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Carnival Nights (1968)

Jack Benny presents a variety hour with a carnival theme that stars Lucille Ball, Johnny Carson, Ben Blue, and Paul Revere and The Raiders. Cameos by The Smothers Brothers (as Joe-Joe, the ... See full summary »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jack Benny ... Himself
Lucille Ball ... Herself
Johnny Carson ... Himself
Ben Blue ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Larry J. Blake ... Policeman
George Burns ... Himself (Cameo)
Don Drysdale Don Drysdale ... Himself (Cameo)
Sid Fields ... Carnival owner / comedian
Bob Hope ... Himself (Cameo)
Dean Martin ... Himself (Cameo)
Paul Revere Paul Revere ... Himself
Benny Rubin ... Tonto
Almira Sessions ... Old Lady on Midway
Dick Smothers ... Himself (Cameo)
Tom Smothers ... Himself (Cameo)
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Storyline

Jack Benny presents a variety hour with a carnival theme that stars Lucille Ball, Johnny Carson, Ben Blue, and Paul Revere and The Raiders. Cameos by The Smothers Brothers (as Joe-Joe, the two-headed boy), George Burns (as Martine, the Bearded Lady), and Dean Martin (as Rip Van Rinkle, the sleeping man). Songs include Lucille Ball singing "It's So Nice To Have a Man Around the House" and "Cleo" (to the tune of "Mame"), "Too Much Talk" and "Him or Me" sung by Paul Revere and The Raiders. Written by Michael Mooney

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jack Benny's Carnival Nights See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In a penny arcade sequence, Ben Blue plays a Buster Keaton-like Tramp on a pier and Lucy a desperate woman looking to end it all. In real life, Buster Keaton and Lucille Ball worked together in the film "Easy to Wed" (1946). In 1965, Ball and Keaton performed a silent sketch (also set on a bench) on the TV special "A Salute To Stan Laurel." See more »

Goofs

In the trailer sketch, Jack reverses his line, "Because a carnival that works together lives together." See more »

Quotes

Carnival owner: Chandu tell me, whose picture is on a one dollar bill? It's a man wearing a white wig.
Ben Blue: Santa Claus.
Carnival owner: No, no. This man was born on a very famous day. On the 22nd of February about 200 years ago.
Ben Blue: Mickey Rooney?
Carnival owner: No, he was called the father of his country.
Ben Blue: Mickey Rooney!
Carnival owner: No, Shandu, don't you remember? He crossed the Delaware River in a rowboat.
Ben Blue: George Raft?
Carnival owner: You're half right.
Ben Blue: George Half-Raft?
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Crazy Credits

Although the special is titled "Carnival Nights" the final credits read "The Jack Benny Hour." The guest stars make their entrance for the curtain call on a carousel. See more »

Connections

Follows The Jack Benny Hour (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime
Written by Irving Taylor (uncredited), Ken Lane (uncredited) and Sam Coslow (uncredited)
Sung by Dean Martin
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Outstanding Show,Bring It Out on DVD
22 February 2016 | by dsnyder1See all my reviews

I remember watching this in 1968 when it aired.I was a huge fan of Jack Benny(someone please do a biographical movie about him)& of Paul Revere & the Raiders(RIP Paul Revere),so I definitely did not miss it.An all -star cast & excellent script provided an hour of entertainment that almost seemed to end way too soon.I hope this will be brought out on DVD,as an example of in the words of one TV critic of a time when television entertainment was truly entertaining.Jack Benny did a large number of specials between 1965 until his death in 1974.I remember several of them but this one stands out in my mind.In today's politically correct atmosphere,Jack Benny would be Public Enemy #1 with the PC Police,his cheapskate image was obviously inspired by his Jewishness.


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