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MISTER KELLY'S CHICAGO

The center of Chicago’s explosive nightlife in the 50's-60's-70's, where stand up comedians, singers, & jazz musicians made their mark.

MISTER KELLY'S CHICAGO

The center of Chicago’s explosive nightlife in the 50's-60's-70's, where stand up comedians, singers, & jazz musicians made their mark.

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Growing up as the oldest son of a famous nightclub impresario, I was awestruck as my father got impeccably dressed in the morning to go to work. I glowed with pride when we went to dinner at the clubs and I watched him greet guests, encourage the entertainers and lead his devoted staff. The stars were dazzling such as Dizzy Gillespie wildly blowing his trumpet and the overwhelming talent of a young Barbra Streisand.

I always wanted to tell the story of the iconic nightclubs that he and my uncle opened after the war and built into and Entertainment Empire. It was after my Mom passed away in 2012 that I realized that this history would soon be lost unless I did my part. I began by interviewing my father’s good friend and recorded his story of going with my father to the bathhouses in the Village where they discovered and hired Bette Midler.

Since that day, this project has snowballed into a talented, diverse, and generous community, that celebrates the legacy of a place and time that they hold dear. The roster of celebrities that picked up the phone because they still respected my father and uncle after 50 years continues to grow. They freely agreed to tell their story of how they launched their spectacular careers in an intimate nightclub in Chicago. Staff, patrons, performers, and neighbors have all come forward to share their heartwarming memories.

I am grateful to be working with my talented team to create a film that will capture an era in entertainment and culture that will live on. As we reach the finish line, I can’t wait to see the joy that this work will bring to the community that has made it possible. Thank you for sharing your energy, resources, and spirit to make it happen.

                                                                                                             - David Marienthal

George Marienthal

For some mysterious and wonderful reason --- even though I was born and raised in metropolitan New York ---I spent the 1960s listening to Chicago radio stations. At all hours of the day and night my AM radio pulled in music from the Windy City on WLS, WCFL, and Don McNeill’s Breakfast Club and then I gravitated toward Kup’s Show and Playboy Magazine on television and – thrillingly – in print.  Not only was I steeped in Chicago’s mid-century media, I also never missed an episode of The Dick Cavett Show, The Tonight Show with Jack Paar and Johnny Carson, The Merv Griffin Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, and any others that brought the Rising Stars of Music and Comedy into my Living Room 6 nights a week.

Fifty years later, when I was invited to collaborate on MISTER KELLY’S CHICAGO, I instantly realized that directing this documentary had always been my destiny. I even read the Tribune and Sun-Times at my local college library.

Now I am making the best of a golden chance the chance to present so many of these entertainment legends to a worldwide viewing audience. Everyone from Barbra Streisand, Ramsey Lewis, and Herbie Hancock to Bob Newhart, Lily Tomlin, David Steinberg, and so many others. MISTER KELLY’S CHICAGO weaves their inimitable testimony into a tale of the Marienthal Brothers’ nightclub empire, proving that their venues deserve this loving re-examination.

These clubs were incubators for social change. They promoted both cosmopolitanism and racial harmony. And they endured through an era of unparalleled upheaval and social strife that caused their progressive ideals to crash head-on into the forces of Mayor Daley’s Machine, the Mob, and more traditional Midwestern values.

 This is the most star-studded film I’ve ever made and one of the most socially significant. Thank you so much for helping us restore and elevate MISTER KELLY’S CHICAGO to its rightful place in global entertainment history. 

                                                                                                                   -Teddy Bogosian 

“It was Chicago. Everybody Knew Everybody.”    -David Mamet

In the middle of America’s turbulent Twentieth Century, Chicago became a cauldron of creativity, launching a legion of nationally known Influencers and Tastemakers who definitively shaped the culture of post-War America.

Most of their names and faces are so famous that they need no further introduction. Hugh Hefner. Studs Terkel. The Second City. Columnists Irv Kupcinet, Dear Abby, and Ann Landers. The Chicago Transit Authority rock band. Architect Mies Van der Rohe. Warren Beatty in Mickey One. Muhammad Ali. David Mamet. Chess Records’ Muddy Waters.  Roger Ebert. Kukla, Fran and Ollie. Crate & Barrel founders Gordon and Carole Segal. Haskell Wexler’s Medium Cool. Ramsey Lewis.  McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc. Even Mayor Richard J. Daley. And the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior.

These Symbols of Chicago are undeniably connected. And their collective legacy is legendary. But one of the most influential surnames has largely been left off this list … and a family’s heritage ignored.

Today, a Son of mid-century Chicago has returned to his roots to reestablish his ancestor’s rightful place in the firmament of their hometown’s glowing history.

MISTER KELLY’S CHICAGO is the story of the Chicago entertainment empire that launched scores of international superstars ... the brothers who invented the Nightclubs that put the names of so many iconic stars in lights… and the son who is bringing them back… for much more than One Night Only.

DAVID MARIENTHAL (Creator/Executive Producer), son of London House and Mister Kelly’s co-owner, George Marienthal, was born and raised on the Northside of Chicago. He has had a multi-faceted career as architect, real estate developer and restaurateur. As Executive Producer of Mister Kelly’s Chicago, David is utilizing his project management and development expertise to lead all facets of the project. As well as raising funds, he works closely with the director, editor, and researchers His passion for creating a compelling story of this historic legacy has been a true labor of love.

THEODORE BOGOSIAN (Director) is an award-winning independent filmmaker and television producer who has been directing, producing, and writing scores of long-form documentaries for PBS, the New York Times, Discovery, and other networks since 1978. His collaboration with the Levinson/Fontana Company on network episodic drama and independent films began in 1997. Bogosian and his programs have won top prizes everywhere from The National Press Club to the Chicago Film Festival to the Writer’s Guild of America, East, including multiple national and local Emmy nominations and awards. He is a longtime member of the Director’s Guild of America, elected to multiple 2-year terms of service on its National Board and Eastern Director's Council, and is a 40-year member of the Writer’s Guild of America, East.  Bogosian lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island, where his production company Fox Point Pictures is located.

 ADAM CARSTON (Writer/Project Manager/Researcher), graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2016 with a Masters Degree in History, with a focus on Post-War America and popular culture. As Project Manager for Mister Kelly’s Chicago, Adam has worn many hats: head researcher, historical consultant, archivist, interviewer, segment producer, and writer to name just a few.

SCOTT DUMMLER (Editor) In 1992  began in the Chicago production community while still a film  student at Northwestern University.  Over the next 20+ years he served  in many capacities on productions all over the world.  In 2002, Scott  was the editor of the feature-length concert/documentary “Edith Piaf:  Her Story, Her Songs.” In 2005, Scott began working with Chef Rick Bayless on the production of his public television cooking show “Mexico:  One Plate at a Time.” Scott is currently the producer, director, and editor of the series, which just aired its 12th season in 2019.  Scott  has received two national Emmy nominations for directing and producing  the series. Scott’s work has aired on PBS, Travel Channel, History Channel, Turner Classic Movies, and Create TV among others.

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