Welcome to the Top 5 Favorite Dean Martin Variety Show Volume 1 DVD Moments.
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 in to a nudest 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 stairing at Bob while they're naked and Bob tells him that he's stairing 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 there 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 a amazing voice, it's beautiful, it's powerful 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 swore 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 no matter when ever they're together always makes 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 is 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 wineceller. In the skit with the piano, the mystery closet and coach, 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 is 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.