Dean Martin

Hollywood or Bust, starring Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Pat Crowley, Anita Ekberg

Hollywood or Bust [Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin]

Hollywood or Bust, starring Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Pat Crowley, Anita Ekberg

Synopsis of Hollywood or Bust

Hollywood or Bust, starring Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Pat Crowley, Anita EkbergIn Hollywood or Bust, Malcolm Smith is a star-struck movie fan. With his “lucky feeling” he wins a new convertible in a theater raffle.  But his ownership is challenged by compulsive gambler Steve Wiley, whose forged winning ticket will help him pay off his bookie. Steve regales a lovesick Malcolm with concocted stories about his supposed next-door neighbor, sultry actress Anita Ekberg.  They agree to share the car on a cross-country trip to Tinseltown. Steve is prevented from abandoning his traveling companion on several occasions by Malcolm’s pet dog, a Great Dane named Mr. Bascomb.

Jerry Lewis, Pat Crowley, and Dean Martin on their car trip in Hollywood or BustThey bond over various adventures in New Jersey, Chicago, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. By the time they get to Las Vegas, where they meet the real Anita Ekberg and test Malcolm’s luck with craps, they have acquired a third member of their group, Terry Roberts, an aspiring dancer, who becomes romantically involved with Steve. (more…)

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That's My Boy (1951) starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis

That’s My Boy

That’s My Boy (1951) starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis

In That’s My Boy, Jerry Lewis plays the part of “Junior” Jackson, a non-athlete who lives in the shadow of his father’s college football days — and his father plans to relive his glory days through his son, Junior, whether Junior wants to or not. Dean Martin plays the part of  Bill Baker, a natural athlete who would likely be All-American.  If he could only afford to attend college(more…)

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Sailor Beware (1952) starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis

Sailor Beware

Sailor Beware (1952) starring Dean Martin and Jerry LewisSailor Beware (1952) starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis

The description from Amazon.com reads: “Chasing pretty girls, blowing up a liferaft inside a submarine, virtually every sailor gag ever thought of, and a bunch of songs fill out this Martin and Lewis outing as a pair of sailors.”

That pretty much summarizes it pretty well.  Effectively a series of skits or sketches around the theme of being in the Navy.  Giving ample room for slapstick for Jerry Lewis, singing for Dean Martin, and comedic interaction between the two of them. (more…)

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Scared Stiff (1953) starring Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Lizbeth Scott, Carmen Miranda

Scared Stiff

Scared Stiff (1953) starring Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Lizbeth Scott, Carmen Miranda

Scared Stiff (1953) starring Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Lizbeth Scott, Carmen Miranda

Scared Stiff is a remake of the Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard comedy, The Ghost Breakers, with Dean Martin as Larry Todd, a singer who is falsely accused of murder (“You murdered a perfect stranger?” “Nobody’s perfect.”). He is on the run from the law, accompanied by his friend Myron M. Mertz (played by Jerry Lewis).  On the lam, they run into Mary Caroll (Lizabeth Scott), who has inherited a haunted castle from her father, where the three of them go.  Once there the “ghost” makes his appearance, Dean sings, Jerry does slapstick — including an imitation of their co-star, Carmen Miranda. (more…)

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Pardners (1956) starring Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin

Pardners

Pardners (1956) starring Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin

Synopsis of Pardners

Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis in PardnersIn Pardners, Rich momma’s boy Wade Kingsley Jr. an Eastern dude, tries to follow in his murdered father’s footsteps.  He returns to the West to partner up with Slim Moseley Jr.,the son of his father’s former partner. Wade overcomes Slim’s initial reluctance to accept him … By using his fortune to buy a prize cow and new car to help Slim.   Slim works as foreman on the Kingsley family ranch, currently under siege by a gang of outlaws called ‘masked raiders’. Wade generously tries to pay off the ranch’s mortgage with $15,000 of his own money.  But unfortunately neither ‘pardner’ realizes banker Dan Hollis’ secret.  He’s the son of their fathers’ murderer, and is the leader of the gang. (more…)

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The Caddy (1953) starring Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Barbara Bates, Donna Reed

The Caddy

The Caddy (1953) starring Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Barbara Bates, Donna Reed

The Caddy is an above-average Lewis and Martin comedy, with singing by Dean Martin (including the Academy Award-nominated “That’s Amore” ) and slapstick antics, and pathos, from Jerry Lewis.

The movie begins with a bang, showing Joe Anthony (Dean Martin) and Harvey Miller, Jr. (Jerry Lewis) doing their zany, manic stage show—one of the highlights of the movie.  Backstage, a reporter tries to get the story of how the team came together, and Joe’s father tells the story. The bulk of The Caddy is then told in flashback, telling that story. (more…)

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