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Edie Adams - Here's Edie: The Edie Adams Television Collection (4 discs) [DVD] [1963]

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Here's Edie: The Edie Adams Television Collection is a 4 DVD set of the entire run of the Edie Adams variety show, which aired on ABC from 1962-64. More than 12 hours of classic television, all unseen in over 50 years, plus 16 page booklet loaded with rare photos, detailed programme notes and interviews.

Featuring performances from Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Stan Getz, Bob Hope, Rowan and Martin and more. First-ever release (anywhere!) of all 21 Here's Edie shows in their entirety since original broadcast. Bonus footage includes Edie's musical performances from Ernie Kovacs programmes.

Here's Edie: The Edie Adams Television Collection is a 4 DVD set of the entire run of the Edie Adams variety show, which aired on ABC from 1962-64. More than 12 hours of classic television, all unseen in over 50 years. 16 page booklet loaded with rare photos, detailed programme notes and interviews. Featuring performances from Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Stan Getz, Bob Hope, Rowan and Martin and more.

First-ever release (anywhere!) of all 21 Here's Edie shows in their entirety since original broadcast. Bonus footage includes Edie's musical performances from Ernie Kovacs programmes.

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Emmy Nominations, Big Stars, Jazz Greats & Those Muriel Cigars! 4 Sep 2013
By Tante Maren - Published on
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For fans of Edie Adams, you will be thrilled with the DVD complete release of Edie's very rare one season show Here's Edie, which after the summer break in the summer of 1963, ABC changed it's name to The Edie Adams Show. Edie Adams was the most talented wife of Ernie Kovacs, who upon Ernie's death in a tragic car accident found herself owing huge debts that Ernie had owed to the IRS in 1962. Edie took it upon herself to pay off all of Ernie's debts, beginning with her own television show on ABC, called Here's Edie. Edie produced, hosts, sings, dances, acts, does comedy skits and even designs her own costumes under the name Enke in the show. Edie's design name Enke, was taken from Edie's real name- Edith Elizabeth Enke.

Back in 1962, I had no idea that Edie was such a powerful woman, as Edie was always such a femme fatale as you would see her absolutely beautiful and sexy in the movies and especially in her famous Muriel Cigar commercials. For those of you old enough to remember Muriel's commercials from the sixties, Edie would say, Why Don't You Pick One Up And Smoke It Sometime? in a very Mae West tone, only with a Marilyn Monroe figure. Those commercials must have worked, as I remember every father on my street in the 1960's smoking Muriel Cigars, including my own father. My father having 5 children also liked the 10 cent price, and I even remember Edie singing the song to the tune of Sweet Charity's Big Spender, only with the words- Hey Big Spender Spend A Little Dime With Me. How wonderful that these commercials are on these dvd's, so that we will be able to see them again after so many decades!

Edie Adams who passed away in 2008 at the age of 81, is the reason we have any DVD's of The Ernie Kovacs Show. When Edie found out that so little value was given to Ernie's film archive and that the films were actually being thrown out, she used all of Ernie's insurance policy money and her own money to save what tapes she could. Edie has preserved her husband Ernie's body of television work, and now her son from her second marriage Joshua Mills, is following in his mother's footsteps and is preserving Edie's rare one season show on dvd for all of us fans to enjoy. Joshua Mills and the MVD Entertainment Group have taken the original videotape of all 21 shows and done a new, pristine digital transfer, and I heard it looks beyond fantastic! They are including lots of bonus material as well, including those famous Muriel commercials.

With this fabulous Here's Edie/The Edie Adams Show complete one season, you will be enjoying going back in time to 1962-1964 viewing 12 hours of digitally remastered, pristine shows on 4 discs with so many extras and even a booklet full of family photos! In only one season, this show was nominated for 5 Emmys! The show was like nothing else on television at that time- as Edie had such a variety of guests from big movie stars like Bob Hope, Sir Michael Redgrave, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Buddy Hackett, Terry-Thomas and more. Then she had Jazz Greats guests- Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Stan Getz, Lionel Hampton, Al Hirt, Woody Herman, Charlie Barnet, Pete Fountain and more. Edie had comedians- Rowan and Martin, Soupy Sales, Alan Sues and more, and singers- Bobby Darin, Sammy Davis Jr., Johnny Mathis, Eddie Fisher, Nancy Wilson and more. She even had classical musicians like Andre' Previn and other guests such as Allan Sherman, Dick Shawn and Louis Nye. Edie had a huge mixing pot that was always exciting and entertaining and worthy of her 5 Emmy Nominations.

