Monday, July 24, 2017

On This Day In Dino-history: July 24, 1956

Hey pallies, likes 61 years  'go this very day, July 24, in 1956 our most beloved Dino had likes his hugest of hugest endin' and likes his newest of newest beginnin' when he called it quits with his partner, Mr. Jerry Lewis...exactly a decade after they had created the greatest comedy partnership in all of world history.

Likes it has becomes likes a touchin' 'n tender tradition on this hugely historic of historic Dino-day to revisit a reverent retellin' of what happened on that last night   Martin and Lewis took the stage at the Copacabana....truly some deeply heart-felt and incredible insights 'bout our Dino and Mr. Lewis' last gig together  shared at the blog "Frontier Net."

From the writings, "The Copacabana, An Illustrated History" by Kristin Baggleaar  comes some deeply deeply devoted details of our Dino and  Mr. Lewis' swan song.  So, once 'gain, let's sit back and reflect on the  meanin's of likes this most bitter-sweet day in all of Dino-history.

 Likes as we often do on this day, 'gain likes gotta 'fess up pallies, likes for years we had zip, zero, nadda  appreciato for Mr. Jerry Lewis whatsoever, and felt that the split-up was exactly what Lewis deserved.  But, ever since readin' and rereadin'  Lewis' tome "Dean and Me: A Love Story," we have greatly greatly grown in our ubber understandin' and awestruck  appreciato of just how much Mr. Lewis loved, and still loves our most beloved Dino!

In fact, likes we once 'gain gotta 'fess up that  we have become likes totally totally jealous of Mr. Lewis 'cause he got to spend 10 intimate and glorious years with the coolest person ever to walk the face of the earth...and got to know our Dino better then any other person alive ever has or ever will.  What coulda be more wonderful then that!   In fact, we remember in readin' in Tosches' outstandin' Dino-bio that Lewis was jealous of Jeanne and Jeanne was equally jealous of Lewis...and who could blame 'em...they each wanted our Dino for themselves...and don't we all likes feel likes that same Dino-way?!?!?!

Anyway, on this special Dino-day in Dino-history we remember the lovin' legacy that our Dino and Mr. Lewis had together, and see this endin' as a hugely important new beginnin' for our most beloved Dino.  We are  Dino-rememberin' with youse.

We remain,

Yours in Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

The Copacabana

An Illustrated History by Kristin Baggelaar

By summer 1956, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis officially announced that they were breaking up as a team; however, together they were committed to one last engagement at the Copacabana.  Perhaps because it was the last time they would ever work together, Martin and Lewis' final two-week stand at the Copa did a record-breaking business.

The diminished floorshow space was a tribute to their draw and mass impact.  The Doug Coudy production numbers were curtailed as the acts, including the personable dance team of Conn & Mann, were stage waits for the headliners.  Martin & Lewis worked with smoothness and no apparent personal friction despite all the press about their rift, but some dissension was evident with their Pardners bit, a cafe trailer for their soon-to-be released Paramount film of the same name.  To their professional credit they played it straight, with Lewis foiling for Martin's crooning, and likewise, Martin foiling for his partner's clowning.  While both were well received, it was felt that solo or team, the impact was not as resounding as in the past until their final night.  Every celebrity in Manhattan was in the audience to witness the pair's swan song of one of the greatest comedy acts in history.  They pulled out every schtick in their comedy bag for the star-studded crowd, from squirting seltzer down Milton Berle's shirt front to cutting off Monte Proser's necktie.  The sophisticated cafe crowd wouldn't let them quit.

The final moments of the last show of their farewell engagement at the Copa on a hot Tuesday night, July 24, 1956, are pressed indelibly in the minds of those who were present.  Martin's face was impassable, cool to the end.  They finished with the final crescendo from Pardners:  "You and me, we'll be the greatest pardners, buddies, and pals!"  They joined hands for a last bow.  Martin hugged Lewis.  The audience exploded in an emotional uproar.  Jackie Gleason jumped up and grabbed the mike, wiped away a tear, and said, "Folks, this can't be allowed to happen."  The audience roared its approval, but Martin & Lewis just shook their heads, no.  It was over.  There was no encore.  Martin took one aisle away from the floor; Lewis took the other.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Danny G's Sunday Serenade with Dino: "Once In Awhile"

Man O Man, pals...Finally!
This smolderin' Summer heat is lettin' up!

