The Jack Benny Program - Season 7

CBS (ended 1965)




Episode Guide

  • Visit From the IRS
    Visit From the IRS
    Episode 16
    Opera star Dorothy Kirsten, with whom Jack will be performing in a benefit show next week, is the guest. She performs "I'll See You Again." After filing his taxes, Jack is visited by Internal Revenue agents who want to go over his return; they can't believe that he only spent $17 last year on entertainment. Benny decides he may be too tight and decides to tell everyone to loosen up and spend more on themselves. He figures people will pay good money to hear him lecture on the topic.moreless
  • Mary's May Company Reunion
    Mary hosts a luncheon reunion of her old May Company co-workers. Jack refuses to go because of what happened last year. In the flashback, Jack has dropped by to see Rochester, who's helping serve, and says hi to the gals. Afterward, he eavesdrops from the kitchen as one of the women asks Mary if Jack ever proposed. In another flashback to the 1930s, Mary and Jack have been dating for only six weeks when he took her shopping for a ring. He suddenly backs down after learning how much it costs. When the gals hear how cheap Benny was, they punish him by really tossing their salads.moreless
  • Jack In Paris
    Jack In Paris
    Episode 14
    Jack and Mary visit Paris. At the hotel, Jack makes the waiter give him free French lessons. To get his revenge on cheapskate, the waiter teaches him to say, "I am Jack Benny. I drive a garbage truck." Jack and Mary visit the Eiffel Tower, then run into Maurice Chevalier invites him to join him for an evening on the town. In his usual clueless manner, Jack succeeds in embarrassing Mary and Maruice at a fancy restaurant. At the club, the bandleader asks Chevalier to sing; he complies and performs, with straw hat in hand, "Happy." Jack and Mary catch a ride back to their hotels on a garbage truck.moreless
  • Jack Falls Into a Canal In Venice
    Putting photos into an album with Rochester, Jack recalls his trip with Mary to Milan and Venice. In the episode filmed on location, Jack gets to play a Stradivarius in a violin shop; his off-key screeching causes its value to immediately drop. He and Mary join a tour group on one of Venice's famed gondolas. Jack constantly disrupts the gondola guide's lecture with his typical rude Benny behavior and his unexpected plunges into the canals. He even tosses another American in the water for good measure.moreless
  • Hope And Benny In Agent's Office
    Jack's monologue on his Emmy Award nomination is interrupted by Bob Hope. The two exchange insults and reminisce about their days as a vaudeville team. In the sketch, the two are a song and dance act auditioning in an agent's office for a gig. Benny plays "Tea for Two" while he and Hope exchange corny jokes. They take a job in Akron, Ohio working for nothing. The Sportsmen perform 1920s-style tune for the Lucky commercial. In the epilogue, Bob and Jack do a special version of Hope's "Thanks For the Memories."moreless
  • George Jessel/Goodwin Knight Show
    Jack discusses his birthday coming up February 14th. California Governor Goodwin Knight comes out and chats about the benefit he's attending with Benny as guest of honor. The Sportsmen Quartet sing a birthday song, and do the commercial.
    In the sketch, George Jessel visits Jack at home to discuss details of the Friars Club banquet honoring Benny. Jessel, who will be toastmaster, reads Jack the text of his speech. When a reporter calls asking for details of the event, George ends up talking only about himself.moreless
  • The Fiddler
    The Fiddler
    Episode 10
    Don introduces fellow announcer Harry Von Zell who's in the audience. Jack is impressed with Hary's voice and wants him to do the commercial. An upset Don quits and storms off. Dennis performs "On the Street Where You Live." Jack plays "The Fiddler", a mysterious caped figure in a take-off of on radio's The Whistler. Dennis plays an air-headed husband who doesn't realize his wife is cheating with his best friend. "The Fiddler" comments on the action and encourages murder and mayhem from the players.moreless
  • Jack And Mary In Rome
    In an episode filmed in Rome, Jack is upset when the rush of adoring fans isn't for him but for opera singer Vittorio Rizetti. At the hotel, Jack can't sleep because Rizetti is singing opera next door. After a day sightseeing with Mary, he hears a different man singing more opera. Thinking he'll make a million off that undiscovered vocalist, Benny signs the wine seller next door to tour the U.S., not realizing that the man was simply listening to a record.moreless
  • Talent Show
    Talent Show
    Episode 8
    During Jack's monologue about his Christmas gifts, Don interrupts with a purse found by an usher. Jayne Mansfield comes out of the audience to claim it, saying the usher grabbed it from her when she was walking past. Jayne says it's a sneaky way to get a guest star.
