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Director:
Writer:
Erna Lazarus (written by)
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Release Date:
6 December 1956 (USA) See more »
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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 »
NewsDesk:
(12 articles)
Survival of the Unfit: On Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa’s "Jerry & Me"
 (From MUBI. 10 June 2013, 6:06 AM, PDT)

WWE: The ‘Hollywood Or Bust’ Mentality
 (From Obsessed with Film. 30 April 2013, 3:58 AM, PDT)

Six to watch: Gameshow hosts
 (From The Guardian - TV News. 10 February 2012, 3:29 AM, PST)

User Reviews:
A very funny satire on Hollywood by Frank Tashlin 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)
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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)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Trivia:
When they arrive in Hollywood, Anita Ekberg is starring in a movie where she plays Napoleon's lover. That same year, Ekberg was featured in War and Peace (1956), another Paramount release, which included Napoleon as a character.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:
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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Movie Connections:
References Blood and Sand (1922)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Wild and Wooly WestSee more »

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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A very funny satire on Hollywood by Frank Tashlin, 26 December 2002
Author: Kalaman from Ottawa

"Hollywood or Bust" was the last of Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin musical comedies and a very good one. Although it is not as bracingly innovative and riotous as Tashlin's "Artists and Models", I kept laughing throughout.

Some hilarious and enjoyable scenes come to mind: The opening moments in the movie theater where Lewis is ruining a woman's hair with popcorn; the rousing musical number "A Day in the Country" (Martin and Lewis in a car) which is Tashlin's homage to the "Beyond the Blue Horizon" number in Lubitsch's 1930 musical "Monte Carlo"; and there is Lewis' imitation of Rudolph Valentino's "Blood and the Sand".

Sure it can be silly and puerile at times, but it's a lot of fun.

Worth seeing.

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