The David Susskind Show "Open End" interview with Jerry Lewis
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Unlike the Dick Cavett Show - which I have devoured on DVD - Susskind was more serious in interviewing a guest during his two-hour show (less commercials). I'd compare him more with Charlie Rose - but with a decidedly New York accent.
To my knowledge none of the "Open End" shows has been available on home video (until now) and this first release features the Jerry Lewis interview from 1965. Fans of Lewis' comedy should know that there is not a laugh to be found here. This is the serious, opinionated, and very egotistical Lewis being interviewed. The interview was done at a low point in his career (which started at age 5 performing on stage with his dad, who was in vaudeville). His ABC variety show had recently been cancelled.
I use the word egotistical here because Lewis not only controls the interview - sharing only the info he wants to share - and admits that he's a "control freak" as well as a "compulsive buyer" (the guy owns 144 pars of shoes and over 300 suits!). The discussion about his marriage and his "rules" for when she can go out with friends (she can't - and neither can his six sons!) is almost hard to hear. This is the not the zany crazy guy you see in his movies.
The DVD contains two 50 minute segments.Read more ›
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Although this DVD it said made in Color But it is made in Black and White.! s, I was a bit disappointed.Published on February 12, 2014 by Shantal N.
I am working on a documentary about famous comic directors and got this video as research about Mr. Lewis. I found it very well produced and very revealing. Read morePublished on March 21, 2012 by Michael King