Tuesday, September 17, 2019

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

Related image

Hey pallies, likes today we deeply delighted to remind all youse Dino-holics that it was this very Dino-day, September 17 in the year of our Dino 1950 that Martin and Lewis first appeared on the "Colgate Comedy Hour" on NBC.  This noteworthy news was discovered at the 'net pad "RVM.pm"

Likes below is the wonderfully wacky, vivacious vid showin' our most beloved Dino and his most beloved partner, Mr. Jerry Lewis in all their grand glory on this delightful debut  episode.  We are awesomely appreciative to the pallies at "RVM.pm" for puttin' us on to this day and to providin' the vid of these historical moments in the life and times of our one and only Dino!

To checks this out in it's original source, likes simply clicks on the tag of this here Dino-gram.

We Remain,

Yours In Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

On TV today, Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis begin on NBC (1950)

September 17, 1950 – you do not want to miss Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis first appearance at “The Colgate Comedy Hour” on NBC

Monday, September 16, 2019

Yesterday In Dino-history: September 15, 1965

Hey pallies, likes there's yet  'nother notable Dino-event on this great date in all of Dino-history.   For this news we once 'gain visit at "The Olde Disc Jockey's Almanac, where our pallie Mr. Bob Dearborn holds forth.

Likes  Mr. Dearborn has informed his remarkable readership that our most most beloved Dino recorded 'nother of his coolest of cool classic croons, "I Will" at United Recording Studios in Hollywood on September 15 in the year of our Dino 1965.  We gotta 'fess up that we find it incredibly intriguin' that our great man recorded this swank song on the eve  of his debut on the  peacock channel with "The Dean Martin Variety Show," which we  shared earlier this very Dino-day.

Our Dino had said "I Will" to the pallies at NBC months earlier and as all us Dino-holics know it propelled our Dino into millions of households once a week for the nine followin' years.  Likes, as a special treat, we found a vibrant vid of our Dino and Miss Tanya Tucker duetin' on "I Will" for an edition of the 1980 TV Show tagged "The Big Show," and we have shared it below.

Hats off to our pallie of pallies Mr. Bob Dearborn for puttin' us on to 'nother deeply delightful day in Dino-history.  To checks this out in it's original source, likes simply clicks on the tag of this particular Dino-devotion.

We Remain,

Yours In Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

Dean Martin duet with Tanya Tucker "I Will" (The Big Show) 1980 [Remastered]

September 15, 1965…At United Recording Studios in Hollywood, Dean Martin recorded "I Will."

Today In Dino-history: September 16, 1965

dino on Make A Gif

Hey pallies, likes this very Dino-day  is likes the 54th anniversary of our golden voiced Dino's entrance onto weekly television,........yet  'nother deeply delightful  day in the life, the times, and the teachin's of our most beloved Dino.  It was 54---count 'em---54  years ago on September 16 in the year of our Dino 1965 that The Dean Martin Show premiered on the peacock channel and as they say, the rest is Dino-history.  The show ran for nine swankly supreme seasons and aired for a grand total of 264 episodes.

Likes we all know the story of how our Dino really didn't want to do a weekly television show and how he made what woulda seemed to have been outrageous demands of NBC likes only workin' one day a week...the day of recordin' the show with no other rehearsin'....and the wise wise folks at NBC consented to all of our Dino's demands...and for those nine glorious years our Dino crooned his way into our hearts, givin' us tons of laughs, and much much wonderous wit and wisdom to profoundly  ponder as well.

Likes we are so so grateful that slowly but surely parts of the series have been released on DVDs for us to continue to soak in all the glories of our King of Cool.  Our hugest  hope of hopes and our deepest dream of dreams is that one day, all 264 episodes in their full length will find there way into general release so that each and every moment of deep Dino-wonderment will be ours forever!

In honor of this most festive of festive Dino-occasions we first share with all youse Dino-holics a couple of vid clips of that first broadcast featurin' our most beloved Dino, his bestest of best pallie Mr. Frank Sinatra and a ton of other other celebrities all wishiin' our King of Cool the best on his new small screen effort.  And, we have also chosen a quintet of just a few of our most fav of fav moments from our great great man's great great show.

We Remain,

Yours In Dino,

Dino Martin Peters



September 16, 1965 "The Dean Martin Show" premiered on NBC, Thursday nights at 10 p.m. It was one of the highest-rated shows of the 1965-66 season and runs for nine seasons

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Danny G's Sunday Serenade with Dino: "The Things We Did Last Summer"

Well well well...Here we are...once ‘gain, my friends...windin' down our Sunday Serenades of Summer.


