- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 25 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: October 26, 2004
- Originally Released: 1959
- Label: Mvd Visual
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
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Description by OLDIES.com:
In 1957 Timex sponsored a series of TV Variety Show Specials starring Frank Sinatra. This show was taped on December 10, 1959, a rare rainy day in Palm Springs, California, hence the improvised sets and the cast ribbing Sinatra about his grand idea of filming in "sunny" Palm Springs. At the time Sinatra was dating guest Juliet Prowse, who was starring with him in the movie Can Can.
The special guest star is Ella Fitzgerald and this programme, remastered from the archive tape of the broadcast, is the original show in its entirety including the sponsors promotional segments. While the quality of the reproduction may not meet modern technological standards, it is a rare record of two of the most popular performers of the Twentieth Century performing together.
Seventeen songs including "You're Invited to Spend the Afternoon" (Sinatra), "Lazy Afternoon" (The Hi-Lo's), and "There's Lull in my Life" (Fitzgerald).
Two of the twentieth century's most loved performers come together in this rare, remastered edition of a live broadcast on December 10, 1959. The "first Lady of Song," Ella Fitzgerald, who by the end of her illustrious career had amassed 13 Grammys and sold over 40 million records, was the special guest of Ol' Blue Eyes; it is one of the few time the two performed together. The show appears here in its entirety, including even the commercials, and Sinatra's current flame, Juliet Prowse, who starred in CAN CAN with him, makes appears as a guest as well. The weekly show, normally filmed at Hollywood's El Capitan Theater, had traveled to Palm Springs for this taping, and the perpetually sunny location was experiencing some unusually foul weather; this initiated some improvised sets and light teasing of Sinatra from the cast.