The Jack Benny Program (1950–1965)
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Jack Does Christmas Shopping 

Jack heads to a department store to buy Don a new wallet for Christmas. However, after the purchase, Jack keeps going back and changing things up on the card and then the gift itself, which drives the clerk (Mel Blanc) crazy.

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Ralph Levy
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Jack Benny ... Jack Benny
Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson ... Rochester Van Jones
Don Wilson ... Don Wilson
Dennis Day ... Dennis Day
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Artie Auerbach Artie Auerbach
Mel Blanc ... Wallet Salesman
Charles Cantor ... Lingerie Salesman (as Charlie Cantor)
Richard Deacon ... Shirt Salesman
Gil Frye Gil Frye
Sam Hearn Sam Hearn
Sheldon Leonard
Paul Maxey Paul Maxey ... Department Store Santa
Frank Nelson ... Floor Manager
Benny Rubin ... Bandit
Maxine Semon ... Jewelry saleswoman
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Jack heads to a department store to buy Don a new wallet for Christmas. However, after the purchase, Jack keeps going back and changing things up on the card and then the gift itself, which drives the clerk (Mel Blanc) crazy.

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Comedy

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Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 1954 (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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A Classic
10 December 2006 | by jhboswellSee all my reviews

Several of the conventions of the old Jack Benny radio show were incorporated into his television program, for obvious and welcome reasons; but none were transformed better than this one. It is simply hilarious. Obviously a favorite premise of the entire production team, done year after year on the radio, many of Benny's regular character actors appear here doing wonderful turns in the famous Christmas shopping episode. It will not seem as funny to only report it, but Jack goes in to a department store and picks something out for Don Wilson, buying it from Mel Blanc; and going back over and over to have him unwrap it, add a note, sign the note, and finally exchange it. Very well done, expertly managed, many old viewers would vote it the best episode of the entire series--thank goodness it's still available today.


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