    The Sportsmen Quartet sing and Rochester dances to "New Years in Trinidad" leading into the musical Lucky Strike ad.
    Jack conducts a talent contest. First is Mel Blanc as Stanley Gropff (Jack sprays on him every time he says the man's name) who performs animal impressions. Next is phony "The Landrews Sisters" trio (one regular, one sour, one fat) who sing and dance to "Did You Ever See a Dream Walking." Lastly, Leon Salvadore, a judo champ chosen by Jack. He's immediately beaten unconscious by the six big men.moreless
  • The Mikado
    The Mikado
    Episode 7
    Dennis wants to do his Elvis Presley imitation, but Jack says no. Don does the Lucky Strike commercial with his untalented son Harlow. Jack intends to class the show by staging a condensed version of the opera The Mikado. Jack is Koko, the Lord High Executioner with Dennis playing Nanki-Poo disguised as a minstrel. The production falls apart when, instead of singing the Japanese love song that's planned, Dennis does his Elvis imitation in his Asian costume.moreless
  • Jack Locked In The Tower of London
    In the first of four episodes filmed on location in Europe, Jack and Mary visit London. Jack has a major reaction to the monetary exchange rate. The twosome take a tour of the Tower of London. Jack is so entranced by the collection of Crown Jewels on display that he's left behind by the group and locked in the Tower for the night. Benny dreams he's back in the 16th century and a vengeful Henry VIII has mistaken him for a musician named Smeaton who's Ann Boleyn's lover. Believing Jack is that cad, the king plans to get his revenge on Jack in his elaborate torture chamber. Benny rallies to the occasion and single-handedly defeats a group of guards and wins a sword fight.moreless
  • Jack's Maxwell Is Stolen
    Jack's monologue is interrupted by a phone call from Rochester informing him that his Maxwell has been stolen. Unable to call the Beverly Hills Police to report the crime (their number is unlisted), Jack hurries to the station. Don is left to introduce the Sportsmen. Caught off guard, they dress onstage while singing "Puttin' on My Top Hat" and a Lucky Strike commercial. The Beverly Hills Police station is incredibly ritzy: the receptionist asks Jack if he has an appointment, the "hounds" are French poodles, the dispatchers play pop records on the radio between announcements. When the "DJ" plays a Lawrence Welk tune, bubble machines turn on and everyone ballroom dances. One of the thieves is caught when he returns the car to Jack's house.moreless
  • Jack Is Invited To the Ronald Colmans
    While cleaning house, Rochester discovers Jack's old diary and reads an entry about Benny being invited to Ronald and Bonita Coleman's home for dinner. In the flashback, Rochester recalls the event. An invitation shows up on Benny's doorstep addressed to "Jack" and inviting him to the Colemans' home; the invitation was intended for the couple's British friend Jack Wellington. Benny shows up at the Coleman home anyhow, dressed in gaudy white tie and tails. When the British Jack shows up only in casual slacks and a sweater, Benny is convinced that this guy is an under-dressed party crasher.moreless
  • George Gobel/Red Skelton Show
    Jack Benny and George Gobel face off as opposing candidates as each vies for the presidency Of the Beverly Hills Beavers. Gobel, who has a nephew in the club, joined the race after hearing about jack's candidacy. Each candidate ends up with just one vote apiece. The winner is another celebrity who has a nephew in the group.moreless
  • George Burns/Spike Jones Show
    Recalling his Carnegie Hall performance, Jack has jitters before the show. Spike Jones drops in backstage because he couldn't believe Jack Benny was really playing there. Trying to relax, Jack dreams that Felix Mendelssohn compliments his violin playing. In a nightmare, the Devil (George Burns) offers to make Jack the greatest violinist of all time; naturally, there's a catch. Jack begins to play with the orchestra, but the conductor is replaced by Spike Jones. The orchestra begins playing wildly and Jack has to be carried offstage on a stretcher, still playing his violin.moreless
  • Alfred Wallenstein Show
    In the season premiere, Jack is nervous about a violin concert he's giving at Carnegie Hall. Trying to do some last-minute practicing, he distracted by a pair of locksmiths he called to open his basement vault; Jack has lost the only key. The conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra for Jack's performance, Alfred Wallenstein, comes by to offer pointers. He hears little because of all the sawing and grinding coming from the vault. When the locksmiths resort to blasting, Jack plays on, oblivious to all the plaster and debris falling around him.moreless