 Time TRULY does fly!

We biddin' “adieu” to 'nother BEA U TI FUL sunny season & lookin' ahead to cooler breezes & shorter days.

Hope youse JAM-PACKED these last few months with sun-shiny fun & ALL THINS' DINO! Haha!!

I'm sure youse did, pals.
We're Dino-holics...that's what we do!

Hard to believe, just the same.

 Time to trade in the pool swimmin' & sun-bakin' for apple pickin' & leaf-rakin'!

Only a week or so,  left...& Autumn will be sneakin' in.

Catches us when we leasts expects it! 

We'll be ready though, pallies!

We gonna store as MUCH summery memories as possible...keeps ALL those SWINGIN' Dino-tunes in mind.
Gonna create a "go-to" section in our brains that will be  COM PLETE LY STUFFED with warm Dino thoughts!

Dino-tunes & cookouts...
Dino-tunes & fireworks...
Dino-tunes & walks on the beach...
O...did I mention the tunes?
Yea...I did.

Well, mi amici...seems pretty obvious to me...that there's only ONE very special croon that can keep ALL these very special memories simmerin' on low...'til next year.

"The Things We Did Last Summer", will be that life-line we can reach for when thins' get a wee bit too tough to bare...
when the chilly weather seems to be hangin' 'round a little too long...
when we find ourselves longin' for a sunny day & a yummy drink in the shade!

Yea, pals...we'll be just fine.

Just keep those hot Summer days in mind...& Dean is NEVER too far behind!

Now go squeeze the last few drops outta this season...& I'll see youse next week for our Summer finale!


Saturday, September 14, 2019

Still, Dean Martin makes this picture work and it’s hard to deny his charm and his ability to command the screen and make his audience smile along with him.

Hey pallies, likes here we are with our third and last intriguin' installment of powerfully pure Dino-lovin' by the unnamed blogger who calls "Talking Pulp" his personal pad.  Likes this wise writer of Dino-prose is in accord that Helmer tres in his words "falls off a bit" and not up to the bright brilliance of the first two in the Dino-series.

That said, this Dino-phile still has more rad reflections on our Dino as Helm....

Still, Dean Martin makes this picture work and it’s hard to deny his charm and his ability to command the screen and make his audience smile along with him.

Sure, we get to see Dean Martin hamming it up and flirting with good looking ladies at the agency’s HQ in the first act...

This Dino-delighter's thoughts are fewer 'cause as he sez, "The Ambushers is certainly a step down."  We likes a guy who speaks the Dino-truth and indeed the third installment of the Helms is the weakest link in the Dino-chain of the Helmers.   Likes once 'gain Mr. Talking Pulp" is on the Dino-mark and we eagerly awake a review of the last of the Helmers, "The Wrecking Crew."

ilovedinomartin is greatly grateful to have fantastically found and sweetly shared this trio of Dino-grams showin' so so much Dino-insight on and Dino-devotion to our one, our only Dino as swingin' spyster Matt Helm.  Thanks yet 'gain Mr. Talking Pulp for spreadin' so so much Dino-love with your remarkable readership so we coulda pass it on to our ilovedinomartin readership as well.
To checks this out in it's original format, simply clicks on the tag of this Dino-gram.

We Remain,

Yours In Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

Film Review: The Ambushers (1967)

