The Jack Benny Program (1950–1965)
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Gary Cooper Show 

Jack welcomes superstar and personal friend Gary Cooper, who makes his "live" (actually videotaped) television debut. Coop flubs a line ,and then does an Elvis-like turn with a guitar and ... See full summary »


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Episode credited cast:
Jack Benny ... Jack Benny / Tex Morgan
Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson ... Rochester Van Jones
Dennis Day ... Dennis Day
Mary Livingstone ... Mary Livingstone
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jan Arvan Jan Arvan ... Mr. Bentley - Director
Paul Baxley Paul Baxley ... Third Man
Maria Cooper Janis Maria Cooper Janis ... Gary Cooper's Daughter (as Maria Cooper)
Gary Cooper ... Himself
Dick Crockett Dick Crockett ... First Man
Dick Geary Dick Geary ... Second Man
Sol Gorss Sol Gorss ... Bob Houston
John Laing John Laing ... Announcer
Virginia Mancini Virginia Mancini ... Singer
Sandra Shaw ... Mrs. Gary Cooper
The Sportsmen Quartet The Sportsmen Quartet ... Themselves


Jack welcomes superstar and personal friend Gary Cooper, who makes his "live" (actually videotaped) television debut. Coop flubs a line ,and then does an Elvis-like turn with a guitar and the Sportsmen quartet. The main skit shows Jack wearing huge-heeled boots, auditioning for a cowboy movie part as Cooper's twin brother. Written by WesternOne

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Release Date:

21 September 1958 (USA) See more »

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J&M Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Regular series announcer Don Wilson was appearing in a play in Philadelphia and missed several episodes at the beginning on the ninth season. John Laing substituted for him as the Announcer during this period. See more »


References Moulin Rouge (1952) See more »


Bird Dog
Sung by Gary Cooper and The Sportsmen Quartet
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Jack Auditions as Cooper's Twin
24 April 2017 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

I love that bouncy Lucky Strike commercial with the Sportsmen and the curvaceous fill-in for rotund Don Wilson. Of course, the big draw is Gary Cooper in his first live show appearance. He's plugging his new feature Man Of The West (1958), still his banter with Jack in front of the curtain is good for a few chuckles. Jack was so good at silent chagrin with his deadpan expression. The skit part is a take off on a barroom brawl audition that probably goes on too long but shows how skilled stuntmen are at faking it. Seems Jack, in elevator boots, wants to audition as Gary's twin in a new Western. So you can guess his reaction at seeing what the audition involves. All in all, it's a good chance to see Cooper as probably never seen him, along with a load of Benny-type chuckles.

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