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I'm Dickens...He's Fenster (1962)

John Astin , Marty Ingels , Arthur Hiller , Norman Abbott  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Astin, Marty Ingels, Harvey Korman, Ellen Burstyn, Lee Meriwether
  • Directors: Arthur Hiller, Norman Abbott
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Tv Time Machine Productions / lightyear Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 609 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00746R3LM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,699 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

As two best friends on the world's wackiest construction crew, Harry Dickens (John Astin) and Arch Fenster (Marty Ingels) really 'nail' the humor in Volume One of this long-lost 1962 TV comedy. Join them and a whole toolbox of unforgettable characters, including appearances by Harvey Korman, Ellen Burstyn, Lee Meriwether and Yvonne Craig, before they were stars. 16 hilarious digitally re-mastered episodes, which haven't been seen in 50 years! Interviews with stars John Astin and Marty Ingels, Directors Arthur Hiller, Norman Abbott, and Creator/Producer Leonard Stern. Audio commentaries with John Astin and Marty Ingels, Yvonne Craig, Lee Meriwether, series regular Dave Ketchum (who played 'Mel Warshaw'), Chris Korman, son of Harvey Korman, and creator/producer Leonard Stern. Includes bonus features including original TV commercials and bumpers as well as a I'm Dickens...He's Fenster six-page Collector's Booklet. Three discs in a Collector's Edition Digipak with Slipcase. 'Still holds up beautifully, fresh and funny' - Mel Brooks, 'Powerful - Still funny - I love it' - Jerry Lewis, 'I was only 13. But it was my favorite show.' - Jay Leno, 'These guys, that show, way before their time' - Bill Cosby, 'It's great seeing them again. What a hoot.' - Carl Reiner, 'These are masters of comedy. Razor Sharp - A genius team.' - Dick Van Dyke, 'A Gleason and Carney even Laurel and Hardy . I laughed louder now than before' - George Schaltter (Producer of 'Laugh In' )

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77 of 79 people found the following review helpful
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UPDATE OCTOBER 23,2012 ON THE RELEASE OF THE SECOND HALF: I just spoke directly with Lightyear Entertainment, who answered my question on, when can we expect the release of the second half of this fabulous show I'm Dickens... He's Fenster? They told me they don't have a date as of yet, the reason being they have to sell more of this first half in order to generate enough money to do the prep work necessary to release the second half. So, I hope more people find out about this wonderful old show and buy it, so the wait will be shorter! It just wouldn't be the same without the second half, especially just to see the great ping pong tournament again! Let's keep our fingers crossed that sales pick up this Holiday Season and Thank You Lightyear for answering my question for us fans who have to have the second half of this GREAT show!

I'm Dickens...He's Fenster is one of the rarest and funniest one season sitcoms that hasn't been completely seen in 50 years. Although on rare occasion, a few of the episodes were shown on smaller networks by special request in a few cities, no broadcasting company would ever spend the money for syndication for a one season show with only 32 episodes. The most requested episode was Table Tennis, Anyone?, as it's genius comedy was rated as hilarious as the Lucy And The Chocolate Factory episode from I Love Lucy.

This is not the typical one season television show that was canceled because it was a flop. This hilarious 1962-1963 show was shown on ABC at 9:00 p.m. on Friday nights. It was up against the top rated NBC's Sing Along With Mitch and Route 66 on CBS. By the time the unbelievably high final ratings came in near the end of the season in 1963, ABC did not have the foresight to renew I'm Dickens...
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally on DVD! Great quality. April 26, 2012
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It's about time that this classic show had a proper video release. The picture quality is outstanding. Watch this series and you'll realize how bad most TV shows are these days. Here's hoping the second half of the series gets released. Please support classic TV dvd's, it's the only way more will get put out on video.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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I was 5 and a half years old when I first saw this series...and remembered it was quite funny and clever...and when I saw the ad for the DVD, I was shocked to see it also starred John Astin, one of my favorite actors of all time! ( I had remembered Marty as the greatest goofball of all time...well, either him or Bob Denver). Well, I just received my DVD today, and the pilot episode was AMAZING...funny, full of all the old classic 60's sitcom stars, and just a joy. This is a great yourself a favor and buy this treasure...My wife, who DIDN'T remember this series remarked about John Astin's acting...that he was wonderful, just like he was on the Addams family. That he didn't so much play Gomez, but that Gomez WAS John Astin! And if you like the Addams Family, you have GOT to get this DVD set! (Oh...the packaging and DVD presentation was top-notch!)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slapstick, Wit, and Great Cast Chemistry May 17, 2012
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Honestly, I had never heard of I'M DICKENS...HE'S FENSTER, so when it popped up on my Amazon recommendations list, I was intrigued. I watched a few brief segments on the internet and liked what I saw, so I ordered it. And, boy, am I glad I did! This show is great, and it breaks my heart that we only have one season of it (It was canceled after the first season). Harry Dickens and Archie Fenster are best friends who both work as carpenters for a construction firm. Harry is married to Kate, but he dates vicariously through his friend Archie, who is something of a ladies man. The three leads all have fantastic chemistry and form a seamless ensemble. The show revolves around their schemes, misunderstandings, and and arguments, and it's wonderful. The scripts are witty, the acting spot on, and the slapstick is classic. My favorite episode is "The Joke" which revolves around a disagreement among Harry, Kate, and Archie over the funniness (or lack thereof) of a joke Harry wants to use during a speech he has to make. It's Brilliant.

