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The Jazz Singer aired on TV in October 1959 on the Lincoln-Mercury Startime Theater show. It was pre-recorded on COLOR VIDEO TAPE (an RCA product since NBC was promoting color). It was then aired. This color version is from JL's collection and has NEVER been shown since the original televised date. It looks gorgeous, and it's not even a first generation tape. When Chris Lewis found it they found that there were parts where sound was missing. But they found an AUDIO tape of the sound track and using that, and the B&W kinescope, they restored the sound. The Color version is crisp and sharp and BRIGHT. The DVD includes the B&W kinescope too but there's no reason to watch that! (Really- it's also worn and unrestored).
The show was directed by Ralph Nelson. The cast is great - though if they left Lewis out I wouldn't miss him. Eduord Franz as his father, Molly Picon as his mother and Barry Gordon as his nephew. Alan Reed (Fred Flintstone) is uncle and Joey Faye as his agent. Anna Maria Alberghetti is the "love interest". She had just finished "Cinderfella" with Lewis.
Because the show is only 52 minutes (commercials were removed) and Lewis' ego is so big, the story is really cut down. Lewis has his nightclub career already at the beginning and comes home to find his father ill. The final moments of Lewis conducting the Yom Kippur service that his ill Cantor father can't conduct is bizarre. There he is with a yarmulke and clown makeup! And the show ends.Read more ›
Well worth the price!
Jerry is very talented and I really enjoyed him in this foray into comedy drama.
It is a must see for all Jerry Lewis fans. Highly recommended!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
not great, i am not jewish but I learned more than I did about the peoplePublished 12 months ago by Charles Kennedy
Falls short of what I have been accustomed to expect form Jerry Lewis.Published 20 months ago by Dorothea J Vergara
I guess if you're making a collection of Jerry Lewis movies, you should watch this because it's a pretty grate performance and it's apparently hard to watch or find BUT would I buy... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
Much like the film versions, it is very reflective of the times (the mid to late 50s). In this role, Jerry Lewis's acting is somewhat muted; definitely not over the top like most... Read morePublished 22 months ago by smcohn
First off this movie should be on Blu-ray not DVD it began a waste the time messing around remastering issue just released on dvd Jerry Lawler's at his best magnificent... Read morePublished on April 29, 2014 by paul block
Bought this to add to my Jerry Lewis collection. That's all it does. He's walking through the movie and can not hold your attention for long period of drama.Published on April 28, 2014 by Richard Vega