Episode #1: 09/17/1950:
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis make their debut as rotating hosts on this episode. They are joined by blonde bombshell Marilyn Maxwell, comic dancers Barr and Estes, J.C.McCord, Frank Gallop, Jean Carsons, William McCutheon, vocal group The Honeydreamers, and Dick Stabile and his Orchestra.
Episode #2: 10/04/1953:
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis host the fourth season opener. Their guests include: Burt Lancaster; Eddie Ryder; Sidney Sillman; Fay McKenzie; actors Peter Leeds, Marc Platt and Byron Kane; Irving Kaye; Frankie Branda; actresses Suzanne Ames and Dona Cole; announcer Hal Sawyer; The Skylarks; and Dick Stabile and his Orchestra.
A wayward chemistry professor (Curtis) and his friend (Martin) imitate spies in a desperate attempt to justify a kiss between Curtis and one of his students to his jealous wife JANET Janet Leigh. The situation becomes chaotic once the pair are mistaken for genuine FBI agents by real Russian spies!
This is the only known concert recording of the Rat Pack, capturing the on-stage antics and raucous camaraderie that Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and Dean Martin made famous at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas during the five years following their appearance together in the Vegas casino caper comedy Ocean's 11 (1960). On June 20, 1965, Frank Sinatra organized a "summit meeting" of the Rat Pack in St. Louis as a benefit for Dismas House of St. Louis, the first halfway house for ex-convicts. Staged at St. Louis' Kiel Opera House, the evening was televised via closed-circuit to select locations, where ticket buyers watched the live performance on screen. Martin, Davis, and Sinatra each take turns in the spotlight for a selection of songs. After Davis goes galvanic with his drums and vocal on "I've Got You Under My Skin," he ring-a-dings comedic chimes with ten impressions during "One for My Baby." With Quincy Jones leading the Count Basie Orchestra, the Sinatra standards include "Luck Be a Lady," "You Make Me Feel So Young," and "Get Me to the Church on Time." Sinatra is hip, compelling, and very relaxed -- despite heckling from the wings by Davis and Martin during one Sinatra number.
Starring Dean Martin & Robert Mitchum. REGION-FREE DVD-R. €10.99 shipping & handling included.
Van Morgan (Dean Martin) is an unwilling participant involved in the lynching of a card cheat. However, soon the other players in that particular game are soon being killed off in mysterious circumstances...
Joe Baker has a dream. He wants to do 'something big.' When he needs a Gatling gun to accomplish this, he seeks out a black marketeer. The price he wants for the gun? A woman! So Baker kidnaps a woman off of the stagecoach, only to find that she is the wife of the commandant of the local Cavalry detachment. Things get further complicated when a girl named Dover McBride shows up. She has come to force Baker to marry her and return east, as he promised to do four years earlier.
Accused murderer Frankie Steele walks free, thanks to the efforts of San Francisco defense lawyer Joe Ricco. Then a pair of cop killings strikes the city. All signs point to the newly released Steele as the perpetrator. Has Ricco sprung a killer? Dean Martin keeps his affable ease but abandons his hipster Matt Helm-series swagger to portray Ricco in his final leading-role film, a whodunit mystery set in the city that also was the gritty center of action for the era’s Bullitt and Dirty Harry. Convinced that Steele isn’t behind the murders, Ricco launches an inquiry and runs up against a police lieutenant assigned to birddog him, evidence planted by a racist cop and several assassination attempts on Ricco himself. As the mystery deepens, so does the danger. And behind it all is someone the attorney never suspected.
WOMAN OF THE HOUR: VALERIE HARPER (November 20, 1975)
"Mary Tyler Moore Show" co-star and "Rhoda" Star Valerie Harper is the Woman of the Hour. Also appearing on the dais with Dean are Jack Albertson, Ed Asner, Foster Brooks, Red Buttons, Jack Carter, Phyllis Diller, Georgia Engel, Chad Everett, Jamie Farr, Eva Gabor, Harold Gould, David Groh, Julie Kavner, Rich Little, Nipsey Russell, Isabel Sanford, Dick Schaal, Nancy Walker and Shelley Winters.
MAN OF THE HOUR: GABE KAPLAN (February 21, 1977)
Writer, Creator and Star of "Welcome Back Kotter" Gabe Kaplan is the Man of the Hour in this Dean Martin roast. Appearing on the dais are Nipsey Russell, Liz Torres, Billy Crystal, Red Buttons, Charo, Jimmy Walker, Orson Welles, Howard Cosell, Johnny Bench, Ed Bluestone, Alice Ghostley, Joe Garagiola, Charlie Callas, Abe Vigoda, George Kirby and Milton Berle.
Starring: Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin REGION 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 DVD. €12.99 shipping & handling included.
Recording of the 1979 tribute concert in which famous names from the world of entertainment gathered to honour Frank Sinatra's first 40 years in the business. Includes appearances from daughter Nancy, regular co-star Gene Kelly, crooning colleague Tony Bennett, and fellow Rat-Packers Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr plus several other Hollywood faces such as Don Rickles, Cary Grant, Harry James, Glenn Ford, Paul Anka, Lucille Ball, Pat Henry and many more.
