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  • The Jack Benny Show 4 AM

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    S 1 : Ep 10 - 10/28/50

    Jack Benny was a regular on his own radio program since 1932. He brought the program, with his underplayed humor, to TV along with his radio regulars. Jack, who remained 39-years-old, kept his money in his basement and drove his old Maxwell car just as he had done on the radio.moreless
  • The Jack Benny Show Liberace

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    S 1 : Ep 8 - 1/1/50

    Jack Benny was a regular on his own radio program since 1932. He brought the program, with his underplayed humor, to TV along with his radio regulars. Jack, who remained 39-years-old, kept his money in his basement and drove his old Maxwell car just as he had done on the radio.moreless
  • Ben Hogan Show

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    S 1 : Ep 4 - 5/20/51

    Jack's practicing his violin at home; every time he hits a bad note, the portrait of Jascha Heifetz falls off the wall. He, Mary and Rochester (his caddy) go to Hillcrest Country Club to play golf with Bob Crosby. In the club locker room, Crosby sings "Because of You." Jack doesn't recognize golfing legend Ben Hogan and begins giving him unsolicited advice on how to hold a club and hit a ball. After being introduced, Jack realizes he does Hogan's laundry. On the course, Benny swings and misses before finally hitting it into the woods. Refusing to lose a ball, cheapskate Jack takes Rochester to search for it. Two days later, they finally give up.moreless
  • Claudette Colbert and Basil Rathbone Show

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    S 1 : Ep 3 - 4/1/51

    Jack wants a dramatic role on an episode of Robert Montgomery Presents Your Lucky Strike Theatre that's already set to star Claudette Colbert and Basil Rathbone. He goes to the sponsor's office and pleads with producer Montgomery to dump Rathbone and use him instead. Not taking no for an answer, Jack crashes a rehearsal of the show at Colbert's apartment; Montgomery gives him a small part to read just to shut him up. Benny proves to be such a disruptive pest, Rathbone calls him a "schlemiel" and storms out.moreless
  • Faye Emerson and Frank Sinatra Show

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    S 1 : Ep 2 - 1/28/51

    Jack's guests are TV hostess Faye Emerson and singer Frank Sinatra. Benny and Sinatra do a skit about New York City and Frank performs "Take My Love". From his dressing room Jack phones Mary to ask how he looks on TV; she confuses him with Sinatra. Jack tells Faye Emerson he should be her love interest in her new romance movie. To prove he's more than a comedian, he does a dramatic scene with her that's supposed to end in a kiss. Sinatra walks in, makes fun of Jack's delivery, and steals the kiss for himself. Frank Fontaine portrays John L.T. Savonie, a character that he would later use as Crazy Guggenheim on Jackie Gleason and his American Scene Magazine. In a running gag, he recites his endless Social Security number.moreless
  • Premiere Show

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    S 1 : Ep 1 - 10/28/50

    The Sportsmen Quartet introduce the premiere show with "There's No Business Like Show Business". The monologue and the sketch are about how Jack decided on doing television and putting the first show together. After an interruption from TV technician Mel Blanc to wave to his Aunt Sophie, the show flashes back to how Jack got Dinah Shore to be his guest.
    At his house, Rochester sings "My Blue Heaven", and Mr. Kitzel comes by to wish Jack good luck. Jack calls Dinah Shore on his pay phone to get her to do his show and she pitches him a song she wants to do on the program.
    Back onstage, Ken Murray visits to wish Jack well, and Dinah comes out to sing "Tess' Torch Song", "I Oughta Know More About You" and the Lucky commercial with the Sportsmen. Jack closes the program by pulling out his violin and playing, which immediately causes the live audience to stand up and exit the studio.moreless
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