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  • Actors: Jack Benny, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Don Wilson, Dennis Day, Mary Livingstone
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Universal Studios Ho
  • VHS Release Date: May 18, 1994
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6300181235
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #609,343 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

This vhs is in very good condition, with original cardboard sleeve in good condition VHS

Customer Reviews

He could arouse eruptions of laughter without saying a word.
D. Pawl
This tape has 2 of the best, or most important, episodes for Benny fans.
R. Christenson / Lunamation
The video prints used for these two episodes look very nice and clear.
David Von Pein

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78 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Eric Paddon on April 16, 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The last reviewer I am afraid has missed the point completely of what this DVD release is supposed to be. A public domain company like GoodTimes does *not* release episodes of the Benny show from the more commonly seen filmed episodes that aired for years afterwards in syndication. These are kinescopes of *live* Benny shows broadcast in the early 1950s, and as a result they come from source elements that will NEVER look as good as the filmed shows. That's just the nature of the beast one deals with if one wants to see these live shows from the 1950s again, whether they're Jack Benny or Burns And Allen. So it's not fair to dismiss this set just because one is seeing kinescopes instead of filmed programs.

Secondly, this set is of all the Benny sets put out by public domain companies is the BEST one available and should be picked up over all others that market the same episodes with some variations. The reason why Good Times is the one to get is because they are the only company I know of that leaves the episodes uncut, which means leaving the original commercials for Lucky Strike cigarettes alone. Other companies hack these out in an annoying fashion, but here the show plays uncut just as it first aired and on the Benny shows this is a must, because his commercials were always integrated into the program itself.

Don't dismiss this set based on the first reviewer's lack of understanding of the source elements and the kinds of programs that end up on the PD releases. This is the one to get if you want to see vintage live TV as it should be experienced.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Annie Van Auken TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 2, 2007
Format: DVD
THE BEST OF THE JACK BENNY SHOW, Vol. 1 & 2 is probably the best collection currently available of Benny material. In addition to the usual public domain episodes of THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM, this set also features the much rarer JACK BENNY HOUR. Jack also guest stars on THE GENERAL ELECTRIC THEATER. hosted by Ronald Reagan.

The list that follows offers details such as viewer ratings (based on a 1 to 10 scale), episode numbers, program titles, airdates and guest stars.



(8.0) (#21) Humphrey Bogart Show (10/25/53) (Bogie as "Babyface")

(9.9) (#31) The Road to Nairobi (5/23/54) - Bob Hope/Martin & Lewis (spoof of Hope's "Road" movies)

(10.) (#43) Jack Takes the Beavers to the Fair (3/6/55) - Harry Shearer (as a child)

(???) (#33) Jam Session At Jack's (10/17/54) - Dan Dailey, Kirk Douglas, Fred MacMurray, Tony Martin and Dick Powell make music

(???) The Art Linkletter Show (10/23/55) - Peggy King (vocalist)

(???) THE GENERAL ELECTRIC THEATER ("The Face Is Familiar") (11/21/54) - Ronald Reagan (host)/Jack Benny/Otto Kruger/Benny Rubin/Jesse White

(7.8) (#25) The Liberace Show (1/17/54) - (Jack visits Lee's house)

(???) (#23) The Irene Dunne Show (12/6/53) - Vincent Price

(???) (#26) Jack Dream's He's Married to Mary (2/7/54) - Joan Benny (Jack's daughter)


(8.0) (???) THE JACK BENNY HOUR (11/3/65) - Beach Boys, Bob Hope, Walt Disney, Elke Sommer/John Ireland (various skits)

(9.0) (#134) Jack Casting for Television Special (1/1/61) - (Jack reminisces on "The Life Of Jack Benny")

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By D. Pawl VINE VOICE on May 31, 2007
Format: DVD
For those of you unfamiliar with Jack Benny, one of the late, great kings of comedy at his best, I reccomend these episodes as your introduction to his style of humor. For starters, Benny was one of the masters of the pregnant pause. He could arouse eruptions of laughter without saying a word. All he had to do was look off to the side, at the unseen person, during an outrageous situation and one glance said a thousand words! What's more, the running gag on all of his episodes was that the very frugal (to be diplomatic) Jack Benny was one of the greatest living violinists--if only in his mind. This talent was showcased in many ways on the program (or, in as many ways that were possible!). Whether he was playing duets with Liberace or serenading his audience in between interludes on the program, the squaks and out-of-key little songs that he produced from his instrument became an expected edition to his broad and tight-lipped style of comedy. (In reality, Benny was a brilliant, classically trained musician who was anything but cheap. Talk about playing against character!)

The episodes on this tape feature a brilliant dance number with Jack Benny, George Burns and Bob Hope, dancing in a tribute to the broad comedy/music routines of Vaudeville, Dale Whitney and friends and the Beach Boys. We also are introduced to Jack Benny's butler, "Rochester" (Eddie "Rochester"--a great comedian). In later years, this depiction of the devoted African-American manservant was viewed as a very racist and stereotypical representation of the relationship between Caucasians and African-Americans in the 1940s and 1950s. Yet, in my eyes, Rochester (oftentimes) stole the show because he really didn't take any guff from Jack Benny or anyone else. I think that you will really enjoy this program. Though, the humor might seem dated to younger people, it's worth a look and it grows on you, over time.
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