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Buck Benny Rides Again is a 1940 Paramount Pictures feature film starring Jack Benny and Ellen Drew. The film featured regulars from Benny's radio show including Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Andy Devine, Phil Harris, and Dennis Day. It also included a debut film appearance for radio star Lillian Cornell.[1] The film was directed and produced by Mark Sandrich and produced by Joseph L. Mankiewicz.

Buck Benny Rides Again
Buck Benny Rides Again FilmPoster.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMark Sandrich
Produced byMark Sandrich and Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Written byArthur Stringer (story), Edmund Beloin, William Morrow
StarringJack Benny
Ellen Drew
Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson
Andy Devine
Phil Harris
Music byVictor Young
CinematographyCharles Lang
Edited byLeRoy Stone
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • May 31, 1940 (1940-05-31)
Running time
82 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

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PlotEdit

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.

CastEdit

Although Mary Livingstone is credited as a performer, she does not appear. Mel Blanc voiced Carmichael the Polar Bear uncredited.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "A Star Is Made". Radio Varieties. 3 (11): 14–15. November 1940. Retrieved August 30, 2016.

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