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Director:
Writer:
Erna Lazarus (written by)
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Release Date:
6 December 1956 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Their maddest, merriest FUN HIT! See more »
Plot:
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 »
User Reviews:
End of an era See more (12 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dean Martin ... Steve Wiley

Jerry Lewis ... Malcolm Smith

Pat Crowley ... Terry Roberts
Max 'Slapsie Maxie' Rosenbloom ... Bookie Benny (as Maxie Rosenbloom)

Anita Ekberg ... Actress Anita
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Valerie Allen ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Adelle August ... Dancer (uncredited)
Catherine Brousset ... Girl (uncredited)
Drew Cahill ... Photographer (uncredited)
Kathryn Card ... Old Lady (uncredited)
Beach Dickerson ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Minta Durfee ... Miss Pettywood (uncredited)
Dominic Fidelibus ... Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)

Joe Gray ... Gambler (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Hotel Extra (uncredited)
Gretchen Houser ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Lorna Jordon ... Photographer (uncredited)
Richard Karlan ... Sammy Ross (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)
Suzanne Ridgeway ... Extra at Craps Table (uncredited)
Tracey Roberts ... Redhead (uncredited)
Michael Ross ... Paramount Studio Gate Guard (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Crap Table Stickman (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)

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
 
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Runtime:
95 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Trivia:
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:
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 »
Quotes:
Malcolm Smith:But remember, I'd have never known about the phony ticket or the stealing if you didn't tell me, which means you're very noble. You're as noble as Abraham Lincoln or Raymond Massey.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Wild and Wooly WestSee more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
End of an era, 30 May 2011
Author: colonelzagbar from San Francisco

This is the last of the 16 movies which Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis made together, and by this point they weren't even speaking to each other off-camera, but this time the screen is filled with even more inventiveness than usual. That's because the director is master satirist Frank Tashlin, who, having already taken on rock and roll (The Girl Can't Help It) and comic books (Artists and Models, also with Dean and Jerry), now turns his attention to movie fandom.

Dean plays Steve, a down-on-his-luck gambler who wants to pay off his debts by cheating in a raffle to win an expensive car, but the legal winner (Malcolm, played by Jerry) also turns up, and the contest holder rules that they have to share the car. Malcolm (a movie fan who's obsessed with Anita Ekberg) wants to drive the car to Hollywood to meet her, and Steve goes along for the ride, planning to ditch him somewhere along the way. Unfortunately, Malcolm is also bringing his gigantic dog "Mr. Bascom," who manages to thwart a few of Steve's plans.

Besides the numerous references to movies real and fictional (i.e., "Chloroform and Old Calico"), we also get romance, great musical numbers, beautiful Technicolor, Jerry doing a bullfighting routine a la Rudolph Valentino, a hilarious gambling sequence in a Vegas casino, and much more. Dean and Jerry part ways after this, but at least they leave on a high note.

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