The Jack Benny Program (season 3)
|The Jack Benny Program (season 3)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||8|
|Original release||October 5, 1952– May 17, 1953|
This is a list of episodes for the third season (1952–53) of the television version of The Jack Benny Program. This season the program was the 12th highest-ranked television show.
Season 3 was the first televised season of The Jack Benny Program to air on a regular schedule, appearing once every four weeks. The next season would increase the show's frequency to every three weeks; by the fifth season, it would settle into appearing every two weeks, a pattern it would follow for the next several years.
- Nº = Overall episode number
- Ep = This season's episode number
|Nº||Ep||Title||Original air date|
|11||1||"Bob Crosby's Contract"||5 October 1952|
|New cast member Bob Crosby refuses to sing until his contract is signed; Bob finally performs "You Belong to Me", and Jack invites him over to sign the contract after the show. Before Bob arrives, Jack and Rochester wreck the house and make it look like a shabby hovel, to make Bob think that Benny's broke and agree to sign for only $50 a week. Bob has a trick of his own, parading his kids in as starving, shabbily-dressed waifs. Jack bites and agrees to sign Bob for $500 a week.|
|12||2||"Buck Benny Rides Again"||2 November 1952|
|13||3||"Jack Gets Robbed"||30 November 1952|
|In the opening monologue, Jack is pestered for an autograph by a little girl claiming to be Margaret Truman from Washington, D.C. Bob Crosby sings "Peter Pan" with an assist from the child. At home, Jack tries to fall asleep but is awakened by a leaky bathroom faucet. Rochester comes and fixes it, then rocks Jack to sleep in his bed/crib. As he snoozes, two thieves come in the bedroom window and encounter booby traps in his dresser drawers and a live tiger in his safe.|
|14||4||"Cafe Skit"||28 December 1952|
|Bea Benaderet). Jack and Mabel make a spectacle of themselves by dancing like goons, tripping waiters and fighting with other patrons. Mable causes Jimmy to squirm when she serenades him with a loud rendition of "You Belong to Me." The evening is made when her pal from work, Gertrude Gearshift (Sara Berner), shows up with her doltish boyfriend who has been in high school nine years.|
|15||5||"60 Piece Orchestra Skit"||25 January 1953|
In an interview in his dressing room, Jack tells a reporter how he would rather have been a concert violinist than a comedian. In flashbacks, Jack, as a small boy and as a teen, does nothing but practice his violin. He imagines that he is soloist with a philharmonic orchestra. To the cheers of the audience and his fellow musicians, he wows them with his rendition of "Love in Bloom."
|16||6||"Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"||22 March 1953|
|The sketch is a take-off of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, with Jack playing both of the title roles. Bob Crosby, as a medical student, performs "A Foggy Day in London Town." The good doctor's new potion turns him into a murderous madman who recycles one of his patients into a teaching skeleton. Hyde is finally brought down by another patient who is pumped up with vitamins.|
|17||7||"Fred Allen Show"||19 April 1953|
|18||8||"Visit to the Vault"||17 May 1953|
Special guest: Gisele MacKenzie.