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16 September 1965 (USA) See more »
Bigger than ever! The biggest guests, the biggest songs, the biggest laughs, the biggest cue-cards!
Dean Martin hosts with several different celebrities that have several sketches of improv that breaks down comedy, race, and sex all at of the same time.
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Won Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 22 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 2 of 248)

Dean Martin ... Himself - Host (261 episodes, 1965-1974)
Al Casey ... Himself (140 episodes, 1965-1971)

Series Directed by
Greg Garrison (21 episodes, 1965-1974)

Bill Colleran (unknown episodes)
Series Writing credits
Harry Crane (90 episodes, 1966-1974)
Norm Liebmann (40 episodes, 1971-1974)
Michael Barrie (39 episodes, 1973-1974)
Tom Tenowich (34 episodes, 1971-1974)
Jim Mulholland (25 episodes, 1973-1974)
Larry Markes (23 episodes, 1973-1974)
Bill Box (20 episodes, 1973-1974)
Mickey Rose (15 episodes, 1973)
David Axlerod (11 episodes, 1974)
Stan Burns (11 episodes, 1974)
Mike Marmer (11 episodes, 1974)
Paul Keyes (7 episodes, 1966-1968)
Rich Eustis (7 episodes, 1967-1970)
Al Rogers (6 episodes, 1967-1968)
Stan Daniels (5 episodes, 1965-1974)
Bob Ellison (4 episodes, 1967-1968)
David Panich (4 episodes, 1967-1968)
Rod Parker (1 episode, 1971)

Arnie Kogen (unknown episodes)
Ed. Weinberger (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Greg Garrison .... producer (17 episodes, 1966-1974)
Norman C. Hopps .... associate producer (7 episodes, 1966-1971)
Craig Martin .... associate producer (3 episodes, 1973-1974)
Harold Kemp .... executive producer (2 episodes, 1966-1967)
Paul Keyes .... associate producer / co-producer (2 episodes, 1966-1967)
Series Original Music by
Sid Caesar (unknown episodes)
Jerry Herman (unknown episodes)
Danny Hurd (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
Steven Orland (4 episodes, 1967-1968)
Gustavo Aguilera (3 episodes, 1973-1974)
Stan Jenkins (3 episodes, 1973-1974)
Stan Chlebek (2 episodes, 1966-1967)
Series Production Design by
Spencer Davies (257 episodes, 1965-1974)
Series Art Direction by
Spencer Davies (7 episodes, 1966-1971)
Eugene McAvoy (2 episodes, 1973)
Series Set Decoration by
Spencer Davies (253 episodes, 1965-1974)
Series Costume Design by
Ed Wassall (5 episodes, 1967-1971)
Robert Fletcher (3 episodes, 1973-1974)
Campbel (2 episodes, 1966-1967)
Series Makeup Department
Claude Thompson .... makeup artist (6 episodes, 1966-1968)
Harry Blake .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 1971-1973)
Series Production Management
P. Dean Reed .... unit manager (10 episodes, 1966-1974)
Janet Tighe .... production supervisor (3 episodes, 1973-1974)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Clay Daniel .... associate director (6 episodes, 1967-1974)
Thomas Foulkes .... associate director (3 episodes, 1966-1968)
Series Art Department
Will Ferrell .... scenic artist (1 episode, 1965)
Series Sound Department
Bill Levitsky .... audio (7 episodes, 1966-1971)
Joe Ralston .... audio (3 episodes, 1973-1974)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Jerry Smith .... video (10 episodes, 1966-1974)
Lon Stucky .... lighting director (9 episodes, 1966-1974)
Series Music Department
Mack Gray .... music coordinator (10 episodes, 1966-1974)
Lee Hale .... special musical material / music routines (10 episodes, 1966-1974)
Ken Lane .... music consultant (10 episodes, 1966-1974)
Jack Halloran .... choral director / choral director: The Golddiggers (8 episodes, 1967-1974)
Les Brown .... musical conductor / musical arrangements / ... (7 episodes, 1966-1974)
Geoffrey Clarkson .... music routines (7 episodes, 1967-1974)
J. Hill .... musical arrangements (6 episodes, 1966-1968)
Van Alexander .... musical arranger / musical arrangements / ... (6 episodes, 1967-1974)
Jack Sperling .... musician: drums (4 episodes, 1965)
Robert B. Bailey .... music routines (3 episodes, 1967-1968)

Irving Taylor .... composer: theme "Everybody Loves Somebody" (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Buddy Arnold .... creative consultant / 'Man of the Week' creative consultant (25 episodes, 1973-1974)
Janice Buchanan .... assistant to the producer (10 episodes, 1966-1974)
Karl Messerschmidt .... technical director (10 episodes, 1966-1974)
Henry Frankel .... talent coordinator (8 episodes, 1967-1974)
Janet Tighe .... production assistant / assistant to the producer (7 episodes, 1966-1971)
George Fulton .... stage manager (6 episodes, 1967-1971)
Bob Graner .... stage manager (5 episodes, 1967-1968)
Craig Martin .... production coordinator (5 episodes, 1967-1968)
Robert Sidney .... choreographer (4 episodes, 1967-1968)
Bob Chic .... stage manager (4 episodes, 1971-1974)
Lynne Voeth .... assistant to the producer / production assistant (4 episodes, 1971-1974)
Wisa D'Orso .... assistant to the choreographer (3 episodes, 1967-1968)
Jonathan Lucas .... sketch supervisor (3 episodes, 1973-1974)
Kendis Rochlen .... 'Man of the Week' coordinator (3 episodes, 1973-1974)
Ted Baker .... stage manager (2 episodes, 1971-1973)
Roger Warnix .... production coordinator (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
Kevin Carlisle .... choreographer (1 episode, 1966)

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Also Known As:
"The Dean Martin Comedy Hour" - USA (alternative title)
"The Dean Martin Variety Show" - USA (DVD title)
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60 min (245 episodes)
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Dean Martin's contract stipulated that he was only required to work on Sundays. This necessitated that blocking the camera setups and rehearsals be done on Saturdays. It also meant that guest stars rehearse with Lee Hale standing in for Martin. On Sundays, Martin would usually work less than four hours and leave the set before taping was wrapped.See more »
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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A parody of the standard TV variety show, 17 April 1999

"The Dean Martin Show," which ran on NBC for nine seasons starting in September 1965, always seemed less like a variety show than a subtle parody of the format. In that sense, it was almost a forerunner of David Letterman's show which pokes fun at the conventional TV talk show by maintaining a slightly subversive air. Martin, of course, was legendary for his casual, spontaneous persona, and everything about his variety show seemed casual and spontaneous, no doubt due to the star's refusal to rehearse. It was obvious that Martin was reading most of his lines from cue cards since he even made jokes about doing so. The sloppy, slightly unprofessional atmosphere that permeated many of his movies at this time, worked on television, making "The Dean Martin Show" one of the more interesting variety shows of the era.

The first episode is available on videocassette in a black-and-white version. Frank Sinatra sings the title track from his Grammy winning "September of My Years" album, Joey Heatherton does a bump and grind, Diahann Carroll warbles a tune, Bob Newhart does a comedy routine, and Dino croons a few bars of "Everybody Loves Somebody" and also performs his hit, "Houston." It's a reasonably pleasant time capsule from a bygone era, and nothing more.

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