I Dream of Jeannie (1965–1970)
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The Greatest Entertainer in the World 

After Tony can't get Sammy Davis Jr. for General Peterson's party, Jeannie helps him out by duplicating Sammy so he can be in two places at once.


Claudio Guzmán (as Claudio Guzman)


Sidney Sheldon (created by), Sidney Sheldon




Episode cast overview:
Barbara Eden ... Jeannie
Larry Hagman ... Major Anthony Nelson
Hayden Rorke ... Dr. Alfred Bellows
Bill Daily ... Major Roger Healey
Sammy Davis Jr. ... Sammy Davis, Jr.
Barton MacLane ... General Martin Peterson
James Waters James Waters ... Charles (as James J. Waters)
George Rhodes George Rhodes ... Mack
Bob Melvin Bob Melvin ... Master of Ceremonies
Murphy Bennett Murphy Bennett ... Man in Hotel


After Tony can't get Sammy Davis Jr. for General Peterson's party, Jeannie helps him out by duplicating Sammy so he can be in two places at once.

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Comedy | Family | Fantasy







Release Date:

27 February 1967 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sammy Davis Jr. agreed to make a guest appearance because he was a good friend of Sidney Sheldon. Unfortunately, Larry Hagman could be notoriously difficult if he felt upstaged by a bigger star than himself, and tensions soon escalated on set. Barbara Eden, who usually kept out of such things, had a private talk with Sammy to convince him to stay and finish filming the show. See more »


That Old Black Magic
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer and music by Harold Arlen
Performed by Sammy Davis Jr.
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Sammy Davis Jr. as himself
25 October 2016 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"The World's Greatest Entertainer" opens with Jeannie determined to get Tony on the entertainment committee for General Peterson's tenth anniversary celebration party. Tony believes that Miami is the place to find plenty of stars, and selects Rat Pack member Sammy Davis Jr. as the one to ask. Unfortunately, Roger spills the beans to Dr. Bellows, who admits that Sammy is the General's favorite entertainer. The bad news is that Sammy is booked for two shows a night, unable to be in two places at once...until Jeannie accomplishes just that. Sammy gets plenty of screen time, shown rehearsing the popular "Girl from Ipanema" in his hotel room in Miami. The duplicate Sammy belts out "That Old Black Magic" on behalf of General Peterson, who doesn't realize how close he is to the truth: "when you're up on that stage you do the work of two people!"

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