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The Jerry Lewis Show Collection

3.3 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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Just the name brings a smile to your face... if not an outright guffaw. The pioneering, slapstick comedy of Jerry Lewis has earned him the moniker of world s funniest funnyman. Now on DVD for the first time ever are the hilarious 'best of' highlights from 13 episodes of The Jerry Lewis Show, which aired on NBC from 1967-69. Not seen in the U.S. since its original NBC broadcast, Jerry is surrounded by a who s who of Hollywood s comic royalty and is at his best in the side-splitting classic character portrayals that made him a legendary comedy chameleon. Jerry portrays Sidney Portnoy, a nebbish and Jerry's alter ego; Professor Frobisher; Oriental criminologist Inspector Sam Lichee; Sergeant Goodguy of the Mounties; a professional scoutmaster to the Osmond Brothers; hospital orderly; archaeologist; thief; cowboy; country bumpkin; and city slicker, among many more. Guest stars include: The Osmond Brothers, Flip Wilson, Don Rickles, Joey Heatherton, Janet Leigh, Shirley Jones, Audrey Meadows, Lynn Redgrave, Barbara Feldon, Nanette Fabray, Imogene Coca, Ben Gazzara, Richard Kiley, Laurence Harvey, Harold Sakata, Nancy Ames, Dorothy Provine, Sergio Franchi, Anna Moffo, Harold J. Stone and Frank Gorshin.Digitally restored and remastered for the highest video and audio quality.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jerry Lewis, Don Rickles, Flip Wilson, Janet Leigh, Shirley Jones
  • Directors: na
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Infinity Entertainment/Hepcat
  • DVD Release Date: December 8, 2009
  • Run Time: 640 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002GLGHVC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,119 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By S. C. Toto on December 12, 2009
First Off I could not wait to see this set,the show which aired from 1967-68 has never been syndicated.Now for the bad news!,Infinity has butchered them! first they have replaced the original shows opening with thier own,next they have cut out all the musical acts(probably because they did not want to pay for the rights)so basically all your getting are the shows skits which average 23 minutes and even those are EDITED!.It's good to see them but don't expect anywhere near close to what they originally looked like on air in 1967-68.Thumbs down to Infinity!
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This two DVD set contains severely edited episodes from The Jerry Lewis show, an hour long variety show that ran on NBC, from 1967 through 1969. Although it would be preferable to have complete unedited episodes, having this material available for the first time in decades, is still a plus for Lewis fans.

Though he may be more known today, for his work with the Muscular Dystrophy Association(MDA), Jerry Lewis was one of the brightest stars in comedy during the 50's and 60's, and is one of the few legends from the golden age of Hollywood, still with us. Lewis and partner Dean Martin, rose to stardom in the 50's with a string of hit buddy comedies, with Jerry, the string bean thin goofball, serving as the foil, to the handsome, suave Martin. After the pair split up, Lewis was hugely successful in vehicles that showcased his madcap comedic style. By 1967, Lewis's feature film career had slowed a bit, and this would also be the year he would begin doing the MDA telethon. At the time, many stars, including Jerry's old partner Dean Martin, were hosting variety shows. So Jerry's foray into the arena, was not particularly unusual.

The Jerry Lewis Show consisted of comedy sketches, and musical and dance numbers. As the episodes in this collection run around 22 to 25 minutes long, about half of each episode's content has been cut, including most of music and dance numbers. What typically remains, are a couple of sketches, featuring Jerry and his guest(s) that week. While hardy the best situation, watching Jerry interact with various guest stars, is still interesting and fun. Featured are personal friends, past co-stars, and a cross section of stars from the era.
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We've been spoiled by TV Box Sets that are uncut and play the episodes in their entirety which makes the Jerry Lewis Show Collection seem not worth the money but it is!
For the reviewer who complained about not even having the original show opening titles...well, I've seen the uncut version and the original opening is simply a primitive title card with four index fingers pointing at the guest stars name so your not missing much. If anything, they've improved it.
And as for the sketches being edited...they may be, but it only helps the pacing because they are quite long.
It's a joy to see this show again, in any capacity, and marvel at the energy and playfulness of the performers. I forgot how charming and funny Barbara Feldon was. And you just can't beat Joey Heatherton's legs.
The sketches may not have the bite of SNL but they are a moment in time you can't get back.
Jerry also recreates some of his memorial music mimes like the Typewriter Song and the Conductor.
I would buy this LADY!
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I agree with other bad reviews of this set. I had hopes of seeing complete sketches in a collection similar to the Dean Martin Show dvd series, but this?!?! The sketches are chopped up, shortened, and the original intros are remade with some 1980's syndication style electronic music and graphics. Each show is about 23 mins. or just 2 sketches. Worst off, they include a photo gallery of images from the series that gives you a clue as to how fun this show actually was...before this dvd company got a hold of them. I'll take the old scratchy kinescopes floating around on youtube rather than this set. I love Jerry's comedy, but let's have complete shows.
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Jerry does it all - as usual - clowning, singing, dancing - in one of the best veghicles in his whole career. In fact, for that late'60s period, this material is by far the best entertainment he provided!

This Reviewer opines that the difference is in the use of *several* superb writers team (of course, including Jerry Lewis); in his films, (it appears) that the writing was done mainly by JL (not that it is a negative, but it must be assumed he simply did not have the time to invest in a tighter, funnier script).

Speaking of his movies, we see many "Lewis players", notably from his recent effort, The Big Mouth. From that '67 release, Harold Stone, plays the (usual) soft-hearted gangster, the Dad of Jerry, home from College, and not exactly inclined to be a prize-fighter. The sketch is funnier than most scenes from that above-average Jerry picture.

A great, extended sketch is with Audrey Meadows, as they do a take-off on the then-popular Bonnie and Clyde movie. The two work so well together, one must ask, 44 years later, why they could not do a season or two in the Sitcom category. The dialogue is terrific, and so are the ad-libs by both stars. Great to hear Audrey's ad-libs, as we are used to her "formal" portrayal of Alice Kramden. An added dimension is in the great art-direction and costuming.

Lewis is one of those movie giants who for some reason could not pull off his own TV Variety Show. Another big name comes to mind - Frank Sinatra. Fans and historians may be interested in another Amazon DVD, a black and white kinescope (?) of his failed 1963, two-hour series. He was brilliant...but two hours of brilliance can be tiring for the audience. Seems Jerry learned alot in the intervening time becauxse these colorful clips flow like champagne.
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