The Jack Benny Program (1950–1965)
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Hong Kong Suit 

Not Rated | | Comedy | Episode aired 6 November 1960
Jack has a violin duel with 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?


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Episode complete credited cast:
Jack Benny ... Jack Benny
Don Wilson ... Don Wilson
Gisele MacKenzie ... Herself
Rolfe Sedan Rolfe Sedan ... Andre
Richard Deacon ... Harry, Barber
Iris Adrian ... Mildred, Manicurist
Pitt Herbert ... Charlie, Barber
Shirley Mitchell ... Goldie, Manicurist
Bobby Johnson Bobby Johnson ... Ray, Bootblack
Jon Chevron Jon Chevron ... Danny, Bootblack


Jack can't stop bragging about his new suit, which he bought from a Hong Kong tailor and cost him only $12. However, during a furious violin competition with Gisele MacKenzie, it starts to become painfully obvious just how cheap the suit really is. Written by

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6 November 1960 (USA) See more »

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J&M Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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$12 in 1956 had the same purchasing power as $102.69 in 2013. See more »


References The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) See more »


Music by Fermo Dante Marchetti
Performed by Gisele MacKenzie and Jack Benny
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A Charming Balance
14 October 2010 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

No wonder Gisele McKenzie guest starred so much on Jack's show. Together, they're a charming pair whether playing violin duets or making with the silly patter. Here, there're doing both, with Jack breaking up at one point in the patter. One secret of Jack's success, I believe, is his ease in working with others. His low-key brand of comedy blends in easily with others, and that's on charming display here. There's also a skit with Jack visiting the barbershop, where his tightwad reputation has made him unpopular. And once again, Jack and his writers manage to milk an ordinary event for a lot of laughs. All in all, it's an expertly balanced half-hour, although I don't think I'll be getting suits in Hong Kong anytime soon.

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