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Artists and Models (1955)

 -  Comedy | Musical  -  7 November 1955 (USA)
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Rick Todd uses the dreams of his roommate Eugene as the basis for a successful comic book.

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Storyline

Eugene and Rick are two struggling artists who share apartment. However, Rick has problems with that, because Eugene is obsessed with pulp fiction comic books and has nightmares because of that. However, Rick soon finds that those nightmares could be excellent material for his own comic books. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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Comedy | Musical

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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

According to the Paramount Collection at the AMPAS Library the film was produced at the cost of $1,701,083, which was $103,083 over its allotted budget. Because of the budget overruns, a planned "The Bat Lady" musical production number was never filmed. 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

Rick Todd: Well, what's the rush? I never met a lady cartoonist before.
Abigail 'Abby' Parker: [Sarcastically] All lady cartoonists are extremely grateful.
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Referenced in Happy Days: A.K.A. the Fonz (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Innamorata (Sweetheart)
Lyrics by Jack Brooks
Music by Harry Warren
Sung by Dean Martin
Reprised (in a comedy treatment) by Shirley MacLaine and Jerry Lewis
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Dino Puts Jerry On Canvas
11 February 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

One of the best of the Martin&Lewis films is Artists And Models where Dean and Jerry play a pair of roommates. Dino is a struggling artist and Jerry just struggles.

Jerry also dreams out loud and his wild imaginings in the arms of Morbeus give Dean an idea for comic strip characters which he draws. It makes them both quite successful. When they accidentally print the part of a secret rocket formula that is destined to launch a proposed space station into orbit, he arouses both the interest of our Secret Service and the Russians. They send a beautiful spy in the person of Eva Gabor and her scenes trying to vamp Jerry are a scream.

Two things struck me about Artists And Models. One was that Dino seemed less abusive of Jerry in the relationship. It was something different coming out of the pair. Secondly Paramount hired songwriters Harry Warren and Jack Brooks to write a really outstanding score for Dean to sing, one of the best in a Martin&Lewis film. In fact I'm surprised that such songs like Innamorata, When You Pretend, You Look So Familiar, and The Lucky Song, that not one of them merited an Oscar nomination. All are very big favorites with Dean Martin's legion of fans. The team of Warren and Brooks was responsible for Dino's biggest hit from a motion picture, That's Amore.

Jerry occasionally gets a girl as well in some of their films and in this one he got Shirley MacLaine who was doing just her second film, having made her debut in Alfred Hitchcock's The Trouble With Harry also done at Paramount. She also gets to vamp Jerry with a hysterical obbligato of Innamorata. She proves his equal in the mugging department, no mean feat.

In fact the film is populated with beautiful women besides MacLaine and Gabor, Anita Ekberg is also a model and Dorothy Malone is an artist who rooms with MacLaine and has a relationship roughly parallel. Malone looks a whole lot like Jeanne Martin in my humble opinion and in the Nick Tosches biography of Dean Martin, she speaks warmly about working with him in a couple of films, saying he was one of the easiest going people to work with and in fact on another film, helped her over a rough patch because Malone had just lost a brother.

Artists And Models shows Dean and Jerry at their best and musically it might just be the best of the scores Dean Martin ever got in any of his films.


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