Martin and Lewis Old Time Radio

(4.6 stars; 18 reviews)

Martin and Lewis were an American comedy duo, comprising singer Dean Martin (as the "straight man") and comedian Jerry Lewis (as his stooge). The pair worked together in nightclubs, on radio and television, and film from 1946 until 1956.

This recording is part of the Old Time Radio collection.



Bob Hope(Audition) 38:28
Lucille Ball 29:45
William Bendix 28:45
Madeleine Carroll 28:51
Peter Lorrie 29:01
Arthur Treacher 30:17
John Garfield 29:50
Henry Fonda 28:49
Marilyn Maxwell 28:59
Burl Ives 29:49
Tony Martin 28:58
John Carradine 29:00
Ralph Bellamy 28:55
Frances Langford 28:50
William Boyd (Hopalong Cassidy) 28:48
Burt Lancaster 28:47
Victor Moore 28:54
Billie Burke 29:08
Jane Russell 28:59
New Nightclub 30:00
Dorothy Kirsten 30:00
Guest - George Jessell 29:19
Tickets to South Pacific 29:22
Witness To A Murder 29:15
Money Problems 29:18
Violating Child Labor Laws 29:23
Christmas Show 29:20
Sheldon Leonard 30:00
Dinah Shore 29:26
George Raft 29:30
Bing Crosby 29:36
Arlene Dahl 29:27
Denise Darcel 29:37
Danny Thomas 29:41
Shelley Winters 29:37
Dennis Morgan 30:02
Jane Wyman 29:17
Joan Davis 29:49
Jane Russell 30:00
Helen O'Connell 29:58
Dale Evans 30:00
Mona Freeman 48:23
Hans Conried 29:40
Frank Sinatra 43:37
Alexis Smith 29:49
Gordon Macrae 29:48
Rhonda Fleming 29:51
William Holden 29:53
Linda Darnell 29:55
Tony Curtis 29:37
Corinne Calvet 29:42
Lizabeth Scott 29:42
Marlene Dietrich 29:57
Ann Sothern 29:40
Claire Trevor 29:44
Virginia Mayo 29:44
Boris Karloff 29:42
Ann Sheridan 29:36
Rosemary Clooney 29:51
Jeff Chandler 30:00
Jane Wyman 29:37
Hoagy Carmichael 29:56
Jack Webb 23:07
Mitzi Gaynor 29:41
Linda Darnell 29:35
Vic Damone 29:31
Laraine Day 29:36
Anne Baxter 29:34
Joanne Dru 29:28
Fred Macmurray 29:35
Debbie Reynolds 29:22
Jeff Chandler 29:27
Phyllis Thaxter 29:46
Joseph Cotten 29:37
Vera Ellen 29:43
Marlene Dietrich 29:35
Gloria Grahame 29:28


The "missing" 1950-1951 season

(4 stars)

There are questions in other reviews below about the "missing" 1950-1951 season episodes. According to another webpage which has a lot of info about the show, there was in fact *no* 1950-1951 season for M&L on the radio: (If clicking that link doesn't work, you may be able to reach the webpage by Googling "The Definitive Martin and Lewis Radio Log") NBC Radio aired Season One of the Martin and Lewis Show in 1949-1950 and Season Two in 1951-1952. The hiatus came about because NBC was disappointed in the radio show's first-season ratings and was having difficulty securing sponsors (a subject of some first-season jokes on the show), and the show had very high production expenses; the network was losing too much money on it. M&L were unwilling to renegotiate their contract to reduce production costs, so NBC decided not to renew the radio show for what would have been a second season beginning in mid-1950. Instead NBC moved M&L for fall 1950 to the rapidly-growing TV side where Jerry's physical comedy figured to play better. M&L were among four rotating co-hosts of the Colgate Comedy Hour. That show did better, and their movie career took off, and NBC and M&L agreed to terms for two more seasons on the radio that included sponsorship after the unusual one-year hiatus beginning in mid-1951. They also continued to co-host the Colgate Comedy Hour on TV for several more seasons. By mid-1953 when the M&L radio show was not renewed for a fourth season, radio generally was in ratings free-fall compared to TV. During the mid-1950s, many long-running expensive radio shows transitioned to TV (see Jack Benny), or slashed production costs (see Fibber McGee and Molly), mainly because advertisers saw better bang for their marketing buck on TV. As you can tell by show dates, there are M&L radio episodes that have not survived, but there is no entirely missing season. Some old-time radio comedies aren't very funny anymore to me, but many of the M&L episodes, particularly in Seasons Two and Three when the show consistently used writers Ed Simmons and Norman Lear (who also wrote M&L movie scripts) still hold up quite well today in my opinion. The early episodes had their moments but are overall more miss than hit for me and apparently for many critics and listeners back at that time as well, as the show got off to a slow start in translating Dean and Jerry's very successful nightclub act to radio. THANK YOU zacandan for sharing these shows with everyone.