Get set to laugh it up when the silver screen's most popular comedy duo leave a small town and head to the big city hoping to experience the high life in this Martin and Lewis fan favourite. The fun begins when hapless Homer Flagg (Lewis) learns from his physician, Dr. Harris (Martin), that he's dying from radiation poisoning. When a New York newspaper reporter (Janet Leigh) hears of Homer's plight, she decides to do a series of articles on the unfortunate New Mexico man. Before she heads west, however, Harris informs Homer that the diagnosis is a mistake. But that doesn't stop them for accepting the reporter's offer for a swanky trip to Manhattan, where the two attempt to keep up the pretense in this side-splitting comedy of errors.
Rich momma's boy Wade Kingsley Jr. an Eastern dude, tries to follow in his murdered father's footsteps by returning to the West to partner up with Slim Moseley Jr.,the son of his father's former partner. Wade overcomes Slim's initial reluctance to accept him by using his fortune to buy a prize cow and new car to help Slim in his job as foreman on the Kingsley family ranch, currently under siege by a gang of outlaws called "masked raiders." Wade generously tries to pay off the ranch's mortgage with $15,000 of his own money, but unfortunately neither "pardner" realizes that respected banker Dan Hollis, the son of their fathers' murderer, is the leader of the gang.
Starring Dean Martin & Marlon Brando. REGION-FREE DVD-R.
One of the most thoughtful films about World War II, this 1958 Edward Dmytryk (The Left Hand of God) drama, based on a novel by Irwin Shaw, tells parallel stories of two American soldiers (Montgomery Clift and Dean Martin) and one German officer (Marlon Brando), whose war experiences we follow until they intersect outside a concentration camp. Martin plays what he calls "a likable coward," Clift is intense as a Jewish GI, and Brando experiments with the limits of his part as a Nazi reevaluating his beliefs.
Starring Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin.
Frank Sinatra and his Rat Pack prove how to win in Las Vegas: rob the casinos! He, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, Angie Dickinson and more are the epitome of cool in this hot heist caper.
Starring Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin.
Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin play wily business rivals in this Wild West lark of gambling and romance. It's 4 for Texas as the two stars, joined by Anita Ekburg and Ursula Andress, vie for oneupmanship at the card tables of 1870s Galveston. The cards hold a lot more fun when the film's many talented co-stars join in. The Three Stooges turn up in a trademark slapstick sketch. Preening Victor Buono is the most devious, double-crossing villain this side of Snidely Whiplash. And Charles Bronson is a rattlesnake-mean gunslinger with a nasty habit of absorbing more lead than he dishes out. At center stage, from opening stagecoach shootout to final riverboat melee, pals Sinatra and Martin clearly have a blast. So will you.
Starring Dean Martin & Shirley MacLaine. REGION-FREE DVD-R.
Classic black comedy which opens with Louisa Foster (Shirley MacLaine) donating a multimillion dollar cheque to the irs. the tax department thinks she's crazy and sends her to a psychiatrist. she then discusses her four marriages, in which all of her husbands became incredibly rich and died prematurely because of their drive to be wealthy.
Robin and the 7 Hoods mirthfully gives the Robin Hood legend a Depression-era, mobtown Chicago setting. There, North Side boss Robbo (Frank Sinatra) hopes to get a leg up in his power struggle with rival racketeer Guy Gisborne (Peter Falk). Robbo sets himself up as a latter-day Robin Hood with philanthropic fronts enabling him to scam the rich, take his cut and then give to the poor. Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr, Bing Crosby and Barbara Rush join in the giddy, gangsterish fun. And the jazzy Sammy Cahn/James Van Heusen score (including Sinatra's classic My Kind of Town) is the perfect match for this all-star cast. Chicago will be your kind of town when you share the music and merriment of Robin and the 7 Hoods.
Starring Dean Martin & Kim Novak.
When world-renowned singer Dino (Martin in a hilarious self-parody) passes through Climax, Nevada, he doesn't count on meeting two would-be songwriters with a plan to trap him there and serenade him with their songs. But then again, they weren't counting on Dino's insatiable appetite...for wine and women! And when one of the men learns that his own wife was once president of Dino's fan club, he hires a replacement wife (Kim Novak) to help lure the carousing star into a song-buying mood!
Starring Dean Martin & Stella Stevens.
In the first Matt Helm adventure, the over-sexed secret agent comes out of retirement to defend a nuclear testing ground.
Starring Dean Martin & Joey Bishop. REGION-FREE DVD-R.
Dean Martin stars as an amiable gunrunner in this tongue-in-cheek western. Martin teams up with fugitive from justice Alain Delon, a Spanish nobleman engaged to the beautiful Rosemary Forsyth. Amidst several Indian attacks, hairbreadth escapes and wild chases, Martin does his utmost to steal Rosemary away from Delon. If you were entertaining thoughts of taking this thing seriously, please bear in mind that Joey Bishop co-stars as a very urban-looking Indian. Watch for future character star Richard Farnsworth as a Native American medicine man.
