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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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 (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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Charles Nelson Reilly, who was a regular on the show, said one time, he was driving his convertible and the script for that weeks show flew out of the car. Reilly said he wasn't worried because they way the show was done, the script didn't really matter.See more »
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Funny, and as Laid-Back as it's Star..., 30 December 2003
Author: Ben Burgraff (cariart) from Las Vegas, Nevada

"The Dean Martin Show" was, perhaps, the most thoroughly enjoyable variety series of the sixties, due, in large part, to it's legendary host. Dean Martin refused to take things seriously, on-camera, and his relaxed, flippant attitude seemed to bring out the very best qualities of his guests. Certainly it made his show the 'in' place for virtually every major performer of the era, and while Ed Sullivan might have been able to boast more 'debuts' of up-and-coming stars, where else would you find Orson Welles performing magic, John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart singing, or the Golddiggers bumping and grinding while Martin would sing "All I need is a room somewhere..."

Politically correct? Absolutely not! But at a time of political and social upheaval, a ghastly war, and a nation in turmoil, Martin's show was a 'safe harbor', where the tuxedo-clad host smoked on-camera, joked about his drinking, large family, and inability to read cue cards, and encouraged his viewers to "keep those cards and letters coming in". For a member of the elite 'Rat Pack', Dean Martin seemed eminently accessible, family-friendly (even at his naughtiest), and without malice towards anyone.

Despite the spontaneous 'look', there was a basic structure to "The Dean Martin Show". After the opening bars of "Everybody Loves Somebody", Martin would stumble down a flight of steps (eventually switching to sliding down a fireman's pole), and sing a bouncy pop standard, tell a few jokes, and introduce his guests. Each musical guest did a solo number, then a duet with Dean, each non-singer would chat and do a skit. At the halfway point of the show, Martin would adjourn to his 'music room', peeking into a doorway where an unscheduled guest would make a cameo...he never knew who would be behind the door, and the surprise was a show highlight. Then he'd launch himself onto Ken Lane's piano to knock off a few song parodies, then sing a romantic standard. Each program would finish with a big production number, closing with Martin thanking his guests, and the audience, with a smile.

The formula was irresistible, and Martin, who actually did knock the Beatles' "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" out of Number 1 on the Pop Charts in 1964 with 'Everybody Loves Somebody", was unbelievably popular, nation-wide. Certainly, to everyone who worked with him, he was as laid-back and friendly as his on screen persona (even his ex-partner, Jerry Lewis, called him the most "gifted" performer he ever knew), and NBC, appreciating his contributions, gave him, in 1967, the most lucrative contract an entertainer had ever received from the network, to that time.

When Dean Martin's series finally faded, it was more because of the overall decline of the variety show concept than of any failure on his part; restructuring his show into a comedy 'roast', producer Greg Garrison found a new format that allowed the entertainer several more years as an NBC 'staple'.

While Martin's last years would be haunted by the tragedy of his son's untimely death (Dean Paul Martin, an Air Force pilot, would perish in an airplane crash, in 1987), for nearly two decades, Dean Martin was, undeniably, one of television's greatest stars.

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