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The Stooge
The Stooge
Actors: Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Polly Bergen, Marion Marshall, Eddie Mayehoff
Director: Norman Taurog
Genres: Classics, Comedy, Drama, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2004     1hr 40min

In THE STOOGE, Bill Miller (Martin) has found modest success as a singer in the off-vaudeville circuit. Teaming up with a comic (Lewis) proves to be the best thing for Bill, as his routine becomes an instant success, but ...  more »


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Actors: Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Polly Bergen, Marion Marshall, Eddie Mayehoff
Director: Norman Taurog
Creators: Daniel L. Fapp, Warren Low, Hal B. Wallis, Elwood Ullman, Fred F. Finklehoffe, Martin Rackin, Sid Silvers
Genres: Classics, Comedy, Drama, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Classics, Classic Comedies, Drama, Musicals
Studio: Paramount
Format: DVD - Black and White,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 10/12/2004
Original Release Date: 12/31/1952
Theatrical Release Date: 12/31/1952
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 40min
Screens: Black and White,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish

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Movie Reviews

The Martin and Lewis Collection???
Michael L. Hiller | North Hollywood, CA USA | 09/22/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"While I applaud Paramount's decision to finally start releasing some of their older titles, I have to wonder how serious they are when they release only one disc from one of their most successful comedy teams' films, at the same time they're dumping most of the Jerry Lewis catalogue on the market.(And I'm not ragging on Jerry. I think Jerry's great,though it may not be cool to admit it, I'm proudly out of the closet on this issue. But even Jerry admits that he was never as good as when he was with Dean) So the question is how do you have a Martin & Lewis "Collection" with only one movie?
Don't get me wrong, it's a good one. The Stooge is their 7th outing and, unlike the previous films, has some character development and a certain edge. Dino plays Bill Miller a Vaudeville Entertainer whose partner has just quit on him. After an abortive attempt at a solo act, his agent (the dependable Eddy Mayehoff)convinces him to find a patsy to plant in the Audience that Bill can mock. Enter Jerry as the titular Stooge also known as Ted Rogers. Turns out Ted is funny just being himself and the Act is a Smash. But Bill is something of an egomaniac and decides that he himself is responsible for his new found success, and refuses to acknowledge Ted's contribution, or even give him billing. In the end Bill gets a lesson in humility, and we get treated to something that looks a lot like what the Martin and Lewis famous nightclub act may have been. All too brief...
Dino doesn't try to be likable, and gives a performance with hints of the fine dramatic actor he would become. Jerry cements the nebbish, but gives him humanity this time. Polly Bergen is fine as Bill's Show Biz Wife, who has given up her own career. She and Dean do a nice duet on the pleasant but annoying "A Girl called Mary". The other song that will never leave your brain ,once you hear it, is "Who's yer little Whozits". I recommend humming "Lady of Spain" or "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini". If those don't work, try a .45.
Back to the issue at hand, there are dozens of public domain versions of "At War with the Army" out there. But where are
My Friend Irma
My Friend Irma Goes West
That's My Boy
Sailor Beware
Jumping Jacks
Scared Stiff
The Caddy
Money From Home
Three Ring Circus
Living it Up
Artists and Models
You're Never Too Young
and Hollywood or Bust?
Universal put out the 24 Abbott and Costello Films in three sets for reasonable prices. Hope and Crosby are out for a similar price. The Marx Bros., W.C. Fields all have collections coming out for affordable cost. So why not Martin & Lewis? I'm just askin'. And by the way, just who is yer little whozits?"
The greatest film either man has made...
R. Campo | 08/04/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"On account if its steady storyline, memorable songs, sincere scenes and appropriate actors, "The Stooge" is probably the most effective movie that either Dean Martin or Jerry Lewis has ever appeared in as a team, and it is possibly the most effective of all films that Dean and Jerry have appeared in solo. In an interview, Jerry Lewis claimed that "The Stooge" was his favorite Martin and Lewis film, because it was "so close to home." The relationship between their characters in the film, including the hardships and tribulations of being a team and dealing with the division of public reception, credit and acknowledgement may possibly relate to that of their own personal partnership, which makes the already stimulating storyline and characters even more entertaining and moving. There are a few great M&L films, including "Scared Stiff" and "The Caddy", but on account of this indirect relation to their personal acquaintanceship, "The Stooge" definitely tops them all."
Who's Your Little "Whozit"?
plaidman65 | sf, CA | 03/25/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"My favorite Jerry Lewis movie of all time. I remember seeing it as a kid and somehow 30 years later while playing with my 2 year old son, I find myself singing what my son calls "The Whozit" song with the high pitched Jerry Lewis twang. He loves it. When I showed him the movie he said, "Daddy, man is sing YOUR whozit song"."
Dean Martin/Jerry Lewis' best. Good story, good music. Funny
W. A. Hopkins | Lexington, Kentucky | 05/01/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis made a number of films together. I've seen most if not all of them. The Stooge is the duo at their best. Funny, well written, with good music. None of their other efforts comes close."