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"Startime" The Jazz Singer (1959)

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13 October 1959 (Season 1, Episode 2)
The conflict between the Rabbi father and the son who disappoints him by seeking a secular career instead of a religious touches a Jewish cord, although it has a universal aspect. | Add synopsis »
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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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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
A Shrunk Version of the Story, But It Does Have Jerry Lewis, 12 April 2014
Author: Jay Raskin from Orlando, United States

This has a good cast, but they are forced to do the story in just 52 minutes for a one hour television show. It is really not enough time and they are only given a couple a short scenes each. Imagine any decent play, for example "Hamlet" or "A Doll's House being cut to 52 minutes and you understand the problem. There are only a few cheap sets and the story just barely pulls you in dramatically before it suddenly ends.

The center of the piece is Jerry Lewis. He certainly makes the story seem autobiographical with the script tailored to make him a comedian instead of the title Jazz Singer. Yet he puts a good deal of feeling into it, forsaking the more outrageous and juvenile slapstick that he is known for. He acts much closer to his sincere, heart on the sleeve, Muscular Dystrophy Telephon Host.

If you don't like Jerry Lewis, you will hate it. If you're a Jerry Lewis fan, you'll forgive the shortcomings and appreciate that this is one of the few dramatic roles he played at the peak of his career.

If you're Jewish add another star for an 8 out of 10. The conflict between the Rabbi father and the son who disappoints him by seeking a secular career instead of a religious touches a Jewish cord, although it has a universal aspect.

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