When Jack Benny Got Robbed—10/28/1945


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In October of 1945, the Jack Benny Program's ratings were falling. It was a short period of time that would later be known as "the Benny slump." In storyline, Benny dreams he's won over $600,000. He tells this to his press agent, who concocts a story for publicity, telling media Benny actually won the money betting $85,000 on a horse. The tight-wad Benny had become a big spender. This gets Benny robbed at gunpoint inside his home. This clip contains some fantastic sound effects, including the famous Jack Benny vault, and an important PSA at the end in regards to the country banding together to pay back its war debt.

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