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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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The Pride Of Desert Hole 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:
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)

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Quotes:
Homer Flagg:[to Dr. Harris as he sees a skeleton in his office closet] You probably thought nothing was wrong with him either!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
How Do You Speak to an Angel?See more »

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The Pride Of Desert Hole, 22 February 2014
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

One of my favorite Martin&Lewis Pictures has quite the pedigree. Originally Ben Hecht wrote this as the story behind the film Nothing Sacred, it then was recreated as a musical Hazel Flagg on Broadway with songs by Jule Styne and Bob Hilliard. Then Paramount bought it as a vehicle for Martin and Lewis and scrapped most of the score retaining only How Do You Speak To An Angel and Every Street's A Boulevard.

It's one of those gender reversal parts that Jerry Lewis got playing Homer Flagg, stationmaster at Desert Hole, New Mexico who gets a mistaken diagnosis of radium poisoning by Dr. Dean Martin. That sends Janet Leigh ace reporter on Fred Clark's newspaper for the human interest story of a man dying whose only wish is to see The Big Apple before he dies.

Of course it's all a mistake, but Dean and Jerry keep the deception going to wangle a free trip to New York at Fred Clark's expense. And both of them fight over Janet Leigh.

This was one film where Dean Martin did very well in the song department. Two songs written for the film by the same Broadway composers became favorites of Dino's fans world wide. That's What I Like and Money Burns A Whole In My Pocket sold a few records for him, the latter is a particular favorite of mine.

As for Jerry he has some great comedy routines, one with Sig Ruman as a doctor specialist sent to examine him, another on the train that drops him in the middle of the Los Alamos Proving Grounds where they think he gets the radium poisoning, another swinging from a chandelier doing a demented act and pelting Dean Martin and Fred Clark with light-bulbs.

Highlight of the film is both of them doing one of the great New York tribute ballads Every Street's A Boulevard In Old New York. Dean&Jerry also recorded this and it's a real gem on record and on film.

If you're not a Martin&Lewis fan you'll become one after seeing Living It Up.

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