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

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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

Steve Wiley: [to Malcolm] I'm thinkin' of somethin'. I'm thinkin' of double homicide - one for each of your heads!
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Crazy Credits

Dean Martin addresses the audience: "Our hats are off to the Oriental movie fan." (Jerry Lewis is in Asian garb watching a movie, trying to eat popcorn from a bowl with chopsticks and he finally tosses them). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Here's Lucy: Lucy and Carol Burnett (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

The Wild and Wooly West
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
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Good swan song
3 June 2000 | by DJBCSee all my reviews

It's hard to believe that this was Martin and Lewis' last film. It was reported that they could barely stand each other to make this film--this is hardly evident when you watch it. There are some great laughs in the film, such as the beginning when Jerry spills popcorn in the lady's hair.

Some great comedic stuff is provided by the dog, Mr. Bascom. There is an especially cute segment where he meets and "falls in love" with Anita Eckberg's dog. Oops....don't want to give too much of it away.

All in all this is a very funny movie, and well worth buying or renting.


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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
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Wallis Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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