Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Martin and Lewis play roommates, one a suave stud, the other a childlike idiot.




Hey pallies, likes how cool is it that the minin' of one piece of Dino-treasure will often led to more Dino-gold as well.  Case in point.  Just the other day on Monday of this very Dino-week  we shared with you a bit of Dino-funnin' from the blog, "MIGHTYGODKING DOT COM" that featured a random page from one of the Dino and Jerry comic books.  Well, likes as we often do, we thought we would just search the site for more Dino-delight...and indeed likes we found some!

What we uncovered was a powerful post scribed by Mr. Jaime Weinman who seems to be as smitten as we are by that great great Martin and Lewis classic big screen flick, "Artists And Models."  the "MIGHTYGODKING DOT COM" pad obviously is a place that often accents comic books and truly truly "Artists And Models" is like the filmed comic book 'bout comic books.

We likes totally totally digs the prose and vid clips that Mr. Weinman has assembled in stunnin'ly speakin' of his passion for what we too consider to be our most beloved Dino and his most beloved partners bestest of bestest film.  Youse Dino-holics seemly need to take the time to bask in each and every word that Weinmen has put to patter!

We salute Mr. Jaime Weinman for his most well scribed review of "Artists and Models" certainly encouragin' his readership to watch this all most perfect Dino-effort.  To checks this out in it's original format, simply clicks on the tag of this Dino-gram.  And, stop back tomorrow 'cause we have found even more Dino-devotion scribed by Weinman 'bout "Artists And Models."  Dino-delightedly, DMP




My Favourite Comic Book Movie, or How To Keep the Tarnish Off Brass Knuckles
Posted by Jaime Weinman
Published in Comics, Flicks

I once described myself as an “Artists and Models junkie,” which is not a description you hear very much outside France. We all can name movies that somehow manage to bring together a lot of the things we like, and this 1955 film by Frank Tashlin, which I watched again recently, has always been the movie that sums up a lot of things I like about the movies. And one of the things that perversely makes it more interesting to me is that it’s a confused movie: though it’s a satire of comic books and the influence of comic books on children, writer-director Tashlin doesn’t seem completely clear about what his attitude is to the things he’s satirizing. So it’s not only a funny movie, it’s like an exhibit for how a movie can get away from its creators and wind up saying things they didn’t quite intend. In this case, it’s a time capsule for confused, ambiguous attitudes toward comic books at the height of the ’50s anti-comics craze.

First, some background: Artists and Models was Tashlin’s first film with the superstar comedy team of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. (He made one more film with the team, Hollywood or Bust, and then made six more films with Lewis starring and producing.) Martin and Lewis play roommates, one a suave stud, the other a childlike idiot; I’ll let you guess who plays which character. Lewis is obsessed with violent comic books, particularly a book called “The Bat Lady,” which he reads to find out “if the Bat Lady’s gonna blow one of the Rat Man’s heads off.” Lewis also talks in his sleep about the adventures of an entirely original superhero, “Vincent the Vulture.”



Later in the film, Martin is invited to pitch ideas to gore-crazed comics publisher Eddie Mayehoff — whose comics empire is actually controlled by his ex-wife, and who falls out with the Bat Lady artist (Dorothy Malone) for submitting a comic with “no blood, not one itsy-bitsy nosebleed… no stranglings, no decapitations.” In desperation to come up with something suitably gory, he starts pitching the story Lewis told in his sleep, and it’s accepted. He can’t tell Lewis, though (how he manages to publish a comic under his own name without his roommate finding out is something the movie doesn’t care about, and neither should we), because Lewis has been turned against violent comics and is teaming up with Malone to create a more suitable kids’ entertainment, “The Adventures of Freddie Fieldmouse.” In a parody of the Senate hearings on comic books, Lewis goes on a panel show (hosted by a real TV host of the era, Art Baker), to explain that comics ruined his life by making him “a little retarded.”



Malone’s roommate is the young Shirley MacLaine, who also acts as Malone’s live-action reference for drawing the Bat Lady character. MacLaine is obsessed with horoscopes and numerology (I mean her character is, in this case), decides that she’s destined to love Lewis. So Shirley tries to get him to stop obsessing over comic-book women and get interested in dating an actual woman.



