The Jack Benny Program (1950–1965)
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Irene Dunne Show 

Not Rated | | Comedy | Episode aired 6 December 1953
Jack attempts to steal a movie role from Vincent Price, whom has been promised the lead in Irene Dunne's next picture.

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Ralph Levy
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Jack Benny ... Jack Benny
Rex Evans Rex Evans ... Gordon the Butler
Rolfe Sedan Rolfe Sedan ... The Barber
Bea Benaderet ... Gertrude - Switchboard Operator (voice)
Lois Kimbrell Lois Kimbrell ... Gregory Ratoff's Secretary
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dorothy Collins Dorothy Collins ... Lucky Strike Commercial
Irene Dunne ... Irene Dunne
Vincent Price ... Vincent Price
Gregory Ratoff ... Gregory Ratoff
Don Wilson ... Himself
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Storyline

Reading the morning paper, Jack spots an article that describes a forthcoming film starring Irene Dunne that will co-star Vincent Price. Jack confronts director Gregory Ratoff, insisting he replaces Price with Jack. Failing that, he insinuates himself into a script reading at Irene's house, desperately trying to compete with Price. Written by WesternOne

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walnut | butler | movie script | See All (3) »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

6 December 1953 (USA) See more »

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CBS See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The script is recycled from season one. Irene Dunne took the place of Claudette Colbert and Vincent Price took the place of Basil Rathbone. See more »

Quotes

[Jack is convinced he can steal an upcoming leading role, which has already been promised to Vincent Price]
Jack Benny: It looks as though I'm going to take your place in this picture.
Vincent Price: You're taking my place? Oh, that's ridiculous, old boy.
Jack Benny: Oh, no it isn't. You see, at rehearsal tonight you and I are both going to read the parts, and, uh, the best man will win.
Vincent Price: The, uh, *best* man?
Jack Benny: Yes.
Vincent Price: Mr. Benny, when two people are involved in a statement, the comparative is used. You don't say 'the best man will win', ...
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References Private Secretary (1953) See more »

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Skillful reutilization of a great idea
9 December 2006 | by jhboswellSee all my reviews

This television episode is classic Benny. You will find all the great elements that his character had become: stingy, prissy, vain. I still do not understand why he was so loved by audiences of the day. In this show, he tries once again to become a romantic leading man by inviting himself to audition for a part already promised to Vincent Price. The leading lady is Irene Dunne, and Jack mooches his way into her house for the scene. The show is an exact copy of a radio episode, which starred Basil Rathbone and Claudette Colbert; and Benny's director of To Be of Not to Be, the great Ernst Lubitch. The results are hilarious. Simply hilarious.


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