Startime (1959–1961)
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The conflict between the Rabbi father and the son who disappoints him by seeking a secular career instead of a religious touches a Jewish cord, although it has a universal aspect.


Ralph Nelson


Oliver Crawford, Ernest D. Glucksman (from an adaptation by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Lewis ... Joey Robin / Joey Rabinowitz
Anna Maria Alberghetti ... Ginny Gibson
Eduard Franz ... Cantor Morris Rabinowitz
Molly Picon ... Sarah Rabinowitz
Alan Reed ... Nathan Gittleson
Joey Faye Joey Faye ... Tony De Santos
Barry Gordon ... Larry
Del Moore ... Harry Lee
Robert Hutton ... Television Director
Phil Arnold ... Messenger
Sid Cassel Sid Cassel ... Dr. Miller (as Sid Cassele)
Bob Duggan Bob Duggan ... Stage Manager
Dorain Grusman Dorain Grusman ... Marilyn (as Dorian Grusman)
Frances Weintraub Lax Frances Weintraub Lax ... Ida (as Frances Lax)
Louise Vincent Louise Vincent ... Rosalie


The conflict between the Rabbi father and the son who disappoints him by seeking a secular career instead of a religious touches a Jewish cord, although it has a universal aspect.

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Comedy | Drama | Musical





Release Date:

13 October 1959 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to David Crosthwait of DC Video, the company that restored this videotape, this specific episode of Startime (1959) was taped at the then-NBC studio in Brooklyn, NY, and hand-edited. Color videotape was in its infancy; only about a year previous to this [1959] the first color videotapes were recorded at NBC. The copy was a dub found at NBC. The tapes used proprietary electronics unique to NBC, which is one reason why restoration took time. The tape was missing part of its audio. The Lewis family donated a kinescope film copy of the show, along with a 1/4" audio tape of much of the show's soundtrack to finish the restoration. See more »


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His faith obligation
12 March 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I have to say I was shocked when I saw this item for rent on Amazon and could finally see it. For years the rumors had it that Jerry Lewis did not like this show and did everything he could to bury it. After seeing it I'm asking why?

It's not the best Lewis performance I've seen, but it does show a different side to him, a dramatic side that he hardly ever showed until later in his career when he was no longer a big name movie box office draw. And the role suits him well as he steps into the tradition of Al Jolson, Danny Thomas, and later on Neil Diamond.

All the versions were different. Of course the best known was Al Jolson with that finale with him singing Mammy on stage after he's done his faith obligation and sang Kol Nidre at the synagogue. All three big screen versions had the Kol Nidre scene in the films.

The role is no big stretch for Lewis, he plays a comic very much like Jerry Lewis. Eduard Franz as his cantor father and the original Jewish mother Molly Picon also slip nicely into their roles.

Molly Picon was THE star of the Yiddish theater before going mainstream. She started as a child performer and I remember her telling a story that when she was introduced to an old Jewish man who saw her on stage he asked if she was "the original". That has to be heard it loses something on the written page.

Alan Reed the future Fred Flintstone plays Lewis's uncle and registers the best performance in the supporting cast.

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