Jerry Lewis was at the apex of his box office popularity among juveniles (and their ticket buying parents) after hitting with a string of self-directed comedy hits that included "The Errand Boy" and "The Nutty Professor." The two men had a history. As a young agent for Music Corporation of America in 1950, Susskind handled Lewis and partner Dean Martin when they ruled TV on "The Colgate Comedy Hour." Lewis would derisively refer to Susskind as “my Harvard agent.” Later, as an outspoken producer, Susskind freely expressed his disdain for most actors and said he was appalled that some – such as Lewis - were becoming filmmakers. Any hostility that might have existed was set aside. Their talk of nearly two hours aired on Susskind’s Open End in the fall of 1965.