by Herbie J Pilato
Wait for your laugh…your tears…your wonder…your amazement in anticipation before and after watching Wait For Your Laugh, the stunning new documentary about entertainment legend Rose Marie, best known as Sally Rogers on classic TV’s The Dick Van Dyke Show.
Carl Reiner, another TV icon, who created the Van Dyke Show (and has written, directed and been featured in countless classic television shows and films) has named Wait For Your Laugh one of the “best documentaries” he has ever seen.
Such praise is not unwarranted.
Every aspect of Marie’s lengthy and remarkable life and career is covered with professional and compassionate, yet objective precision in Wait For Your Laugh.Director Jason Wise and his co-writing wife Christina Wise have crafted a daring cinematic tale of truth with skill, care and unique perspective and technique rarely if ever seen in the documentary format.
Narrated by Peter Marshall, another still-vibrant performer, and the host of TV’s Hollywood Squares game show (on which Marie appeared for years), Wait For Your Laugh features never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage and images not only of the Van Dyke Show but from Squares, The Doris Day Show (on which Marie also performed in a regular role), and her pre and post Van–Doris–Squares live performances, namely from her earliest live performances as 5-years-old as “Baby Rose Marie,” to much later in the hit senior pre-Golden Girls-esque-inspiring live show “Four Girls Four” (in which Marie starred along pal Rosemary Clooney, George’s aunt, Margaret Whiting, and Helen O’Connell, the latter with whom Marie notoriously and honestly clashed).
Delivered with dynamite details are, among other adventures, the tales of her truest love life with loyal husband Bobby Guy (the unheralded master trumpet player), and early career support from none other than Al Capone and Bugsy Siegel (who founded Las Vegas).
New on-screen interviews include those with Marie herself, Reiner, Van Dyke, Marshall, Tim Conway (who Marie discovered), writer/producer and Marie fan Dan Harmon (of TV’s Community fame), Georgia Marie Guy (Marie’s dedicated daughter with Bobby Guy), and Marie’s earnest publicist Harlon Boll (who also served as one of the film’s associate producers).
Each voice, face and unseen talent showcased behind and in front of the cameras of Laugh leaves the audience waiting for more of the film’s winning ways.
“Wait” unwavering celebrates the much-deserved Marie, who has brought so much love, energy, and talent to every aspect of not only her own personal and professional life, but every life she has ever touched or influenced, whether they were or remain close in her inner circle or the countless fans around the world who continue to be so inspired by her grand heart, humor, and persona.
So, until Wait For Your Laugh II hopefully, one day follows, don’t wait, but run to see the original Wait For Your Laugh…which holds at its center an original all of its own, in the guise of reining shining star Rose Marie.
For more information about “Wait For Your Laugh,” please visit: http://www.rosemariemovie.com/
Herbie J Pilato is the Founder and Executive Director of The Classic TV Preservation Society, and the author of several classic TV companion books. He is practically a founding father of TVWriter™ and is a Contributing Editor Emeritus. This article first appeared on Herbie J’s blog. Learn more about Herbie J Pilato HERE.