Tuesday, February 06, 2018

How Sweet It Is! 50 Years Ago Everyone Watched The Jackie Gleason Show & Now You Can Watch It In Color

"How swee-eet it is!"



"The Great One" Makes His Triumphant Return With The Inaugural Home Entertainment Release of His Titular Show, a DVD Single ($9.95srp) Featuring Four Never-Before-Released Episodes, Beautifully Remastered and in Full Color, Three Honeymooners Sketches Not Seen Since they Originally Aired, Guest Stars Including Milton Berle, Red Buttons, George Carlin, Nipsey Russell, Phil Silvers, Florence Henderson, and More!

Fairfax, VA (January 11, 2018) - Everything about Jackie Gleason was big: his huge talent, his outsized personality, and his expansive waist line.  Even bigger was "The Jackie Gleason Show," his successful TV Variety show, taped in color from beautiful Miami Beach from 1966 to 1970.  And, on February 6, following their acclaimed, recent releases of THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW: THE LOST EPISODES, THE RED SKELTON SHOW IN COLOR and, THE BOB HOPE TV SPECIALS, the TV DVD archivists at Time Life proudly release the inaugural DVD release of THE JACKIE GLEASON SHOW IN COLOR, one of the '60s most beloved programs - and unseen for nearly 50 years!

Gleason was everyone's working-class hero, and his smash-hit show delivered an hour of non-stop entertainment every single week.  Enthralled home audiences were treated to entertainment of the highest order - singing, dancing, hilarious comedy and Jackie at his very best as Ralph Kramden and on stage with all his famous friends - Milton Berle, Red Buttons, George Carlin, Nipsey Russell, Phil Silvers and more - and all in brilliant color!  The single disc release of THE JACKIE GLEASON SHOW IN COLOR features four never-before-released, remastered episodes of the show - including three unreleased Honeymooners sketches - all unseen for more than 50 years!

"The Jackie Gleason Show" had been broadcast live and later taped in New York City since 1952, but in 1964, Gleason wanted to be based where he could play golf all year round.  Hank Meyer, a longtime South Florida publicist, knew just the spot and convinced Jackie to bring his show to Miami Beach, the sun and fun capital of the world.  However, back in the '60s, it was a novel undertaking to broadcast from Miami Beach, and more than a hundred families relocated to stay with the show.  Plus, there was barely any production infrastructure in South Florida, which all had to be created by Jackie and his team.  However, it all paid off and the revamped show was a huge success!  

"The Jackie Gleason Show" delivered Gleason's most indelible and legendary creation - Ralph Kramden - as well as an unforgettable gallery of characters he himself created and fine-tuned. But, most memorably, Gleason and Art Carney revived their Honeymooners roles, with Sheila MacRae and Jane Kean added as the new Alice and Trixie, all presented in glorious color for the first time. 

Taped in Miami Beach until the final season in 1970, the master tapes had resided in a vault in South Florida - until now!  So cue the travelin' music and heed the big man's message before he glides offstage: "And awaaay we go!" And how!
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Type:  DVD/Single
Running Time: 165 mins.
Rating:  N/A
Genre:  TV DVD
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 (4:3)
Audio:  Stereo

The 411:  

Jackie Gleason from the Honeymooners had his own variety show 50 years ago and while I was only 1 when this show was on I know all about it!

What I love about these shows from the 60s is that the jokes are clean and funny, the men all wear suits, the sets were so colorful. What I find interesting is that everyone smokes and can we talk about those microphone wires that take up the stage ready to trip everyone holding one.

This DVD includes 4 episodes of  The Jackie Gleason Show as well as 3 remade Honeymooners Sketches (the Honeymooners was done in the 50s). Alice and Trixie are played by different actresses but Art Carney is there as Norton.

 If you like comedy, entertainment and watching performances and skits by some of the biggest stars of the day like Frankie Avalon, Florence Henderson (Ms. Brady),  Nipsy Russell and Red Buttons who is featured in 3 of the 4 episodes. 

My favorite part was seeing The Honeymooners in color!

To Purchase:

You can get all 10 DVDs with 20 Hours of The Jackie Gleason show here

Disclaimer: I received a DVD to view for the purpose of this review and featured. No monetary compensation was offered. All opinions are my own.

1 comment:

  1. This would be a lot of fun to watch. I enjoyed watching The Honeymooners with my dad.


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