The Lucy Show: Lucy and Jack Benny's Account (1967)

Run Time - 30 min.  |  
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Anticipating a huge bonus, Lucy (Lucille Ball) tries to convince comedian Jack Benny to open an account at the bank. Hollywood's most notorious tightwad scoffs at this notion, observing that he already has a burglar-proof bank vault in his own cellar, replete with a moat, a collection of alligators and a 200-year-old security guard. However, Jack is willing to strike a bargain: If Lucy can convince him that her bank is even more secure than his vault, he will gladly open an account. The climax of this classic episode is a masterpiece of visual and "mechanical" humor, as Lucy gives Benny a guided tour of the most impenetrable (and gadget-laden) vault this side of Fort Knox--and by episode's end, both Lucy and Jack are up to their necks in quicksand! (Incidentally, the episode was cowritten by Milt Josefsberg, who had worked for Jack Benny during the comedian's "Golden" era on radio and TV).