Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Well, likes I woulda never ever call our most beloved Dino or any any of his entertainin' "kitchsy," so can't agree with Gaar's thought on that, but likes at least she redeems herself by addin'..."Especially because it’s not trying to be." And, Gillian just can't get into the comedy in this special sayin', "There’s a few too many painfully unfunny skits." Now while the comedy of the Dino-shows have never been my deepest Dino-delight 'cause for me the max Dino-pleasure comes when our Dino sings solo, certainly anythin' our Dino partakes in coulda never ever be "painfully unfunny." So to ilovedinomartin this recent reveiw is mixed at best.
But, ilovedinomartin sez our thanks to Gillian Garr and the other pallies at the Seattle branch of the "Examiner" for makin' their readership fully Dino-aware of this most recent Dino-release. Any pallies who lift up the name of our Dino and spread the Dino-word are cool in the eyes of ilovedinomartin. To checks this out in it's original format, simply clicks on the tag of these here Dino-reflections. Dino-always, only, and ever, DMP
A kitchsy Christmas with Dean Martin and friends
December 14, 2012
By: Gillian Gaar
Making spirits bright: Dean Martin
The Dean Martin Christmas Show, newly reissued by Time Life on DVD, is a kitschy delight. Especially because it’s not trying to be.
Dean Martin’s Christmas specials were a natural outgrowth of his TV series, The Dean Martin Show. This particular special first aired on December 19, 1968. There’s a few too many painfully unfunny skits, involving Martin and guest stars Bob Newhart and Dom DeLuise, so you’ll want to fast forward to the music numbers: Martin crooning through “It’s a Marshmallow World,” and cuddling up to his backing dancer/singers, the Golddiggers, for “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and a “Daddy” medley of “Daddy,” “True Love,” and “We Wish You the Merriest.”
Martin then introduces special guest star Dennis Weaver, who gamely warbles his way through “The Marvelous Toy,” with everyone joining in for a final medley of “Deck the Halls,” “Joy to the World,” and “Silent Night.” Most interesting is the final spot, where Martin and 39 other stars announce which children’s hospitals across the nation will be receiving a visit from St. Nick. It’s fun to see the range of folks, including William Holden, Lucille Ball, Tony Bennett, and Roy Rogers, among other, in this sequence.
Unfortunately, there are no extras; it’s simply the 48-minute special, with no commentary or anything else. Still, it would make a fun backdrop to your holiday bash.
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