Wednesday, November 30, 2016

On This Day In Dino-history: November 30, 1965

Hey pallies, likes we have no idear before a couple of minutes 'go that we woulda be sharin' yet a third Dino-gram with youse on this last day of November in the year of our Dino 2016, but as we were doin' our almost daily searchin' of the good ol' "Twingly" search blog for Dino-devotion we came 'pon the blog  tagged "KRQE," the tag for the home base of television channel 13 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

In their prose tagged, "Today in History: November 30, the folks at "KRQE" have shared the coolest of cool candid shot of our most beloved Dino and Rat Pack pallies Mr. Frank Sinatra and Mr. Sammy Davis, Jr. 'long with fellow crooner Mr. Bing Crosby "during a recording session at Sinatra's Reprise Record Co. in California, Nov. 30, 1965."  It's a perfectly powerful pix that we ain't ever remember seein' before and we just knew that we needed to share it with all youse Dino-holics ASAP!!!!  We ain't got a clue what sort of al-b-um was bein' recorded...likes any of youse Dino-philes got a clue what the Dino-action was that day?????

We swankly salute the pallies at KRQE television station 13 for bringin' this hugely historic potently pictoral moment in Dino-history on their 'net site and bringin' such Dino-delight to many many who are deeply devoted to our one and only Dino.  Likes, to checks this out in it's original site, simply clicks on the tag of this Dino-report.

We remain,

Yours in Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

Today in History: November 30

By Associated Press

Published: November 30, 2016

Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin, left to right, laugh during a recording session at Sinatra's Reprise Record Co. in California, Nov. 30, 1965.  (AP Photo)

Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin, left to right, laugh during a recording session at Sinatra's Reprise Record Co. in California, Nov. 30, 1965.

On This Day In Dino-history, November 30, 1956.

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Hey pallies, the ol' world wide web continues to be a genuine goldmine completely chocked full of great Dino-treasure just waitin' to be marvelously mined....and that's a huge huge reason we here at ilovedinomartin keeps doin' our best to uncover more and more Dino-devotion for all youse Dino-philes.    Last year at this time,while doin' some extra credit Dino-searchin' via google blog search we happened upon the rarest of rare Dino-find of some laviously  live croonin' of our most beloved Dino and his bestest of best pallie Mr. Frank Sinatra on November 30, 1956.

First posted on the blog "Crooks And Liars" on December 31, 2009, it took us almost five years to uncover this fantastic find of this  recordin' of our most beloved Dino singin' a trio of classic croons for the Hungarian Relief Concert with Sinatra also doin' some solo work.  All-in-all there is almost 22 minutes of sensational singin'.   Likes, 'cause this is a remarkably rare Dino-discovery  we are plannin' to share this on an annual basis, with this year bein' year tres.

We loves how this refreshin'  recordin' begins with the unnamed announcer graciously  givin' our great great man the purest of pure praise, sayin' "This fella is going to be on the, I think, one of the finest leading men we've ever seen around this town, and he is going to come out here now, and lead you all to a lot of happiness.   And, likes indeed our Dino lovin'ly  lays likes just  a ton of huge huge happiness on the crowd as he sings "All Of Me," "Innamorata," and "Is It True What They Say About Dixie."

 Our Dino mentions that it was producer Mr. Joe Pasternak who coaxed his appearance, which let's us know that the concert was around the time that our Dino's first major big screen effort, "Ten Thousand Bedrooms" was bein' released as Pasternak was the producer for that effort.

We are likes totally totally thrilled to be able to share this with all youse Dino-holics, just wishes that it hadn't taken so so long to uncover.  Also, as you will read  below the sharer of this Dino-treasure, Mr. Gordon Skene discovered "the master tapes from the concert)  sitting on a shelf in a garage the better part of forty years before I got the call to "take the junk away".

We wanna express our deepest of deep Dino-appreciato to Skene for sharin' this huge huge Dino-discovery with his readership and eventually with all youse pallies.  Likes makes us be in wholehearted wonderment of  what more Dino-gold is out there waitin' to be mined.  To checks this out in it's original format, simply clicks on the tag of this here Dino-report.  And, likes sometimes pallies the vid we have placed below chooses not to function....if this happens to you, simply click on the tag of this Dino-post to listen at the original site.

 We remain.

Yours in the deepest of deep Dino-happiness,

Dino Martin Peters

Newstalgia New Years Eve Music Special - Dean Martin - Frank Sinatra - Hungarian Relief Concert 1956

I can't think of a better way to end up the year than with a special, rare, never-heard-before performance of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin (not together unfortunately, but Dino's in fine form) from the Hungarian Relief Fundraiser put on in Los Angeles on November 30, 1956.

For some reason, this recording has never been issued anywhere - the master tapes sitting on a shelf in a garage the better part of forty years before I got the call to "take the junk away".
Dean had just broken up his act with Jerry Lewis and Sinatra was going through a career change that took would take a dramatic upturn as well. If memory serves (but don't hold me to it), this predates the Ratpack by about a year.

In any event, this is a rare recording and you get to hear it first.

Thanks to everyone for a great 2009 - especially the crew at C&L. It's all been good fun, dusting off history.

Happy New Year - try and stay sane in the meantime. Wait til 2010!

Dean Martin: He had it all – the looks, the charm, the sophistication

Hey pallies, likes hot on the heels of yesterday's delightful Dino-thankin' Dino-gram  from the Italiano blog "Men's Fashion, Women's Fashion" where nouveau hipster scriber Mr. Mattia Tarantini lovin'ly offered his abundant amore of our Dino in his wonderful writin's tagged "Style icons: Dean Martin, the king of cool," we simply had to place the words Dean Martin and Style Icon into the ol' google blog search engine and, likes of course, we came up with some fantastic features that we had already shared here at ilovedinomartin, but we also delightfully descovered a powerfully potent post that we had not yet shared with all youse Dino-philes.

So, likes today we takes you to the blog "POLYVORE" where a lady who tags herself "angelflair" shares a most Dino-honorin' post tagged "STYLE ICON: DEAN MARTIN."  In speakin' 'bout herself Miss "angelflair" states, "I am fashion designer & Illustrator. Anything that involves creating will catch my attention!"  And, indeed our most beloved Dino has coolly caught her attentionado and she shares her authentic appreciato for our main man.  Likes we mucho digs these wondrously wise words from her pen...."He had it all – the looks, the charm, the sophistication – many traits that seem to be falling out of favour with the modern man. A man that always made people smile, Dean Martin set a standard for how a man should carry himself."

We are totally totally thrilled that our King of Cool has caught Miss "angelflair's" attention and we sez our thanks to her and all the pallies at "POLYVORE" for spreadin' such deep Dino-love at their perfect pad.  Likes to checks this out in it's original source, simply clicks on the tag of this here Dino-gram.

