Rick Todd uses the dreams of his roommate Eugene as the basis for a successful comic book.

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Bessie Sparrowbrush
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Eddie Mayehoff ...
Mr. Murdock
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Sonia / Mrs. Curtis
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Anita
George Winslow ...
Richard Stilton (as George 'Foghorn' Winslow')
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Ivan
Herbert Rudley ...
Secret Service Chief Samuels
Richard Shannon ...
Secret Service Agent Rogers
Richard Webb ...
Secret Service Agent Peters
Alan Lee ...
Otto
Otto Waldis ...
Kurt
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Storyline

Rick Todd and Eugene Fullstack share an apartment and have dreams for the future. Rick is an aspiring artist looking for a break. Eugene loves comic books, especially The Bat Lady series. He is so engrossed with her stories that he has nightmares and dreams of his own comic book characters. Their luck begins to change when Abby Parker is fired as the artist for the Bat Lady. Rick pitches his own comic book series and Eugene gets to meet Bessie Sparrowbrush, who, unbeknown to him, is the artist's model the Bat Lady. Rivalry and romance ensues for all four of them, with several song and dance numbers along the way. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

7 November 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Artistes et modèles  »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Rick Todd's home town is mentioned as Steubendale. Dean Martin's real life birthplace is Steubenville, Ohio. See more »

Goofs

When Rick is painting the lips on the billboard, he looks down to answer his boss, and when he looks back the lips are fully painted. See more »

Quotes

Eugene Fullstack: They wanted to have me drowned when I was born, but the SPCA stopped them.
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Connections

Featured in The Colgate Comedy Hour: Episode #6.11 (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

The Bat Lady
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Lyrics by Jack Brooks
Music by Harry Warren
Written for this picture but evidently cut
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Happiness is just a state of mind my friend...when you pretend.
20 October 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Malcolm Smith loves the movies and especially Anita Ekberg. Getting one of his lucky feelings, Malcolm buys a ream of raffle tickets to win a car. Sure enough he wins, but so does gigolo gambler Steve Wiley, who, not unsurprisingly has won by less than honourable means. Refusing to give out two cars, the promotion merely tells the men that they will have to share the car. Much to Steve's annoyance as he has debts to pay. So deviously he agrees to drive with Malcolm to Hollywood, planning to ditch him at the first chance he gets. Only he hadn't figured on Mr. Bascom, Malcolm's Great Dane who's along for the ride, and an encounter with the pretty Terry Roberts. Yep, it's safe to say this is not going to be an ordinary road trip.

With their relationship deeply fractured at this time (this was their last film together), it's something of a surprise to find that Hollywood Or Bust is one of the finest films that Dean Martin (Steve) and Jerry Lewis (Malcolm) made. Everything that made the duo so massively popular is in here, even into the bargain daring to cast a satirical slant to the whiles and trials of Hollywood itself. A lot of the credit has to go to director Frank Tashlin. Tashlin, who was also at the helm for arguably the boys career high point Artists & Models, keeps the whole thing zippy, steering the duo in a direction to which they simply could not fail.

Sure enough the humour is almost juvenile at times, and yes Dean of course croons and tries to bed the girl (a spiky Pat Crowley as Terry), but it's got such a sense of joy to it, the kind of joy that much like Artists & Models, can really lift the blues. Stand out songs from the Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster score are "A Day in the Country" and "It Looks Like Love", whilst it will be tough not to giggle at some of the antics of Mr. Bascom and the irrepressible Lewis, particularly with one particular movie parody. Anita Ekberg comes and joins in the fun later in the piece, just in time for the riotous carnage that you know is around the corner.

If the sight of a Great Dane driving a car is not funny to you? Well chances are you should avoid this film completely. But that would be a shame for it's a delightful film, brisk and cheeky, it's most definitely one that's in desperate need of reappraisal from the grumpy brigade because it's a real blues lifter. 8/10


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