And as if all this wasn’t enough plot, Lewis’s dreams turn out to contain a formula similar to a secret U.S. rocket fuel formula, and when the comic book comes out, Russian spies — along with sexy Hungarian commie agent Eva Gabor — descend on Martin and Lewis to try and get access to his dreams. Some fans of the film thinks it goes off the rails once the spy plot is introduced; I think it works, because it marks the point where the movie literally becomes what it originally seemed to be satirizing: these people’s lives are indistinguishable from the insane comic books that corrupted Lewis’s mind. Also it’s inherently funny to see serious-looking U.S. authority figures reading “Vincent the Vulture.”



But if the movie seems to come down on the side of wild comic-book reality, that definitely wasn’t Tashlin’s intention going into the project. Tashlin had done newspaper comics, he’d directed Looney Tunes cartoons, and he had written some excellent children’s books. All of these professions were held in more esteem, at the time, than comic books, and Tashlin really did seem to see Artists and Models as his chance to slam the shoddy, cheap comics that had made a mockery of cartooning. He even said so while the movie was in production, telling a newspaper that the movie would express his feelings about comic books, that the only good comic books on the market were “the historical classics” (which at the time meant adaptation of classic books in comics form), and that he didn’t see why kids wanted to read comics when “Treasure Island is so much better.” He said that as a cartoonist he had done some hack work to make money, but that things had gotten worse in the comic book era.

That anti-comics attitude is all over the movie, of course, since the main comic book reader is Jerry Lewis. Any movie that implies that reading comics will turn you into Jerry Lewis is making a very strong case against reading such things. In case that wasn’t bad enough, the other comic book reader in the movie is Richard (George Winslow) a kid who has been turned into a homicidal maniac by reading comic books (and who also calls Shirley MacLaine “mop-head,” which is as accurate a description of her haircut as any).

But several things happened to make the movie’s attitude much more ambiguous than Tashlin’s own. First, a lot of the anti-comics plot points didn’t make it into the movie, and the ones that did were more anti-corporate than anti-comics. Martin was originally supposed to quit comics after he sees kids imitating the violent actions of his comic book superhero. But in the finished film, he quits after seeing the way his publisher is merchandising the character:



Like most good satirists, Tashlin couldn’t ignore the absurdity in any argument, even the arguments he supported. So the anti-comics crusaders, like Richard’s mother, are portrayed as prissy fools, and Malone, the comic book artist who doesn’t want to draw superhero comics any more, is portrayed as a humorless prig who needs to lighten up. (But, like all the women in the movie who aren’t Kathleen Freeman, absurdly hot nonetheless.)

And finally, as I said, the movie starts like a semi-normal light comedy and gets more and more wild and absurd until it becomes totally insane. This is partly because Tashlin never filmed some script pages that would have tied up the loose ends of the plot. But it’s also because when you watch the movie from beginning to end, it’s like the whole story is taking Lewis’s side, turning the world into a riot of action, splashy color, sexy spies and world-domination plots, just like a comic book.

Intentionally or not, final effect is to make us feel like comics, the shame of the ’50s, aren’t really so different from movies, the ultimate middlebrow family entertainment. The ’60s and ’70s directors who loved this movie (like Jean-Luc Godard and Jacques Rivette, whose movie Celine and Julie Go Boating was sort of an homage to Artists and Models) certainly thought so.
So it’s a movie that has a lot to say about why there was so much worry and panic about comic books in 1955; it’s also a movie that, almost unwittingly, tells us why movies and comic books have now became interchangeable.

Also, it’s got a scene where a chiropractor and/or massage therapist twists Jerry Lewis’s body into a human pretzel. Which satisfies both our need for cartoon slapstick and our need to see Jerry Lewis suffer great pain.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Dean, you weren't very tall last night

 Hey pallies, likes today's Dino-gram to all youse Dino-holics likes ain't what we planned 'cause our partner-in-Dino-devotion none other then our great great pallie Danny-o of "Sunday Serenade With Dino" fame has sent us a really really cool piece of Dino-treasure to pass on to all youse Dino-philes.
Likes don't know how Danny discovered this, but it is a remarkable read that needs to get to our pallies here at ilovedinomartin asap.

