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Egotistical vaudevillian Bill Miller basks in the limelight with his successful musical-comedy act, but his success is due to his unheralded second banana.

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Bill Miller is an unsuccessful Broadway performer until his handlers convince him to enhance his act with a stooge - Ted Rogers, a guy positioned in the audience to be the butt of Bill's jokes. But Ted begins to steal the show. Bill's girlfriend and his pals tell him to make Ted an equal partner. Complications occur, while Bill sings and Ted gets the laughs. Written by erasmus

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A RIOTOUS MUSICAL RAMPAGE! (original print ad - all caps)

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Comedy | Drama | Musical

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31 December 1952 (USA)  »

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Though filmed in 1951, it was held up release till 1953 because Paramount was unsure of its box office appeal due to its extensive dramatic moments. See more »

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[Ted is drunk]
Mary Turner: [whispering] Don't you think Ted has had enough?
Theodore 'Ted' Rogers: You whisperin' about me?
Bill Miller: Oh, no. What gives you that idea?
Theodore 'Ted' Rogers: I don't know. Am I being very extraordinary
[hiccups]
Theodore 'Ted' Rogers: "Extraordinary". That's a funny one.
[drinks more champagne]
Mary Turner: How do you feel?
Theodore 'Ted' Rogers: I feel very... gling glong. Thank you.
[...]
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A Girl Named Mary and a Boy Named Bill
Lyrics by Mack David
Music by Jerry Livingston
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Though a bit uneven dramatically, The Stooge is another enjoyable Martin & Lewis picture
23 August 2011 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

With this, Martin & Lewis's seventh feature together, they're reunited with the following co-stars from previous movies: Polly Bergen-who was in At War with the Army and That's My Boy-playing Dean's wife who once again has a wonderful duet with him, Marion Marshall-who was also in TMB as well as Sailor Beware-playing Jerry's girlfriend, Eddie Mayehoff-previously Jerry's father in TMB is now Dean's and eventually Jerry's manager, Richard Erdman-previously the person Jerry passes himself off as in Jumping Jacks is Dean's previous performing partner here, and Mary Treen-previously the assistant of Corrine Calvet in SB is now the assistant of Jerry's boss before Jerry's teaming with Dean. In this one, Dean is an entertainer who's trying to make it as a single but his act sucks when he tries that so Jerry is picked to play a stooge for him. I'll stop there and just say that while I liked the way the actors switched from comedy to drama during the transitional scenes, sometimes I think the screenplay or maybe the direction didn't make them seamless enough to be believable to me. In fact, I found Jerry and sometimes Dean more funny offstage than when they did their act on-stage. And I think it was a mistake to make it seem like Jerry didn't know what he was doing the whole time he's on stage especially whenever it's obviously not the case-such as when he has to go on by himself after Dean drinks too much to do so and does a great parody of Maurice Chevalier. Nevertheless, this is another enjoyable Martin & Lewis picture that gets a recommendation from me. P.S. Frances Bavier, as Jerry's mom, was a nice surprise to me especially when she did his laugh. And what a coincidence that both her and Ms. Treen are in this picture since Ms. Bavier replaced Ms. Treen as the housekeeper in the first episode of "The Andy Griffith Show"!


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