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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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Comedy | Musical

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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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Trivia

Dean & Jerry did not speak to each other at all off the set during the filming of Hollywood or Bust. See more »

Goofs

The last scene supposedly occurs during premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theater but there are no hand or footprints in the forecourt as the stars walk red carpet. See more »

Quotes

Steve Wiley: [referring to sexy movie star Anita Ekberg] Do I know her? She drives me crazy!
Malcolm Smith: [obviously excited] Me too!
Steve Wiley: She keeps coming to my back door and wants to borrow a couple of cups of sugar...
Malcolm Smith: Sugar? That's nice, yeah!
Steve Wiley: ...a couple eggs...
Steve Wiley: Oh, eggs! Good!
Steve Wiley: I go over to her place - I borrow a grapefruit or two...
Malcolm Smith: [aroused by the metaphor] Oh, that's cute!
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References Strategic Air Command (1955) See more »

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Hollywood or Bust
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
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Good swan song
3 June 2000 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

It's hard to believe that this was Martin and Lewis' last film. It was reported that they could barely stand each other to make this film--this is hardly evident when you watch it. There are some great laughs in the film, such as the beginning when Jerry spills popcorn in the lady's hair.

Some great comedic stuff is provided by the dog, Mr. Bascom. There is an especially cute segment where he meets and "falls in love" with Anita Eckberg's dog. Oops....don't want to give too much of it away.

All in all this is a very funny movie, and well worth buying or renting.


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