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I've recently been bitten by the Dean Martin bug again. It happens every so often, generally without any warning, and leaves me endlessly looking up clips on YouTube, and putting his records on a loop. Well, we all have our afflictions. Anyway, this time it's caused something of a revelation; and given the contents of a post that I made almost exactly three years ago, it seemed only fair to post again on the same subject now. It's sort of a Jerry Lewis issue, see. Three years ago, I suggested that he was about as funny as a smack on the head. Actually, to be perfectly honest, I don't think I was quite that complimentary. It's the films that they made. He really is genuinely annoying in most of them, and I never did quite understand why he has so many fans - or what Dino was doing hanging out with the guy in the first place. I am now, however, extremely happy to have been proved wrong; and it's all down to the Colgate Comedy Hour - a half-scripted, half-adlibbed, half-musical, half-shambolic free-for-all that the boys used to do on NBC. Oh he still annoys me at times, and nobody will ever convince me that he was the true comic half of that duo, but he is good. I guess the live environment of the Colgate show is a more natural one for him, but whatever the reason, he genuinely is good in it. They both are. The adlibs, the fun, the energy and the chaos - it all has such appeal. I always did have a thing for the black and white era, and time is doing nothing to cure me of that. Not that I want it to.

Anyway, my apologies to Jerry Lewis for ever having doubted him (he does of course read this all the time). Beneath the cut, for those who care, not to mention for those who don't, is a selection of Dean Martin being the coolest man alive; and also one of the silliest. Trust me, you haven't lived until you've seen John Wayne flirting with Dino, whilst lip-synching to Frank Sinatra. It's well-nigh perfect viewing, even if it isn't in black and white.

TV always seems to have been much so more fun then. Everybody seemed to guest on each other's shows all the time, and enjoy themselves so much in the process. Also, there was Dean Martin - and that's got to be worth building a time machine for.

There's a great temptation at this point to link to practically every YouTube clip featuring Dean Martin - vast amounts of fun and silliness with Frank Sinatra; a complete inability to stave off the giggles with Bob Newhart; duetting and goofing about with just about everybody you can think of - but I'm doing my best to limit it to just a handful. Trust me, it's not easy. Still, this was supposed to be mostly about Martin & Lewis.


Some years post-Jerry, Dino and the Duke do Everybody Loves Somebody.

Whilst elsewhere (and elsewhen), Dino and Jerry Lewis demonstrate why the world fell in love with them sixty years ago...

Now if you'll excuse me, I have a date with Dino and Bob Hope. Honestly, some days I have to wonder what I did before YouTube.

And what I'd do if they ever find a way to stop people using it to breach copyright. ;)


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Apr. 27th, 2010 12:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you for you comment, and i'm glad that you found my blog :) I have a youtube channel, if you are looking for some original Dean Martin Shows.

Always good to talk to other DM fans,

all the best

Apr. 27th, 2010 01:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Dino
Hi. I've found the YouTube channel - that was how I found the blog. I've not had a chance to watch anything yet, but I will do so very soon, hopefully. I've had a quick look through the blog, and it looks good too.

You certainly have an impressive collection on YouTube. Hopefully it'll survive the usual culls inflicted by the Sinatra family!
May. 22nd, 2010 07:48 am (UTC)
Re: Dino
Ooh ok :)
I've posted some new stuff there, so take a look when you got time. Thanks!

Yeah, so far there is no trouble so crossing my fingers that they stay away from my channel :)
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