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Starring Jack Benny
Season 6 (CBS) (1955-56)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:  Steve Jensen
references:
TV Guide /   Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
UCLA Film and Television Archive


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CBS Sundays 7:30 pm Eastern (Fortnightly)
Alternated with -
Private Secretary a.k.a. Susie (1953-57) starring Ann Sothern  (season 4)
6 Live shows plus 8 Filmed episodes (prod.nos. 851-858)

Season 6, Episode 1: Jack Visits Dennis' Home
Original Air Dateó25 September 1955

Season 6, Episode 2: Massage and Date with Gertrude
Original Air Dateó9 October 1955

6.3 [--] The Jack Benny Program: PEGGY KING & ART LINKLETTER
23-Oct-1955 CBS Sun
The Jack Benny Program - Peggy King - Art Linkletter 1/4
The Jack Benny Program - Peggy King - Art Linkletter 2/4
The Jack Benny Program - Peggy King - Art Linkletter 3/4
The Jack Benny Program - Peggy King - Art Linkletter 4/4
Jack introduces Peggy King, the regular vocalist on "The George Gobel Show" who arouses Jack's
ire when she tells him that George Gobel is "the best". In the second half of the show, Art
Linkletter reprises his role as a children's interviewer from his show "House Party" and asks
four youngsters about their romances. He then interviews Don Wilson, Peggy King, Rochester
Van Jones and Jack Benny who pretend to be nine-year-olds. Throughout the program, Jack is
harassed by an audience member who insists that he be entertained or provided with a new refrigerator.

6.4 [--] The Jack Benny Program: THE ISAAC STERN SHOW
(filmed) [verified -SJ]
prod. no. 857 / 6-Nov-1955 CBS Sun
Guest Stars:
Isaac Stern + Stern's piano accompanist, Alexander Zarkin,
Cast: Mel Blanc, Grandon Rhodes, Robert Peterson - also regular: Mary Livingston (not credited on screen)



Synopsis:
Jack figures out that he's NOT a great violinist; Rochester and Mary plot to fool him into believing he is a
great violinist with the help of Issac Stern.

6.5 [--] The Jack Benny Program: JACK GIVES JOHNNY CARSON ADVICE
(live)
20-Nov-1955 CBS
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Jack Gives Johnny Carson Advice (1955)
"Jack Gives Johnny Carson Advice" about maintaining a long show business career through versatility,
but Johnny turns the tables on him by displaying his many talents including singing, dancing and drumming.

6.6 [--] Jack Benny Program: JACK HUNTS FOR URANIUM  (filmed)
prod. no. 854 / 4 Dec 1955 Sun


Jack hears there's uranium for the finding in Death Valley, so he's off to buy gear for an expedition.
At the camping store he duels his nemesis, the sarcastic sales clerk Frank Nelson. In the desert Jack's
party confronts other prospectors, and some Mexican stereotypes a la Treasure of Sierra Madre.

6.7 [--] The Jack Benny Show: NEW YEAR'S SHOW
(live)
1-Jan-1956 CBS Sun
Guests:
Duffy Daugherty, Red Sanders
Jack has college football coaches as his guests as he does his usual New Year's Eve skit.

6.8 [--] Jack Benny Program:  DON INVITES GANG TO DINNER
Original Air Dateó15 January 1956


