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Release Date:
23 July 1954 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
THEY'RE LAFFIN' IT UP! (original print ad - all caps)
Plot:
An unsophisticated stationmaster from provincial New Mexico fraudulently claims that he is dying in order to get an expense-paid dream tour of New York. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Finest film of Martin and Lewis See more (16 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dean Martin ... Dr. Steve Harris

Jerry Lewis ... Homer Flagg

Janet Leigh ... Wally Cook

Edward Arnold ... The Mayor

Fred Clark ... Oliver Stone

Sheree North ... Jitterbug Dancer
Sammy White ... Waiter
Sid Tomack ... Master of Ceremonies
Sig Ruman ... Dr. Emile Egelhofer
Richard Loo ... Dr. Lee
Raymond Greenleaf ... Conductor
Walter Baldwin ... Isaiah Jackson
Fay Roope ... Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Milicent Patrick ... Bit (unconfirmed)
Brick Sullivan ... Cop
John Alderson ... Yankee Catcher (uncredited)
Art Baker ... Radio Announcer (uncredited)

Bobby Barber ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Richard Barron ... Doorman (uncredited)
Don Bender ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Stanley Blystone ... Ike, the Train Engineer (uncredited)
Frank Branda ... Pump Room Chief (uncredited)
Jack Bruce ... Policeman (uncredited)
Bill Cartledge ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Lane Chandler ... Policeman (uncredited)
Charles Collins ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Booth Colman ... Fernadez (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Man in Hotel Lobby (uncredited)
Clancy Cooper ... Newspaper Slugger (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Shoe Salesman (uncredited)
Roger Creed ... Ambulance Driver (uncredited)

Frankie Darro ... Bellboy Captain (uncredited)
Louise De Carlo ... Public Stenographer (uncredited)
Jean Del Val ... French Chef (uncredited)
Don Dunning ... Slugger (uncredited)
Marla English ... Manicurist (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Man at Bus Depot (uncredited)
Fritz Feld ... The Barber (uncredited)
Jac Fisher ... Policeman (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Wonderland Ballroom Diner (uncredited)

Eduard Franz ... Dr. Nassau (uncredited)

Kathryn Grant ... Manicurist (uncredited)

Dabbs Greer ... Head Boy Ranger (uncredited)
Audrey Hansen ... Hostess (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... New York City Official at Airport (uncredited)
Al Hill ... Newspaper Slugger (uncredited)
Jimmie Horan ... Grocery Clerk (uncredited)
Gretchen Houser ... Dancer (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Extra (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Martin (uncredited)
Paul Kruger ... Police Chief (uncredited)

Norman Leavitt ... Photographer (uncredited)
Emmett Lynn ... Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)
Mike Mahoney ... Tank Commander (uncredited)
Rudy Makoul ... Announcer (uncredited)
Hank Mann ... Bus Boy (uncredited)
Torben Meyer ... Chef (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Bum in Park (uncredited)
Michael O'Hara ... Armed Guard (uncredited)
Ray Page ... Intern (uncredited)
Max Power ... Slugger (uncredited)
Cosmo Sardo ... Assistant Tailor (uncredited)
Jack Stoney ... Intern (uncredited)
Tommy Summer ... Elevator Boy (uncredited)
Grady Sutton ... Gift Shop Owner (uncredited)
Fred Sweeney ... Old Man (uncredited)
Ted Thorpe ... Tailor (uncredited)
Stephen Wootton ... Boy (uncredited)
Fred Zendar ... Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by
Norman Taurog 
 
Writing credits
Ben Hecht (play "Hazel Flagg")

Jack Rose 
Melville Shavelson 
James H. Street  story

Produced by
Paul Jones .... producer
 
Original Music by
Walter Scharf (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Daniel L. Fapp (director of photography) (as Daniel Fapp)
 
Film Editing by
Archie Marshek 
 
Art Direction by
Albert Nozaki 
Hal Pereira 
 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Emile Kuri 
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head (gowns)
 
