"Sunday With Jack Benny" Question

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Posted ByGerry O. on November 29, 2001 at 19:11:32:

I've seen some videos and 16mm films of Jack Benny TV shows from the 1960's...However, there are some which do NOT have the original opening and that GREAT Mahlon Merrick closing theme song (the one which is heard over the closing credits on most of Jack's TV shows).
These shows are repeats of Jack's TV episodes...but they have a new opening...an animated cartoon of an old jalopy pulling a wagon which holds a violin case. The case falls out of the wagon and bursts open, showing a violin with it's strings broken...then we see the show title, "Sunday With Jack Benny" (instead of "The Jack Benny Program"). The theme song is different too...it sounds rather "cartoony" and is more laid-back as compared to the rousing original Merrick theme.
What is the history of the "Sunday With Jack Benny" rebroadcast series? Was it shown as a summer replacement program after Jack's original network series was discontinued? Was it shown on Sunday afternoons instead of in the evening? I'd really like to find out a little more about this "Sunday With..." series of repeats. Any info?

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