Dean and Jerry

Margaret Sanderson

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Genius comic duo Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin debut their act in 1946 at Atlanta City’s 500 Club. They were not an instant hit and had the threat of being fired if they did not come up with something funnier their second time around. Deciding to forego the script and ‘improvise’, Dean and Jerry’s next act was a huge success and from then on they continued to pull in large crowds as their act left people in stitches.

Dean played the “straight man” while Jerry was the comic “foil” and it was due to Jerry getting all of the laughs with his physical comedy and hilarious antics that many thought Jerry to be the real talent. The truth is, and Jerry has said it before, Dean and Jerry were a duo and they could not have succeeded without the other.

They made 16 films together and their partnership lasted 10 years. By the end of their partnership Dean was tired of poor scripts and the attention that Jerry was getting and they split due to artistic differences. They finally reconciled in a very public reunion which was orchestrated by mutual friend Frank Sinatra at Jerry’s annual Labor Day telethon in 1976.

These two were one of the greatest comic partnerships of all time and you only need to watch one of their films to recognise the chemistry and mutual respect they felt towards each other. It may have ended badly but the combination of Dean’s charm, good looks and singing and Jerry’s physical comedy and antics were the perfect combination to entertain audiences both then and even now.

Their films include :-

1949 My Friend Irma

1950 My Friend Irma Goes West

1951 At War With the Army
That’s My Boy
Hollywood at Play

1952 Sailor Beware
Jumping Jacks

1953 Road to Bali
The Stooge
Scared Stiff
The Caddy

1954 Money From Home
Living It Up
Three Ring Circus

1955 You’re Never Too Young
Artists and Models

1956 Pardners
Hollywood or Bust

Prismacolor pencils on thick paper card, 16 inches x12 inches.

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