What Danny found comes from the blog "Stars And Letters - Letters From Hollywood's Golden Age' where a Miss Clarissa Saunders hold forth.  Accordin' to her bio Miss Saunders is "forty-something, Amsterdam-based and a lover of classic Hollywood films. This blog is my bundle of letters, notes, telegrams, memos etc. written by or addressed to those who made movies during Hollywood's Golden Age. "

Her blog post, "Dean, you weren't very tall last night" is 'bout some telegram correspondence between Mr. John Wayne and our most beloved Dino durin' January 1969.  The subject matter of the written words between the Duke and our Dino concerns Mr. Wayne's concern of how our King of Cool joked about then vice president  Spiro Agnew durin' one of his shows.  We leave it to you to read Wayne's concerns and our Dino's response.

We wanna says our thanks to both our Dino-focused pallie Danny-o for bringin' this to our attention, and, of course, to Miss Clarissa Saunders for sharin' this hugely hugely historic Dino-literature....helpin' each and every one of us pallies grow deeper and deeper in our Dino-appreciato.
To checks this out in it's original format, simply clicks on the tag of this here Dino-report.  Dino-awed, DMP

20 October 2014

Dean, you weren't very tall last night

John Wayne was one of Hollywood's most prominent Republicans. In 1968, the Republican Party asked him to run for president thinking it could profit from Wayne's huge popularity. Wayne declined as he believed people would not take a Hollywood actor in the White House seriously. So instead of running for president himself, he publicly supported Republican candidates such as Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan (even though Reagan had been an actor too).

On 20 January 1969, Richard Nixon and vice-president Spiro Agnew took office. Wayne, who had actively campaigned for Nixon-Agnew, was not amused after friend and fellow actor Dean Martin had made jokes about the vice-president during a show. On 24 January, Wayne sent a telegram to Martin reprimanding him for his conduct. Four days later Martin sent Wayne his reply. Both telegrams can be read below.


 

Source: heritage auctions/ image reproduced with permission

Transcript: 

Telegram- January 24, 1969 
10:10 AM 
(operator DJ)

Mr. Dean Martin
601 Mountain Drive
Beverly Hills, Calif.

Dear Dino:

You weren't very tall last night. Spiro Agnew is Vice President of the United States of America.

Duke

Source: heritage auctions/ image reproduced with permission

Transcript:

1969, JAN 28 PM 3 20

JOHN WAYNE=
26 86 BAYSHORE DR NEWPORT BEACH CALIF (NR)=

DEAR DUKE I JUST RETURNED FROM THE CROSBY TOURNEMENT [sic] AND JUST RECEIVED YOUR WIRE. I ONLY WANT TO SAY THAT I WILL BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO RERUN THAT PARTICULAR SHOW FOR YOU SO YOU CAN SEE THAT WE SAID NOTHING AGAINST MR AGNEW OR POKED ANY FUN AT HIM. I NEVER DO THAT TO ANYONE ESPECIALLY OUR VICE PRESIDENT AND THIS IS SOMETHING THAT ONLY A FEW PEOPLE KNOW I VOTED FOR MR NIXON AND MR AGNEW AND ALSO GAVE A CONSIDERABLE SUM OF MONEY FOR HIS CAMPAIGN BECAUSE I BELIEVE IN HIM AND KNOW THAT HE WILL MAKE A FINE PRESIDENT. ALWAYS YOUR FRIEND=

DINO=

John Wayne and Dean Martin in Howard Hawks' great western "Rio Bravo" (1959). They would appear together in one other western, "The Sons of Katie Elder" (1965).

Monday, October 20, 2014

Never try to start reading a Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis comic halfway through. It will only lead to sorrow.

Hey pallies, likes we shares with all youse Dino-philes today what musta be one of the most random Dino-postin's we have ever come 'cross.  While doin' some more of our extra credit google blog Dino-searchin' we happened upon this very very hip web pad tagged "MIGHTYGODKING DOT COM" where on September 23 in the year of our Dino 2008 some dude shared what they tagged "The most random panel in comic book history."

