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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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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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His faith obligation, 12 March 2013
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

I have to say I was shocked when I saw this item for rent on Amazon and could finally see it. For years the rumors had it that Jerry Lewis did not like this show and did everything he could to bury it. After seeing it I'm asking why?

It's not the best Lewis performance I've seen, but it does show a different side to him, a dramatic side that he hardly ever showed until later in his career when he was no longer a big name movie box office draw. And the role suits him well as he steps into the tradition of Al Jolson, Danny Thomas, and later on Neil Diamond.

All the versions were different. Of course the best known was Al Jolson with that finale with him singing Mammy on stage after he's done his faith obligation and sang Kol Nidre at the synagogue. All three big screen versions had the Kol Nidre scene in the films.

The role is no big stretch for Lewis, he plays a comic very much like Jerry Lewis. Eduard Franz as his cantor father and the original Jewish mother Molly Picon also slip nicely into their roles.

Molly Picon was THE star of the Yiddish theater before going mainstream. She started as a child performer and I remember her telling a story that when she was introduced to an old Jewish man who saw her on stage he asked if she was "the original". That has to be heard it loses something on the written page.

Alan Reed the future Fred Flintstone plays Lewis's uncle and registers the best performance in the supporting cast.

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