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The Stooge (1951)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 31 December 1952 (USA)
Egotistical vaudevillian Bill Miller basks in the limelight with his successful musical-comedy act, but his success is due to his unheralded second banana.

Director:

Norman Taurog

Writers:

Fred F. Finklehoffe (screenplay), Martin Rackin (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dean Martin ... Bill Miller
Jerry Lewis ... Theodore 'Ted' Rogers
Polly Bergen ... Mary Turner Miller
Marion Marshall ... Genevieve 'Frecklehead' Tait
Eddie Mayehoff Eddie Mayehoff ... Leo Lyman
Richard Erdman ... Ben Bailey
Frances Bavier ... Mrs. Rogers
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Storyline

Bill Miller is an unsuccessful Broadway performer until his handlers convince him to enhance his act with a stooge - Ted Rogers, a guy positioned in the audience to be the butt of Bill's jokes. But Ted begins to steal the show. Bill's girlfriend and his pals tell him to make Ted an equal partner. Complications occur, while Bill sings and Ted gets the laughs. Written by erasmus

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Taglines:

A RIOTOUS MUSICAL RAMPAGE! (original print ad - all caps)

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 December 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Prügelknabe See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Wallis Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Jerry Lewis' trademark catch-phrase, "Hey, Lady!!!" originated in this film. He directs the line at Marion Marshall as he falls out of the theater balcony in his first performance as the stooge. See more »

Quotes

[Ted is drunk]
Mary Turner: [whispering] Don't you think Ted has had enough?
Theodore 'Ted' Rogers: You whisperin' about me?
Bill Miller: Oh, no. What gives you that idea?
Theodore 'Ted' Rogers: I don't know. Am I being very extraordinary
[hiccups]
Theodore 'Ted' Rogers: "Extraordinary". That's a funny one.
[drinks more champagne]
Mary Turner: How do you feel?
Theodore 'Ted' Rogers: I feel very... gling glong. Thank you.
[...]
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Connections

Spoofs Algiers (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

With My Eyes Wide Open I'm Dreaming
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Revel
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung by Dean Martin
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A suave singer hooks up with a "meshugener" sidekick
22 August 2013 | by rose_lilySee all my reviews

Martin & Lewis were everywhere in the 1950s. Movies. TV. I remember the duo very well and watching them as a child, I thought Jerry Lewis was hilarious. I haven't seen them together since those days. When I saw "The Stooge" recently on TCM, my memories took a big jolt.

This is a really is an unpleasant, uncomfortable movie. Lewis plays a pathetic nitwit who should be kept on a leash for his own good; instead he is exploited by show biz types. Dean is Dean, a competent crooner with a pleasant, easy going manner. Dean Martin never reached his stride until he cut the umbilical cord from Jerry and took up with the Sinatra Rat Pack.

There's nothing funny about "The Stooge." The movie is a curio, an example of what the public applauded as comedic entertainment 60 years ago: the eccentric combo of Martin & Lewis.


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