 Now, tell me pallies...what's a TRUE, TRUE Dino-holic s'posed to the middle of a TRUE, TRUE heatwave?!

Well...what else, mi amici?!

Keep thins' SIZZLIN' with nother' hot & steamy CROON by the One & ONLY King of SWOON!

Haha YEA!

That's what, pallies! Haha!! it the King of Cool?

Oh Well...either way pals...this week's Serenade, "Once In A While",  is nother' one of those great, great Summertime tunes...that REALLY heats thins' up & at the same time is sure to keep youse OH SO COOL!

I just am So So sure...that this very Dino-jam...set the mood on many many moonlit nights...for many many young lovers! Hahaha!!! 

I can picture a young...suave...Dino Crocetti serenadin' some lucky young chicalina with this very tune!

Now listen pals...Dean ain't askin' for much here.

Just a quick thought every now & then.

He deserves that! 

I guess we all would like to think that we is thought of...every now & someone out there.

Maybe pals...just maybe...there's someone that you haven't seen in a while...and maybe...just maybe...that somebody might be worth a quick thought today, too.

I'm sure of it!

Ciao, pallies!


Once in a while give a thought to me once in a while
Once in a while will you try to give one little thought to me
Though someone else may be nearer your heart
Once in a while will you dream of the moment I shared with you
Moments before we two drifted apart

In love's smoldering ember one spark may remain
If love still can remember, the spark may burn again
I know that I'd be contented with yesterday's memories
Knowing you think of me once in a while

In love's smoldering ember one spark may remain
If love still can remember, the spark may burn again
I know that I'd be contented with yesterday's memories
Knowing you think of me once in a while

Friday, July 21, 2017

Dino Paul Crocetti would play an important role here as Dean Martin.

Hey pallies, likes it seems that EVERYBODY is celebratin' the centennial of our most beloved Dino's descent to earth and we couldn't be more powerfully psyched to bring youse Dino-holics  more 'n more most Dino-honorin' posts.  Likes today we share with you a Dino-remembrance from our Dino's playground, 'Vegas baby 'Vegas!  From the blog of NEVADA PUBLIC RADIO come a post "Silver Party" in the series "Neveda Yesterdays."

Likes scribed by Mr. Michael Green it was read on air by Senator Richard Bryan and begins with a note that our Dino was born just a week after John F. Kennedy, notin' that both famous men were born to immigrant families.  It would be incredibly intriguin' to sometime take the time to compare and contrast these two giants of their time...but we digress.

The post includes a cool candid pose of our Dino dancin' with two girls from the stage of the Copa in 1959 and much of the usual patter on our Dino's life and times.  We were most engaged with the swank scribin's 'bout our Dino's huge success in 'Vegas and the different casino's that he headlined at over the decades.

We are particularly delighted to see the variety of posts comin' outta our Dino's playground on the 100th anniversary of his humble birth in Stubenville on June 7, 1917.  We are certain that we will be sharin' more of 'em in the days, weeks, and months ahead.  Thanks to the pallies at NEVADA PUBLIC RADIO, Mr. Michael Green, and Senator Richard Bryan.  To checks this out in it's original source, and to listen to Senator Bryan readin' it, simply clicks on the tag of this Dino-gram.

We remain,

Yours In Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

Silver Party

Dean Martin

Courtesy University of Nevada, Las Vegas University Libraries
Photograph of Dean Martin dancing with two Texas Copa Girls, Las Vegas, December 1959

Jun 23, 2017 by Michael Green and read by Senator Richard Bryan

We recently talked about the centennial of John Kennedy’s birth and his importance to Nevada. Just over a week after the descendant of Irish immigrants was born in Massachusetts, a little boy was born to an Italian barber and an Italian-American mother in Steubenville, Ohio. Dino Paul Crocetti would play an important role here as Dean Martin.

As a young man, Dean did everything from prizefighting to dealing cards in illegal casinos. He began singing professionally. His style showed the influences of two popular singers of the time: Bing Crosby, and Harry Mills of the Mills Brothers. And then Dean met Jerry, as in Lewis. They officially debuted at Atlantic City’s 500 Club in 1946 and soon became the hottest act in show biz. Dean sang and Jerry tried to. Lewis would cause pandemonium and Martin would throw things at him. They quickly rocketed to the top, and stayed there for a decade: the Copacabana nightclub, radio and television shows, and movies. They also appeared in Las Vegas, starting in 1948 at the Flamingo, where they earned $15,000 a week—in those days, a LOT of money.

