The Jerry Lewis Show Collection
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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.Read more ›
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!
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.Read more ›
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The biggest Jerry fan ever. He was 5 star. The production of this set brought it down to 4 stars. BUT, if you like Jerry, you must have this set! Dave (in Colorado)Published 12 months ago by Agape Music
This was a christmas gift and arrived in plenty of time. If you are a jerry Lewis fan, this is a must to add to your collection.Published on January 29, 2012 by Svetlana Kovinich