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Hollywood or Bust (1956)

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.

Director:

Frank Tashlin

Writer:

Erna Lazarus
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dean Martin ... Steve Wiley
Jerry Lewis ... Malcolm Smith
Pat Crowley ... Terry Roberts
Maxie Rosenbloom ... Bookie Benny
Anita Ekberg ... Anita Ekberg
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Storyline

The last movie with Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin together, is a satire of the life in Hollywood. Steve Wiley is a deceiver who cheats Malcolm Smith when he wins a car, claiming that he won it too. Trying to steal the car, Steve tells Malcolm that he lives in Hollywood, next to Anita Ekberg's. When Malcom hears that, they both set out for Hollywood and the adventure begins... Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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A COAST TO COAST FUN TOOT! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1956 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Beginner's Luck See more »

Filming Locations:

Taos, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,300,000, 31 December 1956
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Wallis Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

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

[his jingle, to the tune of "Rock-a-bye Baby"]
Malcolm Smith: I eat Poochy Pup Dog Food outta the can / It makes me eat my food just like a man / My coat is so glossy, shiny and bright / My master can find me in the middle of the night!
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Connections

Featured in E! True Hollywood Story: Dean Martin (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Let's Be Friendly
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
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User Reviews

Hear Dino bark! See Jerry eat popcorn! See a dog!
14 August 2005 | by BrevitySee all my reviews

Oh, poor little film, only three user comments! I'll scribble something for self-amusement, so, uh... You might as well skip this.

The film is indeed highly enjoyable.

Some of the bits are stupid, borderline-infantile in fact, but that matters not.

The movie buff element could've been emphasized more.

I need to see more Tashlin. Nice cartooniness again, though the look of "Artists and Models" is even sweller. In fact, it's better overall.

The songs, in something of a surprise, are great!

The dialogue sparkles at times, which I appreciate much.

What, that's it?


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