That "panel" just happens to comes from volume 34 of "The Adventures of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis."  It features Jerry proclaimin' to our Dino and a beautiful babe, "Today I am a Leprechaun."
And what is our great man's great reply?  "Jerry don't bother us at a time like this!  We have to catch the potato-jackers!"  Takin' the page outta the context of the whole comic book leaves readers to ponder purely provocative and extremely evocative Dino-thoughts for sure!

We thank the "MIGHTYGODKING DOT COM" pallie who has given us lush laughter this very Dino-day!  To checks this out in it's original format, simply clicks on the tag of this Dino-gram.  Dino-funnin', DMP



From The Adventures of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis #34.
Never try to start reading a Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis comic halfway through. It will only lead to sorrow.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Danny G's Sunday Serenade with Dino: "In Napoli"



Welcome back pals! How's life? Hopefully all is well & this week's Serenade is findin' you in good spirits.

Well pallies...leaves are startin' to fall. Days have grown shorter. Thins' REALLY showin ALL signs of Autumn huh?
Now besides bein' THE SPOOKIEST & one of the COOLEST months of the year...October just so happens to be Italiano heritage month! Well...at least that's what we call it here in BEA U TI FUL Worcester, Massachusetts! Yes sir! Haha!

So...in the spirit of ALL the cool cool paisanos , like Mr. & Mrs. Gaetano Crocetti, who brought their GREAT GREAT son, Dino, & Italian traditions to America...I decided to celebrate today with a little, "In Napoli"!
This tune is SO SO pretty & the vid has such BEA U TI FUL pics of  WON DER FUL Italy...not to mention Dean's smooth smooth croonin'...you can almost taste the vino & foods of "the old country"! Ahhhh what a place to be.

So pals, in honor of our Italiano brothers & sisters & ALL our Dino-lovin' pals out there...this one's for youse!
Did I mention that my great grandparents came to America from the Abruzzo region of Italy... just like Dino's fam? No? Oh. never mind then. Hahaha! I couldn't resist sharin' that one, pals! Ha! Enjoy!   


In Napoli beside the sea
It happened on a night like this
In Napoli our hearts were free
And we surrendered to a kiss
There 'neath the stars I saw heaven in her eyes
There 'neath the stars I knew this was paradise
All through the night in sweet delight
We shared the tenderness of love
But with the dawn my love was gone
Just like the fading stars above
My lonely heart cries out, "Please come back to me"
Beside the sea in dear old Napoli
There 'neath the stars I saw heaven in her eyes
There 'neath the stars I knew this was paradise
All through the night in sweet delight
We shared the tenderness of love
But with the dawn my love was gone
Just like the fading stars above
My lonely heart cries out, "Please come back to me"
Beside the sea in dear old Napoli

Saturday, October 18, 2014

.......let’s take a look at the films of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis!

Hey pallies, likes more and more often we keeps uncoverin' more and more Dino-commentary from the ol' web, stuff that for whatever reason never made it to front and center when first scribed.  Today we visit at the blog, "MovieFanFare" where blogger Blair Kramer has created a Martin and Lewis centered post tagged "Jerry and Dean's List."  Likes from the get-go we gotta 'fess up that we have a number of disagreements with Kramer's efforts.

First of all the team was always always known as Martin and Lewis, but as you will note Blair puts it the other 'way 'round...."Jerry and Dean's List."  Next instead of declarin' that Martin and Lewis was the greatest comedic team of all time, they rate our Dino and Jerry much lower on the list.

But, likes when Blair gets to his brief reviews and recomendations of the Martin and Lewis big screen efforts, mostly mostly they are favored, but likes not all.  We were most most surprised when Kramer gots to our most fav of fav Martin and Lewis flick, "Artists And Models"....which we consider almost practically perfect, the review sez, "An intellectually hollow attack against the comic book industry inspired by an equally intellectually hollow book called “Seduction of the Innocent.” Shame on Dean and Jerry for making this awful film that is only notable for one thing: Shirley MacLaine‘s first movie appearance.  Please Skip It!"  Not just "skip it," but "Please Skip It!."

