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Dean Martin Christmas
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Dean Martin's variety shows were carefully staged and rehearsed -- but without Dean, who showed up for the tapings. The viewer enjoys the jokes and surprises, and so does Dean! A highlight of this show is a department-store sketch, with Dean playing straight as a complaint-department clerk, and Bob Newhart as an embarrassed customer. Newhart sets the dialogue up according to plan, with Dean reading the straight lines from cue cards. But Newhart starts improvising inventively, causing Dean to break up openly and do some ad-libbing himself. Both performers are obviously enjoying themselves, and the casual atmosphere is engaging and festive. The show's other featured comedian is Dom DeLuise, who is equally adept at sneaking in funny lines and gestures. The "musical" guest, with the word advisedly in quotes, is Dennis Weaver demonstrating his uncertain singing voice.
The weekly series usually had Dean singing at least one song seriously. Not in this episode, though: Dean clowns his way through "It's a Marshmallow World" and offers a too-casual rendition of "Silent Night." There is also a lengthy segment with staff members and their children (one of them appears to be Melissa Gilbert!Read more ›
However, there's lots here to enjoy!
The short version of the NBC Peacock opens the show. A quick glimpse of a kooky "The Dean Martin Show" logo perched high on the wall above the stage. Dean being whisked offstage by the leggy Golddiggers on a giant round bed, similar to the bed seen in his Matt Helm movies! And those 39 movie and TV stars announcing which children's hospitals will be receiving their share of $10,000 worth of gifts! (There's at least one male star I don't recognize.)
The opening is edited strangely, with a freeze-frame of Dean-as-Santa segueing right into a peculiar adoption joke, then a very fleeting "The Dean Martin Christmas Show" graphic. This could've been done much more smoothly. The Station Identification break halfway through is much better.
Time-Life is to be applauded for putting this out on DVD at an excellent price. To see these faces and hear these voices of late 1960s television is a joy for $10.
- William Carroll
Denham Springs, Louisiana
Season 4 Episode 14/ 1968 Christmas Show
Aired date: Dec 19, 1968
Plot: 1968 Christmas Show --Dean Martin - ""I'll Be Home for Christmas"" and ""Marshmallow World"" --Dennis Weaver - ""The Marvelous Toy"" --Dean Martin with the Golddiggers - medley: ""Daddy,"" ""Trie Love"" and ""We Wish You the Merriest"" --Bob Newhart --Dom DeLuise Entire cast - ""Hey Li Ley, Li Ley Lo"" Entire cast - medley: ""Deck the Halls,"" ""O Little Town of Bethlehem,"" ""Joy to the World"" and ""Silent Night".
Not sure what will be included on this release. The Golddiggers.com says it will NOT have all the original music content.
"We've been given to understand that the '68 Christmas episode will be minus some of its original musical content, but we don't yet know what's been left in or what's been cut."
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This Christmas special has a lot of comedy skits that are not very funny. Dom DeLuise and Bob Newhart are the comedy guests. Dennis Weaver does some singing - not a great singer. Read morePublished 1 month ago by tadmor
Wanna turn the clock back for awhile and enjoy an hour with Dino, Glenn, Lucille, Jimmy, Tony, Johnny, etc.? Good show with plenty of fond memories. You'll enjoy it.Published 1 month ago by Joseph H. Race
Got this for my mom for Christmas and she loved it. Includes all his best work!Published 2 months ago by NewAgeMama