Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis made 16 movies together from 1949 to 1956, and this remains one of the very best. It's the depths of the Depression in the 1930s, and vaudeville singer Bill Miller (Dean Martin) can't seem to break through to the public. Someone hits on the idea of planting a "stooge" in the audience, an accomplice with pre-planned heckles and questions as comedy relief during the act. The stooge (Jerry Lewis) soon proves more popular than the singer, which rapidly leads to friction both on and off the stage. Martin and Lewis, by far the most popular comedy team of the 1950s, reprise a lot of their nightclub material in what amounts to a vehicle for their live act (the cliché is that if you've never seen Martin and Lewis live, you've never seen them). Lots of music, dancing, and comedy figure in this Martin and Lewis classic directed by Norman Taurog.
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis play entertainers in one of their most offbeat efforts. Although there's plenty of laughs, 'The Stooge' has a more serious plot than usual for the comedy team. Bill Miller, a struggling entertainer, becomes a hit after teaming up with "stooge" Ted Rogers. However, Bill's ego leads him to break off their partnership. After the breakup of the act results in failure, Bill starts realizing how important Ted has been to his success.
Though the film was completed in 1951, it was not released until 1953.
Songs: "Who's Your Little Who-Zis" (words and music by Walter Hirsch, Al Goering and Ben Bernie/performed by Ben Bernie and his Orchestra); "Just One More Chance" (words by Sam Coslow/music by Arthur Johnston); "With My Eyes Wide Open I'm Dreaming" (words by Mack Gordon/music by Harry Revel); "A Girl Named Mary and a Boy Named Bill" (composed by Jerry Livingston and Mack David); "Louise" (words by Leo Robin/music by Richard Whiting) and "I'm Yours."
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