So, while we have mucho much different perspectives on mucho much of what Blair Kramer has scribed, we still say thank you very much for doin' your part to introduce the Martin and Lewis comedies to your readership.  To checks this out in it's original format, simply clicks on the tag of this here Dino-report.   Dino-always, ever, and only, DMP

Jerry and Dean’s List

05.21.12 | Blair Kramer



OK. So they weren’t Laurel and HardyHope and Crosby, or The Marx Brothers. But Martin and Lewis were certainly one of the most successful comedy teams to ever achieve film stardom. And, believe it or not, to this day some of their films are still actually quite funny. So, without further adieu, let’s take a look at the films of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis!
My Friend Irma (1949). Jerry’s familiar “monkey” character (as Jerry famously referred to himself) was introduced fully formed in this movie. But it all happened by accident. When originally cast as a “normal” person, Jerry just wasn’t funny. As a result, a completely new buffoonish character was created for Jerry to play. It allowed him to be the slapstick clown with whom we are all familiar. And of course, history was made.My Friend Irma is a bit dated but Dean Martin was surprisingly good as a romantic leading man. And a very young Jerry Lewis is something to behold! Recommended.
My Friend Irma Goes West (1950). A film producer who offers Dean a movie deal eventually proves to be an escaped lunatic! Unfortunately, the gang is already headed for Hollywood before the truth is known. So they stop in Las Vegas where they run afoul of a gangster and engage in some over the top slapstick craziness. As a result, Irma and Jerry are actually offered a GENUINE movie deal! Recommended.
At War With the Army (1950) is a military comedy about two entertainers serving in the army. It offers a few decent moments (such as Dean’s imitation of Bing Crosby and Jerry’s imitation of Barry Fitzgerald), but is otherwise forgettable. Skip It.
That’s My Boy (1951). Possibly the best Martin and Lewis film, That’s My Boy takes a look at how some parents just can’t accept the fact that their children must be allowed to make their own choices. Dean is asked to help Jerry become a famous football star like Jerry’s father. But Jerry just doesn’t have what it takes, until… Recommended.
Sailor Beware (1951). Dean wants to go to sea to serve his country. Jerry wants to go to sea for his health. Slapstick nonsense ensues. Fortunately, the comedy keeps it all afloat (such as Jerry remaining topside on a submerging submarine!). Recommended.
Jumping Jacks (1952). More military hijinks as Dean goes from nightclub entertainer to army paratrooper. When he asks Jerry, his civilian partner, to help him stage a show, Jerry is forced to pretend that he too is an army paratrooper! Wonderful comedy ensues when the boys get involved in decidedly crazy war games!Recommended.
The Stooge (1953). I suspect that the script for this film may have contributed to the end of the Martin and Lewis partnership. Dean plays one half of a successful stage act who decides that he no longer needs his partner. Unfortunately, his solo act flops big time. So he hires clueless shlub Jerry to heckle from the audience and engage in “spontaneous” banter. In other words, Jerry becomes an anonymous “stooge.” The Stooge is a very curious film that may well have hit a little too close to home for Martin! Recommended.
Scared Stiff (1953). Boring remake of Bob Hope‘s early 40′s comedy The Ghost Breakers. The boys find themselves sparring with zombies and ghosts within a creepy haunted mansion in pre-Castro Cuba. It’s just too bad the film isn’t funny. Skip It.
The Caddy (1953). In this variation of That’s My Boy, Jerry’s golf pro dad wants Jerry to overcome his fear of crowds and join the pro circuit. To that end, he hires Dean to take golf lessons from Jerry and in so doing, drag Jerry out of his shell. But when Dean proves talented enough to actually turn pro, Jerry becomes Dean’s caddy! This film isn’t a hole-in-one but it offers some great golf-related slapstick. Recommended.
Money from Home (1953). Dean is a gambler in the mid 1920′s who is forced by a mobster to fix a horse race. Complications set-in when he falls in love with the young woman who owns the horse. The climactic slapstick horse race features Jerry as an out of control jockey! Gee… I wonder who wins the race…?Recommended.
3 Ring Circus (1954). Dean takes a job in a circus after leaving the army, allowing his pal Jerry to tag along. This film is worth a look just to see Jerry perform as a genuine circus clown. Recommended.
Living It Up (1954). If only! Lackluster remake of a much better late ‘30s film called Nothing Sacred. Jerry’s doctor (Dean) mistakenly tells Jerry that he has a terminal illness (in this case, radiation poisoning!). So they go on a fling with a couple of girls in New York City! I suspect it really was just indegestion! Skip It.
Artists and Models (1955). An intellectually hollow attack against the comic book industry inspired by an equally intellectually hollow book called “Seduction of the Innocent.” Shame on Dean and Jerry for making this awful film that is only notable for one thing: Shirley MacLaine‘s first movie appearance.  Please Skip It!
You’re Never Too Young (1955). In this remake of Billy Wilder‘s The Major and The Minor, Jerry poses as an 11-year-old boy hiding out in an all-girls’ school. That’s because evil Jewel thief Raymond Burr has hidden a priceless diamond in Jerry’s clothing and he’ll do ANYTHING to get it back! The climactic chase with Jerry on water skis is also priceless! Recommended.
Pardners (1956). Parody of Western movies with Dean and Jerry as partners who go West to take back land that their fathers’ (once again, Dean and Jerry) lost to evil bad guys many years ago. Fortunately, the film contains enough rootin’ tootin’ slapstick to make it worthwhile. Side note: Rumors were flying at the time that the boys were on the brink of professional divorce. So Dean and Jerry broke character near the end of the film to speak directly to the audience. They assured everyone that their partnership was solid and that they would continue to make films together. Yeah. Right. Recommended.
Hollywood or Bust (1956). No they wouldn’t. No they didn’t. Fortunately, Dean and Jerry’s mutual animosity didn’t show on screen in their final film together. Con man Dean forces Jerry to share the brand new car that Jerry won in a sweepstakes. They head for Hollywood together, acquiring a slobbering Great Dane pooch along the way! But when Dean falls for a na├»ve, young lass in Las Vegas, he decides to turn over a new leaf.Hollywood or Bust has plenty of laughs, as well as plenty of ghosts. Jerry said that he and Dean never spoke a word to each other off-camera during its filming. He also said that it’s the one Martin and Lewis film he’s never seen. Too much pain. Recommended.
Next:  Jerry Lewis goes it alone.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Our Dino and the Duke with the Cotton Beer