But in 1956, this great show business marriage broke up. Martin and Lewis would be superstars together and separately. At first, though, it looked bad for Dean—his first movie didn’t do well. Many saw him as no more than Jerry’s straight man, though Lewis called Martin a comedy genius. But there was still Las Vegas, and Martin performed at the Sands, where entertainment boss Jack Entratter had known them since his days at the Copa. Martin also got better and more successful movie roles. In 1965, he began a TV variety series that lasted nine seasons, followed by another decade of Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts, many of them filmed in Las Vegas. He developed a persona as the laid-back, drunken crooner, and played it to perfection.
Dean Martin also was part of the Rat Pack. He and Frank Sinatra were close friends, and Sinatra used to joke that he spilled more than Martin drank—especially since the glass Martin carried on stage with him usually contained apple juice. Sinatra and Martin also wound up with small percentages of the Sands.

After Howard Hughes bought the Sands, Sinatra left amid a swirl of controversy, including a fight in the coffee shop. Martin quietly shifted to the Riviera, where he became a part-owner. Then, in 1973, he moved over to a new hotel. He was the opening night showroom performer for the MGM Grand. That became his main venue in Las Vegas, even after Kirk Kerkorian sold it to Bally’s in 1986.

By that time, Martin was no longer that active in movies or TV, mainly doing nightclubs and showrooms. Sadly, in 1987, his son Dean-Paul died in a plane crash, and it devastated him. His last performance was at Bally’s in 1990, when he had trouble singing and suffered physically with health issues and was still in anguish over his son’s death. He and Jerry Lewis did reunite, first on Lewis’s Labor Day telethon in 1976, and later after Dean-Paul’s funeral. But Dean went quietly into retirement and died Christmas Day, 1995, remembered, deservedly, as one of the true greats of Las Vegas entertainment.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Known for his smooth and effortless style, Martin has become a timeless Las Vegas icon.

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Hey pallies, likes we're back once 'gain with 'nother of the coolest of cool celebratory posts honorin' our most beloved Dino on the centennial of his birth in Steubenville, Ohio.  Likes this time 'round we have incredibly intriguin' international Dino-devotion from Delphi, Greece from a pallie who tags himself "Nikos Galanis," and whose blog is titled "akeratos of Delphi."

Likes Mr. Galanis's post is a marvelous mix of perfect pixs of our Dino and company that Nikos fabulously fetched from the pallies at the Las Vegas Sun.  There are 14---count- 'em---14 swank shots of our Dino culled from the archives of The Las Vegas News Bureau.  Likes at least half or perhaps a bit more of 'em are once that we have never ever seen before in our Dino-memory.  Likes how completely cool to relive so many many magic moments in our Dino's life through these potent poses!

Of course we loves that this post continues to show the incredible international nature of awesome adulation of our Dino and we thank our Greek pallie, Mr. Nikos Galanis, for spreadin' such deep devotion to our Dino at his blog and, of course, to the pallies at the Las Vegas Sun, whose link is listed at the bottom of this Dino-message.  Likes to checks this out in it's original source, simply click on the tag of today's Dino-report.

We remain,

Yours in Dino,

Dino Martin Peters


Remembering the King of Cool on his 100th Birthday

Tue, Jun 6, 2017 (6:01 p.m.)
Elvis Presley once told Deana Martin, “They call me the King of Rock and Roll, but your dad is the King of Cool.” From his solo career to his appearances with the Rat Pack and his infamous Celebrity Roasts, Dean Martin made the Las Vegas stage his home. Known for his smooth and effortless style, Martin has become a timeless Las Vegas icon. Dean Martin would have turned 100 on June 7. The Las Vegas News Bureau celebrate the “King of Cool” with this tribute featuring photos from their archives.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Dean Martin.... Then I realized that he may have been the coolest guy in the world.

Hey pallies, likes we continue to be profoundly proud and perfectly  pleased to share with all youse Dino-holics each and every lovin' homage of our Dino on the centennial celebration of his descent to earth on June 7, 1917 and each and every post is ultimately unique in swank style and pleasin' presentation of deepest  devotion to our Dino.