Production Management
Don Robb .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael D. Moore .... assistant director
Arthur Rosson .... second unit director
Clem Jones .... second assistant director (uncredited)
David Silver .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Gene Garvin .... sound recordist
Gene Merritt .... sound recordist
A.H. Barnett .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Herman Lewis .... stage engineer (uncredited)
Keith Stafford .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
John P. Fulton .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
W. Wallace Kelley .... photographer: second unit (as Wallace Kelley)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Charles Henderson .... vocal arranger
Walter Scharf .... conductor
Walter Scharf .... music arranger
 
Other crew
Nick Castle .... choreographer
Rudy Makoul .... dialogue coach
Jack Mintz .... assistant to producer
Richard Mueller .... technicolor color consultant
Claire Behnke .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
95 min
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Australia:G | Finland:S | USA:Approved (PCA #16815, General Audience) | West Germany:6 (f)

Did You Know?

Quotes:
Homer Flagg:I wish I could go to New York with yuh.
Isaiah Jackson:Now, Homer, you're gonna be fillin' my shoes, stationmaster of Desert Hole!
Homer Flagg:[dejectedly] Yeah.
Isaiah Jackson:[optimistically] In exactly 52 years you'll be getting your pension. Then you'll be on your way to wine, women, and song.
Homer Flagg:In 52 years who'll be able to sing?
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References Sabrina (1954)See more »
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19 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Finest film of Martin and Lewis, 11 May 2002
Author: lzf0 from United States

In 1937, William Wellman directed a classic screenplay by Ben Hecht called "Nothing Sacred". This film has become a screwball comedy classic. Doctor Charles Winninger wrongly diagnoses patient Carole Lombard telling her that she has radiation poisoning. New York journalist Frederic March finds out about this and brings Lombard and Winninger to New York as a publicity stunt. March later discovers that Lombard is not going to die, but this does not matter to him; he has fallen in love with her.

Now in the early 1950s, this movie was turned into a Broadway musical called "Hazel Flagg". The score was written by Jule Styne ("Anchors Away", "High Button Shoes", "Gentleman Prefer Blondes", "Gypsy", "Funny Girl") and Bob Hilliard (a Brill Building lyricist). The show was semi-successful, so Paramount decided to use it as a basis for a Martin and Lewis comedy.

Dean is the skirt chasing, incompetent doctor. Jerry is the patient, becoming "Homer Flagg". March's role is given over to Janet Leigh and she falls for Dean. Some of the Broadway song are used: "How Do You Speak to an Angel", "Every Street's a Boulevard", "You're Gonna Dance with Me". Styne and Hilliard also wrote a batch of new songs for Dean and Jerry. In fact, Dean and Jerry handle all of the musical numbers.

Now the movies never really captured the essence of Martin and Lewis. That is only available through kinescopes of their "Colgate Comedy Hour" and a bootleg film of a show at the Copa. The tension between the relaxed crooner-comic (Martin) being upstaged by his ambitious partner with a schizoid personality (sometimes silly juvenile, sometimes savvy show biz comic) is seen in these shows. It is truly fascinating and brings a depth to the partnership of Martin and Lewis that no other comedy team has ever had.

In the movies, Dean was cast as a heel who is reformed by the end of the movie by his partner and his leading lady. Jerry is a magical sprite; he appears to be inept and clumsy, but he is way ahead of every other character in the film. While some of this is seen in "Living It Up", it is blatantly true of "Jumping Jacks". Both Dean and Jerry are full service entertainers. They are funny, the can sing, they can dance, and they can act. The shame of it all is that they broke up before they had really hit their stride. Just imagine films featuring Dean's drunk, sex maniac character which appeared very shortly after the breakup and Jerry's mature schizoid "I'm a famous movie star" clown.

As for "Living It Up", it is a musical comedy which can be viewed again and again. The story is great, the songs are tuneful, and the gags are fast and funny.

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