Monday, August 26, 2013
MY TOP 10 FAVORITE DEAN MARTIN SHOW VOL.1 DVD MOMENTS
Well, everybody, here's another list of my favorite moments from "The Dean Martin Variety Show" and this will be the sketches on the Volume 1 DVD. So lets start the list, here are...
"MY TOP TEN FAVORITE DVD MOMENTS FROM THE DEAN MARTIN VARIETY SHOW VOL.1".
TOP 10 FAVORITE DEAN MARTIN SHOW VOL.1 DVD MOMENTS
DEAN MARTIN ON THE PIANO WITH KEN AND THE MYSTERY DOOR
This was the first time I saw the skit where Dean sits on the piano while Ken is playing it; telling jokes; sings a parody tune; and opens the mystery closet to find a couple making out and shutting the blinds on him. Why's it low, the part where he sings on the couch was cut out, and for me, that's the beautiful part of the skit. Anyway, it's still a good skit just wish they had the whole thing.
I love Lucy, I honestly do, she's one of the best comedic actresses of all time and here this proves it. As Dean is giving a funny monologue about his trip to Hawaii, an old woman off screen is laughing and crackling very hard. Dean stops the monologue, decides to put the women on stage, and we find out that it's Lucille Ball sitting in the audience as this crackling woman. She goes on the stage with a very wacky personality and she talks about some of the craziest things such as her relationship with a man and her town, but she also keeps confusing Deans name, has a flower that she uses to change her look, and there's a hint that her character has had maybe too many martinis.
WOODY ALLEN'S STAND UP
I love Woody Allen, he's a great actor, stand up comedian and director and this monologue on the show is one of his funniest! His monologue is about a crazy experience about thinking about doing a commercial for Vodka. It has great timing, fun humor, clever twists and the end of his story when he meets a girl has me laughing every time. He's just a great comedian and this skit really shows his talent. By the way, this is also the only skit on the DVD without Dean, all the focus is on Woody Allen and for a few minutes I thought this was a show hosted by Woody Allen until I saw the next skit reminding me that this is Dean's show.
DEAN AND ELLA FITZGERALD
Ella Fitzgerald, another "wonderful" and "marvelous performer" and seeing her sing with Dean is very sweet and swinging. Dean plays Mr.cool with his charm, while Ella sings her heart out while joining in on the fun. The songs in the Medley are very catchy, fun to sing along too and they are swingin'. The highlight for Fitzgerald is when she sings "How Long Has This Been Going On" because she sings it so beautifully that it's one of the many beautiful and haunting voices that I ever heard.
ROWAN & MARTIN, BILL COSBY AND DEAN "I LOST YOU AT THE BAKERY"
The skit is about four detectives who are on a mission, but keep forgetting their mission. Rowan & Martin are really funny; Bill Cosby is hilarious with his mustache joke; and Dean is just charmingly funny. The skit is full of great quotable dialogue such as "I have the Yo-Yo who has the string", "Pornographic...I mean photographic" and "I lost you at the Bakery" which I'll be referencing that line whenever I find a plot confusing in a film. I also love their fourth wall jokes, improv dialogue and how they all break out in laughter when something is wrong or if the line is just too damn funny. By the way their mission, well "I lost them at the Bakery".
BOB NEWHART AND DEAN SNEAK INTO A NUDIST CAMP
This skit has me roaring with laughter every time I see it. Dean and Bob play a reporter and a photographer and the two sneak into a nudist camp to get pictures. However, they're uncomfortable without their clothes, they leave the camp naked, and crazy things begin to happen. The moment that kills me is when Dean is staring at Bob while they're naked and Bob tells him that he's staring at his "scar from the war". The thing I truly love is it's all left to the imagination. There's no real nudity; there's very few props; there's no one with them when they interact with people; and their comedic acting is what gives you the image and the laughs. Just goes to show, you don't always need much to do a skit.
DEAN, KATE SMITH AND LUCILLE BALL
We came from a skit with no props, to a big vaudeville musical number with great sets, lovely girls, tons of fun props, a big finale, memorable songs and we have three stars. Kate Smith, wow, what an amazing voice! It's beautiful, it's powerfulm and I sometimes wonder what happened to great voices like hers. Dean is always a pleasure to watch and how he and Kate sing together is great and charming. Lucille Ball is one of the chorus girls and boy does she stand out like a sore thumb with her comedy and charm that only she can bring. It's a great musical number as well as being very mind blowing in the shows standards.
DEAN AND BING CROSBY
Dean and Bing are like on my top 5 favorite singers list and seeing them sing together is epic. While, not being anything new since they have sung together before, to me it doesn't matter; whenever they're together, they always make me smile and this skit is one of them. They crack jokes, sing some of Bing's hits and the chemistry between them is phenomenal. Sadly on the DVD the first few minutes are cut, which really disappoints me, however, from what I have it's still great.
DEAN CRASHING THROUGH THE FLOOR
THE COLLAPSING PIANO
The show was full of outrageous and unpredictable stuff and these two are the best examples of it. In the opening of the show, Dean would swing down the fire pole while singing "Everybody Loves Somebody". Well, in this opening, he swings down the fire pole and goes right through the floor. If that's not enough, Frank Sinatra pops out of the floor and tells the audience that he went through the wine-cellar. In the skit with the piano, the mystery closet and couch; Dean jumps on the piano and it completely collapses, and the reaction from Dean and Ken is priceless. On Deans show you'll never know what to expect.
JOHN WAYNE'S SINGING VOICE
This skit to me is the funniest one in the whole DVD for many good reasons. Dean and the Duke talk about singing and John Wayne says "That anyone can sing". So Dean tells him to sing his theme song, the music starts and John Wayne comically lips syncs to the song with Frank Sinatra's voice. At first I thought it was real until I realized I was listening to Franks voice, however, I wasn't disappointed because the way John lip syncs and acts are roaringly funny. Dean's facial expressions to John's voice are priceless and he even gets to sing some parts of the song. On top of it, they break the fourth wall, mess up a bit, Dean makes fun of Frank's "Dobbie Dobbie Do" and all that just adds to the charm and comedy of the show. This skit had me laughing as a kid and I still laugh at it to this day while also embracing it's charm.
And those are my favorite moments from "The Dean Martin Variety Show" Volume 1 DVD. Other celebrities you'll find on it is Carol Lawrence, Johnathan Winters, Phil Silvers, Jimmy Stewart and more. Maybe I'll do a Volume 2 sometime soon or early next year.