Six-DVD Set of "The Dean Martin Variety Show" Drops Dec. 6
Thu, 17 Nov 2011 15:31:37
NBC Universal Television Consumer Products and TIME-LIFE have announced the release of a new six-DVD collection featuring The Best of the Dean Martin Variety Show, which to be released Dec. 6.
The King of Cool: The Best of the Dean Martin Variety Show sets capture material never before released from some of the shows greatest episodes during its nine-year run on television from 1965 to 1974. Hosted by Dean Martin, the acclaimed variety and comedy show was one of the highest-rated in television history, garnering 12 Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe award (Dean Martin "Best Actor in a Comedy Television Series" 1967), frequented by hundreds of guests from across the world of entertainment including legendary actors and actresses from the stage and screen, pop and jazz singers, dancers and comedians.
The set boasts 18 classic episodes of The Dean Martin Variety Show, featuring Dean and an impressive array of guests. Among the mean comedians and actors featured are: a young Bill Cosby in a 1966 episode, fresh off the success of I Spy; Art Carney, who said of Dean, "he's a lot like Jackie Gleason—bright and boozy;" veterans Red Buttons, Sid Caesar and Art Carney, who each appear in several classic sketches with Dean; Ruth Buzzi, who at the time was a star on Rowan & Martin's Laugh In; plus Mickey Rooney, George Kirby, Flip Wilson, Jonathan Winters, Dom DeLuise, Jackie Mason, plus many others.
Included among the 128 musical performances are many all-time classics, including: Ella Fitzgerald, singing "Hallelujah, I Love Him So;" Louis Armstrong performing a "Dixie" medley with Dean; Johnny Mathis singing a beautiful "In Love for the Very First Time;" plus additional performances from Kenny Rogers and The First Edition, The Supremes, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, Engelbert Humperdinck and many others.
Also featured on the set is Dean's daughter Deana Martin, who was a regular performer on her dad's show. Deana is featured in two episodes: On a December, 1966 episode, she sings a duet of "Side by Side" with her dad; and Deana also appears in a memorable episode from 1971 featuring the offspring of Dean, Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball and Ronald Reagan. Remembering her appearances on The Variety Show, Deana said, "Those are some of the warmest memories for me—appearing on a TV show with my dad! It's great that these episodes are finally available on DVD."
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