Hey pallies, likes there is simply an unendin' stunnin' supply of vid clips of our Dino over at youtube and today the pallies at the blog pad, "WoW LoL WTF - Sharing The Best Funny Stuff From The Web"  have drawn our attention to a coolly  comedic bit featurin' our most beloved Dino and the Duke from the 1970 patriotic small screen special "Swing Out Sweet Land."

Our Dino is featured as Eli Whitney the creator of the cotton gin, only Dino tags it the cotton "beer."  Likes you'll have to watch the clip to see why.  Mr. Wayne and our Dino obviously have such a fun time in recreatin' this swingin' version of American History....might we say that no one knows how to make HIP HISTORY likes the hippest of hipsters, none other then our Dino!

We thanks a Mr. Roscoe Epling who shared this fun fun Dino-vid with all the pallies at "WoW LoL WTF."  To checks this out in it's original postin' simply clicks on the tag of this here Dino-report.  Dino-diggin', DMP

Dean Martin & John Wayne

Uploaded by Roscoe Epling on October 11, 2014 at 4:11 pm

Thursday, October 16, 2014

12 Things You Might Not Know About Dean Martin


Hey pallies, likes rarely rarely do we do a reprint postin' of a post that we just shared, but for every rule there are excepetions.  Below is where today we were first led to Mr. Eddie Deezen's coolest of cool Dino-informational post.  From the blog "The Presurfer - Your Daily Dose Of Diversion," from the pen of Netherlander  Gerard Vlemmings is how ilovedinomartin was led to Deezen's glorious post.

With a great great pix of our great great man and a bit of Eddie's introductory words, it was Gerard's post that led us to Deezen's and we just want to say our thanks to this obvious devote of our King of Cool.

