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The Best of the Colgate Comedy Hour


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THE COLGATE COMEDY HOUR, which ran from 1950 through 1955, was a wildly popular weekly variety show filled with funny monologues and comic sketches. And it was broadcast live. The rotating roster of hosts included such entertainment giants as Fred Allen, Eddie Cantor, Abbott & Costello, and Jimmy Durante, but best remembered are the shows hosted by the white-hot comedy team of DEAN MARTIN and JERRY LEWIS. Here on 10 DVDs is all the funny stuff from all 28 shows hosted by Martin & Lewis at their spontaneous best, unencumbered by plot-heavy scripts, rigid film schedules, or elaborate production numbers. Celebrity guests include BURT LANCASTER, TONY CURTIS, VERA MILES and JACK BENNY. Plus – Hollywood Rivals: Martin & Lewis and Jerry Lewis at the Movies. No fan of comedy or classic TV should be without this historical – and hysterical – collection!

Disc One 9/17/50 – Dean & Jerry’s Colgate debut. Sketches include Jerry having a fountain-pen accident and Dean owning a movie theatre. With Barr & Estes, William McCutcheon. 10/15/50 – Sketches include Dean & Jerry as gangsters and Jerry at a gym. With Mayor Ralph Willani (from Jerry’s hometown) and Mayor Walter Sterling (from Dean’s hometown). 11/12/50 – Sketches involve babysitting and a dancing school. With Joyce (The Honeymooners) Randolph, Sammy Petrillo, Leonard Barr.

Disc Two 2/4/51 – Sketches include Jerry as an annoying usher and the boys doing celebrity impressions. 4/29/51 – Mike (60 Minutes) Wallace is the announcer. Telecast from Chicago. 5/20/51 – Sketches involve Dean and Jerry as judges at a swimsuit contest and working as hospital interns. Cameo by Eddie Cantor.

Disc Three 6/3/51 – Tony Curtis has a cameo. With Sonny King, Danny Arnold. 6/24/51 – Tony Martin and Joe Louis (the other Martin & Louis) guest star. 11/4/51 – Sketches include Dean and Jerry as archaeologists and as convicts. With Donald MacBride, Marion Marshall.

Disc Four 12/30/51 – Sketches involve a schoolroom and a mirror routine. With Margaret Dumont, Mike Mazurki. 2/10/52 – Sketches involve a gangster convention and the boys at a soda fountain. With Sheldon Leonard, Mike Mazurki. 3/23/52 – Sketches involve baseball players and a PTA meeting. With Danny Lewis (Jerry’s dad), Danny Arnold.

Disc Five 4/27/52 – Dean spoofs "The Continental" and does a Brando impersonation. With Danny Arnold. 9/21/52 – Sketches include a psychiatrist convention and Jerry dressed as Sherlock Holmes. With Danny Arnold. 11/30/52 – With Robert Strauss, Rose Plumer, pro-wrestler Max Palmer and Joan (The Abbott & Costello Show) Shawlee.

Disc Six 1/25/53 – The boys introduce sketches from earlier shows (because Jerry had injured himself on a motor scooter). 5/3/53 – Sketches involve a harem and the boys taking out insurance policies on each other. With Benny Rubin, Sheldon Leonard, Frank Nelson, Fay McKenzie. 5/31/53 – Appearances by Tony Curtis and his then-wife Janet Leigh. Telecast from New York City.

Disc Seven 10/4/53 – Sketches include Dean trying to watch TV while Jerry keeps interrupting (from inside the TV) and a spoof of Come Back Little Sheba with Burt Lancaster in a rare comic turn as a drunken escaped con. 1/10/54 – Sketches involve a department store and the boys’ dressing room. With Franklin Pangborn, Duke Art Jr. 5/2/54 – On this show, Dean & Jerry celebrate their 8th anniversary as a comedy team.

Disc Eight 5/30/54 – Season Finale, with Dick Stabile and his Orchestra. 12/19/54 – Sketches involve Dean and Jerry trying to use all the sponsor’s products and problems at a bus stop. With Vera Miles, Jack Benny and future newsman George Putnam. 2/13/55 – Sketches include Jerry trying (in vain) to make a sickly Dino feel better. With Franklin Pangborn.

Disc Nine 5/8/55 – Sketches include Jerry spoofing Ed Sullivan and a Mother’s Day trip. Cameos by Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh, and George Raft. 6/5/55 – Dean & Jerry parody Person to Person with Dino as Tedward R. Burrow and Jerry as method actor Harlan Sando. With Sonny King. 9/18/55 – The boys parody The $64,000 Question and disrupt a game of pool.

