with him.
    After getting a look at Jack's lousy physique and bird legs, the gym operators aren't sure they can do anything to help him. While Jack struggles hopelessly with the various weight devices, Don sits on a machine that beats his bottom and munches on a big sandwich.
    Jack's ultimate solution: football shoulder pads under his jacket.moreless
  • Death Row Sketch
    Death Row Sketch
    Episode 17
    Guest Mamie Van Doren charms Jack into letting her sing on the show; she and Dennis do "You Make Me Feel So Young."
    Don Wilson and Howard McNear do the State Farm commercial.
    Jack starts reading a book titledLife in the Death House, or My Last Meal Had No Appeal, leading to a dream where he's a condemned man telling his story to the warden. It seems he had a gorgeous wife (Mamie) who made him do all the housework and care for their idiot son (Dennis) while she lavished her attention on their boarder.moreless
  • Musicale
    Episode 18
    Jack's monologue is about the freeways. The sketch is a flashback to Jack's childhood. Young Jack, again played by Barry Gordon, argues with his father (played by Benny) about money and about playing his violin in a string quartet.
  • Jack Becomes a Surgeon
    Jack and Rochester are cleaning Jack's attic, but Jack keeps finding excuses to keep everything. Don arrives, and finds an abstract painting in which he claims to see a man in a car who is happy because he has State Farm Insurance. Rochester finds a box of papers that contains Jack's application to medical school. Rochester daydreams about what Benny would have been like as a surgeon. Dr. Von Struneheimer comes from Vienna to watch the great Dr. Benny perform an appendectomy. After numerous mix-ups, the imminent surgeon gets to work.moreless
  • Detective Story
    Detective Story
    Episode 20
    Dennis Day sings "It's Almost Like Being In Love" and bothers Jack with his squeaky shoes. Jack plays a big ciy police detective with his assistants Don and Dennis. He's hot on the trail of a murderer with a bizarre parade of suspects including John L. C. Sivoney, an old-time gangster, and a shoplifter with a bizarre taste in merchandise.moreless
  • Children's Version of the Show
    Dennis and Don attend the play put on by the third grade class of Beverly Hills Elementary School. The kids perform their version of The Jack Benny Program.
    In the state Farm commercial, a man who has just had an accident comes to Jack's door and asks to use the phone. He then makes a long distance call to their home office in Michigan.moreless
  • Jack Goes to Las Vegas
    Cheapskate Jack hires only two of the Mills Brothers for his show. The other two come out (for free) and all perform "Opus One" and "Up the Lazy River". They sing for Don's Lipton Tea commercial.
    Jack tries to make a reservation in Las Vegas. The hotel clerk tells him they're full because he remembers Jack's previous visit years earlier.
    When Jack arrives at the hotel, Don tells him he cleaned up at the tables--the buffet tables. Benny balks at paying $28 dollars a night, objecting that $28 a week is too much. The hotel's manager agrees to rent him Room 13, underground, for $4 a night. Unable to resist temptation, Jack puts a nickle for a slot machine and wins the super jackpot. With his pockets full of nickles, he claims not to have any change for the bellhop.moreless
  • Dance Contest
    Dance Contest
    Episode 23
    Rochester wants to compete in a TV dance contest, but Jack tells him he's already used his night off the month. However, Jack is excited by the $500 grand prize, so he cancels dinner with the Wilsons and enters with a woman he just met. After the contest, Jack shows up at the Wilsons at 2 AM for dinner, then complains about the food.moreless
  • Variety Show
    Variety Show
    Episode 24
    Jack introduces newcomer Ann-Margret and George Burns walks out. Since Jack saw her in Burns' Vegas show, he wants to introduce her. She performs "I Ain't Got Nobody." Burns demands a park setting for her next number, so Jack brings out a park bench he found complete with a couple on it necking. She sings "Have a Good Time".
    Jack dresses as Ben Franklin to settle a bet for George.
    Don Wilson does the Lipton Tea commercial with the couple from the park bench getting into an argument.
    Juggler Francis Brunn performs and Jack, in a tight outfit, tries to join the act. Things don't go well and Benny exits on a stretcher.moreless
  • Main Street Shelter
    Main Street Shelter
    Episode 25
    Jack waits for all the tardy channel switchers to tune in before he begins his monologue. In the sketch, Jack returns from a three day hike with the Beverly Hills Beavers to find that Rochester has given an old sports jacket of his to the Main Street Shelter. Jack rushes down to retrieve it since it has $200 sewn in the lining. In his camping clothes, and with a three-day beard, he is taken for a transient himself. When he finally gets his coat and $200 back, his "alter ego" makes him donate the cash to the shelter.moreless
  • English Sketch
    English Sketch
    Episode 26
    Benny's guests are Peter Lawford and Diana Dors. Jack's monologue is interrupted by two photographers from "What's New in Television" magazine who want to take his picture. Benny talks with Lawford about being between pictures; for Jack, it's been a long, long wait.
    The sketch is an English drawing room farce with Jack playing Cecil Frothingham, England's most handsome and vain movie idol. He attempts to woo Lady Milbeck away from her charming husband with his wilted rose and a wavy, dark toupee.moreless