As we close our our Season of GIVING DINO THANKS, we speaks our deepest of deep devotion to our one and only Dino for all that he has meant, all that he does mean, and all that he will ever mean to all us solidly sold-out to Dino devotees.  Thanks you Dino for everythin'!!!!!  As, you crooned your signature croon, "Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime," know that we will always always loves you!!!!!

We remain,

Always, always Dino-thankful,

Dino Martin Peters

DEan Martin at DuckDuckGo



Dean Martin was one of the most fashionable men in Hollywood. Back when everyone dressed up for every occasion, he managed to be unique, yet classic – his unique red handkerchief with his tuxedo, for example. He exemplified class, style and sophistication no longer appreciated today.

Born Dino Paul Crocetti, Dean Martin is remembered as the quintessential man’s man – the “King of Cool” and was one of the most successful entertainers of the 20th century.

Martin’s big break came when he teamed up with legendary comedian Jerry Lewis to create Martin & Lewis. The duo starred in several hit films together before breaking up in 1956. He then went on to a solo career (TV, film, music) and recorded such hits as Everybody Loves Somebody, That’s Amore and the cult favourite, Mambo Italiano. He also starred in several films, including the original Ocean’s 11 which took place in a vastly different Las Vegas than we know today.

Although he enjoyed much success and had a variety of roles, Martin was not a workaholic. In fact, during his popular variety program The Dean Martin Show, he only worked 2 hours a week – when the show was being aired. He rarely rehearsed…he preferred the spontaneity. If there was a mistake, they wouldn’t re-shoot, it was kept in.

He had it all – the looks, the charm, the sophistication – many traits that seem to be falling out of favour with the modern man. A man that always made people smile, Dean Martin set a standard for how a man should carry himself.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

.....we can also invent adjectives to describe Dean Martin and his style, and yet would not be enough.

Mattia Tarantini
Hey pallies, likes unequivocally there is ultimately unendin' absolute adulation of our most beloved Dino bein' shared from all four corners of the known world on the world wide web, and it is the coolly completely challengin' callin' of ilovedinomartin to uncover it and share with  Dino-holics everywhere.  And, likes, this is what we eagerly endeavor to do here at our humble little Dino-pad day in and day out, and likes are 'specially perfectly pleased to share as our sensational season of Giving Dino Thanks spills over into this week after Thanksgiving.

Likes we are always totally totally  thrilled to be able to share new-to-ilovedinomartin blogs and scribers to our amazin' annals of Dino-devotion and today we are swankly smitten that our Dino-feature accents both youthful and international potent passion for our one and only Dino.  Today we stop by the Italiano style blog "Moda Uomo Moda Donna  (Men's Fashion Women's Fashion)" where nouveau hipster scribed Mr. Mattia Tarantini lovin'ly offers his awesome amore of our Dino in his wonderful writin's tagged "Style icons: Dean Martin, the king of cool."

It is completely crystal clear from Mr. Tarantini's remarkable 'n reverent remarks that he absolutely "gets Martin" and likes digs our Dino and our Dino's style likes to the max!!!!!   It is truly truly thrillin' to find someone of Mattia's youth so swankly smitten by our Dino sayin' such wondrously wise words as "Dean Martin was an absolute icon of coolness" and ".....we can also invent adjectives to describe Dean Martin and his style, and yet would not be enough."

And, likes we loves how Tarantini stunnin'ly speaks of the cool categories of our King of Cool's style..."CLASSIC BUT NOT STUFFY," "THE SMILE," "THE CIGARETTE," and "THE DRINK," incredibly illustratin' each trait with both wise words and incredible image.  We have to say that we complete concur with Mattia's immense insights into our great great man's great great style and we gotta 'fess up that we are absolutely awestruck by this youthful Italiano absolute affection for our most most beloved Dino!

Likes we coulda goes on and on 'bout this powerfully perfect post on our Dino, but we encourage you to deeply drink in each syllable of each wonderfully wise word 'bout our Dino and fantastically feast on each and every  insightful image of our Dino as well.   We solemnly salute Mr. Mattia Tarantini for this touchin' 'n tender tribute to our Dino as style icon par excellent and profusely thank him for his energetic efforts on behalf of the man we are amores so very very much.  To checks this out in it's original source, likes simply clicks on the tag of this here Dino-report.

We remain,

Yours in Dino,

Dino Martin Peters


Style icons: Dean Martin, the king of cool




 "I will be even The King of Rock 'n' Roll, but Dean Martin is and will always be The King of Cool".

Words of Elvis Presley. It was not the only one who thinks so. Dean Martin was the idol and friend, colleague and drinking buddy, Frank Sinatra, and even Jerry Lewis, which he said "Dean was always the refined, the fig tree, the higher grade." It was a playboy, no doubt. And the "Playboy" magazine elected him "the coolest man ever lived on Earth" .

In short, Dean Martin was an absolute icon of coolness, coolness, fashion without knowing of it. An increasingly fashionable, charismatic, charming, stylish: we can also invent adjectives to describe Dean Martin and his style, and yet would not be enough. The truth is that you would eat for breakfast the " fashion icons " today, of which perhaps laugh, seeing hair on, Buff and tattooed. He was an old school. But what were the basic elements of the style of Dean Martin?



The style of Dean Martin (which, remember, was Italian and his name was Dino Crocetti origins) was classic: he lived for most of his life with a tuxedo wearing, on stage and off stage. A classic style but not stuffy, brought lightly, a classic-casual, disenchanted as it was Martin. A gentleman ready to make merry. So almost always shirt, of course, and almost always white, but often open or with the sleeves rolled up, or up or polo neck sweaters.



Style are not just the clothes that you wear, but how you wear. It 'a way of being. The character. An attitude. And Dean Martin, actor and cantente, was always smiling. perhaps not always happy, always smiling but yes conveyed a sense of fun, fooling around, the "who cares" with that face sly that even today is absolutely captivating. Dean Martin was not pretty, but liked. Perhaps because he was always smiling.


We know, smoking is bad and so is not cool. Yet we must admit that one of the fundamental components of the Dean Martin-style was the cigarette constantly between the fingers. There's a photo where he does not have the cigarette, which were in their hands even on stage while singing. Tuxedo with a tuxedo.



The Dean Martin's hands were always occupied primarily by three things: the cigarette, as we have seen, the microphone when he sang, and especially a glass. It is probably the best person photographed with a drink in hand in the history of mankind. His style was that of nightclubs, of Las Vegas, who was partying all night, for work.

More photos to mark the style of this absolute icon, Dean Martin (1917 - 1995):




 DEAN MARTIN em sua casa 1958

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Icone di stile: Dean Martin, the king of cool


947“Io sarò anche The King of Rock’n’ Roll, ma Dean Martin è e sarà sempre The King of Cool”.

