The New Night Club (Aired October 7, 1949)
On July 25, 1946, Jerry began a show business partnership with Dean Martin, an association that would soon skyrocket both to fame. It started when Jerry was performing at the 500 Club in Atlantic City and one of the other entertainers quit suddenly. Lewis, who had worked with Martin at the Glass Hat in New York City, suggested Dean as a replacement. At first they worked separately, but then ad-libbed together, improvising insults and jokes, squirting seltzer water, hurling bunches of celery and exuding general zaniness. In less than eighteen weeks their salaries soared from $250.00 a week to $5,000.00. For ten years Martin and Lewis sandwiched sixteen money making films between nightclub engagements, personal appearances, recording sessions, radio shows, and television bookings.
October 7, 1949. "New Night Club"
- NBC network. Sustaining. The recording begins with the end of a band remote by Ernie Hecksher and His Orchestra from San Francisco. The boys are about to open their nightclub. Jerry has hired guest Dorothy Kirsten to sing in their club. Dean sings, "Toot, Toot, Tootsie." The cast does, "Il Trovatore Goes To A Nightclub," an opera by Jerry Lewis. Ernie Hecksher and His Orchestra, Dorothy Kirsten, Sheldon Leonard, Dick Stabile and His Orchestra, Ben Alexander (announcer), Robert L. Redd (producer), Charles Isaacs (writer), Jack Douglas (writer), Dick McKnight (writer), Ray Allen (writer), Hans Conried, Flo McMichaels, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis. 31:37. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.