The Jack Benny Program: The Lost Episodes

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Season 1 episodes (18)

1 10/7/56
Jack is extremely nervous about his debut at Carnegie Hall. George Burns appears as the devil and makes a Faustian pact with Jack to make him the greatest concert artist, but Ol Nick exacts his vengeance onstage.
2 10/21/56
Jack and George Gobel vie to be elected President of the Beverly Hills Beavers, a Boy Scout-type organization of neighborhood youths.
3 11/4/56
Jack mistakenly receives an invitation to a dinner at the home of Ronald and Benita Colman. Arriving in his tuxedo, he tries in vain to pretentiously fit in with the upper-crust British crowd.
4 9/21/58
Gary Cooper discusses his latest movie, Man of the West, and Jack tries to get himself cast in Coop's next picture. The part is for Cooper's twin brother, and Jack attempts to man up and measure up.
5 10/04/59
Jack is found sleeping because his show has moved from 7:30 P.M. to 10:00 P.M., and the Sportsmen Quartet has challenges with the sponsor shift to Lux Soap after shilling Lucky Strike Cigarettes for well over a decade.
6 10/18/59
Jack recalls visiting the Truman Library in Independence, Missouri. The former President gives Jack a personal tour of the facility, and they share their mutual love of music.
7 11/29/59
Jack Paar asks if Jack would replace him as a host on The Tonight Show while Paar is on vacation. Jack is reluctant but Paar coaches him, and Dennis Day pinch hits for Tonight Show regular Charlie Weaver.
8 03/06/60
Jack tells CBS executives that he wants to "broaden out" and direct a Playhouse 90 TV episode. He rehearses a dramatic scene with Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood, and chaos ensues.
9 4/17/60
Jack and his girlfriend, Mildred Meyerhauser, dress up to walk in the Easter Parade on Wilshire Boulevard. They encounter many of the usual gang of eccentrics, including Jack's long-suffering violin teacher, Professor LeBlanc.
10 5/1/60
Jack discusses his trip to the Far East, including Japan's #1 announcer doing the middle commercial. The sponsors have a plan for cutting costs on the program, which leaves Jack extremely wired.
11 10/16/60
Everyone is talking about Jack's show going weekly, and wondering if he is up to the challenge. Jack is so rattled that he dreams of Mike Wallace verbally browbeating him about his life and career.
12 10/30/60
Milton Berle coaches Jack on what it takes to do a weekly comedy show, including goofy outfits, lousy jokes, and when Jack wants something to sink his teeth into getting a pie in the face.
13 11/20/60
Jack introduces celebrities in the audience, including John Wayne. When guest singer Jaye P. Morgan appears, Wayne whispers to Jack that he wants a date with her and gets it.
14 12/24/61
CBS is throwing a Christmas party, and Jack and Rochester give gifts to all the cast members. Mel Blanc makes his first TV appearance since his near-fatal auto accident eleven months earlier on January 24, 1961 (his wheelchair elicits no comment).
15 2/18/62
Jack debates the psychology of sex appeal with Rock Hudson. Jack wants to do a show like Jack Paar's The Tonight Show, and illustrates the concept with the help of Hudson and Hugh Downs.
16 1/29/63
Dick Van Dyke says that he has been warned that Jack works his guests to death. In the skit, Jack plays an inspector investigating a murder who questions everyone in the house all played by Van Dyke.
17 9/24/63
Jack, Don and Dennis imitate Peter, Paul, and Mary in response to the folk-singing craze. Billy Graham asks Jack why comedians insult each other to get laughs, and the gang demonstrates what would happen if they didn't.
18 12/25/64
Jack states that he let the members of his cast have the night off, so he goes into the audience to chat with the folks. There he finds Gisele MacKenzie, and they perform their classic violin duet.

About this show

The Jack Benny Program and its legendary star are counted among the most dazzling jewels in the crown of American comedy. From its beginnings as an immensely popular radio program to its heyday on television, the daily trials and tribulations of the beloved comedian kept millions of fans laughing for over 30 years. Here at last are 18 long-lost episodes — unseen since their original broadcast — that have been lovingly restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Jack, Don, Mary, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson and a constellation of guest stars are all here in this first-of-its-kind DVD collection of The Jack Benny Program.

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