Parole di Elvis Presley. E non era il solo a pensarla così. Dean Martin era l’idolo, nonché amico, collega e compagno di bevute, di Frank Sinatra, e anche di Jerry Lews, che di lui diceva “Dean era sempre quello raffinato, il fico, quello più in alto di grado”. Era un playboy, senza dubbio. E proprio la rivista “Playboy” lo ha eletto “l’uomo più cool mai vissuto sulla Terra”.

Insomma, Dean Martin era un’icona assoluta di coolness, figaggine, fashion senza sapere di esserlo. Uno sempre alla moda, carismatico, affascinante, stiloso: possiamo anche inventare degli aggettivi per descrivere Dean Martin e il suo stile, eppure non basterebbero. La verità è che si mangerebbe a colazione le “icone fashion” di oggi, di cui forse riderebbe, vedendoli depilati, palestrati e tatuati. Lui era uno vecchia scuola. Ma quali erano gli elementi fondamentali dello stile di Dean Martin?


Lo stile di Dean Martin (che, lo ricordiamo, era di origini italiane e si chiamava Dino Crocetti) era classico: ha vissuto per gran parte della vita con uno smoking indosso, sul palco e fuori dal palco. Uno stile classico ma non formale, portato con leggerezza, un classico-casual, disincantato come lo era Martin. Un gentleman pronto a fare baldoria. Quindi quasi sempre camicia, ovviamente, e quasi sempre bianca, ma spesso aperta o con le maniche arrotolate, oppure maglioni a collo alto o polo.


Lo stile non sono solo i vestiti che si portano, ma come si portano. E’ un modo di essere. Il carattere. Un atteggiamento. E Dean Martin, attore e cantente, era sempre sorridente. Non sempre felice forse, ma sempre sorridente sì: trasmetteva una sensazione di divertimento, di cazzeggio, di “chi se ne frega” con quella faccia sorniona che ancora oggi risulta assolutamente accattivante. Dean Martin non era bello, eppure piaceva. Forse anche perché era sempre sorridente.


Lo sappiamo, fumare fa male e quindi non è cool. Eppure dobbiamo ammettere che una delle componenti fondamentali dello stile di Dean Martin era la sigaretta perennemente tra le dita. Non c’è una foto dove non abbia la sigaretta, che tenevano in mano perfino sul palco mentre cantava. Smoking con lo smoking.


Le mani di Dean Martin erano sempre occupate fondamentalmente da tre cose: la sigaretta, come abbiamo visto, il microfono quando cantava, e soprattutto un bicchiere. Probabilmente è la persona più fotografata con un drink in mano nella storia dell’umanità. Il suo stile era quello dei locali notturni, di Las Vegas, di chi faceva festa tutta la notte, per lavoro.

Altre foto per celebrare lo stile di questa icona assoluta, Dean Martin (1917 – 1995):

Monday, November 28, 2016

Let’s take a moment to remember Dean Martin’s perfect existence.

Hey pallies, likes we are powerfully 'n potently pumped to be able to continue our fine festival of Giving Dino Thanks for the next few days as we await the start of Dino-winter season...and what a cool collection of Dino-thankin' post have we got lovin'ly lined up to swankly share with all youse Dino-philes.

Likes, today's Dino-contribution falls into what we loves to call the oh so short, but oh so sweet Dino-category.  From the beautiful blog "BuzzFeed REWIND" comes the powerful potent photo essay, "29 Sexy Men Who Proved The ’50s Was The Time To Be Alive," scribed by Miss Stacey Grant of the BuzzFeed staff.

This fantastic feature is just what Miss Grant has delightfully described in the tag of her post, 29 incredible images of sexy male entertainers from the 50's with, likes of course, our Dino bein' featured with that incredible irresistible illustrious image of our most beloved Dino that both graces the front cover of the original hardcover edition of Nick Tosches beautiful Dino-bio, "DINO: Living High In The Dirty Business Of Dreams, as well as our humble little ilovedinomartin blog.

If we have to choose only one Dino-image as our fav, this woulda be is our Dino at his coolest, hippest and ever randiest for Dino-sure. And, likes the touchin' 'n tender thought with which Stacey introduces our King of Cool,..."Let’s take a moment to remember Dean Martin’s perfect existence." makes our Dino-hearts soar with the powerfully potent profoundness of it's total total truth! Obviously Miss Stacey Grant takes the deepest of delight in our Dino as all us Dino-holics do!

We proudly 'n profusely thank Miss Stacey Grant and all the pallies at BuzzFeed" for liftin' up our most beloved Dino is this swankly simple but perfectly perfect way!  We are sure that this pix 'n prose will be sure to brin' many more pallies into the deeper, purer, and truer devotion to our one, our only Dino.  To checks this out in it's original  source, simply clicks on the tag of this here Dino-gram.

We remain,

Yours in Thanksgiving To Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

29 Sexy Men Who Proved The ’50s Was The Time To Be Alive
Don’t believe us? See for yourself.

Stacey Grant
BuzzFeed Staff

13. Let’s take a moment to remember Dean Martin’s perfect existence.

Let's take a moment to remember Dean Martin's perfect existence.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Danny G's Sunday Serenade with Dino: "Canadian Sunset"

Welcome back, mi amici!

How's everyone feelin'?
Better than me...I hope!
Yup...I'm sick. Yuck!
Youse see what happened is this, my friends.
My boy...wee pallie Nicky G...came home with a cold last week.
And no matter how I tried to dodge & weave 'round those germs...they finally gots me!
So, I sit...just typin' & snifflin'...haha!

I'm alright!
I'll live!
No measley little cold is gonna keep ANY Dino-holic down & out for long! Ha!

All's I really need is a little pick me up, pals!

Somethin' with that Dino-vibe to it!
No no...I ain't referrin' to some Scotch on the rocks!
Well... nah...well...later maybe. Haha!! I was sayin'...I need a pick me up!
Some chicken soup for my soul!

Noooo problemo there, pallies!
 I have a whole treasure chest of Dino-gold!

Gonna pick us somethin' REALLY warm & cozy, pals!
Somethin' to start the COOL COOL transitionin' from givin' Dino-thanks into the upcomin' Dino-Winter month 2016!

Thinks a nice, big bowl of "Canadian Sunset" should fix me up just fine.

Ahhhhhh. Yup!
That's the stuff, pallies!
Just like Mama G's home cookin'! Haha!!

Hey, pals! I'm feelin' better already! Ha!

OK, ol' friends o mine...grab yourselves a bowl...& let's build up that Dino-immunity!

A long, cold Winter is headin' our way!
Let's get ready!

Now...where was that Scotch?! Haha!