Jack is sick with a bad cold and Rochester is his nurse and Mary is fixing him something to eat. Jack is waiting for
his lawyer to show up as Jack wants him to break Don Wilson's contract as Jack is blaming him for his cold.
In a flashback, we learn that after a show rehearsal, Don Wilson invites them to his house to see some anniversary gifts
and Jack repeatedly warns Don to check with his wife, Lois, Don always declines. After arriving at Don's house and after
Jack is told by Mary to pay the $1.85 taxi bill and Jack gives the driver a 15 cent tip., Don is now worried that he
should have checked with his wife first. Don has them wait at the corner of the house while he checks with Lois.
Lois informs Don that she just opened a can of tuna as she didn't have time to go shopping. Don decides to have the
gang show up unexpectedly. Don invites Mary and Bob in first. Dennis Day and Jack have to wait. Jack tells Dennis that
it looks like rain. a couple of minutes later, Don comes out and invites Dennis to come and tells Jack to wait. Then it
starts to rain and Jack is soaked and decides to go in the house. As he stands up, Jack is accosted by a burglar who
tells Jack: "Your money or your life". Jack pauses and the burglar says it again and Jack responds: "I'm thinking it over".
Don then yells for Jack to come in now. Back to the present and now we know why Jack caught his cold. Jack's attorney,
Mr. Kearns, hand him Don's contract and after reading it, says he changed his mind about getting rid of Don. After
seeing what he pays Don, Jack says " I deserve it" (the cold). One last bit has Jack trying to get free medical
information by calling up Mary's doctor and pretending to be a game show, "Take It or Lose It", calling and asks
the doctor how to treat bronchitis. [SJ]

6.9 [--] The Jack Benny Program: HOW JACK MET ROCHESTER
(live)
29-Jan-1956 CBS Sun
Guest:
Sarah Churchill

6.10 [--] The Jack Benny Program: WILLIAM HOLDEN/ FRANCES BERGEN SHOW
(live)
12-Feb-1956 CBS Sun
Guests: William Holden, Frances Bergen
William Holden Jack wants to do a love scene with Frances.

6.11 [--] The Jack Benny Program: ROCHESTER FALLS ASLEEP, MISSES PROGRAM
(filmed)
prod. no. 851 / 26-Feb-1956 CBS Sun
Rochester sleeps through Jack's program.

6.12 [--] The Jack Benny Program: JACK DIVES INTO EMPTY SWIMMING POOL IN PALMS SPRINGS
(filmed) (verified on film)
Original Air Dateó11 March 1956  / prod. no. 852


Written by Sam Perrin, George Balzer, Al Gordon, Hal Goldman
Cast:
Jan Arvan .... Man in Car
Mel Blanc .... Polly/Radio Announcer/Gas Station Attendant voice-Polly/Radio Announcer)
Frank Nelson .... Doctor
Benny Rubin.... Man Cleaning Pool
Johnny Silver.... 2nd Gas Station Attendant
Leon Tyler
Synopsis:
Jack intends to vacation in Palm Springs and does a bit with his parrot, Polly, and then gets gas for his old car
before he & Rochester get to Palm Springs. At the hotel, Jack tips the bell boy a dime. Jack is so anxious to jump
in the pool that he runs to the diving board and jumps. Unfortunately, the pool is empty and being cleaned by two
workmen. Jack ends up landing in a bucket. Jack's wife Mary arrives and is told what happened. The show ends with
the doctor pulling back the bed covers, revealing the bucket still attached to jacks rear. [SJ]
Synopsis:
Jack is relieved to arrive safely at last after a trip to Palm Springs in his ancient Maxwell. But his woes are
multiplied when he dives into a dry swimming pool! [JB]

6.13 [--] The Jack Benny Program: JACK OPENS AN OFFICE IN BEVERLY HILLS (live)
25-Mar-1956 CBS Sun
Guest:
Dore Schary

6.14 [--] The Jack Benny Program: THE GISELE MACKENZIE SHOW
(live)
8-Apr-1956 CBS Sun
Written by Sam Perrin & George Balzer & Hal Goldman & Al Gordon
Directed by Ralph Levy
Guest Star: Gisele McKenzie
With: Tom D'Andrea, Lois Corbet, Dale White (Harlow Wilson)
Jack has a violin duet with guest star Gisele McKenzie. To primp for the show, Jack visits a swank
Hollywood barber shop where the skinflint throws around nickels like manhole covers. Will he need
Novocaine for his manicure this time ?

6.15 [--] The Jack Benny Program: JACK TRIES TO GET A PASSPORT TO EUROPE (live)
22-Apr-1956 CBS Sun

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