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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 250)

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 (255 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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After a decent debut, the show's ratings sank steadily for the first few months. The original producer was fired and Greg Garrison was given producer/director responsibilities. He was largely responsible for making the show an eventual hit.See more »
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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
"Everybody Loves Somebody Sometimes", 4 July 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

One Take Dino is what the man was known as. I'm surprised it took him so long to find his proper niche as host and lead performer of one of the last and most popular variety shows ever. If Dean Martin wanted it and was still with us today, he'd probably still have that variety show which morphed into the roasts. He was that popular.

Martin was legendary for doing everything in one take and whether he missed the lines on the cue cards, he just kept on going and grinning. It was part of the charm of the show. But Dean wanted to get out on the links for some golf or a little serious imbibing. What was important in life.

The Dean Martin Show was one of the last television variety shows and one of the best. That format is gone now, performing nowadays just doesn't lend itself to that kind of format and that's a pity. The only time you really see it is on those telethons that Jerry Lewis, Dean's erstwhile partner is the master of. Lewis had a variety show also, but it never got the popularity of Dino's.

The best talent in the world appeared on that show. Where else could you have a variety show that would first feature Orson Welles doing a speech from Falstaff and then a trio number with Dean Martin and James Stewart? Those are priceless moments.

Back in the day Dean's equivalent would be Bing Crosby's Kraft Music Hall on radio. Bing had the first hour long variety show when Kraft Music Hall debuted in 1936. Stars from film and the legitimate stage as well as musical performers all vied to appear on Kraft. Like Dino on television, Bing was so relaxed and informal he put them all at ease and they performed some really silly skits quite charmingly.

On the liner notes to one of his albums Bing said of Dean Martin that while he had the reputation of being a relaxed and natural performer, this lasagna lover from Steubenville made him look like a Prussian drillmaster. Truer words were never written and with such affection.

When the variety show morphed into the roasts I remember the critics were savage in their condemnation. The humor was juvenile, puerile, in bad taste and terribly politically incorrect. Yet the best in show business continued to appear on them. Today DVDs and VHSs of them are big sellers.

I do miss variety shows like we had back when I was a lad. But we'd have to have people like Dean Martin to host them and perform. They're not common things we find now.

But if you want it to happen, keep those cards and letters coming in. Somewhere Dean Martin will appreciate it.

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