Once I was alone
So lonely and then
You came out of nowhere
Like the sun up from the hill

Cold cold as the wind
Warm warm were your lips
Out there on the ski trail
Where your kiss filled me with thrill

Weekend in Canada a change of scene
Was the most I bargained for
And then I discovered you and in your eyes
I've found a love that I couldn't ignore

Down down came the sun
Fast fast beat my heart
I knew as the sun set from that day
We'd never part

Down down down down came the sun
Fast fast fast fast beat my heart
I knew as the sun set from that day
We'd never part
Down down down down came-a the sun
Fast fast fast fast beat-a my heart
I knew as the sun set from that day
We'd never part
We'd never part
We'd never part

Saturday, November 26, 2016

the almighty, immortal, unforgotten and legendary Mister DEAN MARTIN

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Hey pallies, likes our festival of GIVING DINO THANKS continues today even as pallies  here in the states return from  goin'  over the river and through the woods to grannie's house.

Likes as all of us Dino-philes continue to reflects 'bout all the remarkable reasons that dudes likes us are so so totally totally thankful for our most beloved Dino, likes we are likes deeply deeply delighted to  shares some absolutely amazin' Dino-devotion from a very youthful  German hipster modster who tags himself "Manslaughter-Andy."

Likes, Andy is a teacher at an "academic high school" in Germany teachin' "German, Politics, and Economics." From his profile we learns that this edgey educator was into "Metal" and then moved into "Hardcore, Punkrock and Oi! music." And, likes today's Dino-message articulates Andy's absolute adulation of  our Dino!  First shared here four years 'go on November 21, 2011, with a little revision we are totally thrilled to 'gain  bring it back to the light of Dino-day this year after sharin' it for a second time last year 'cause we know that those Dino-holics who remember it, will 'gain  greatly grooves on the deepness of Andy's devotion to our Dino and there are many in the Dino-fold who haven't have the potent privilege of enjoyin' it before will now have that opportunity.

At his blog "Manslaughter Thug Life," Andy's post, "DEAN MARTIN - "KING OF THE ROAD," is just laddened with so so much delightful Dino-praise! Andy, in his powerful pontification of his devotion to our Dino, sez 'bout our great man..."one of my heroes and my all time faves, the almighty, immortal, unforgotten and legendary Mister DEAN MARTIN, the one and only 'KING OF COOL.'"

Andy continues his devotion to our Dino's singin' sayin'..."Brilliant and out-standing, amazing and great music, I love it!!!" And, Andy energeticly encourages his readers to..."Get what-ever you can get with, by and of DEAN MARTIN, music and movies, to set this straight." Then Andy caps off his Dino-devotion sayin' 'bout our most beloved Dino..."just phenomenal and awesome, a true legend!!!" This, of course is topped off by an stunnin' clip of our Dino's powerfully perfect rendition of "King Of The Road."

ilovedinomartin expresses our deepest of deep Dino-appreciato to ""Manslaughter-Andy"
for givin' us such thrillin' thoughts of thanks for our Dino, gettin' our week of Dino-thanks off to a amazin' start. To view Andy's thoughts in it's original source, likes just clicks on the tag of this Dino-report. And, likes pallies know that we simply have so so much to thanks our Dino for that we are plannin' on continuin' our cool celebration of GIVING DINO THANKS in the days before Dino-winter season begins December 1.

We remain,

In deepest thanks to our Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

Montag, 14. November 2011


Hey folks! Now something a little bit different is coming up here but one of my heroes and my all time faves, the almighty, immortal, unforgotten and legendary Mister DEAN MARTIN, the one and only "KING OF COOL", will be up next here, singing to us the legendary anthem "KING OF THE ROAD". Brilliant and out-standing, amazing and great music, I love it!!! Swing, Jazz, Soul, Big Band Music, ah, it's just totally great and amazing over the top music that holds so much in store for everyone to discover who just owns the heart, passion, soul, and also the ears to get it all, something different than the usual stuff up here, haha;-), for sure, but as usual it's awesome stuff :-) that you need to have to check out as soon as possible. Get what-ever you can get with, by and of DEAN MARTIN, music and movies, to set this straight. Brilliant!!! Won't say more now, it's late and I'm tired, just enjoy it and if I would be you I would bet that more of DEAN MARTIN will be coming some time in the future up here. It's just phenomenal and awesome, a true legend!!! Enjoy it!!! Cheers!!! ... And then good night!!!


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Dino Thanksgiving

Hey pallies, likes the 2016 Day of givin' Dino-thanks is very close at hand now and here is our third postin'  in deep deep homage of our most beloved Dino.    From our amazin' Dino-prosin' pallie Ed whose deeply deeply delightful  Dino-thankin'-devotional, "Happy Dino Thanksgiving," was scribed a few years 'go just for all the faithful gathered here at ilovedinomartin, likes we are totally totally thrilled to once 'gain brings in your Dino-way.   Here are Ed's outstandin' Dino-thoughts durin' our season of "Givin' Dino Thanks."

So pallies, likes sits back and relish each and every one of our Dino-phile Ed's heartfelt, remarkably   revelatory  reflections on our Dino, 'cause they are lovin'ly  ladened with the deepest of the deep, the purest of the pure, and the truest of the true Dino-truths.

This year on December 25 it will be  21 long years since our most beloved  Dino walked the earth, but his life and legacy continues to entirely enthrall and courageously  call all us pallies to know, love, and honor our great man more and more each and every Dino-day.

Thanks Ed for sharin' your Dino-thanks with us in such a cool Dino-way.  We trust as you now have the joy of fatherin' your own little boypallies includin' the youngen  you have named after our one and only Dino,  that you are bringin' them up to loves our Dino likes you do.   We so look forward to the day when you will be able to share more of your Dino-hearted prose with all your pallies here at ilovedinomartin.

 Thanks most of all to our Dino...truly we wanna know you, love you, and honor you more each and every Dino-day! Dino-gratefully, DMP

Location? On a stage somewhere, Anytown USA.

Time? When Dino roamed and owned the earth.

Dino: “You know why they call it Plymouth Rock? Those pilgrims backed up their Plymouth into that rock. That’s why they call it Plymouth Rock.”

True Story.
It was Dino that quickly pointed out that America was discovered by a fellow Italian, Amerigo Vespucci. In turn, it was America who discovered Martin, Sinatra, Como, Martino, Bennett, Vale, Laine, Darin, Damone, and Prima. All Italian-American singers who forever changed the American music landscape. Imagine a world without Dean Martin. Elvis has no direction. Sinatra hasn’t a Yin to Yang, and good luck with reviving the Humphrey Bogart-less Holmby Hills Rat Pack. Joey Levitch is still Joey Levitch. Who’s Joey Levitch you ask? Welcome to a Dino-less world. Joey Levitch became Jerry Lewis. The word “cool” would have been forever associated with the weather. The Beatles would still be remembered as being “untouchable”.

