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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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A COAST TO COAST FUN TOOT! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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6 December 1956 (USA)  »

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Beginner's Luck  »

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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

Malcolm Smith: Boy, I'm lucky. Do you know when I first found out I was lucky?
Steve Wiley: When?
Malcolm Smith: When I entered the "Send in a Poochy Pup Dog Food jingle for the Poochy Pup Dog Food" jingle contest. You wanna hear how it goes?
Steve Wiley: No, but I will.
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Connections

Featured in E! True Hollywood Story: Dean Martin (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

The Wild and Wooly West
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
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Hear Dino bark! See Jerry eat popcorn! See a dog!
14 August 2005 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

Oh, poor little film, only three user comments! I'll scribble something for self-amusement, so, uh... You might as well skip this.

The film is indeed highly enjoyable.

Some of the bits are stupid, borderline-infantile in fact, but that matters not.

The movie buff element could've been emphasized more.

I need to see more Tashlin. Nice cartooniness again, though the look of "Artists and Models" is even sweller. In fact, it's better overall.

The songs, in something of a surprise, are great!

The dialogue sparkles at times, which I appreciate much.

What, that's it?


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