A series of pilot shows were made for the Rochester Show. It was proposed to run daily as a 15 minute show. Though there is a sponsor mentioned, it isn’t likely it ever made it to the airwaves. The premis of the show is about Rochester’s life when he isn’t being Jack Benny’s valet.
Today, Rochester is trying to find a way to earn a little extra money. When he stops in at the cigar shop, Rochester gets roped into a get rich scheme by his friend Willie.
Willie has a female friend that he wants help with to get her into pictures. Can Rochester get Jack Benny to give Trudy Watson a look? From the reactions, she’s got what it takes, but we’ll need to tun in next time to find out if she can break into the biz.
In the second audition:
Rochester is in a bind for money, and his friend Willie has talked him into being an agent for an attractive female friend. The landlady hounds Rochester for his rent as he tries to promote his prospective starlet with Willie.
Down at the pawn shop, Willie cash in some property to invest. Rochester gets worried when the property they pawned doesn’t belong to them. Maybe Rochester can pull some strings with Jack Benny to open some doors? It could work, but it depends on how much weight Jack can throw around at the studios.
Tony Martin. 1954. Blues in the Night.
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