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The Frank Sinatra Show

Season 2 Episode 1

The Frank Sinatra Timex Show

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Aired Friday 9:00 PM Oct 15, 1959 on ABC

Episode Recap

The show opened with Bing Crosby, Dean Martin and Mitzy Gaynor singing a comic version of 'High Hopes' with Frank Sinatra coming in at the end. Sinatra went on to sing 'Day in, Day Out' which was followed by Martin, Crosby and himself sitting on some bars discussing (and debating) how wonderful it is to be working together with Sinatra being portrayed as the only one in favour of it with the other two making jokes about it. This moved us into the next song - a comic version of 'Together' adapted for the three of them which had some choreography in it.

The show went on with Gaynor performing a dance with four male background dancers, titled 'Hurricane Mitzy'. This moved in to Sinatra's next song 'Talk to Me' with Gaynor dancing around him in the dark. Next up was 'Cheek to Cheek', a number which was about to be performed by Sinatra and Gaynor but after the first verse Martin and Crosby ushered Sinatra off the stage and the three continued where the song left off.

Martin then performed 'Wrap you Troubles in Dreams', in which he advertised his Hollywood restaurant. This brought us to the 'Good Old Songs Medley' (All the songs had the word 'old' in them) put together for this occasion as Sinatra and Crosby disagreed with Martin's term of 'old song' all the while making fun of each others age (Crosby getting the bulk of it). The medley included : Down by the Old Mill Stream (Crosby), The Old Gray Mare (Sinatra), In the Shade of the old Apple Tree (Martin), That Old Feeling (Sinatra), Old Ox Road (Crosby), Old Rockin' Chair (Martin), Old Devil Moon (Sinatra), Smoothie (Martin), My Old Flame (Crosby) and Ol' Man River (All three). This led to the true version of High Hopes sung by Sinatra and a bunch of kids - including Dean Martin's son.

Sinatra then went on to sing, accompanied by the Bill Miller Combo, a roll of Nightclub songs. 'Just One Of Those Things', 'Angel Eyes' and 'The Lady is a Tramp'. Sinatra then introduced the next number which honoured "The greatest of all nightclub performers, Mr. James Durante". He also said that he, together with Martin and Crosby would take part in a movie about Durante, sadly this never went beyond planning stages. The Durante Medley was composed of 'You've got to Start Off Each Day With A Song', 'Ink A Dinka A Doo' and 'Won't you come home Bill Bailey'. The latter of which, being the closing performance, was specially designed with Bing Crosby starting it off and Sinatra and Martin occasionaly coming in to tell him to shout louder. For the next verse Sinatra, Martin and Gaynor all joined in. And for the last verse, a much appreciated one, with Jimmy Durante also coming in and singing a line solo.

The show ended with a curtain call of the 5 performers. Sinatra being the last one out and frozen in mid-air when the credits began rolling.

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