Thanks Gerard, without your Dino-efforts we many never had, or at least it mighta taken some time to find Eddie's Dino-honorin' thoughts.  Thanks for showin' us the way to Dezeen's Dino Devotion!  To checks this out in it's original format, simply clicks on the tag of this Dino-message.
Dino-gratefully, DMP

12 Things You Might Not Know About Dean Martin



Dean Martin (born Dino Paul Crocetti (1917-1995) was an American singer, actor, comedian, and film producer. During his heyday, Dean Martin was the coolest guy in the world. He was a movie star, had a hit TV show, was the king of the nightclubs, and he was one half of the most popular comedy team in the history of show business.

Dean's records sold in the millions, but his greatest joy in life was his beloved golf. Dean was a very complicated man, although he appeared to be very simple. Here are 12 things you might not know about Dean Martin.

Posted by Gerard


12 Things You Might Not Know About Dean Martin



Hey pallies, likes today is 'nother great day to be a proud Dino-holic.   Well, likes we know that every single day is a great day to show our devotion to our Dino, but today is simply stellar day to celebrate the life, times, and teachin' of our most beloved Dino 'cause we have 'nother fabulous piece of deep, pure, and true Dino-devotion to share.

From the pages of one very cool  blog, "Neatorama," comes a post shared by  a Miss Cellania, managing editor" of said blog.  The Dino-honorin' post as a guest post scribed by none other then our most-devoted-to-Dino pallie Mr. Eddie Deezen, "actor, comedian, and voiceover artist" extraordinaire.

Over the course of time, ilovedinomartin has shared a number of powerful posts by Mr. Deezen that accent our Dino in the hugest of huge ways includin' Eddie's wisest of wise words rememberin how "DEAN MARTIN KNOCKS THE BEATLES OUT OF #1 SPOT - AUGUST 15, 1964.  This post was most recently shared on the 50th Anniversary of this greatest of days in the life of our Dino.

Today's Dino-feature is 'nother extraordinary effort on Eddie's part...."12 Things You Might Not Know About Dean Martin."   While there is only one of Deezen's Dozen of Dino-facts that we don't remember seein' in print before, it is particularly a fabulous Dino-read for those young in their Dino-devotion, and even more so for those who may be learnin' 'bout the life, times, and teachin's of our Dino for the very first time.

And, 'though we hardly ever include comments 'bout the posts we share, we are makin' a very special exception this time 'round 'cause none other then Mr. Neil Daniels, head of the "Dean Martin Fan Center' has caught Eddie's post and shares even more great Dino-facts includin' a couple that we had never heard before!

We here at ilovedinomartin salute Mr. Eddie Deezen for such a well scribed piece of prose and sensational  selection of pixs all hugely homagin' our most beloved Dino.  We thanks Miss Cellania and all the pallies at neat nook "Neatorama" for bringin' this guest post our way and helpin' a ton more pallies gets groovin' on our main man.  And, we say our thanks to Mr. Neil Daniels for his on-going work of Dino-devotion at the "Dean Martin Fan Center" as well as his rich response to Deezen's words.  To checks this out in it's original format, simply clicks on the tag of this here Dino-gram.  Dino-always, ever, and only, DMP

12 Things You Might Not Know About Dean Martin

Miss Cellania

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website or at Facebook.
During his heyday, Dean Martin was the coolest guy in the world. He was a movie star, had a hit TV show, was the king of the nightclubs, and he was one half of the most popular comedy team in the history of show business. Dean's records sold in the millions, but his greatest joy in life was his beloved golf. Dean was a very complicated man, although he appeared to be very simple. Let's take a look at Frank "Old Blue Eyes" Sinatra's best pal, Dean Martin- "Old Red Eyes.”

1) He didn't speak English until he was five.

Dean martin grew up in a very Italian family and never spoke a word of English until he was five years old.

2) He was a Boy Scout.

Yes, Dean Martin- the bad boy, the drinker, the ladies' man, was, indeed, a Boy Scout. He was the drummer for the local Boy Scout band in Steubenville, Ohio.

3) He was once an amateur boxer.

Fighting under the name “Kid Crotchet,” Dean was reputedly a very good welterweight boxer. His record, according to one source, was 24 wins and 6 losses in 30 bouts.

