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  • I do like that they play the show without talking over it so that it can really be enjoyed

    • by Orrymain

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      The Dean Martin Show Classics: Volume 1 is a look back at the wonderful musical variety hour that was The Dean Martin Show. It’s produced by Greg Garrison, who was the producer of the show. After a brief introduction by Orson Welles, we get an entrance from one of the shows with Martin singing. Then Garrison talks about the well known fact that Martin never rehearsed. He did it all in one day.

      Volume 1 is a compilation of three or four shows,

      and it continues with a bit that features Lucille Ball, pretending to be a woman in the audience. That’s pretty much the set up for the volume of entertainment, going in and out of commentary and then playing an uninterrupted segment. I do like that they play the show without talking over it so that it can really be enjoyed.

      The really good news is that there is just a lot of uninterrupted moments. One of my favorites is early on when Dean is ...

      • singing with Carol Lawrence. They let it play out completely, from the start of the routine, then a major mistake that stops it, all the way to the re-setup of the shot, and then the whole shot and performance by the two. It’s extra fun because in the re-shoot, Dean mentions the mistake.

        There’s great spy clip with Rowan and Martin and Bill Cosby that brings on laughs. Martin gets in on it, too. I also enjoyed the Bob Newhart moment. Newhart

        has talked a lot about how it was to rehearse without Dean Martin and then how funny it was to shoot the show and Dean would crack up so much that it made him laugh.

        This is the best kind of entertainment. David Janssen was in one bit, and John Wayne in another. Kate Smith sang with Dean while Lucille Ball sang with the chorus that backed them, somewhat like a Rockette type.

        There was much more to be enjoyed, and I definitely did enjoy it.

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