Edie also featured regulars on her show which included Mitzi McCall, Charlie Brill, George Furth, Don Chastain and Peter Hanley. After this one season show, Edie went on to other self made jobs besides her movie and television acting- from selling her own cosmetic line, owning beauty salons to almond farms- not only did Edie pay off all of Ernie Kovac's IRS debts, but she became a self made millionaire. One of the most important things Edie did in her career was saving all the Ernie Kovac Shows she could buy for posterity, just as her son Joshua Mills is doing for his Mother's show here. So, for that I have to give a HUGE THANK YOU to Edie's son Joshua Mills and The MVD Entertainment Group for all their hard work to bring us Edie Adams rare one season show digitally remastered with so much bonus material!! It's a dream come true for all of us Edie Adams fans! Here are the shows that are on the 4 discs:

04-09-1962 HERE'S EDIE PILOT: Guests- Andre' Previn, Dick Shawn.
10-23-1962 #1 NEW YORK: Guests- Duke Ellington & Orchestra, Claremont String Quartet, Peter Falk.
12-13-1962 #2 LONDON: Guests- Sir Michael Redgrave, Grenadier Guards, Third Air Force Band, Piccadilly Buskers, Children of London.
01-20-1963 #3 BOSSA NOVA: Guests- Stan Getz, Laurindo Almeida, Jerry Fielding & Orchestra, Roger Wagner Chorale plus Cesar Romero & Don Rickles cameos.
02-26-1963 #4 LAS VEGAS: Guests- Eddie Fisher, Charlie Barnet, The Eligibles, Jerry Fielding & Orchestra, Earl Barton Dancers.
03-16-1963 #5 WESTERN: Guests- Hoagy Carmichael, Rowan & Martin, Hank Henry, The Eligibles, Jerry Fielding & Orchestra,Homer Garrett Dancers.

04-19-1963 #6 LOVE: Guests- Buddy Hackett, United Nations Children's Choir, Jerry Fielding & Orchestra.
05-26-1963 #7 REPEAT OF PILOT
06-18-1963 #8 BOB HOPE: Guests- Bob Hope, Lionel Hampton & Orchestra, United Nations Children's Choir, Jerry Fielding & Orchestra.

09-26-1963 #01: Guests- Zsa Zsa Gabor, Eddie Sauter, Stan Getz.
10-10-1963 #02: Guests- Louis Nye, Maury Wills.
10-24-1963 #03: Guests- Al Hirt, Nancy Wilson.

11-07-1963 #04: Guests- Allan Sherman, United Nations Children's Choir.
11-21-1963 #05: Guests- Count Basie & His Band, John Hendricks, Lauritz Melchior.
12-05-1963 #06: Guests- Sammy Davis Jr., Mitzi McCall & Charlie Brill.
12-19-1963 #07: Guests- Andre' Previn, Rowan & Martin.
01-02-1964 #08: Guests- Pete Fountain, Cliff Norton.

01-16-1964 #09: Guests- Terry-Thomas, Spike Jones.
02-06-1964 #10: Guests- Bobby Darin.
02-20-1964 #11: Guests- Jack Sheldon, Mitzi McCall & Charlie Brill, Woody Herman & His Band.
03-05-1964 #12: Guests- John Raitt, Louis Nye, Charlie Byrd, Mitzi McCall & Charlie Brill.
03-18-1964 #13: Guests- Johnny Mathis, Soupy Sales, Alan Sues.

BONUS MATERIAL: There is lots and lots of bonus material on these discs, including Sid Caesar and Edie Adams promos, there are also very rare performances of Edie singing many songs from Ernie In Kovacsland and The Ernie Kovacs Show from the 50's. Some of the songs Edie sings are- Lullaby Of Broadway, 42nd Street, Take Me In Your Arms, Summertime, I Could Have Danced All Night, Chicago, Everything I Have Is Yours, Get Happy, S Wonderful, My Funny Valentine and so many more. Also included are Edie's famous Muriel Cigar commercials and even a Muriel Cigar Promotional Film and much more yet. A fabulous 16 page booklet is also included showing rare photos from her family's archive and an essay from Edie's son Joshua Mills.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure trove of a grand era in TV variety with a personal, unique touch of a great entertainer 19 Nov 2013
By Greg Ehrbar - Published on
It's exciting to be able to see an entire TV series for the first time in decades, especially one with such a rich entertainment history behind it. This series was never, ever able to be seen after its original airing, as the episodes were stored in a vault until Edie Adams' son Josh lovingly put them together--along with lots of choice extras--on this astonishing 4-disc set. Astonishing because it exists for us on DVD and we can enjoy its wonders now.

