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Buck Benny Rides Again (1940)
Starring Jack Benny and Ellen Drew

Beautiful print and will play in all DVD players.
To fully appreciate Buck Benny Rides Again, one must have some familiarity with Jack Benny's radio programs of the 1939-40 season. During this period, Jack's broadcast costars included bandleader Phil Harris, announcer Don Wilson, singer Dennis Day and comedians Eddie "Rochester" Anderson and Andy Devine. All five supporting players appear in this film, all playing "themselves" just as Benny does. Falling in love with aspiring singer Joan Cameron (Ellen Drew), Jack vows to go out of his way to impress her. When he learns that Joan is headed for a western dude ranch, he poses as "Buck" Benny, a rootin'-tootin'-shootin' 100% genuine cowboy. In truth, both Jack and his valet Rochester are terrified at the Wide Open Spaces, certain that they'll be scalped by Indians at the first opportunity, but through a series of silly coincidences Benny manages to convince Joan that he's an honest-to-goodness frontiersman. The plot thickens when a pair of modern-day desperadoes (Ward Bond and Morris Ankrum) plot to rob the dude ranch's safe, but our hero saves both the day and his girlfriend, with the unsolicited but very welcome assistance of his pet polar bear Carmichael (the same bruin who allegedly ate the gas man on Jack's radio show). Benny fans will get an extra kick out of seeing his legendary Maxwell in all its sputtering, backfiring glory, while old-time radio aficionados will enjoy hearing the voices of Mary Livingstone (Mrs. Benny) and Jack's "friendly enemy" Fred Allen.
Director: Mark Sandrich
Writers: William Morrow, Edmund Beloin, Zion Myers, Arthur Stringer, Everett Freeman, Sam Hellman, Sig Herzig, Eddie Mann

Stars: Jack Benny, Ellen Drew, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Andy Devine, Phil Harris, Dennis Day, Virginia Dale, Lillian Cornell, Theresa Harris, Kay Linaker, Ward Bond, Merriel Abbott Dancers, Fred Allen, Mary Livingstone, Three Martels & Mignon
Songs include:

Written by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Sung by Ellen Drew, Virginia Dale, Lillian Cornell

Written by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Sung and Danced by Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson and Theresa Harris

Written by Johnny Mercer
Sung by Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson

Written by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Sung by Dennis Day and chorus
Danced by Merriel Abbott Dancers (last dance)

Written by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Sung by Ellen Drew, Virginia Dale, Lillian Cornell
Danced by Merril Abbott Dancers ("Indian Adagio")

Dennis Day's first movie performance.
Based on a series of sketches written for the Jack Benny radio program.
In an interview, Kay Linaker related how the film crew had to pick Jack Benny up and place him on his horse as he didn't know how to mount or ride horses. Kay and Jack also filmed the runaway scene where they're trotting their horses a few feet and then their doubles would take over. When the director shouted for action, Andy Devine's horse bit Kay's horse and caused it to runaway. In the ensuing chaos, Jack's horse also took off and since Jack couldn't ride a horse, he had a hard time with it and had to take the following two days off from filming.
Jack Benny resists the entreaties of bandleader Phil Harris to journey to Nevada, where Phil's sweetheart, Brenda Tracy, is waiting for her divorce, until Jack meets Joan Cameron, one of a trio of singing sisters. Believing that the only real men hail from the West, Joan spurns Jack's advances even though her sisters encourage the courtship.
Realizing that Jack's infatuation presents the bait to lure him West, Phil tells Joan that Jack owns a ranch in Nevada, and when Fred Allen's press agent broadcasts the story, all of New York starts talking about Jack's ranch. To save face, Jack, determined to prove that he is a true son of the West, travels to Nevada. After Joan and her sisters arrive to perform at a nearby plush dude ranch, Jack poses as the owner of Andy Devine's spread. To impress Joan, Jack pays Andy's ranch hands to stage fights with him, but his plot backfires when he mistakes two real outlaws for Andy's patsies.
Meanwhile, Joan overhears Rochester, Jack's butler, discussing Jack's ruse, and hires the outlaws to hold Jack up, but when she learns that Fred Allen's press agent is in town, she warns Jack. When the outlaws hold up the hotel, Jack, believing that the robbery is a fake, rushes to the rescue and, with the help of his pet bear Carmichael, captures the bandits and saves Joan.
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