Likes today we stop to visit with blogger Mr. Joe Thompson of Pacifica, Cali who presides over the blog tagged "Big V Riot Squad."  Joe's reflections are in what we tend to call the "short and sweet" variety.  But, likes Joe perfectly proves that it is not the length of words scribed that matter so much as the depth of devotion inherent in the writin' of 'em.

As you read Joe's personal thoughts youse will see that true transformation that Joe has had in his awesome adulation of our most most beloved  Dino...from rememberin' our Dino as "as an aging guy with a television variety show I didn't like to watch" to the point of realizin' "that he may have been the coolest guy in the world."

We are totally totally thrilled to be able to share with all youse Dino-philes Mr. Thompson's coolest of cool change of heart in terms of his appreciation of our main man and awesomely applaud him for so openly sharin' this Dino-transformation with his remarkable readership.   To checks this out in it's original format, simply clicks on the tag of this Dino-message.

We remain,

Yours in Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Dean Martin 100 -- June 7, 2017

Singer, comic and actor Dean Martin was born 100 years ago today, on 07-June-1917, in Steubenville, Ohio.  I first remember him as an aging guy with a television variety show I didn't like to watch.  Later I saw his movies, first with partner Jerry Lewis, then on his own.  Then I started to pay attention to his music and realized he could sing.  Then I realized that he may have been the coolest guy in the world.

Posted by Joe Thompson at 12:30 AM

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

There’s nothing saying that a little Dean Martin couldn’t go a long way towards giving the film a different sound that might enhance the experience.

Hey pallies, likes we continue to be awesomely amazed by the many and varied ways that our most beloved Dino continues to be lifted up on the ol' world wide web day in and day out.  Today we are perfectly pleased to stop with all youse Dino-holics at the blog pad "TVOM," which stands for TV OVER MIND."  From a blogger tagged "WAKE" comes the post tagged " The Best Uses of Dean Martin Songs in Movies."

Likes we are absolutely awed by the fantastic fact that more and more of our Dino's coolest of cool croons continue to be included in the swank soundtracks of many of today's fabulous flicks and in this pleasant post scriber "WAKE" lifts up 5 different Dino-croons bein' featured in 5 different "films that are still in circulation or have just recently come out."  Likes pallies we have just celebrated the 100th anniversary of our Dino's descent to earth and it's been over 20 years since our Dino departed our planet, but the transformin' power of our Dino continues to be shared in so so many big screen efforts and certainly bringin' more and more of today's youth into the Dino-fold.

We thanks the pallies at "TVOM" and in particular "WAKE" for this intriguin' incredibly insightful Dino-feature makin' clear that the Dino-light is glowin' more and more Dino-bright on the big screen, which, of course, likes makes our Dino-hearts more and more full of Dino-happiness!  To checks this out in it's original source, likes simply clicks on the tag of this Dino-gram.

We remain,

Yours in Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

 The Best Uses of Dean Martin Songs in Movies Wake  July 16, 2017

It’s amazing to think that Dean Martin, born Dino Crocetti, came up in such a hard manner. He was a boxer, a steel mill worker, and even worked in a casino. He teamed up with Jerry Lewis at one point and the pair made about 16 movies together in 11 years. After their split it was assumed the Dean wouldn’t really go anywhere with his career but he proved everyone wrong when he went even further into his acting and into his music. His golden pipes could be heard virtually everywhere, be it TV or film, and eventually he became something of a household name.

Dean Martin’s music can be heard even today in several films that are still in circulation or have just recently come out.

5. You I Love – Sandy Wexler

It’s pretty common to hear classic rock from the 1960’s and 70’s in Sandler’s films but maybe it’s a sign that he’s maturing when you can begin to hear older classics from such performers as Dean Martin. It might simply allude to the fact that the character of Sandy Wexler is a little more old-fashioned and isn’t as into the rock scene, but once again, maybe that’s just Sandler finally growing up a little more.

4. Ain’t That A Kick In The Head – Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

This seems like kind of an odd selection to put into a Mission Impossible soundtrack, but it kind of makes sense. Mission Impossible is a classic show, and has featured a wide variety of music in the film and on its soundtracks since it became a hit movie series. There’s nothing saying that a little Dean Martin couldn’t go a long way towards giving the film a different sound that might enhance the experience.

3. That’s Amore – Bridget Jones’ Baby

Maybe it’s a little too much amore. We’ve all seen Bridget Jones before in film, and quite honestly we know the woman’s not so lonely that she can’t find a date. The trouble she gets herself into in this film has more to do with the fact that she found a way to stave of loneliness, but it also managed to insure that she wouldn’t ever be alone again. How in the world would you handle a situation in which you had no idea who was the father of your child?

