The Frank Sinatra Collection: The Timex Shows, Vol. 1 & 2

Digital Release Date: May 19, 2017, DVD Release Date: May 19, 2017
Price: DVD (Vol. 1) $8.99, DVD (Vol. 2) $8.99
Studio: Eagle Rock

The Frank Sinatra Collection brings together some of Frank Sinatra’s finest performances on television with the release of his first four Timex TV shows from the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, divided into two volumes.

The Timex Shows Vol.1
The Frank Sinatra Timex Show / An Afternoon With Frank Sinatra

The Timex Shows Vol.1 features The Frank Sinatra Timex Show, initially broadcast by ABC on October 19, 1959, the first of four Timex-sponsored television specials that Sinatra hosted. An undeniably fun and energetic show that captures Sinatra at the top of his game, the classic show includes such guests as Dean Martin, Mitzi Gaynor and Bing Crosby, who join forces for an opening rendition of “High Hopes.” And later, Jimmy Durante makes a surprise appearance.

First broadcast by ABC on December 13, 1959, An Afternoon With Frank Sinatra was the second of Sinatra’s four Timex television specials. The show includes guest appearances from Peter Lawford, Hermione Gingold, The Hi-Lo’s, Red Norvo’s jazz combo, dancer Juliet Prowse and the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald. Sinatra sings such hits as “I’ve Got The World On A String,” “I’ll Never Smile Again” and duets on “Can’t We Be Friends” with Ella.

The Timex Shows Vol.2
To The Ladies / Welcome Home Elvis

The Timex Shows Vol.2 kicks off with To The Ladies. First broadcast by ABC on February 15, 1960, To The Ladies surrounded Frank Sinatra with a host of wonderful female performers for his third Timex-sponsored television special. It’s a mix of comedy, opera, dancing and great songs. Guests include Lena Horne, Mary Costa, Barbara Heller, Juliet Prowse and special guest star Eleanor Roosevelt.

Welcome Home Elvis was first broadcast by ABC on May 12, 1960, Welcome Home Elvis was Frank Sinatra’s fourth and final Timex special. It marked Elvis Presley’s first TV appearance after coming home from military service. Elvis performs “Fame And Fortune” and “Stuck On You” then the two join forces on great renditions of “Witchcraft” and “Love Me Tender.” Joining in the fun is Nancy Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop.


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.