Let’s be selfish for a bit. Without Dino, we wouldn't  have seen our fathers settling down in his favorite chair smoking his favorite pipe, spinning his favorite Dino LP. The man who makes my dad happy is the man that makes us happy. Pleasure hasn’t a salesman. Time passes and finds me sitting down in my favorite chair with my favorite beverage, listening to my favorite Dino iPod playlist. Coincidence? Think not my fellow Dino-phile. Dino transcends generations, countries, languages, races, sexes. He touches all! Cool has no color. Cool is ageless. You’re only as far from cool as the nearest Dino LP, CD, book, what have you. If you can’t find cool, pick up a Dino LP, look at it. It’s your cool compass, it always points to cool. Without it you’re never lost pally!

The things in life to be thankful for? Dino said it best..
Tender kisses, nights of bliss. Small moonbeams, sips of wine. Wedding bells, little kids, and dreams to savor. Blessings, man, wife, love and life. Memories are made of this.

Be thankful for those who brought them to you. Return the favor, help make others lives more memorable.

Happy Thanksgiving Pallies!

I'm Thankful For Dean Martin

Hey pallies, likes as this day before Thanksgiving  continues with our accent on "Giving Dino Thanks" here at ilovedinomartin., we share our second Dino-gram of the day where we  once  'gain share with youse a post that first appeared here on November 25, 2008....and reverently   reappears here yearly durin' our festival of "Givin' Dino Thanks." Scribed by Mr. Ron Giesecke for his "Political Therapy" blog, this  perfectly profoundly  powerful prose tagged "I’m Thankful For Dean Martin," shares the incredibly  important role that our Dino played in Giesecke's last conversation with his father who was dyin' of cancer.

This hugely heartfelt Dino-testimony is a remarkably  refreshin' reminder to all us pallies 'bout the many and varied ways that our Dino has tenderly touched so so many lives, and continues to do so, day by day, even long after his departure from the planet.

In this week of "Givin' Dino Thanks" 2016, we continue to be ever ever thankful for our most beloved  Dino and likes we are also very very thankful to Mr. Ron Giesecke for his candid retellin' of the remarkable  role our most beloved Dino played in sayin' goodbye to his father. To view this in it's original format, likes just clicks on the tag of this Dino-message. In this season of thanksgiving, be sure to pause and give our Dino thanks for the amazin' ways he has touched the lives of all of his pallies!

In Thanksgiving To Our Dino, DMP

The Therapist Thursday, November 24, 2005

I’m Thankful For Dean Martin

Tomorrow at 5:00 AM, It will be four months to the day that I lost my father to cancer. I had a feeling last Thanksgiving, that I was looking at my dad across the holiday table for the last time.

I was right.

Due to some employment constraints on my part, as well, as some plain old logistical difficulty, we decided to have Thanksgiving dinner on Monday evening. Everything was normal overall, with the addition of an emotional assent to how much we all wished dad were here one last time. My dad was a restless soul, and my wife’s observations about his absence on one of the holiday deficits that will now be the most obvious: that wherever my dad was on Thanksgiving, he always managed to be wandering around the kitchen, chatting with whomever was cooking, and just plain getting in the way in the fashion that loveable old lugs manage to do so well.

How I would have paid millions to have my dad holding up the wheels of culinary progress, forcing my wife to jokingly threaten to run him over one last time. How I would have also paid millions, if it would have at least enshrouded the incremental knots of pain in my mother’s face, as the holiday realizations washed over the clock—all without my father—her husband. And no amount of ambient room chatter was going to change it.

I started thinking about the last two days in my father’s life. Those memories—the one’s where family members became strangers, enemies, and opaque silhouettes—The one’s that recall the fear of falling, the contortions of pain—believe it or not, still have some high points.

I arrived out at the house, and to his deathbed. The medications, along with his metabolic breakdowns had cajoled an otherwise meek man into a sometimes-belligerent stranger. I remember distinctly two conversations I had with him. The first was a bit adversarial—to start.

“Dad, I’m here.”

Dad looks over at me, gives me a once over, and says “so what?”

“Dad, you’re little granddaughters are here.”

“I don’t care,” said my dad, looking away in disgust.

Right about then, my four year old—one of two apples in my father’s eye, ran into the room with that hapless, four-year-old lack of understanding at the impending gravity. I picked her up, and held her over him, so that he was forced to see her.

“Oh yeah, Captain Belligerent? Try being mean to THIS.”

I watched dad, as the realization that Clara was there at Grandpa’s side. I watched as he forced his demeanor, focus, and grandfatherly adoration through the unwieldy veil that had hidden the rest of him from the rest of us.

“Hi Clara,” he said, through the most painful smile ever forged upon that face. I will never forget that moment as long as I live. My daughter made cancer take a back seat, if only for a moment.

As dad inched ever-closer to the precipice, his coherence, ability to communicate, and humanity started to fade. I wanted to speak with my dad one last time about his soul, so that I could again pray with, for, and about him. The in-home hospice visitors said he no longer knew where he was.

I looked straight into my father’s face. His eyes fixed on mine. I thought I saw a momentary window of clarity come across those pupils, and so I silently prayed for a sign that he knew it was me.

“Dad,” I said. “I’m here.”

Dad had this way of nodding with only his eyes, and I was certain I had just seen him do it. The room was calm, and mom had kept the room calmly brimming with familiarity—to include my father’s favorite music lightly playing in the background.

“Dad, “ I said grabbing his hand. “I’m only going to ask you to extend yourself one last time. I just need to know that you know this is Ron talking. If you know it’s me, please squeeze my hand.”

He immediately squeezed with a force that astonished me.

“Okay dad. One more thing,” I said, as he locked his eyes on mine. “I’ve got one more question. After that, I just want you to pray with me in your mind.” I nodded over to the cassette player at the foot of the bed.

“Who’s playing on that radio right now?” I asked him.

With all the accompanying pain, dad struggled to put those parched lips together. I couldn’t believe he’d actually pull it off.

“Dean Martin,” he said.

I almost passed out.

I knew then, that dad and I could talk, even if it was only me doing the talking for our last conversation. Those were his last words to me. We had already exchanged our “I love you’s” earlier. And yet nothing in that transcended the sheer force I felt when I heard the man who brought me into this world fight one last time to converse with me as he left it.

You bet I am thankful. Thankful for Dean Martin.

Dean Martin's wonderful gift......

scox ... the VS Guy
Hey pallies, welcome back to more huge homagin'  in our week of "Givin" Dino Thanks" here at our humble little Dino- home.  In this week where folks in the good o' United States of America gather with family and friends to celebrate a day of Thanksgiving, it is truly truly amazin'ly  appropriate that ilovedinomartin share a special series of posts that speak deeply and truly of the purest of pure passion that pallies' have for our most beloved Dino.  And, 'cause we have so much touchin' 'n tender thanks for our most  beloved Dino and we will be offline on Thanksgiving and the day after, we are goin' to be sharin' three Dino-grams of Dino-thanks this very Dino-holics, likes sits back and soak in each and every wonderfully wise word of Dino-thanks bein' shared!

