The Jack Benny Program: Lawrence Welk Present, Season 13, Episode 5 – October 23, 1962

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The Jack Benny Program: Lawrence Welk Present, Season 13, Episode 5 – October 23, 1962

The Jack Benny Program, starring Jack Benny, is a radio-TV comedy collection that ran for greater than three many years and is usually thought to be a high-water mark in 20th-century American comedy.

Jack Benny made his TV debut in 1949 with a neighborhood look on Los Angeles station KTTV, then a CBS affiliate. On October 28, 1950, he made his full community debut over CBS Tv. Benny’s tv reveals have been occasional broadcasts in his early seasons on TV, as he was nonetheless firmly devoted to radio. The common and persevering with Jack Benny Program was telecast on CBS from October 28, 1950 to September 15, 1964 (lastly changing into a weekly present within the 1960-1961 season), and on NBC from September 25, 1964 to September 10, 1965. 343 episodes have been produced. His TV sponsors included American Tobacco’s Fortunate Strike (1950–59), Lever Brothers’ Lux (1959–60), State Farm Insurance coverage (1960–65), Lipton Tea (1960–62), Common Meals’ Jell-O (1962–64), and Miles Laboratories (1964–65).

The tv present was a seamless continuation of Benny’s radio program, using lots of the identical gamers, the identical strategy to state of affairs comedy and among the identical scripts. The suffix “Program” as an alternative of “Present” was additionally a carryover from radio, the place “program” fairly than “present” was used regularly for shows within the non-visual medium. Often, in a number of dwell episodes, the title card learn The Jack Benny Present.

The Jack Benny Program appeared occasionally throughout its first two years on CBS-TV. Benny moved into tv slowly: in his first season (1950–1951), he solely carried out on 4 reveals, however by the 1951-1952 season, he was able to do one present roughly each six weeks. Within the third season (1952–1953), the present was broadcast each 4 weeks. Through the 1953-1954 season, The Jack Benny Program aired each three weeks. From 1954 to 1960, this system aired each different week, rotating with such reveals as Personal Secretary and Bachelor Father. Starting within the 1960–1961 season, The Jack Benny Program started airing each week. The present moved from CBS to NBC previous to the 1964-65 season. Through the 1953-54 season, a handful of episodes have been filmed in the course of the summer time and the others have been dwell, a schedule which allowed Benny to proceed doing his radio present. Within the 1953–1954 season, Dennis Day had his personal short-lived comedy and selection present on NBC, The Dennis Day Present.

Stay episodes (and later dwell on tape episodes) of The Jack Benny Program have been broadcast from CBS Tv Metropolis with dwell audiences. Early filmed episodes have been shot by McCadden Productions at Hollywood Heart Studios and later by Desilu Productions at Pink Studios Hollywood with an viewers introduced in to observe the completed movie for dwell responses. Benny’s opening and shutting monologues have been filmed in entrance of a dwell viewers. Nevertheless, from the late 1950s till the final season on NBC, amusing observe was utilized to reinforce viewers responses. By this time, all reveals have been filmed at Common Tv.

In Jim Bishop’s e book A Day within the Lifetime of President Kennedy, John F. Kennedy stated that he was too busy to observe most tv however that he made the time to observe The Jack Benny Program every week.

Outdoors of North America (being additionally one of the crucial in style reveals on the CBC), one episode reportedly aired first in the UK (the place one episode was filmed). Benny had additionally been a well-known determine on Australia for the reason that mid-to-late 1930s along with his radio present, and he made a particular program for ATN-7 Jack Benny In Australia in March 1964, after a profitable tour of Sydney and Melbourne.