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February 10, 2018
1001 movies to see before you die.
½ August 23, 2017
Pure anarchy on screen. Comic book fan alert! One of their best pairings, directed by Warner's cartoon director Tashlin, it's live action camic nuttiness at its technicolor Vistavison best. Shirly MacLain's screen debut, Dorthy Malone, ANita Ekberg, Ava Gabor va va vooom.
July 27, 2015
One of the best Martin & Lewis outings with lots of surreal humor and great songs and dancing. Lewis and MacLaine have a wonderful number together reprising Martins Innamorata.
December 22, 2014
Looney Tunes director Frank Tashlin made his directorial debut with this fun Martin and Lewis vehicle. Dean is a cartoonist who uses Jerry's out there dreams for his comic strip. Tashlin does manage to make the film look like a colorful and bright cartoon, which was very fitting for the story and very well suited to the "Bat Lady" superhero parts. Besides Tashlin's visual style and well constructed gags, there's a strong supporting cast that includes Shirley MacLaine, Dorothy Malone, also features Jack Elam, Kathleen Freeman, Eva Gabor and Anita Ekberg in small roles. Considering this film was made in 1955, it's also pretty edgy in terms of pushing the production code with some awfully sexy attire worn by the ladies and some pretty surprising innuendo. I haven't seen all of the Martin and Lewis films, but this one is probably my favorite I've seen so far.
½ February 16, 2014
Heavy going comedy from Martin and Lewis. Lewis is so overrated and noisy that his schtick becomes annoying. More interesting is the array of female talent on show. This was one of Shirley Maclaine's first films and the very beautiful and talented Dorothy Malone appears. Big breasts abound in the form of Anita Ekberg and Eva Gabor. Shot in Vistavision and Technicolor looks fabulous. Poor effort unless you love Dean and Jerry.
½ November 18, 2013
except title this bares no resemblence to the 1937 pic with the same title
½ March 10, 2013
Frank Tashlin directs Martin and Lewis with a primary color palette and 1950s pin up girls in a musical satire on the comic book delinquency scandal and the Cold War and gender coding. Aspiring artist Dean Martin plagiarizes his spazzy friend Jerry Lewis's subconsciously vocalized nightmares in order to sell comic book story ideas. Jerry Lewis has two different, equally inspired sequences involving a staircase, one of which is shared with Shirley MacLaine (as his inspired love interest) who sometimes wears a "Bat Lady" costume.
½ December 31, 2012
Interesting if solely for a look at the tongue-in-cheek backlash at comics of the 60s. Never seen a Jerry Lewis film before or heard of his partnership with Dean Martin. Lewis is certainly a lively comic presence and the film tops early in the "Let's Play Pretend" number. In the romantic sidelines, props to Shirley MacClaine for putting any dignity aside for laughs, but the Dean Martin/Dorothy Malone storyline is merely labored.
½ November 20, 2012
Wow, these guys are. . .not very funny. Occasionally a joke lands where it should, the musical numbers are OK, the basic plot outline itself is pretty good in many ways. But man, the flapping dickey bit?
April 8, 2012
There are some examples of effective humour in this well-acted Martin and Lewis vehicle, but the overall product is unsatisfying.
January 27, 2011
Perhaps if I'd gone through these Martin/Lewis pics in reverse order, I would have enjoyed this one most, and [i]Parnders[/i] least, instead of vice-versa. Even the presence of Shirley MacLaine can't save this, although I am again intrigued by Tashlin's commentary and self-aware gags. I'd like to see how he handles a better vehicle.
August 5, 2010
Classic and hilarious Martin and Lewis film. Jerry Lewis is hysterical with his dreams and costume and even trying to go upstairs!
½ March 11, 2010
Martin and Lewis are both artists in Greenwich village and they're mostly unemployed. Lewis's character is an avid fan of comic books that by the mid 1950's were at the height of their popularity but also catching a fair amount of criticism for their effects on juveniles. But its the comic book industry that gives our two heroes a shot a success and romance.

The film begins with a gag showcasing the duo's comedic abilities and landing them unemployed again followed by a rather depressing musical number 'If you pretend' proclaiming that in times of hardship its easier to drift into fantasy. This dynamic sets the tone for the rest of the film, Peter Bogdonavich said Tashlin directed the only two solid Martin and Lewis films because of elements like that dynamic. That Tashlin being one of the most inventive comedians of he seems to be able to still add an element of social commentary amongst over the top cartoon humor. We see this in the film particularly in the references to the cold war and in a sadistic child who's mind has been corrupted by comic books tosses a letter opener like a throwing knife.

The film is interesting in how well it holds, especially in today's cinema dominated by comic book movies. The irony though is that Tashlin wrote comic strips himself and perhaps only someone with that insight could bring the film to life being a film that invokes the style of comics in form but satirizes it in content. This is best demonstrated in the final act where the film becomes an over the top espionge thriller.

What make the film so ambitious and so successful is how thorough the film eaxmines the industry; elements of the film conatin biting criticsm towards them and their rise in violence, even Jerry Lewis' character ends up speaking out against and we see Dorthy Malone's work is looked down upon for its lack of violence. However at the same time its a source of succes for Martin and Lewis which they celebrate with treffic a musical number and by the end of the film by the time the communists get involved the film is invoking those very elements.
January 29, 2010
October 2, 2009
My favorite of the Martin & Lewis pictures, and could even be considered a legitimately great movie. Tashlin spent most of his early career directing Looney Tunes, and it shows. The film has a carefree, stream-of-consciousness, anything can happen vibe to it, in a candy-colored world where comic book artists get involved in international intrigue. It's often teetering on the edge of insanity. Sexy, sassy and a load of fun. Maclaine easily holds her own with the boys, and Malone does well, too.
September 27, 2009
Up there with Singin' in the Rain. It's just magical.
August 18, 2009
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis are both great in this film, although Jerry Lewis really can be a bit much at times. The colors are great, and i really love the amount of experimentation Tashlin brought to this film, in terms of visual and sound gags. Its just one of those films that makes you smile.
½ May 30, 2009
Probably the only Martin & Lewis film worth seeing. Splashy and colorful.
½ February 10, 2009
Fun, strange and stupid. Jerry Lewis sings a number about imagination that is amazing.
January 8, 2009
My absolute favourite Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis movie - I adore Shirley MacLaine and I love their apartment and the rooftop - classic and classy xox
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