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Carnival Nights (1968)

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 ... See full summary »




Credited cast:
Jack Benny ... Himself
Lucille Ball ... Herself
Johnny Carson ... Himself
Ben Blue ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Larry J. Blake ... Policeman
George Burns ... Himself (Cameo)
Don Drysdale Don Drysdale ... Himself (Cameo)
Sid Fields ... Carnival owner / comedian
Bob Hope ... Himself (Cameo)
Dean Martin ... Himself (Cameo)
Paul Revere Paul Revere ... Himself
Benny Rubin ... Tonto
Almira Sessions ... Old Lady on Midway
Dick Smothers ... Himself (Cameo)
Tom Smothers ... Himself (Cameo)


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 Michael Mooney

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Release Date:

20 March 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jack Benny's Carnival Nights See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Jack Benny: Hey, do you have enough food for lunch?
Lucille Ball: [as Agnes] Yeah, we got low-cal drinks for the thin man, potatoes hi-cal for the fat man, bones for the dog-faced boy, rusty nails for the sword swallower, alphabet soup for the tattooed man, a glass of milk with a couple of straws in it for the two-headed man, and shortin' bread for the midget.
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Crazy Credits

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 »


Followed by Jack Benny's Bag (1968) See more »


Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime
Written by Irving Taylor (uncredited), Ken Lane (uncredited) and Sam Coslow (uncredited)
Sung by Dean Martin
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Outstanding Show,Bring It Out on DVD
22 February 2016 | by dsnyder1See all my reviews

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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