Full screen version with Dutch subtitles.
Starring Dean Martin & Ann-Margret.
The handsome top agent Matt dies a tragic death in his bath tub - the women mourn about the loss. However it's just faked for his latest top-secret mission: He shall find Dr. Solaris, inventor of the Helium laser beam, powerful enough to destroy a whole continent. It seems Dr. Solaris has been kidnapped by a criminal organization. The trace leads to the Cote D'Azur...
Starring Dean Martin & George Peppard.
Dean Martin (Rio Bravo, Bandolero), George Peppard (Banacek, The A-Team), and two-time Oscar nominee Jean Simmons (Hamlet, The Happy Ending) star in this Western about a former lawman gone bad. Alex Flood (Martin) once helped clean up Jericho, but now he owns 51% of every business in town, except for the stage line run by Molly Lang (Simmons), an attractive widow on whom Flood has now set his sights. It´s up to ex-Deputy U.S. Marshal Dolan (Peppard) to stop him, with Western stars John McIntire (Wagon Train, The Virginian) and Slim Pickens (Major Dundee, The Cowboys) on opposite sides of the brutal battle.
Starring Nancy Sinatra & Dean Martin.
Nancy Sinatra stars in this swinging Sixties television special, recorded when she was at the height of her pop fame. Nancy performs here with Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr, Lee Hazlewood and her almost-as-famous, blue-eyed pop.
Starring Dean Martin & Senta Berger.
A government space saucer is hijacked mid-flight by a powerful laser beam under the control of Jose Ortega, who then proceeds to rape the female pilot, Sheila Sommars. ICE sends agent Matt Helm to Acapulco with Sheila to recover the saucer, under the guise of Matt taking fashion photographs of beautiful models. Matt is temporarily side-tracked, falling prey to the seductive charms of enemy agent Franceca Madeiros.
Starring Dean Martin & Raquel Welch.
A man (James Stewart) poses as a hangman in order to free a gang of jailed outlaws led by his brother (Dean Martin). Trailed by a posse into the forbidding bandolero country of Northern Mexico, the brothers take a shapely hostage (Raquel Welch) who could -make that will- cause dissension in the ranks. Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen.
Starring Dean Martin & Elke Sommer.
Dean Martin sings and swings in the fourth Matt Helm epic, on the trail of one billion dollars in hijacked gold.Elke Sommer and her cleavage make for an interesting villainess.Sharon Tate demonstrates her gifted talents as a comedienne as she karate chops her way into your heart.Corny,campy and very funny.
Mel Bakersfeld is the hard-charging manager of Lincoln International Airport, trying to keep his airport open despite a raging Midwestern snowstorm and an angry wife. Meanwhile, his antagonistic brother-in-law, Vernon Demerest, may have his plans for a placid layover in Italy disturbed by unexpected news from Gwen Meighen, and by the plans of the D.O. Guerrero, the loose cannon on board.
Starring Dean Martin & Don Rickles. REGION 1 DVD.
Man of the hour Ronald Reagan (1973): Dean Martin roasts former actor Ronald Reagan. On the dais with Dean are Jack Benny, Jackie Vernon, Jonathan Winters, Phyllis Diller, Don Rickles, Dom DeLuise, Pat Henry, Audrey Meadows, Nipsey Russell, Mark Spitz and Ronald's wife Nancy Reagan.
Man of the Hour Bob Hope (1974): Dean Martin roasts Bob Hope, comedian, show host and USO regular. Appearing on the dais are Jack Benny, John Wayne, James Stewart, Ginger Rogers, Howard Cosell, Phyllis Diller, Don Rickles, Flip Wilson, Charlie Callas, Rich Little, Foster Brooks, Milton Berle, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Governor Ronald Reagan, Reverend Billy Graham, General Omar Bradley, Astronaut Neil Armstrong, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, President Gerald Ford, and Bob's wife Dolores Hope.
The exploits of Elroy P. Lobo, the slightly dishonest sheriff of Orly County, Georgia, who dispenses his own brand of justice -- for profit. Lobo arrests Dean Martin's band to get the singer to appear at a campaign rally.
Starring Dean Martin & Frank Sinatra. REGION-FREE DVD-R.
The Dean Martin Variety Show, which first aired in 1965, remains a one of a kind in the history of television. For almost twenty years on NBC with the Variety Show, the now famous Roasts and specials, the public was captivated by an entertainer who could do it all. Dean and his incredible celebrity guests fascinated us with his songs and outrageous comedy skits. Whether it was Dean's familiar entrance sliding down a pole or the famous living room door, where you never knew who was going to walk through, Dean captured all of us with his easy informality and incomparable charm and talent. Guests include: Ann-Margret, Jack Benny, Ella Fitzgerald, Victor Borge, Orson Wells, Goldie Hawn, Dom DeLuise & Frank Sinatra.