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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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Steve Wiley
... Malcolm Smith
... Terry Roberts
... Bookie Benny
... Actress Anita
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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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24 December 1956 (UK)  »

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$3,300,000, 31 December 1956
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The last film that Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis did together before breaking up as a comedy team. See more »

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The last scene supposedly occurs during premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theater but there are no hand or footprints in the forecourt as the stars walk red carpet. 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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Featured in Becoming Anita Ekberg (2014) See more »

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The Wild and Wooly West
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
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last time for legendary pair
1 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

Malcolm Smith (Jerry Lewis) wins a car in a lottery but degenerate gambler Steve Wiley (Dean Martin) scams the contest with a counterfeit ticket. Malcolm is a dedicated fan of famed actress Anita Ekberg driving across the country to Hollywood. Steve pretends to be her neighbor and joins him on the drive. Steve fails to steal the car and they lose it to an armed old lady. They get the car back and pick up aspiring dancer Terry Roberts on her way to Vegas.

This is the final movie for this legendary pairing. Things got so bad that the guys barely conversed off screen. They are still very professional in their performances. I'm sure their split affected the critical reception at the time. This has the broad comedy and song singing that one expects from this duo. It is not that offensive except for the native stopover and various old fashion stuff. Much of it is a picturesque travelogue. It is not the deepest of movies but one wouldn't expect one here.


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