Copyright question

(5 stars)

Hello, I am a student filmmaker at Regis University in Denver, CO. I want to use a track from the Martin and Lewis show in my movie and have it be legal to use in film festivals around the nation. The track I selected states that it is under the Creative Commons and is under the Public Domain. I imagine this means there are no rights reserved and I can use it safely for public screenings. On a more specific note, we want to use the #75 track with Vera Ellen. In the beginning of the broadcast Dean Martin sings "On Top of the World." Are we able to use that song from this track in the film or is there a separate copyright on that? Please let me know as soon as possible. If you do not know, is there a contact that may know? Sincerely, Michael Sharon

Re: That elusive 1950 set

(5 stars)

Does it exist? My reading makes me doubt it. You be the judge. To quote one site: "Though the first series of Martin and Lewis Show programs ended in January of 1950, by the Fall of 1950, NBC had re-signed the pair for their Colgate Comedy Hour over Television. The comedy-variety format called for rotating hosts. Beginning that Fall, Martin and Lewis began a series of rotating hosting appearances that eventually spanned five years--and 35 appearances. "In an attempt to capitalize on their renewed investment in the comics, NBC reintroduced The Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis Show radio program in the Fall of 1951. The revised format returned to its roots, with the team performing sketches and Dean Martin performing one or two musical numbers before introducing their guest star for the remainder of the night's program." Oh, and I love this set. Thanks for sharing.

Dean & Jerry Shine On Their Radio Show

(5 stars)

This is a first rate program from the early career of Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin. Both come across as very pleasant individuals, easy to listen to, and along with their banter between themselves and their guests, a very entertaining comedy program. The singing by Dean Martin is always pleasant and professionally done. My childhood family tuned in weekly to Dean and Jerry - a real treat to hear them again. My gratitude for airing these programs on the internet archives.

Safe to use in a short Film?

(5 stars)

Hi, I have made a short film which is a nostalgic look at the 40s 50s era of Hollywood romantic comedies. I want to use some of the music, ads, comedy in the Martin & Lewis radio recordings...does anyone out there know if this is possible? I do see that creative commons gives the ok...but am I missing something else?

God bless Zacandan for uploading this.

(5 stars)

Dean and Jerry's comedy definitely translated better to TV; nevertheless, it's a great treat to hear Dean's singing as well as all the legendary guests. Incidentally, there are a few episodes missing--Marilyn Monroe and Janet Leigh, among a number of others. Does anyone know if those are available somewhere, or are they lost forever?

Another great OTR upload

(5 stars)

Thanks so much for the upload! I cant wait to listen to these while doing my daily routine. I love OTR and I love martin and lewis. I have never heard there radio show before and thank u for uploading do many great episodes. Your the best!

Thanks a bunch!

(5 stars)

I had been searching for this in a better outlet since the dude who posts on youtube is, well, on youtube. It's crazy how young both of them sound here. How old were they, jeez!