Dean was so broke in his early years, he and a friend would stage fights in their hotel room and charge people to watch. Supposedly, they would often fight until one of the combatants knocked the other one out.

4) He changed his name twice.

Dean was born Dino Paul Crocetti. Upon entering show business, he changed his name to Dino Martini. Because there was a popular current singer named Nino Martini, Dean changed his name again, this time to Dean Martin.

5) He hated the Martin and Lewis movies.

Although Dean appeared in 16 very funny movies with his comedy partner, Jerry Lewis, Dean said he always "hated" the Martin and Lewis films.

“They were Jerry Lewis movies,” he said, “I played an idiot in every one.”

6) He loved his comic books.

Dean was never a heavy reader, but he loved his comic books. Too embarrassed to buy them for himself, he would have Jerry buy them for him. Jerry would slip them to Dean in private, then Dean would go to his dressing room or to some private spot and enjoy them.

7) He only read one book in his entire life.

Dean admitted that the only book he ever read in his life was Black Beauty.

8) He hated parties.

Although he had the image of a swinger, Dean always hated parties.

“I was shy,” he said candidly. Another time, Dean said, “I was ashamed of the way I spoke.”

9) He called the police on his wife's party.

Once, Dean's wife, Jeannie, was throwing a party at the couple's Beverly Hills mansion. As usual, Dean went to his room alone to watch some TV.

As the party grew louder, Dean called the local police and said he was a neighbor and claimed there was a loud party going on at Dean Martin's house and could the cops come and get them to quiet down. The police showed up and the party broke up because of Dean's anonymous call.

10) He got $34 million for not rehearsing.

In 1968, Dean signed the biggest contract in the history of show business. He signed a three-year contract for $34 million to do three more seasons of his hit series The Dean Martin Show.

But this was a very unique contract: since Dean hated rehearsing, he would not have to show up all week to rehearse the show. A stand-in took over Dean's role at rehearsals, while Dean played golf Monday through Thursday. He'd look over his lines during the week, but mostly he'd golf. Then on Friday, he would show up and tape the show.

11) He always said his prayers.

Surprisingly, perhaps because of his "bad boy" reputation, Dean was a devout Catholic. He said his prayers every night before he went to bed.

12) He had a severe case of claustrophobia.

Dean was absolutely terrified of close spaces. He almost always refused to ride in elevators (“It's a like a coffin in there,” he said). Reputedly, Dean once walked 18 flights of stairs to avoid riding the elevator.

Eddie... FINALLY you wrote something I know a little bit about...none other than the greatest entertainer in the world, Dean Martin! For over two decades now I have been presiding over "The Dean Martin Fan Center."

Actually, I go way back with Dino to the beginning of his TV Variety Show years. You see, I started in my teens as an Associate VP at NBC where Dean taped the show. We did a LOT of shows from those studios in Burbank... Rowan & Martin's Laugh-in, The Flip Wilson Show, The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson, The Midnight Specials, Hollywood Squares, Sanford & Son, Chico & The Man, The Elvis Comeback Special, all the Bob Hope Specials, The Mac Davis Show... well you get the idea.

The one show I use to always "hang around" was Dean's show. Over the course of 9 years (and 9 more after that on his Celebrity Roasts specials) I think I only missed being there ONE week.

While everyone my age was into "acid rock", I was into Dean... Frank... Ella... Tony Bennett... Mathis.... Steve Lawrence... etc. Dean was the nicest and actually funniest man I ever met. Talk about real talent! I never would have thought that after all these years, Dean would still be "with me" in spirit working to keep his "flame" alive.

There are even more things people might not know about Dean... like he was always put on the right side of his guest stars because he was so use to working on that side with Jerry... or that he hosted the first Muscular Dystrophy telethon with Jerry way back in those golden years.

Dean's tuxedo was specially made by Sy Devore with the collars being made a little taller and the sleeves a little bigger to hide Dean's big hands that he bruised and battered when he was an amateur boxer under the name "Kid Crochet".

Eddie... thanks for writing an article on Dean... as time goes on, it's important that the younger generation know what a truly talented man Dean Martin really was! I can't wait to see what you write about next!