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.


Ralph Levy


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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


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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6 December 1953 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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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 »


[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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