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"Startime" The Jazz Singer (1959)

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Original Air Date:
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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Directed by
Delbert Mann (episode "Crimes, Inc.")
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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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7 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Disappointing, 5 January 2007
Author: lzf0 from United States

When I read that Jerry Lewis appeared in a television version of "The Jazz Singer", I couldn't wait to see it. I had to wait years. Finally I was able to get a bootleg copy of the show. I expected Jerry to be doing his best Jolson impression, singing those famous Jolson songs and mugging for the camera. However, Jerry does very little singing and plays his role straight. The title is a misnomer. It's not really "The Jazz Singer", but "The Night Club Comic". Like the original story, Jerry is torn between becoming a cantor, like his father, or going into show business. The script for this version is unexciting and Jerry is completely unlikeable. Anna Maria Alberghetti shows up as Jerry's love interest and Alan "Fred Flintstone" Reed is on hand showing us both his dramatic and comic skills.

Of all of the versions of "The Jazz Singer", I believe the Michael Curtiz version with Danny Thomas and Peggy Lee is the best. The Jolson version was groundbreaking, but the acting is over the top. The Neil Diamond version is a complete waste of time. The Jerry Lewis version is only interesting for seeing Jerry in a rare dramatic role.

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