Many many of the posts that ilovedinomartin shares in these days before our Day Of Givin' Dino Thanks, have  been shared here before, but each is so so special that we simply must post each of 'em 'gain in this season of Dino-thanks!

Here  is a post that ran  durin' Dino-amore-month 2012 and 'gain in our 2013, 2014, and 2015 Week Of Givin' Dino Thanks.  Likes it's from the outstandin' blog, "Vocal Standards" hosted by Mr. Steve Cox. In his prose, "Dean Martin's wonderful gift,"  Mr. Cox shares a deeply moving, profoundly insightful testimony to the tremendous transformin' power of our most beloved Dino. Cox tells his heart-felt story of how our Dino's recorded music and television show dvds comforted his mother Bernice in the last couple of years of her struggle with Parkinson’s Disease.

This is one of the most truely touchin', if not the most touchin' post that we have ever shared here at ilovedinomartin about the amazin' way that our great man had, has, and will forever have of touchin' his great devotees' lives....and thus totally worthy of sharin' 'gain as we celebrate our week of "Givin' Dino Thanks" here at ilovedinomartin.

We 'gain offer our deep appreciation to Mr. Steve Cox for being so touchin'ly  transparent in sensitively  sharin' his deeply personal testimony of the amazin' ways that Dean Martin consoled Cox's mother in her last days on this earth. To read this in it's original format, simply click on the title of this post.

Dino we do indeed shares our thanks for the amazin' ways you keep transformin' the lives of those you have welcomed into your amazin'ly wonderful world! Dino-thankfully, DMP

Dean Martin’s wonderful gift…

February 5, 2012 By scox

My mom’s birthday was yesterday…
I think she would have been 85 — she passed away in 2004. I don’t want to get all maudlin here or make this too personal, but I do want to share an anecdote about how Dean Martin helped my mother in her time of greatest need.

As I mentioned in last week’s post on Andy Williams, we religiously watched Dean Martin’s television show at our house. To my knowledge, neither of my parents ever caught a Dean Martin live performance but nevertheless they were huge fans … the distant way most people are with guys as big as Dean or Frank Sinatra.

For the most part Bernice Cox lived a great life; she was a beauty queen (Miss New Hampshire!), married a dashing fighter pilot after the war (WW II), traveled, played great golf, danced … raised two amazing and talented children .

A tough ending…

Bernie had a tough go at the end with Parkinson’s Disease. Many of the things she loved to do moved from difficult to impossible in the last few years and that’s when Dean became a big part of her life.

Man, she loved to watch football on TV … college and pro football became her passion as her mobility declined. Super bowl weekend was always greeted with mixed emotions as there would be no more football ’til the fall. We got her the Dean Martin TV show collection DVDs, hoping they would provide some off-season relief and she took to them immediately.

Dean became her companion …
For the last couple of years of Bernie’s life Dean was my mom’s best friend. Not in a weird psycho way or anything, she just loved seeing and hearing the happy-go-lucky, fun loving guy Dean was … he made her feel good, remember good times dancing and carousing in better days.

At the end…

Bernie’s body finally gave out in the summer of 2004. When it was clear she wasn’t coming home from the hospital this time, all she really wanted and responded to was Dean. My brother and I got her some comfortable headphones and we loaded up all the Dean Martin LPs in my collection on an iPod for her.

After about 24 hours, I was concerned that it was too much for her, but when I lifted the headphones off and asked if she wanted some quiet to sleep … she could hardly respond but with her eyes and the tinniest shake of the head she made it clear that she wanted Dean to hold her hand all the way out.

Greg and I stood vigil for the next two nights, keeping the music playing … making sure her favorites “Go! Go! Go! Go!”, “Ain’t That A Kick In The Head’ and “Mambo Italiano” were prominently in the mix.

Dean quite literally reached down, took my mom by the hand and escorted her to a place where she can dance again … and maybe catch Dean, Frank and Sam on stage. God, let it be so.

Someday soon…
OK, I’m getting misty here and need to quit. One last thing … I plan to catch a Deana Martin show this year. When I do, I hope I have a chance to tell her how great her dad was to my mom. Bernie never met Dean and yet he helped her so much — at her time of greatest need.

Thanks for letting me drop a personal emotion bomb on you … whew, done now.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Dean Martin by Deanager Mr. Landon McNew

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Hey pallies, well likes we gotta 'fess up that today's Dino-devotion for our annual salute to our most beloved Dino tagged "Giving Dino Thanks" ain't what we had planned to share, but we are totally totally thrilled to have made the change in Dino-direction and what we had planned to share will still see the light of day sometime soon here at ilovedinomartin.

Likes what caused us to share somethin' different?......A comment shared on Danny G.'s most recent Sunday Serenade With Dino by a true Deanager  tagged Mr. Landon McNew.  Mr. McNew left us some patter of appreciato for the Dino-action here sayin', "Great song! It's great to know that there are people who appreciate and love Dean as much as I do. I truly believe Dean will live on forever."  In addition Landon reported that "Earlier I created a piece of artwork of Dean smiling. Check it out: For the Good Times."

And, likes as you will see below,  nouveau hipster Landon's artistic expression is fantastically fabulouso!!!!  Likes what coulda be more awesomely appropriate durin' our festival of Giving Dino Thanks that sharin' 'nother youthful  Dino-devottee usin' their great gifts, their tremendous talent as their ubber unique, wonderful way of givin' their personal thanks to our Dino.  It always beautifully brightens our Dino-spirits to brings all youse Dino-philes deeply delightful Dino-devotion of the artistic sort and even more so when it comes from 'nother of today's youth which has caught the Dino-spirit!

As you will note below, Mr. Landon McNew goes by the tag "Jatasgo" at the blog tagged "Deviant Art" and if you clicks on the tag of this blog post you will see his art at his home pad.  Likes, we are awesomely appreciative of Mr. McNew sharin' his perfectly powerful passion for our most beloved Dino through his recent patter here at ilovedinomartin as well as through spreadin' his amore for our Dino through usin' his artistic gifts.  We certainly hope that Deanager  Landon will continue to drop patter here at our humble little Dino-pad as well as coolly create more Dino-images for our viewin' pleasure!

btw pallies, likes we were just doin' a little google searchin' and discovered that Mr. Landon McNew has his own web pad,"McNew Art"....checks it out HERE dudes!

