Jack Benny presents a variety hour with a carnival theme that stars Lucille Ball, Johnny Carson, Ben Blue, and Paul Revere and The Raiders. Cameos by The Smothers Brothers (as Joe-Joe, the ...
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Jack Benny presents a variety hour with a carnival theme that stars Lucille Ball, Johnny Carson, Ben Blue, and Paul Revere and The Raiders. Cameos by The Smothers Brothers (as Joe-Joe, the two-headed boy), George Burns (as Martine, the Bearded Lady), and Dean Martin (as Rip Van Rinkle, the sleeping man). Songs include Lucille Ball singing "It's So Nice To Have a Man Around the House" and "Cleo" (to the tune of "Mame"), "Too Much Talk" and "Him or Me" sung by Paul Revere and The Raiders.Written by
Holding a stack of cards and letters ("keep 'em coming"), Benny mentions his wife Mary Livingstone. She is also mentioned later by George Burns. Lucille Ball played Livingstone (mouthing to her voice) in a 1970 "Here's Lucy" (S3;E11). See more »
In Dean Martin's one line cameo as the sleeping man he is billed in the sign as 'Rip Van Rinkle' and then under his 'bed' as 'Rip Van Rinkel'. See more »
Old Lady on Midway:
[to Sammy the Swindler]
Who needs gold stock? I've got Social Security and Medicare.
Now how can an honest swindler compete with the government?
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Although the special is titled "Carnival Nights" the final credits read "The Jack Benny Hour." The guest stars make their entrance for the curtain call on a carousel. See more »
I remember watching this in 1968 when it aired.I was a huge fan of Jack Benny(someone please do a biographical movie about him)& of Paul Revere & the Raiders(RIP Paul Revere),so I definitely did not miss it.An all -star cast & excellent script provided an hour of entertainment that almost seemed to end way too soon.I hope this will be brought out on DVD,as an example of in the words of one TV critic of a time when television entertainment was truly entertaining.Jack Benny did a large number of specials between 1965 until his death in 1974.I remember several of them but this one stands out in my mind.In today's politically correct atmosphere,Jack Benny would be Public Enemy #1 with the PC Police,his cheapskate image was obviously inspired by his Jewishness.
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