Bewitched (1964–1972)
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My Friend Ben 

After Aunt Clara conjures up Benjamin Franklin, he gets arrested for stealing an antique firetruck as part of a supposed advertising stunt.

Director:

William Asher

Writers:

James S. Henerson (as James Henerson), Sol Saks (created by)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Elizabeth Montgomery ... Samantha Stephens
Dick York ... Darrin Stephens
Agnes Moorehead ... Endora (credit only)
George Tobias ... Abner Kravitz
Sandra Gould ... Gladys Kravitz
David White ... Larry Tate
Harry Holcombe ... Judge
Hollis Morrison Hollis Morrison ... Reporter
Billy Beck ... First Man
Tim Rooney ... Teenager
Don Mitchell ... Policeman (as Donald Mitchell)
Mike Road ... Chuck Hawkins
Marion Lorne ... Aunt Clara
Fredd Wayne ... Benjamin Franklin
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Storyline

Samantha is having troubles fixing her lamp. In an effort to help, a visiting Aunt Clara tries to conjure up an electrician to fix the lamp for Samantha. Aunt Clara does achieve her goal, but the electrician she conjures up probably can't help: Benjamin Franklin. Beyond the issues of Aunt Clara having problems remembering the incantation to send him back and Samantha and Darrin trying to hide Franklin from visitors such as Gladys Kravitz and Larry Tate, the latter who believes he's Darrin's campaign idea for Franklin Electronics, Samantha can't help but enjoy the sense of wonderment in Franklin's face when he learns of what his many inventions have resulted in. Against Darrin's advice, Samantha and Aunt Clara want to take him around town so that he can see the state of his inventions first hand. But as Franklin manages to experiment on his own, he gets into trouble in the form of a grand theft charge. Samantha and Darrin have to decide whether to keep Franklin around for his scheduled... Written by Huggo

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TV-G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

8 December 1966 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (as color by Pathé)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This and its second part were the first color episodes to be filmed in summer 1966. See more »

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Aunt Clara: [to Summon an Electrician to Fix a Lamp] Hark ye, hark ye! Ye witches who live in lamps, Ye powers of watts and oomps and amps, Wizards of AC-DC transmission, Send to me an electrician.
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"Benjamin Franklin at your service"
9 July 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

A truly charming episode from Bewitched is this first of a two part story where dotty old Aunt Clara drops in for a visit. She sees Elizabeth Montgomery trying to deal with a broken lamp and decides to call an electrician. But not just any electrician, Marion Lorne summons from the past the original electrician Bemjamin Franklin.

Of course Dick York's boss David White drops in and immediately thinks is an advertising gimmick for the Franklin Electronics account. After all he looks so real.

But things really come to a head when he leaves the Stevens' residence and starts wandering about town.

Fredd Wayne does a marvelous job as Benjamin Franklin whose wisdom and common sense we could sure use in the body politic today. In fact Franklin is my favorite of the Founding Fathers.

Part two is when Ben Franklin goes to trial for a moving violation. Stay tuned.


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