Disc Ten 11/13/55 – In their final appearance on The Colgate Comedy Hour, Dean is an irksome TV host and the boys star in a now-politically-incorrect parody of a Japanese movie. HOLLYWOOD RIVALS: DEAN MARTIN & JERRY LEWIS – A fascinating and revealing look at the dizzy heights and depressing depths of Martin & Lewis’ careers. JERRY LEWIS AT THE MOVIES – Classic scenes from Jerry’s greatest films – with and without Dino – make up this entertaining hour.

Running Time: Approx. 20 hours.


Special Features

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Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 10
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Passport
  • DVD Release Date: July 17, 2007
  • Run Time: 1200 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PE0GQ4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,631 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By frankebe on July 28, 2007
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Sorry folks, but they did it again. They placed the title of the DVD collection at the not-low-enough right of the frame, where it stays constantly visible throughout the programs; AND they cut out every single one of the Dean Martin songs as well as other parts of the show, INCLUDING some of the Martin & Lewis scenes!! For instance, on CD4, Show #1, the "Chapters" listing has a routine called "Jerry's Everywhere!", but this skit is nowhere to be found anywhere in the collection, and so you miss one of the funniest bits they ever did.

Don't buy this set.

Hey producers, you out there? Anybody listening? Give us the uncut versions with the option to skip the main titles and the commercials. No, I don't want to watch every show all the way through, but let ME CHOOSE what I want to watch or not watch.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By a fan on July 29, 2007
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I completely agree with the other reviewer. DON'T BUY THIS!!!!. They have completely butchered these shows. They've resold this material, more than once, and in many different forms. Just the songs, just the comedy etc. It's about time they release these shows in a way that the fans are not getting cheated. When will they ever do it right and put out ALL the shows UNCUT?
This is beyond greed. This is a complete ripoff.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By AD on July 2, 2010
I've read the other reviews about this 10 DVD set of The Best of The Colgate Comedy Hour with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis from Passport Video. Most of the criticisms are valid, but several reviewers have missed the main point: Yes, this set could have been produced better, but even with its flaws it is one of the best comedy box sets on the market. This set is incredibly entertaining, and will give you 20 hours of the wackiest and most inventive comedy ever performed -- 10 discs worth at a very reasonable price.

First I'll address the flaws. The worst of them is that Dean's solo song numbers were cut out, as were many guest spots and dance routines. I can't figure out why for the life of me. I don't think it would have taken many more discs to cover the complete shows. Covering the complete shows should have only added a small amount to the price, and the higher price would have been well worth it. This is a tragic missed opportunity to give us a complete record of comedy history. The only other flaw worth mentioning is the logo that appears in the lower right hand corner. But this was shaded so lightly that it was hardly noticeable unless the scene background was dark. In fact, I only realized it was there on the last few discs. This flaw is so minor that it should not deter anyone from making a purchase.

Now for the good qualities of the set: This is a nicely packaged set. It comes in an overall slip case that holds the 5 slim line plastic DVD cases, each DVD case holding 2 DVDs. Given the age of these recordings, the print and sound quality are surprisingly good. This is not one of those sets that contain prints that are in such bad condition, a la Alpha Video, that they are barely watchable, and you can hardly enjoy them. This is a set of mostly very good quality prints.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Tolliver on June 16, 2008
Martin & Lewis in every endeavor, but most importantly in their Colgate shows, were the epitome of "The Golden Age of Television." Never will you see two men equally do all they can to make their audience laugh without completely humiliating themselves. Their movies would never completely show case the comedic talents of Dean Martin, but the show always would! Which leads me to the only flaw I found with this DVD set; you can see the two men in all their comedic glory, but you can barely hear Dean sing anything. Yes, all of Dean Martin's solo spots behind the microphone doing what he does best is extracted from every episode. So, laugh your bum off, but for newcomers you will only bare witness to half of the history.
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All you have to do is divide the stated 999 minutes in to the 28 shows that the description states, and you have 28 36 minute shows. The original shows were 60 minutes long, including commercials. BACK THEN THERE WERE NO MORE THAT 5-6 MINUTES OF COMMERCIALS IN EACH SHOW, OFTEN INCORPORATED IN TO THE SHOW. THESE ARE CUT UP SHOWS.
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