Posted ByGerry O. on March 02, 2004 at 08:55:01:
In Reply to: A Two Part Question Regarding "The Jack Benny Program" posted byScott D. Vroegindewey on March 01, 2004 at 21:55:05:
: 1) Was there anybody Jack wanted to appear on his show, and couldn't get them on? 2) Was there anybody who wanted to be on Jack's program, but he refused to have? You can explain the circumstances, if you know the reasons why. Thank you.
According to several biographical sources, when Jack spoofed "The Graduate" on his TV special "Jack Benny's Bag", he had originally wanted Anne Bancroft to play Mrs. Robinson (the role that she played in the film). However, for one reason or another Anne wasn't available, so Phyllis Diller played the part in Jack's spoof.
It's too bad that the Anne Bancroft casting didn't happen, because I think that having the "real" Mrs. Robinson lusting after an aging Jack as Benjamin (complete with that silly-looking "mod" wig that he wore) would have been REALLY hilarious!