This black-and-white Frank Sinatra TV special, Frank Sinatra Show: With Bing Crosby and Dean Martin, was taped on October 19, 1958 and magnificently captures the show biz high standards held by all involved. You'll hear references to sponsor Timex inside some of these classic songs -- which only adds to the charm. The "Timex Promotional Segments" are also included -- an era when commercials were entertaining and only borderline obnoxious. But the true treasures are watching and hearing flawless performances by Mitzi Gaynor, Jimmy Durante, Dean Martin, and Bing Crosby. Once again, the musical direction is by Nelson Riddle, here lovingly brought into the world of 5.1 Surround Sound by the DVD executive producers Kim Lyon and Gary Peet. This particular program is dubbed High Hopes and features that classic song as its opening number, performed by Dean Martin, Mitzi Gaynor, and Bing Crosby, all looking for Sinatra, who saunters in when he's good and ready (as scripted). There's a quaint version of "High Hopes" with Sinatra surrounded by children, all singing the tune in chorus fashion. These time capsules are amazing artifacts that remain highly entertaining half a century after they first aired. They also provide more than a bit of insight as to how mega stars pioneered this new medium with the same elegance and personality they brought to their film and stage performances. Dean Martin gets to solo on "Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams" while Gaynor is given the opportunity to shine on "Hurricane." Sinatra gets an additional four songs -- "Day in and Day Out,," "It Was Just One of Those Things," "Angel Eyes," and "The Lady Is a Tramp," with all sorts of mixing and matching of talents rounding out this wonderful hour.
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