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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 »
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(19 articles)
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Cast

  (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
 
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Runtime:
95 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Malcolm "fixes" Terry's beater, he leaves a pile of spare parts directly in front of her vehicle, but she drives forward immediately afterward as if there were no obstructions in her path.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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Movie Connections:
References Blood and Sand (1922)See more »
Soundtrack:
A Day in the CountrySee more »

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2 out of 2 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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