This three disc set contains half of the episodes from the first season and disc of special features, including a featurette on the physical comedy that is so integral to the show. The latter half of the episodes is slated for a second set that can't come out soon enough for me.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful July 11, 2012
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High praise for this wonderful show.
Astin and Ingels, and Emmaline Henry. Wow!! Great cast. This show was doomed to cancellation. The ABC network, how many times were they the ruination of a great show.
Get this volume 1 collection. Marty Ingels, who I knew very little about, is a great comedy actor - what timing --, and with Astin they are a great comedy team. Emmaline Henry of I Dream of Jeannie fame is so much more lovable and sweet in her characterization of Kate Dickens, John Astin's Screen Wife, just the opposite of Mrs. Bellows, she really shines in this role.
Not a stinker in the first 16 episodes and in a few I laughed/howled right out loud. Great writing and physical comedy. I can't wait for the final 16 episodes to be released in Volume 2.
John Astin has gone up a notch in my book, and Marty Ingels is now in my book, and I've added a couple of notches for him. And I got to know, a little better, a few great character actors from this show such as David Ketchum, Noam Pitlik (gotta love that name), and Henry Beckman, who really is a scene stealer in the episodes I've seen him in so far. I normally think of, and recall, Mr. Beckman in the serious role, and not in comedic situations. He should have done more. He was Colonel Harrigan a few years later in McHale's Navy.

But the heart of the show is the chemistry between Ingels and Astin. As in the opening credits gotta switch off who gets first billing in my review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by walter baker
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Dickens He's Fenster
Oh my Jesus, I would give his TV show 10 stars if I could. The humor is plain and simple just the way it should be. I remember it used to be on at 7on 7 in New Jersey. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joe Flip
4.0 out of 5 stars Early Fun Times!
First I love John Astin. A true sit come wonder.He IS Gomaz! Marty Ingles is great too. Perfect set up and most episodes are entertaining and true to the era. Very well written. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jim Boy C
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll Laugh Like the Dickens!
As a fan of classic sitcoms, I am always looking to purchase series from the good ol' days. Read the reviews after finding this on Amazon and decided to treat myself. Read more
Published 5 months ago by D. Tang
5.0 out of 5 stars What Memories!
One of the great screwball comedies in the history of television. I well remember being in Junior High School when "I'm Dickens, He's Fenster" premiered 52 years ago; to... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Nathan B. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars I'am Dickens...He's Fenster Vol.1 #1
Great show. I'am surprised it did not continue into a longer run beyond this one and only season. John Astin and Marty Ingalls were great together in this. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bruce Burke
5.0 out of 5 stars Aching for what ought to be...
It is rare that a cast who are individually so brilliant can work together as an ensemble with equal brilliance. This is truly as funny a show as I remembered it being. Read more
Published 9 months ago by JHD
5.0 out of 5 stars and I'm laughing.
A great series. Always been John Aston and Marty Ingels fan. This is well worth the time and money. Classic TV
Published 10 months ago by Azuwere
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must See! A 60's comedy better than what's on the TV Today!
Comedy ahead of it's time! Maybe where home improvement might have got its idea from. Like the Abbott and Costello of the carpentry business. Good physical comedy. Need Vol. Read more
Published 12 months ago by TB
3.0 out of 5 stars It's No I Love Lucy
Not as funny, as reviews said. John Astin seems to be in a trance. Marty Ingels is not believable as a ladies' man. Seller get five stars.
Published 14 months ago by John L. Steen
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