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"Startime" The Jazz Singer (1959)

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13 October 1959 (Season 1, Episode 2)
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Jerry Lewis ... Joey Robin / Joey Rabinowitz

Anna Maria Alberghetti ... Ginny Gibson

Eduard Franz ... Cantor Morris Rabinowitz

Molly Picon ... Sarah Rabinowitz

Alan Reed ... Nathan Gittleson
Joey Faye ... Tony De Santos

Barry Gordon ... Larry
Del Moore ... Harry Lee
Robert Hutton ... Television Director
Phil Arnold ... Messenger
Sid Cassel ... Dr. Miller (as Sid Cassele)
Bob Duggan ... Stage Manager
Dorian Grusman ... Marilyn
Frances Weintraub Lax ... Ida (as Frances Lax)
Louise Vincent ... Rosalie
Oliver Crawford ... Moe

Episode Crew
Directed by
Ralph Nelson 
Writing credits
Oliver Crawford (written by)

Ernest D. Glucksman (from an adaptation by) and
Ralph Nelson (from an adaptation by)

Samson Raphaelson (play)

Produced by
Ernest D. Glucksman .... producer
Marshall Katz .... associate producer
Art Direction by
E. Jay Krause  (as Jay Krause)
Makeup Department
Bill Morley .... makeup artist
Production Management
Charles Baldour .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roy Montgomery .... associate director
Sound Department
Bob Jensen .... audio
Camera and Electrical Department
Ed Huston .... senior video
Bud Wilkins .... lighting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ray Aghayan .... miss alberghetti's gowns designed by
Sy Devore .... wardrobe: Jerry Lewis
Music Department
Walter Scharf .... musical director
Other crew
Jack Bunch .... choreographer: "Mambo" dance staged by
Joe Conn .... technical director
Meyer Mereminsky .... technical advisor (as Rabbi Meyer Mereminsky)

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Did You Know?

According to David Crosthwait of DC Video, the company that restored this video tape, this specific episode of "Showtime" was taped at the then-NBC studio in Brooklyn, NY and hand-edited. Color video tape was in its infancy; only about a year previous to this [1959] the first color videotapes were recorded at NBC. The copy was a dub found at NBC. The tapes used proprietary electronics unique to NBC, which is one reason why restoration took time. The tape was missing part of its audio. The Lewis family donated a kinescope film copy of the show, along with a 1/4" audio tape of much of the show's soundtrack to finish the restoration.See more »
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A 1927 plot works less and less well as the years pass..., 19 October 2015
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

There is a huge problem with any remake of "The Jazz Singer". Back in 1927 when it debuted, the plot was already old fashioned. Sure, it did well--but it was because folks were wowed by it being a talking picture*. Now, in 1959, the story seems even more old fashioned and more difficult to believe. After all, in 1959 America, Cantor Rabinowitz seems ridiculous in the way he reacts to his won, Joey (Jerry Lewis) wanting to become an entertainer--and his yelling "...better I should be dead than my son sing jazz in my house!!". If you think the story doesn't work well in 1959, try watching the 1980 version---it's an unintentional comedy!!

The film begins with Joey already being a nightclub star. However, when he returns home, fireworks occur and dad tosses his son out...and the audience is perplexed. Soon after, the old man has a heart attack and is on the verge of death--but Joey HAS to go on and his father is a butt-head anyway. What will he do?!

This television version of the story at least has some good actors. Eduard Franz plays the awful father, Molly Picon the mother, Alan Reed (Fred Flintstone's voice) the uncle and Barry Gordon plays the father's young apprentice. It also was recently restored--with a great picture but poor sound (it's very muffled). Overall, I think this is a show strictly for the curious and the die-hard Lewis fans. It's not bad but I just wish they'd picked a more timely and less boring subject.

*Over and over, I've heard folks refer to the 1927 "Jazz Singer" as a talking picture. This isn't exactly the case--it's a partial talking picture. Most of the movie is silent except for the songs and a tiny bit of dialog.

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