Jerry Lewis hosted the variety show that primarily consisted of skits often featuring characters he made known in his movies. Occasionally guests like the Osmond Brothers worked musical numbers into the show's stories.
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Every door in Jerry Lewis' dressing room had a large script initial "J L" centered at eye level. The script was never removed from the dressing room doors after the theater was turned over and into The Hollywood Palace (1964). Nick Vanoff thought the imprint was a lucky charm and a memorial to Lewis. See more »
I worked on the JL Live show--my first job in TV. ABC never gave it a chance. It was canceled after the first week. Everyone was working hard to battle the technical problems of a new studio that the entertainment side was secondary to technical. There were problems that were never anticipated. I then transitioned to the Hollywood Palace which also suffered from some of the same technical issues for the remainder of the year, but they never were seen because the Palace was taped. I will tell you there were some pretty long nights waiting to clear technical. I went on to work with Jerry on two movies and loved every minute of it. The clips that I have found are the first time I've seen them in 50 years. While I cringe at portions I am still amazed at what we were able to do in 1963. Jerry, I hope you enjoyed spending ABC's $40 million and thank you for taking care of me so well over the years. It was a great idea that fell a little short.
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