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Director:
Writers:
Ben Hecht (play) and
Jack Rose (screenplay)
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Release Date:
23 July 1954 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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 »
User Reviews:
This is some funny stuff See more (17 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)
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 ... Fernandez (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)
George Davis ... Doorman (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 ... Specialty 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)
Jewel McGowan ... Jitterbug Dancer (uncredited)
Torben Meyer ... Chef (uncredited)

Frank Mills ... Bum in Park (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ... Waiter (uncredited)
Michael O'Hara ... Armed Guard (uncredited)
Ray Page ... Intern (uncredited)
Max Power ... Slugger (uncredited)

Cosmo Sardo ... Assistant Tailor (uncredited)
Jack Stoney ... Intern (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Cop (uncredited)
Tommy Summers ... 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  screenplay
Melville Shavelson  screenplay
James 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 .... first 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:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Australia:G | Finland:S | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #16815, General Audience) | West Germany:6 (f)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Living It Up was based on the 1953 Broadway musical Hazel Flagg , which was based on the 1937 David O. Selznick-United Artists film Nothing Sacred (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ). Nothing Sacred , in turn, was suggested by the short story "Letter to the Editor" by James H. Street. Nothing Sacred , which was directed by William Wellman, was written by Ben Hecht, who also wrote the book for Hazel Flagg and receives onscreen credit for Living It Up . Carole Lombard played the dying "Hazel" in the 1937 film and Fredric March portrayed "Wally." Sig Ruman played "Dr. Egelhofer" in both the 1937 and 1954 pictures. Dancer Sheree North (1933-2005), in her first significant screen role, also played the star jitterbugger in Hazel Flagg . Only three songs from the Broadway show are performed in Living It Up -"Every Street's a Boulevard in Old New York," "How Do You Speak to an Angel?" and "You're Gonna Dance with Me." A snippet of the show's song "Who Is the Bravest" is also heard in the film. HR news items add the following actors to the cast of Living It Up : Hazel Boyne, Philo McCollough, Tom Tutwiler, Jack Gaines, Jr., Stuart Holmes, Lucille Lamarr, Lou Brown, Bill Roberts, Helen Dickson, Millicent Patrick and Jane Easton. The appearance of these actors in the final film has not been confirmed. According to a 26 Apr 1954 LAT item, a special preview of the picture was held at George Air Base near Victorville, CA. As noted in a 16 Jul 1954 HR news item, the film then had a special two-day premiere in Atlantic City. Modern sources claim that, at Jerry Lewis' behest, the film was screened in Jun 1954 at the Brown Hotel, where Lewis had performed as a teenager, at Loch Sheldrake in the Catskill Mountains. The picture was re-released in Sep 1965. (AFI)See more »
Quotes:
Oliver Stone:Waiter! Bottle of ginger ale for Mr. Flagg!
Waiter:[disappointed that it's not champagne] Bottle of ginger ale for Mr. Flagg.
Oliver Stone:Domestic!
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Movie Connections:
Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
That's What I LikeSee more »

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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
This is some funny stuff, 18 July 2005

Jerry Lewis plays a railroad worker Homer Flagg, who think he's dying on radioactive poisoning in three weeks.Dean Martin is his doctor Steve Harris, who tells him that's not the case.A beautiful New York reporter Wally Cook (Janet Leigh) comes to New Mexico wanting to write a series of articles about this "dying" young man.She takes both Homer and the doc to New York.Homer hasn't bothered the lady with the truth, that he's not actually going to die, because he's always wanted to go to NY.And of course the love sick doctor falls for the pretty reporter and so does Homer.The whole city of New York feels pity for the poor Homer. Norman Taurog's Living It Up (1954) is an extremely funny Jerry Lewis movie from the time he still made a team with Dean Martin.It's not only Jerry who makes you laugh hard, also Dean does that trick.Janet Leigh makes a perfect leading lady in the middle of the clown and the playboy.You can find awfully many funny scenes from the movie, like where Jerry pretends he's a doctor from Paris, Wienna and Hong Kong.He also pretends he's Dean's character while Dean is Jerry.Also the scene on the dance floor with Sheree North is pretty amazing.I saw this movie for the first time in seven years yesterday.It sure brought me back.

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