We remain,

Thankfully yours in Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

Dean Martin by Jatasgo

♫Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime♫

Monday, November 21, 2016

Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis Thanksgiving radio show 1948

Hey pallies, likes we thoughts as we begins celebratin' our season of Giving Dino Thanks, we woulda do a bit of searchin' of the ol' ilovedinomartin archives for past Dino-thankin'-grams and we discovered in 2014 we shared a  post of  a youtube clip of our most beloved Dino and his most beloved partner Mr. Jerry Lewis doin' Elgin (watches)  "7th Annual (and last)  All-Star Thanksgiving Show on November  25, 1948.

Dino opens the show coolly croonin' "Rambling Rose" and moves into an amazin' comedy routine with Jerry that then flows into our great man and Jerry singin' "That Certain Party Of Mine" which closes out their segment.  Likes as we listen to this historic and hysterical dozen or so minutes of purely perfect Martin and Lewis it truly truly does makes us ever more grateful for our Dino's multifaceted talents as entertainer extraordinaire and for the purely powerful partnership he shared with Mr. Lewis for a full decade.

As our special week of Giving Dino Thanks is now upon us, we are delighted to have been able to locate and share these marvelous moments of Dino-delight from Thanksgiving 1948.  

We remain,

Yours Dino-thankfully,

Dino Martin Peters

Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis Thanksgiving radio show 1948

Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis appear on the Elgin 7th Annual All-Star Thanksgiving Show 11-25-48, hosted by Don Ameche.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Danny G's Sunday Serenade with Dino: "S'posin'"

Greetins', pallies!
How's mi amici of Dino?
Hope all is well as well can be, anyways. I is hopin' this comin' Thanks-Dino-Givin' is gonna be a good one for us.
Not too much stressin'.

We are floatin' right along here, pals..& with December only bein' a week & a half is SURE to bring some holiday anxieties.
Try to be cool, my friends.
Put on some jams...Dean, of course...& just go with the flow. Thins' will come together!

These are the BEST days to REALLY call on your "Inner Dino".
Keep thinkin'...when your feelin' overwhelmed..."How would Dean handle this?". I'm tellin' works, pals!

Let me show youse what I mean.
Today's Serenade will be a PERFECTO example of the RELAXIN' powers our pallie has! "S'posin" is a VERY chilled out & cooled off kinda tune.
DEF I NATE LY has a calmin' nature 'bout it & is SURE to help youse through these next few weeks.
I'm sendin' this one out to our faithful friend & SUPER digger of Dino...Ms. AOW.
She's not been feelin' well & I know she could use a jam like this & our prayers.
Keep her in mind, pals.

OK...let's get croonin'!
Here's to youse, ol' pallies o mine!
Enjoy your week & stay Dino-chilled!

S'posin' I should fall in love with you
Do you think that you could love me too?
S'posin' I should hold you and caress you
Would it impress you or, distress you?

S'posin' I should say, "For you I yearn,"
Would ya think I'm speaking out of turn?
And s'posin' I declare it,
Would you take my love and share it?
I'm not s'posin', I'm in love with you

Saturday, November 19, 2016

I want to come back as Dean Martin. He's my hero, his talent, his personality , his drinking....

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Hey pallies, likes as we are headin' into our yearly celebration of GIVING DINO THANKS, we are over the moon to likes share with all youse Dino-holics the deeply delightful Dino-testimonial of 2017 People’s Choice Awards nominee Mr.  Blake Shelton.  Shelton  has been nominated for 4---count 'em---four music awards includin' both Favorite Male Country Artist as well as in the all-genre Favorite Male Artist category.

In doin' a little researchin' of the ol' ilovedinomartin archives we note that we first spoke of Blake's awesome adulation of our most beloved Dino in 2014 on February 27, and you can check that Dino-gram  HERE.  Shelton's most recent Dino-testimony can be watched on the youtube clip below startin' at 'bout 2:50.  The occasion for Blake's amazin' articulation of his idolizin' of our one and only Dino is durin' a Blind Audition of 16 year old Mr. Riley Elmore on the NBC program "The Voice.

Blake in energetically encouragin' young Elmore, speaks these touchin' ''n tender thoughts filled with the truest, truest, and purest  passion for our Dino...
   "Riley, if I can come back as somebody, I want to come back as Dean Martin.  He's my hero, his
   talent, his personality , his drinking....all of that is like this guy...."

Likes pallies, our Dino-hearts are filled to the brim with givin' thanks to our one and only Dino for the incredible impact that he has had on the life of superstar Mr. Blake Shelton, as well as each of us that name the name of our King of Cool.  What coulda be a better start to our 2016 season of GIVING DINO THANKS then Shelton's wonderful witness of bein' totally transformed by our most most beloved Dino?!?!?!?!

ilovedinomartin gives Mr. Blake Shelton our awesome appreciato for his awesome appreciato for our beautifully beloved Dino.  We gives thanks to Blake for his thanksgiving of our Dino!!!!!

We remain,

Yours in Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

The Voice 2016 Blind Audition - Riley Elmore: "The Way You Look Tonight"

Friday, November 18, 2016

I have been a hardcore Dean Martin fan for decades

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Hey pallies, likes there is Dino-devotion and then there is Dino-devotion.  Today we are perfectly pumped dudes to share a perfect post of awesome adulation from one who is solidly supremely sold-out to our most beloved Dino!  His name is Bobby Rivers and he hangs his hat at his self-tagged blog,"Bobby Rivers TV."  River's bio tell us that  "The New York Times hailed Bobby Rivers as "a master interviewer with a gift for banter" on his VH1 celebrity talk show in the late 1980s. Bobby Rivers has been a prime time talk show host, an ABC News movie critic and entertainment news contributor, a syndicated game show host and a Food Network host."

Likes adds to all those cool credits that in Bobby's own words, " I have been a hardcore Dean Martin fan for decades."  Twice before, in 2014, we have been proudly pleased to share his deepest of deep devotion to our Dino found  HERE and   HERE.  Today we are totally totally thrilled to share his most recent Dino-gram, a remarkable review with prose, pixs, and vid of our Dino's last major big screen appearance in "Mr. Ricco."

In addition to bein' powerful prose accentin' "Mr. Ricco", Mr. River's wise and wonderful words are lovin'ly laddened with absolute adulation of our one and only Dino. We shares our tremendous thanks to Mr. Bobby Rivers for his most heartfelt hurrahs for our King of Cool and we are shure his efforts will bring many many more into the Dino-fold!  To checks this out in it's original format, simply clicks on the tag of this Dino-report.