2. Grazie, Prego, Scusi – Old Dogs

One day you meet up with the woman of your dreams again and you think that life couldn’t have taken a luckier turn. And then it drops that she has kids. And then she informs you that the kids are yours. Need we go on? Yes we do because the funny doesn’t stop there. Add into this equation that your life is in no way equipped to handle children at this moment and you’ve got at least an inkling of what direction things might be headed.

1. Baby It’s Cold Outside – Four Christmases

What’s more hectic, Christmas with the family, or four Christmases with four different families? Oy, if this was what the holidays was truly like with split families it would be no wonder that a couple would seek to avoid them all and head out of town without telling them.

There are numerous films out there with Dean Martin’s sweet voice still crooning to heighten whatever scene the song is attached to.  Thankfully he had the kind of voice that most people don’t want to forget.

Monday, July 17, 2017

On This Day In Dino-history: July 17, 1950

Hey pallies, likes we gotta 'fess up that we never ever before remember there bein' so so many hugely historical dates in the month of July in Dino-history.  Likes today we are perfectly pleased to be able to share 'nother of dem dates.  From the pallies at the blog "Be a Seed for Change," comes news that it was on this day, July 17 in the year of our Dino 1950 that the classic comedy duo of our Dino and Mr. Jerry Lewis headlined the debut of the Colgate Comedy Hour on the small screen.


Watchin' the Colgates that our Dino and Mr. Lewis headlined gives all us Dino-holics the awesome op to  see our beloved Dino and his beloved partner at their funniest and likes we personally wishes that we had more hours in the day to be able to watch 'em over and over and they never ever grow old.  Below we share of of the earliest of the series of powerfully potent performances from 1950...likes we don't believe that it is the first, as we tried to locate that on youtube with no success.

We thanks the pallies at the blog "Be a Seed for Change" for makin' aware of this very very special day in the life and times of our one and only Dino.  To checks this out in it's original format, simply clicks on the tag of this here Dino-report.

We remain,

Yours in Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

DEAN MARTIN AND JERRY LEWIS TV SHOW - 1950 - The Colgate Comedy Hour

1950 – The television show “The Colgate Comedy Hour” debuted featuring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.


Hey pallies, likes it has been fabulously fascinatin' to find so so many blogs beyond the USA proudly proclaimin' their deepest of deep devotion to our Dino on the centennial celebration of what we have tagged here at ilovedinomartin as "The Day That Coolness Came To Earth."  We have already shared a greatly good number of lovin' homages of our most beloved Dino that have come from all four corners of the Dino-world, and today we are proudly pleased to share yet 'nother international Dino-post from the land of Dino-heritage, Italy....Milano to be precise.

From the blog tagged  "FASHIONTIMES" comes "DINO PAUL CROCETTI, AKA DEAN MARTIN," which appreciatively accents both our Dino's decade long teamin' with Mr. Jerry Lewis as well as his solo career."  Likes one of the thin's that is so so intriguin'ly interestin' is how when foreign countries speak of our Dino's big screen efforts, the tags of the flicks are so so different then the English tags.  Likes for example in this post, our Dino's greatest of great western, "Rio Bravo" becomes  "An Honor Dollar" in the Italiano version.

The two incredible images included has our Dino with his signature Dino-buddha grin in the first and a potent pose of our Dino and Mr. Lewis clownin' 'round as they so often did.  We thanks the pallies of Milano's "FASHIONTIMES" for reverently rememberin' our one and only Dino on his most special of special 100th anniversary of birth and spreadin' some delightful Dino-devotion 'mong their readership.  To checks this out in it's original source, likes simply clicks on the tag of this Dino-message.

We remain,

Yours in Dino,

Dino Martin Peters


By Room Look - June 7, 2017

Coupled with Jerry Lewis or alone: ​​Dean Martin made his mark in music and cinema.


Son of parents of Italian origin, he chose to make it more american friendly its name to succeed. The family name, Martin, is in fact the anglofonizzata version of the name of the Italian Nino Martini content. It was with that name who managed to establish itself as a singer in clubs in New York, after the boxer and the gas station. His career can be divided into two periods, now let's see.