The guest list alone is staggering: Sammy Davis, Jr., Bobby Darin, Peter Falk, Sir Michael Redgrave, Don Rickles, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Sid Caesar, Nancy Wilson, Al Hirt, Bob Hope, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Louie Nye, Soupy Sales, Spike Jones, Buddy Hackett, Stan Getz, Lionel Hampton and several visits with up-and-coming comedians like Dick Martin, Dan Rowan, Mitzi McCall and Charlie Brill. A roster of this level makes the show like The Ed Sullivan Show without the spinning plates.

But Here's Edie, or later, The Edie Adams Show, is as different from variety shows of its day as Kovacs' shows were from comedy shows. First of all, Adams had complete control of the show, rare for many performers, especially females, in those days. So every episode is a personal reflection of the artist herself: a classically trained soprano who had a grasp of popular entertainment as well as an acute intelligence, sensitivity and eclectic sense she was eager to present.

When Here's Edie was broadcast from April 1963 to March 1964, audiences and industry insiders knew the headlines about her situation well. Kovacs' passing left behind a labyrinth of debt. Live concerts and this series were literally Adams' most visible means of support and recovery. Her devotion to Kovacs is evident in the occasional use of blackouts, which were still unusual until the dawn of Laugh-In.

The feeling we're about to see something unusual is evident from the first moments. Adams, in silhouette, trills her Kurt Weill theme music a la the Star Trek theme (in the next season the show would open with the same trill but the visual becomes the more familiar caricature that some may remember from Adam's chain of salons).

I wish there would have been more information about some of the regulars who appear. Don Chastain, who played the husband on the short lived Debbie Reynolds Show, sometimes is mentioned as a guest. Speaking of Chastain, he flubs the lyrics to "Put On a Happy Face" and it stayed in the show--a lost charm of early television that humanizes the performers and draws them into the show. Adams often pauses before her cues and sometimes seems uncomfortable in the comedy sketches--but not in the ones that were part of her very popular nightclub act and any others in which she could disappear into character.

It's to her credit that she didn't overpolish the shows. Time and budget was a factor, surely, but the audience of the early `60s was rooting for her all the way. "I decided that there wouldn't be much comedy in my television shows because I still wasn't feeling very funny," Adams wrote in her autobiography, Sing a Pretty Song. "I was afraid to do comedy unless I had a comic editor nearby, and Ernie has always done that for me."

Among the many standout segments in the series include a moody filmed New York segment set to the song "Lonely Town;" the marvelous London location sequences, particularly a haunting scene in which Adams sings in front of a bombed-out block of buildings; and a rendition of "Everything's Coming Up Roses" told with a series of stills showing a day in the life of the singing star (even the unglamorous parts).

If you have a problem with smoking, close your eyes, cover your ears and hum Adams' theme song during the Muriel/Dutch Masters cigar commercials, one of them featuring a young Conrad Bain.

The Here's Edie DVD set captures a dazzling period of show business over which a curtain was drawn, almost to the day of the last show. The Beatles had appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show a month earlier and the youth movement would change entertainment markedly. Coincidentally, Here's Edie/The Edie Adams Show begins and ends with comedy bits poking fun at rock and roll: in the first episode, comic Dick Shawn lampoons a rock singer of the period and in the last show, Adams and her guests lampoon the mop-topped Beatles. So many thought that this new music was a passing fad, and these sketches are examples. Of course, history would prove otherwise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Edie Adams – a TV pioneer – gets her DVD moment in this lovingly produced collection (a must for Kovacs fans too!) 20 Nov 2013
By Steven I. Ramm - Published on
Okay here I was ready to post my five-star review of this new DVD set and then I read Tante Maren’s exhaustive review. While it appears that Tante posted his review based on not have actually seen the set yet (based on the date of his review), he certainly described all the details and so I won’t waste you time in rehashing that but will add some additional info while giving it the five star rating it deserves based my actually watching the set.
As you probably know by now, the set was produced by Adams’ son Josh Mills (from Adams’ second marriage – after her first husband – Ernie Kovacs – died). Mills is also responsible for the two multi-volume Ernie Kovacs DVD sets and keeps both Kovacs’ and Adams’ names alive. Adams had her own production company and recorded all her shows. That gives Mills the access to reissuing these. If you got the Kovacs Collection DVDs you were probably as prostrated as I was to see that many of the shows were not complete – Adams songs were excised, except for some public domain material. That’s because of “rights” issues and licensing is prohibitive. This was not the case of the Adams shows and they are here complete. As bonuses you even get to see and hear songs from the Kovacs shows. And yes, all the Murial cigar commercials are here too.

