Hey pallies, likes we've been featurin' quite the number of Dino and Jerry posts as of late, and today we continue with a post that has been in draft format since we located it back in 2013. Truth be told pallies, we currently have over 1400---count 'em---1400 draft posts....that's 'nough Dino-grams for several years even if we never ever found new Dino-devotion that we continue to uncover almost daily.
That said, today's Dino-message comes from the blog "Mr. Blog's Tepid Ride," and is tagged, "Dean Martin And Jerry Lewis: Old-School And OTR (Old Time Radio). We begin by givin' you an 'lert that this particular post contains a number of errors in the tellin' of the story of our most beloved Dino and his most beloved partner, Mr. Jerry's Lewis relationship. Likes, we invite you to read this through and see how many glarin' errors it contains...and through patter to let's us know what they are.
Also, this particular blogger clearly does not get the coolest of cool chemistry that our Dino and Mr. Lewis had in both their personal and professional lives as the greatest comedic team ever to walk the earth. But, we guess, everyone is entitled to their Dino-opinion even when they can't get their Dino-facts straight. Likes the one great thin' 'bout this post is at the end it includes a link to the 'net pad "Relic Radio" that includes a podcast of the November 4, 1949 edition of The Martin And Lewis Show where our Dino and Mr. Lewis Try To Report A Murder.
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Dino Martin Peters
Dean Martin And Jerry Lewis: Old-School And OTR
June 6, 2013
Now: Dean Martin, booze-hound member of The Rat Pack, world-famous crooner, deceased.
Then: Up and coming singer performing in small clubs, still developing his style.
Now: Jerry Lewis, icon to the French, former longtime host of the Muscular Dystrophy Telethon, movie star.
Then: Up and coming comic performing in small clubs, still developing his style.
In the era of radio, with movies and Las Vegas far in their futures, Martin and Lewis had gone about as far as their careers were going to go. Martin back then was good but not great. Lewis’ act seemed to have reached a peak. Working separately, and in fact not even knowing each other, they were finding it harder and harder to find bookings. So one day, a nightclub owner decided to put together his two weak acts and see what they could come up with. That night, after just having met, they totally improvised an act that set the crowds to laughter and so a team was born.
In my mind, a weak team. I realize that they were an amazing popular radio act, lasting from 1949 to 1953. On the surface they were an Abbott and Costello style act: smooth straight man and childlike jokester. The problem was, Abbott and Costello had refined their act until they were a well oiled machine, doing classic and time tested vaudeville acts while Martin and Lewis were tossed together out of the blue. I always found their shows an uncomfortable fit.
Even the cover of this comic knows they are a strange fit.
Often, shows would simply be Martin as an emcee, introducing guests and singing, while being interrupted by Lewis doing some kind of manic-moron act. Other times they would be thrust into some sitcom-like skit that served neither well as Martin was always apologizing for his sidekick, whom he invariably called a moron. So why were they together?
Their styles never meshed. Martin didn’t fit into Lewis’ style of wackiness and Lewis’ attempts to fit into Martin’s suave milieu were generally uncomfortable failures. In many shows, it seemed as if Jerry Lewis was simply there to (badly) croon parodies of Dean Martin songs. (Ironically, it would be Lewis’ impersonation of Martin that propelled The Nutty Professor to huge box office numbers years later.)
But despite what I see as an awkward and ill-fitting pairing, the team did well, moving from TV to movies and always finding success. Eventually, as with Abbott and Costello, the Beatles, and the Soviet Union, they broke up. And is it an accident that after the break-up each went on to greater heights? Dean Martin found fame and fortune alongside Frank Sinatra on the Las Vegas stage, while Jerry Lewis continued to make movies and become a comedy icon. (For my money, The King of Comedy is his greatest role.)
So if there is a moral here I leave it for you to find. All I see is that you can never predict success. And a lot of people like Martin and Lewis more than I do. (One person who hates them both is Sammy Petrillo, but that is a blog for another time.)
Want to hear some episodes of The Martin and Lewis Show? Click on this link () and listen to a few episodes at Relic Radio and while you are there, poke around a little. there is a ton of great stuff there.