There is no shortage in the annals of Hollywood of stories about stars asking for the moon, in hopes of ideally being turned down so they don’t have to do the work. Thanks to today’s Susan King “Classic Hollywood” column in the LA Times, we now have a reminder of a great Dean Martin variation, via his daughter Deana.
In 1965, dad reluctantly agreed to take a meeting with NBC about the idea of doing a TV variety show. But not before setting the scene for his family:
“He told us, ‘When I go in tomorrow, I am going to ask them for a ridiculous amount of money so they will turn me down. I am going to tell them I don’t want to rehearse, so I’m sure they will turn me down. And then I am going to tell them I only want to tape it on Sunday afternoons after 1. So for sure they won’t go for it.’”
None of these conditions deterred the Peacock, leading to ten-year run of The Dean Martin Show. Tomorrow, three Best-of DVD sets representing the program are being released.