The black and white images (in the 4:3 standard ratio – view it that way, not full screen if you have a flat screen TV) are really nice. It is funny to see the primitive way that, even network shows, ran the credits. (Didn’t we get headaches watching them them?).

The booklet enclosed helps select which shows had which “special guests” – and some of the biggies are there too! You can tell there was love and care in putting this set together by Mills and his co-producer Ben Model and the project should certainly be supported. Edie Adams was – along with Lucille Ball – one of the first TV stars to take control of their shows. Maybe with this set she’ll get the recognition she surely deserves.

I hope this review was both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
“Anything Phonographic”
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Always Loved Edie Adams! 27 Jan 2014
By Whitewatermom - Published on
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I really enjoyed watching these shows which were on TV when I was a young child. I bought it specifically for the episode containing Bobby Darin as her guest. It was a tour de force. But all of the shows are equally delightful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Here's Edie" - A Video Masterpiece 17 Jan 2014
By Brad Kay - Published on
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Until this four-disc DVD set materialized, all I knew about Edie Adams was that she was Mrs. Ernie Kovacs, and that she was the alluring dish in those fondly remembered Muriel Cigar commercials. Now I have to rethink everything about her. Edie Adams was, like her husband, a creative powerhouse. She was a first-class singer/musician, visual and conceptual artist, costume designer and more. Not only that, she was one of the bravest people I've ever heard of.

Ernie Kovacs' sudden death in a car wreck, in January, 1962, left Edie Adams in inconsolable grief and hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt. You or I would have run for cover. Not Edie. By April, she created a live Las Vegas show, and also this musical variety series for ABC-TV, "Here's Edie." Not only was she the star performer, but also the costume designer and the co-mastermind in back of every camera angle and stage set. She co-wrote the script. She also created the Muriel Cigar commercials.

Thus from start to finish, each of these "Here's Edie" shows - at least the first season - are her unadulterated creations. Thanks to her sympathetic sponsor, the Consolidated Cigar Corporation, she had full creative control, with no network interference. Thanks to the outpouring of goodwill from the whole entertainment industry after Ernie's death, she had the full cooperation of the greatest stars in show business - Bob Hope, Sammy Davis Jr., Buddy Hackett, Michael Redgrave, Zsa Zsa Gabor et cetera; and even more so, the greatest stars in music - Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Stan Getz, Lionel Hampton, Hoagy Carmichael, André Previn, Nancy Wilson, Johnny Mathis, Spike Jones, Allan Sherman and many more. And Edie, the artist, made the most of it all.

I have never seen any of these people presented as strikingly as they are here. There is constant innovation in the camera work, in the use of the new medium of videotape, in the casual absence of the usual proscenium stage, announcer, or any other mediator between the performers and your eyes and ears. It's first-class Video Art. No two programs are alike; surprise is the byword. Edie learned well in her TV apprenticeship with the protean Ernie.

Edie herself is the backbone of these shows; she's on camera most of the time and there's so wide a range in her looks, styles of song and means of presentation that one never tires of her, but only wants more. She had uncanny range as a singer, convincing in opera, musical comedy, burlesque, jazz and, in the first show, Ellingtonian wordless obbligato. She was a dazzling beauty.

Amazingly, none of these "Here's Edie" shows have been seen since they first aired in the early `60s. The original tapes resided safely in Edie's climate-controlled vault for fifty years, to be uncorked today for our astonishment, looking as fresh and original as TV ever got.

Did I mention the Extras? Well, there's a ton of them, worth the price of admission alone. But need I go on??
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