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Hollywood or Bust (1956)

A singer who can't pay his bookie joins a nerdy, star-struck movie fan and his Great Dane in a cross-country convertible ride to Hollywood.

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The last movie with Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin together, is a satire of the life in Hollywood. Steve Wiley is a deceiver who cheats Malcolm Smith when he wins a car, claiming that he won it too. Trying to steal the car, Steve tells Malcolm that he lives in Hollywood, next to Anita Ekberg's. When Malcom hears that, they both set out for Hollywood and the adventure begins... Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Musical

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6 December 1956 (USA)  »

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Beginner's Luck  »

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$3,300,000, 31 December 1956
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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The original screenplay by Erna Lazarus concerned the adventures of a down-on-her-luck ex-chorus girl and a con man as they made their way to California. It was conceived as a vehicle for Shirley Booth and Humphrey Bogart. By the time Frank Tashlin got through re-tooling it for Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, it bore little resemblance to the original script. Nevertheless, Lazarus retained the sole writing credit. See more »

Goofs

Apparently, Tashlin was a little confused about Paramount's production schedule: Malcolm mentions having seen the Burt Lancaster adaptation of The Rainmaker, which would not come out until after Hollywood or Bust was already released. See more »

Quotes

Old Lady: [getting into the car] You're a dear sweet young man.
[seeing the dog]
Old Lady: Oh my, does he bite?
Steve Wiley: [laconically] Only me lady.
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Connections

References Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

It Looks Like Love
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
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A very funny satire on Hollywood by Frank Tashlin
26 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

"Hollywood or Bust" was the last of Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin musical comedies and a very good one. Although it is not as bracingly innovative and riotous as Tashlin's "Artists and Models", I kept laughing throughout.

Some hilarious and enjoyable scenes come to mind: The opening moments in the movie theater where Lewis is ruining a woman's hair with popcorn; the rousing musical number "A Day in the Country" (Martin and Lewis in a car) which is Tashlin's homage to the "Beyond the Blue Horizon" number in Lubitsch's 1930 musical "Monte Carlo"; and there is Lewis' imitation of Rudolph Valentino's "Blood and the Sand".

Sure it can be silly and puerile at times, but it's a lot of fun.

Worth seeing.


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