Jack at the Flamingo

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Jack at the Flamingo

Postby Yhtapmys » Sun Sep 13, 2009 8:37 pm

Alas, I'm missing at least one sentence from this review, but you can get the gist of it.
Valerie Scott is the daughter of Bert Scott, Jack's secretary.

By JOHN L. SCOTT [L.A. Times, June 22, 1957]
Jack Benny, who has won fame in every phase of show business but one—night clubs—made his debut in the bistro medium a highly successful one Thursday night at the Flamingo in Las Vegas. After a nervous start, the comedian, whose urbanity and timing are models studied by many younger funsters, settled down to capture an audience made up of stars, press and first nighters.
It was a jittery Benny who began one of his famous monologues after being introduced by his co-star, Gisele MacKenzie. But soon the suavity and ease which are his special talents returned and, to put it mildly, Mr. B. was off to the races.
Gags Galore.
Benny regaled his audience with typical anecdotes, including why he decided to play Las Vegas—the Flamingo management gave him $20 worth of chips and he can stay up all night playing them instead of paying for a room.
He headed his raggle-taggle group of hillbillies in a hilarious “musical” number or two, highlighted by the appearance of a cute 11-year-old girl named Valeria Scott who won terrific audience reponse with her dead-pan reaction to Benny's violin playing. And he essayed a violin duet with Miss MacKenzie that was interlarded with funny ad-lib comments. To wind up his duties Benny played a violin solo during which he thought out loud via a voice recording on various subjects, including his audience. ...
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Gisele Scores.
Miss MacKenzie, who toured with Benny some years ago and who is completely en rapport with the comedian on stage, aIso scored in a solo performance during the show. She sang “Lucky to Be Me,” “Love Letters in the Sand,” “Are You Having Any Fun?” “The Coachman” and a [missing syllables]tious, hilarious take-off on the popular rhythms, rock ‘n’ roll and calypso. This number was done to the music of “Alice Blue Gown,” the old standard. The gist of the affair was, “What has become of the melody?”
Chiquita and Johnson offered their stylistic dances as another important item on the program, and Don Kirk sang. Hal Belfer produced and directed the show. Lou Basil and orchestra backed the principals in fine fashion.

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