Stooge, The (Paramount 1951, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis)

The Stooge Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis

The plot of The Stooge comes uncomfortably close to their real story, Dean Martin plays a going-nowhere vaudeville accordion player who teams with madcap comedian Jerry Lewis. The act takes off, but Martin wants to reestablish his own career. He does, with disastrous results. Martin’s wife (Polly Bergen) convinces him that two heads are funnier than one.

When The Stooge was released, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis were in the midst of their streak of popularity. According to a poll of film exhibitors, the pair was either the top or the second box-office draw each year from 1951 to 1954.

Cast: Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Polly Bergen, Marie McDonald, Eddie Mayehoff, Marion Marshall, Richard Erdman

Director: Norman Taurog
Producer: Hal B. Wallis
Director of Photography: Daniel L. Fapp
Editor: Warren Low
Screenwriters: Fred F. Finklehoffe, Martin Rackin, Elwood Ullman
Production Designers: Franz Bachelin, Hal Pereira

USA / Paramount / 100 minutes / 1951

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