The meeting with Jerry Lewis was decisive for Dean Martin . The two met the first time at the Glass Hat Club in New York, where both were performing separated. Their first solo exhibition took place July 25, 1946 at Club 500 in Atlantic City was the start of a successful comedy duo that lasted a decade. On stage realizzavano of songs rich performances and sketches, some improvised on the spot. Given the appreciation of the public, along turned America, coming to perform at New York's Copacabana. After debuting even on TV (in the program The Ed Sullivan Show on CBS-TV) and radio (in The Martin and Lewis Show ), in 1948 their agent negotiated for them a big contract with Paramount . Together, they broke through in the cinema: realized sixteen films, from My Friend Irma (1949) up to Hollywood or Death! (1956). The partnership, because of growing personal conflicts, stopped exactly (or almost) ten years after their debut, on July 24, 1956.

Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis


Despite initial skepticism - many believed that alone is not worth anything - Dean Martin achieved great successes even without Lewis . In addition to music (in 1954, was published the famous That's Amore , a tribute to the city of Naples), the cinema was able in fact to assert itself both in comedy and in drama. We remember it The Young Lions (1958, starring Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift) and Western An Honor Dollar (1959, opposite John Wayne). In the sixties he became part of the Rat Pack , a group of actors and singers led by his friend Frank Sinatra . With the Rat Pack, he played several films, including Ocean's Eleven, Three Against All, I 4 in Chicago . After shooting a series of four films in the secret agent Matt Helm , Dean Martin began the artistic decline, also related to his health. His last film of Conspiracies Parallel , 1987, a year before retiring from the scene.


Di Camera Look - 7 giugno 2017

In coppia con Jerry Lewis o da solo: Dean Martin ha lasciato il segno nella musica e nel cinema.


Figlio di genitori di origine italiana, scelse di rendere più american friendly il proprio nome per affermarsi. Il cognome, Martin, è infatti la versione anglofonizzata del cognome del tenore italiano Nino Martini. Fu con quel nome che riuscì ad imporsi come cantante nei locali di New York, dopo aver fatto il pugile e il benzinaio. La sua carriera si può suddividere in due periodi, che ora andiamo a vedere.


L’incontro con Jerry Lewis fu decisivo per Dean Martin. I due si conobbero la prima volta al Glass Hat Club di New York, dove entrambi si esibivano, separati. La loro prima esibizione in coppia avvenne il 25 luglio 1946 al Club 500 di Atlantic City: fu l’inizio di un duo comico di successo, che durò una decina d’anni. Sul palco realizzavano spettacoli ricchi di canzoni e di sketch, alcuni anche improvvisati sul momento. Visto l’apprezzamento del pubblico, insieme girarono l’America, arrivando ad esibirsi al Copacabana di New York. Dopo aver debuttato anche in tv (nel programma Toast of the Town della CBS-TV) e in radio (nel The Martin and Lewis Show), nel 1948 la loro agente negoziò per loro un grande contratto con la Paramount. Insieme, sfondarono anche al cinema: realizzarono sedici film, da La Mia Amica Irma (1949) fino a Hollywood o Morte! (1956). Il sodalizio, per via di crescenti contrasti personali, si interruppe esattamente (o quasi) dieci anni dopo il loro debutto, il 24 luglio del 1956.

Dean Martin e Jerry Lewis

Nonostante lo scetticismo iniziale – molti credevano che da solo non valesse nulla – Dean Martin ottenne grandi successi anche senza Lewis. Oltre alla musica (nel 1954, fu pubblicata la celeberrima That’s Amore, un omaggio alla città di Napoli), al cinema riuscì infatti ad affermarsi sia nella commedia che nel genere drammatico. Lo ricordiamo ne I Giovani Leoni (1958, con Marlon Brando e Montgomery Clift) e nel western Un Dollaro d’Onore (1959, al fianco di John Wayne). Negli anni Sessanta entrò a far parte del Rat Pack, un gruppo di attori e cantanti capitanato dall’amico Frank Sinatra. Con il Rat Pack, interpretò diversi film, tra cui Colpo grosso, Tre Contro Tutti, I 4 di Chicago. Dopo aver girato una serie di quattro film nella parte dell’agente segreto Matt Helm, per Dean Martin iniziò il declino artistico, legato anche alle sue condizioni di salute. Il suo ultimo film su Congiure Parallele, del 1987, un anno prima di ritirarsi definitivamente dalle scene.