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6 December 1956 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dean Martin ... Steve Wiley

Jerry Lewis ... Malcolm Smith

Pat Crowley ... Terry Roberts
Maxie Rosenbloom ... Bookie Benny

Anita Ekberg ... Actress Anita
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Valerie Allen ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Leon Alton ... Casino Patron (uncredited)
Adelle August ... Dancer (uncredited)
Nick Borgani ... Casino Patron (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Catherine Brousset ... Girl (uncredited)
Drew Cahill ... Photographer (uncredited)
Kathryn Card ... Old Lady (uncredited)
Paul Cristo ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Jack Deery ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Jack Delrio ... Casino Patron (uncredited)
Beach Dickerson ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Alphonso DuBois ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Minta Durfee ... Miss Pettywood (uncredited)
Dominic Fidelibus ... Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)
Rudy Germane ... Casino Patron (uncredited)

Joe Gray ... Gambler (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Hotel Extra (uncredited)
Gretchen Houser ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Freda Jones ... Casino Patron (uncredited)
Lorna Jordon ... Photographer (uncredited)
Richard Karlan ... Sammy Ross (uncredited)
Carl M. Leviness ... Casino Patron (uncredited)
Claudia Martin ... 11 Year Old Girl (uncredited)

Deana Martin ... 7 Year Old Girl (uncredited)
Gail Martin ... 9 Year Old Girl (uncredited)
Jack McElroy ... Stupid Sam (uncredited)
Torben Meyer ... Waiter (uncredited)
Dee Moore ... Girl at Mailbox (uncredited)
Del Moore ... Photographer (uncredited)
Wendell Niles ... Wendell Niles (uncredited)
Ralph Peters ... Truck Driver Who Yells 'Sunday Driver!' (uncredited)
Jean Ransome ... Casino Patron (uncredited)
Suzanne Ridgeway ... Extra at Craps Table (uncredited)
Tracey Roberts ... Redhead (uncredited)
Michael Ross ... Paramount Studio Gate Guard (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Crap Table Stickman (uncredited)
Bernard Sell ... Casino Patron (uncredited)
Carl Sklover ... Casino Patron (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Tommy Summers ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Gloria Victor ... Usherette (uncredited)
Loreli Vitek ... Girl (uncredited)
Willard Waterman ... Manager Neville (uncredited)

Ben Welden ... Boss (uncredited)
Ross Westlake ... Sheep-Haired Woman in Balcony (uncredited)
Sandra White ... Dancer (uncredited)
Bob Whitney ... Casino Patron (uncredited)

Frank Wilcox ... Director (uncredited)
Chief Yowlachie ... Chief Running Water (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank Tashlin 
Writing credits
Erna Lazarus (written by)

Frank Tashlin  contributing writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Paul Nathan .... associate producer
Hal B. Wallis .... producer
Original Music by
Walter Scharf (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Daniel L. Fapp (director of photography) (as Daniel Fapp)
Film Editing by
Howard A. Smith  (as Howard Smith)
Art Direction by
Henry Bumstead 
Hal Pereira 
Set Decoration by
Fay Babcock  (as Faye Babcock)
Sam Comer 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James A. Rosenberger .... assistant director (as James Rosenberger)
William Watson .... second unit director
Charles C. Coleman .... assistant director (uncredited)
Gary Nelson .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gene Garvin .... sound recordist
Hugo Grenzbach .... sound recordist
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
John P. Fulton .... special photographic effects
Camera and Electrical Department
W. Wallace Kelley .... photographer: second unit (as Wallace Kelley)
Murray Young .... key grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Norman Luboff .... vocal arranger
Charles O'Curran .... musical numbers creator and stager
Walter Scharf .... conductor
Walter Scharf .... music arranger
Other crew
Rudy Makoul .... dialogue coach
Richard Mueller .... technicolor color consultant
Crew verified as complete

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95 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Among the casino marquees that the boys pass advertising show headliners include Joe E. Lewis, Elvis Presley, and Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
[last lines]
Woman:[to Mr. Bascomb the dog] May I have your autograph, please?
[the dog signs]
Woman:Oh, wonderful! Thank you!
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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
The boys sign off with unbridled joy., 23 June 2009
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

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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