Jumping Jacks (1952), starring Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis
Synopsis of Jumping Jacks
In Jumping Jacks, nightclub comic Hap Smith assumes the identity of another soldier so he can tour army bases in a revue with his ex-partner Chuck Allen.
Editorial review of Jumping Jacks
In Jumping Jacks, Hap Smith (Jerry Lewis), nightclub entertainer, has a new act since his former partner Chick Allen (Dean Martin) joined the army. With lovely new partner Betsy Carter (Mona Freeman), Hap plays a clownish parody of a soldier. Meanwhile, Chick is organizing a soldier show at Fort Benning and finds he needs his old partner’s help. To get onto the base, Hap impersonates a hapless real soldier, Dogface Dolan (Richard Erdman); but circumstances force them to prolong the masquerade, creating an increasingly tangled Army-sized snafu.
Jumping Jacks is available as part of the Martin & Lewis Collection Volume 1.
Funny movie quotes from Jumping Jacks
Sgt. McClusky (Robert Strauss): You know I’m beginning to like you.
Hap Smith (Jerry Lewis): You are? Is that good?
Sgt. McClusky (Robert Strauss): Yeah! And I’m gonna let you in on a little secret.
Hap Smith (Jerry Lewis): What?
Sgt. McClusky (Robert Strauss): I’m not half as tough as I sound.
Hap Smith (Jerry Lewis): You’re not?
Sgt. McClusky: Nah! It’s just something that comes over me. Sometimes I think I’m my own worst enemy.
Hap Smith (Jerry Lewis): No, you’re not, Sarge. Not as long as I’m alive.
Chick Allen (Dean Martin): There’s nothing to it. You get on a plane, you go up 20,000 feet, jump out, and your chute opens automatically.
Hap Smith (Jerry Lewis): Yeah? What if it doesn’t open?
Chick Allen (Dean Martin): Then you pull your reserve parachute.
Hap Smith (Jerry Lewis): What if that doesn’t open?
Chick Allen (Dean Martin): Well, we haven’t had a complaint yet… from a guy whose shoot didn’t open. [Laughs]