We remain,

Yours in Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

Dean Martin as MR. RICCO

"A cop is not the law.  He just enforces it."  That's a line said by Dean Martin as MR. RICCO.  Here's a 1975 movie of his that definitely deserves re-appreciation.  You could take MR. RICCO, show it in revival movie theater tomorrow, and it would feel not only timely but relevant in these days of "black lives matter" and national news attention on police misconduct.  I saw it for the first time last month on TCM.  I watched because I have been a hardcore Dean Martin fan for decades, but I never saw this movie of his.  I remember when it opened.  I was a college kid.  But I didn't hear much talk about it.  Keep in mind that it came out the same year as JAWS, DOG DAY AFTERNOON, SHAMPOO, THE STEPFORD WIVES, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST and the rock musical TOMMY.  Those movies got our college cash at the box office.  If you're a Dean Martin fan, make MR. RICCO a must-see.  Martin plays a reputable, dedicated lawyer in San Francisco.

But this isn't the swinger Dino of the "Rat Pack" buddy movies he did with Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr.  This isn't the funny hipster Dean Martin of OCEAN'S ELEVEN or ROBIN AND THE SEVEN HOODS.  This was the Dean Martin after years of network success with his prime time NBC weekly music variety show.  This was the later Dean Martin, a Martin with the kind of mature serious role that reminded us yet again that he never, ever got the props he should have for his dramatic film work -- like Frank Sinatra did.  Fellow singer Frank Sinatra won a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for FROM HERE TO ETERNITY, Oscar winner for Best Picture of 1953, and he got a Best Actor Oscar nomination for playing a junkie in 1955's THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM.  Dean hit some of his screen assignments out of the park but never got a nomination.

 MR. RICCO was Martin's last lead role in a movie.  In this racially charged crime drama, he's a lawyer who represents a black militant.  The militant beats a murder charge.  A white person was killed.  Ricco works closely with the cops.  We go inside a precinct.  A white cop makes an offensive comment about black people and crime.  A black cop reminds him out loud that a white man shot the Kennedys, Dr. Martin Luther King and pro-segregationist former Governor of Alabama George Wallace.

Two police officers are shot and killed.  A little boy is an eyewitness.    He's black and his mother is someone who was helped by Ricco.  He helped her make positive changes in her life.  In their scenes, you see Mr. Ricco's respect and affection for the black community.  It seems that Frankie Steele, the black militant that Ricco defended, killed those uniformed cops.  But why after he was just cleared of murder?  There's tension between Steele and the police and there's some tension between the police and Ricco for being Steele's lawyer.  There's a sniper on the loose.  Is it Steele?

This role of Ricco, the liberal lawyer who believes in "the Bill of Rights and due process" is a great fit for Dean Martin.  Ricco is a very middle-aged widower.  In a nice touch that you usually don't see in movies, he dates a woman his own age as he works to solves this mystery.

In the cast, you will see familiar faces.  An actress who plays a police precinct secretary is recognizable as the housekeeper for the band of villains in Hitchcock's NORTH BY NORTHWEST.  Mr. Ricco's legal secretary is played by Cindy Williams before she started years of TV stardom as half of LAVERNE & SHIRLEY, the hit ABC sitcom pair.  One jailbird who has a tie to the black militants is played by Philip Michael Thomas before he started years of TV stardom as a cop on NBC's MIAMI VICE.  The jailbird's sister works in one of San Francisco's most prestigious art galleries.

She needs Mr. Ricco's help.  She's played by Denise Nicholas who was wonderful as a high school guidance counselor on the hit ABC comedy-drama series, ROOM 222.  In MR. RICCO, she's organizing a major and newsworthy exhibit of Asian art.  That was such a perfect reflection of the San Francisco I know.  I lived there in 2011.  I lived close to and frequented a couple of locations Woody Allen used in his San Francisco-based movie, BLUE JASMINE (2013).  But no Asian-American actor was cast in Allen's movie with a speaking role and I seem to recall only one black person having maybe two lines. In its opening courtroom scene, Dean Martin's 1975 movie had the racial diversity of San Francisco that was lacking in Woody Allen's film.  Here's an old trailer for MR. RICCO.

After huge box office success in a string of 1950s Paramount comedies with his then-partner, Jerry Lewis, the pair split and Dean Martin went on to show his dramatic chops.  Like in Vincente Minnelli's SOME CAME RUNNING (1958) co-starring Frank Sinatra and Shirley MacLaine.  To me, Dino also did excellent dramatic work as the blacklisted Hollywood director in CAREER (1959), also co-starring Shirley MacLaine, and the World War 2 drama, THE YOUNG LIONS (1958), co-starring Montgomery Clift and Marlon Brando.  Kevin Spacey said that director Curtis Hanson made him watch Dean Martin's performance as the town drunk in 1959's western drama, RIO BRAVO, as preparation for his role as the show biz-loving detective in L.A. CONFIDENTIAL.  And Martin was effortlessly brilliant at comedy.  Long before John Malkovich did a send-up of himself in BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, Martin lampooned his own "Rat Pack" member image playing himself in Billy Wilder's KISS ME, STUPID (1964) with Kim Novak.

Find MR. RICCO starring Dean Martin.  It's a crime this movie is as overlooked as it is.  It's quite good and Dean Martin ended his impressive film career with a solid performance. Thanks for very much for airing it, TCM.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

On This Day In Dino-history: November 17, 1951

Hey pallies, likes today is one of the happiest of happy days...indeed, if not the happiest day in all of Dino-history 'cause 65 years ago this very day, on November 17, 1951, our most beloved Dino's most beloved boypallie, Dino Martin Jr. was born to proud daddy-o Dino and mother Jeanne.   Likes thinks of the powerfully pure pride our potently  powerful Dino had in namin' his first child by Jeanne after himself. Likes thinks of the  hopes, the dreams our great man had for his little boypallie by givin' his new son his gloriously great name!

And, indeed our Dino's boypallie namesake certainly did live up to the takin' of his amazin' Daddy-o's tag...becomin' a hugely successful entertainer himself while just in his teens as part of the swingin' pop trio Dino, Desi, and Billy.

Dino Jr. went on to acclaim as a tennis pro and football player, and found fame and fortune as an actor on both the small and big screens. And our Dino's golden boy also was gloriously  golden when it came to bein' a pilot of jet airplanes.

Likes Dino Jr. had only one real pressin' problemo...he was so marvelously multi-talented likes his famous father, that he just couldn't decide which of his many interests to put the major accent of his life on.

One thin' for sure pallies, Dino Jr. was definitely  heir apparent to the Dino-throne. And, of course all of that came to a crashin' end when Dino Jr. tragically crashed his National Guard F-4 Phantom fighter jet in California's San Bernardino Mountains during a snowstorm on March 21, 1987.

Today we celebrate this happiest of happy days in our Dino's life as we reverently remember and hugely honor Dino Jr. on the 65th anniversary of his entry into family Martin. But, in the midst of our celebratin' we can't help but be so so sad as well as we know that the end of the Dino Jr. story turned out to break our lovin' Dino's lovin' heart as he never ever got over the death of his beloved namesake. Dino-honorin', DMP