Tuesday, March 13, 2018

But there was a gentle side of Dino, and I liked him very much. He was always very kind to me.

JP Myers
Hey pallies, likes how swankly sweet it is to be able to once 'gain share remarkable reminisces of one who have the the premier privilege of spendin' time in the immediate presence of our most beloved Dino.  From the blog "Medium' comes blogger Mr. J.P. Meyers' (pictured 'bove)  powerful postin' of his uncle, Director Mr. Jack Smight's "life in entertainment written by himself."  Mr. Smight had the hugest of huge honor of workin' with our most beloved Dino and his most beloved partner, Mr. Jerry Lewis on the Colgate Comedy Hour small screen program.

Likes how totally totally thrillin' it is to soak in Smight's marvelous memories of workin' with the greatest comedic team the world has ever known.  It is so incredibly inspirin' to read fantastic first-hand accounts  of what our Dino and Mr. Lewis were like durin' the filmin' of the Colgates.  Mr. Smight reverently recounts mesmerizin' moments with Martin and Lewis that only someone who was there could recount.  Likes we are energetically enthralled to read Smight's touchin' 'n tender thoughts 'bout our Dino statin', "But there was a gentle side of Dino, and I liked him very much. He was   always very kind to me."

We thanks nephew Mr. J.P. Meyers for bringin' his uncle Mr. Jack Smight's mighty memories to life at the blog "Medium" for all of us to read and reflect on.  To read more of Mr. Smight's marvelous memories, simply clicks on the tag of this Dino-gram to goes to Mr. Meyer's original post.

We Remain,

Yours in Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

This is the story of Director Jack Smight’s life in entertainment written by himself

This is the story of Jack Smight’s life in entertainment written by himself. He was a Hollywood Director. He gave this manuscript to my mother (he was her brother) in the early 2000’s. As far as I know it’s never been published. I digitized it from a printed copy. I’m posting this only to share with people who are interested in reading it. It’s quite good and an entertaining read. It’s about 150 pages in print. It’s Hollywood history that should be shared, not just sit on a shelf. I’m still fixing the formatting but it’s all there.



What a pair! For a number of years in nightclubs they had wowed audiences from New York to Las Vegas. Jerry with his neurotic child-like behavior, and Dean, with drink in hand, and his semi-Italian baritone, had taken the country by storm. At a rehearsal for one of their shows, Jerry came up to me and said, ‘Why don’t you laugh at me you black haired son of a bitch?
(l had black hair at the time) In my na├»ve Irish-Catholic innocence, I responded: “I laugh when you’re funny Jerry.” Needless to say, that didn’t stand me in very good stead with him. As the shows went on, on a number of occasions, he cut off my necktie…on camera LIVE! During one show he pulled me on stage (LIVE! coast-to-coast), took off my headset, put the earpiece over his eye and the mouthpiece into my mouth like dentist, and said: “Kid, you need a lot of dental work!”
In later years, when I had been fortunate to achieve some prominence as a director, Jerry called on a number occasions to compliment me on the advancement of my career and reminisce about the early days.

Dean Martin had a different, albeit equally gross sense of humor. He came to rehearsal one day, approached me and displayed a ring on one hand. “See that ring kid? Got that off a dead Jap. No, I wasn’t in the war…my gardener dropped dead!” I grimaced and slithered into a corner of the rehearsal hall. But there was a gentle side of Dino, and I liked him very much. He was
 always very kind to me.

In these early days of live television, The cameras were bulky and hard to maneuver. They also had what was called a lens turret containing four to five lenses…and the lenses were expensive. Jerry would show up at rehearsal, go to the front of a camera and unscrew a lens and throw it into the seats of the theater. Nobody laughed. Dean, on the other hand, would tell a really funny joke and the crew would fall down. So much for the difference in their humor.

 J and B scotch brought into the dressing room between dress rehearsal and air time didn’t help the comedy timing…many shows could have been funnier. A pitcher of orange juice would have worked better.


Danny G. said...

Very cool behind the scenes stuff from Mr Myers! We know our pal had a VERY fresh & wise-ass sense of humor. That was Dino! And I wouldn’t want him any other way! Cool read, DMP!

dino martin peters said...

Hey pallie, likes Danny-o, very very cool indeed dude....such Dino-discoveries always only makes us more and more Dino-eager for yet 'nother first hand Dino-experience....oh, to return to the days when Dino walked the earth! Keeps lovin' 'n sharin' our most most beloved DINO!

blueiscoool said...

It really is a treasure to hear some of the behind the scenes stories about Dean and Jerry. As time goes on there are less and less people who were actually around these legends so it is great to hear stories you won't here any place else. A great post DMP!

Have a great weekend.


dino martin peters said...

Hey pallie, likes Scotty-o, your perfect patter is swankly stated per usual. Truly posts likes this are, as you sez, "a treasure" and indeed it is totally totally thrillin' to know your treasure these marvelous memories of our Dino as we do. Keeps lovin' 'n treasurin' our most most beloved DINO!