Release Date: December 20th, 1967 (Chicago premiere)
Directed by: Henry Levin
Written by: Herbert Baker
Based on: The Ambushers by Donald Hamilton
Music by: Herbert Baker, Hugo Montenegro
Cast: Dean Martin, Senta Berger, Janice Rule, James Gregory, Albert Salmi, Kurt Kasznar, Beverly Adams, John Brascia
Columbia Pictures, 102 Minutes
[a new female recruit gets turned on by Frank Sinatra’s “Strangers in the Night” playing in the background] “You really like Perry Como that much?” – Matt Helm
The first two Matt Helm films were a lot of fun and really capture the magic and charisma of Dean Martin. I thought the first two were pretty consistent, overall. This one, however, falls off a bit and it looks as if the formula is running out of steam.
Still, Dean Martin makes this picture work and it’s hard to deny his charm and his ability to command the screen and make his audience smile along with him.
As far as the story goes, this one was weak. It features a government made UFO for some reason and a lot of wacky stuff that doesn’t work as well as the wacky stuff we saw in the installments before this chapter in the franchise.
Also, the intro to the film and the title are confusing, as we’re introduced to the idea of this all female assault team called “The Ambushers” but really, they don’t exist in the film in any sort of meaningful way to justify the title or the movie’s awesome opening credits sequence.
Sure, we get to see Dean Martin hamming it up and flirting with good looking ladies at the agency’s HQ in the first act but once he’s off to Mexico, that’s pretty much it for Dean Martin being a guy in a sea of hot women.
The film does have some strengths apart from Martin.
I thought that the Mexican brewery shootout and fisticuffs were well done and the environment was used superbly within the sequence.
Also, the big climax was well written, well structured, executed nicely and pretty energetic. It had a lot of good hilarious bits in it and it sort of makes up for the duller parts of the film.
Now there aren’t many dull moments but the film feels as if they blew most of the good jokes in the first two pictures and didn’t have a lot left to work into this one. But Martin did his best.
I thought the special effects came off well. There is a lot of cheese with it though, like the sparkler guns that levitate objects and the weirdly out of place UFO but some of the levitation gags worked. Well, except for the parts where you could clearly see wires lifting up people and objects. I was pretty impressed with how well the bar scene came out though. The sequence with the bottle pouring and the floating glasses moving across the room and into people’s hands looked perfect.
The Ambushers is certainly a step down. But it still entertains and keeps the party going.
Rating: 7/10
Pairs well with: The SilencersMurderers’ Row or The Wrecking Crew: the other Matt Helm films.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Dean Martin is just the epitome of cool, even more so than anyone who ever played the James Bond character.

Hey pallies, likes we warmly welcome all youse Dino-holics back for a second incredible installment of remarkable rad reflections powerfully praisin' our most beloved Dino as swingin' spyster Matt Helm from the beautiful blog "Talking Pulp."  This time 'round our unknown but much appreciated (by ilovedinomartin) reviewer shares his tremendous thrillin' thoughts on Helm duo, "Murders' Row."

Likes let's cut to the Dino-chase and simply share this powerful proser's Dino-delight....

Dean Martin is just the epitome of cool, even more so than anyone who ever played the James Bond character. Martin existed on an otherworldly level when it came to cool and because of that, these films sort of have an edge even on the James Bond franchise. Well, at least in the realm of pure coolness.

 Martin is just a lovable guy, even with his womanizing ways. He exudes a certain kind of panache that is missing in modern times because such characters aren’t considered “socially acceptable” anymore. While some may consider Dean Martin a relic of a bygone chauvinistic era, I think he’s a harmless and wholesome guy that just appreciates a pretty girl and isn’t afraid to express his admiration.

Likes if there ever was a Dino-reviewer that we woulda loves to be in Dino-communicato with it would be Mr. Talking Pulp dude!  His amazin' adulation of our one and only Dino is so so beautiful to behold and we knows we woulda have the deepest of Dino-delight in talkin' Dino together!  We couldn't 'gree more that we digs our Dino the mostest as Helm as this reflective reviewer sez, "I love seeing him play a fun loving super spy probably more than any other role he’s had."  And, to add to our Dino-happiness, this delightful dude also loves "Murders' Row" the mostest as he sez, "And as much as I loved the first film, this one is a wee bit better.

Once 'gain we woulda loves to the name the name of this awesome adulator of our Dino as swingin' spyster Matt Helm and let's him keenly know how mucho much we are one-in-Dino with him.  To checks this out in it's original source, simply clicks on the tag of this Dino-message.  Stop by on the morrow for the last but not least Dino-report on "The Ambushers."

We Remain,

Yours In Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

Film Review: Murderers’ Row (1966)

Release Date: December 20th, 1966
Directed by: Henry Levin
Written by: Herbert Baker
Based on: Murderers’ Row by Donald Hamilton
Music by: Lalo Schifrin
Cast: Dean Martin, Ann-Margret, Karl Malden, Camilla Sparv, Dean Paul Martin, Desi Arnaz Jr.
Columbia Pictures, 105 Minutes
“Well what shall I do with the costume?” – Miss January, “Drop it in the ashtray.” – Matt Helm
Man, I really love these Matt Helm movies with Dean Martin. There is also four of them so this is really a quadrilogy of James Bondparodies three decades before the more famous parody trilogy Austin Powers.
Dean Martin is just the epitome of cool, even more so than anyone who ever played the James Bond character. Martin existed on an otherworldly level when it came to cool and because of that, these films sort of have an edge even on the James Bond franchise. Well, at least in the realm of pure coolness.
They also have a ’60s go-go vibe, mixed with a Tiki aesthetic and feel like they could fit within the same universe as the 1960s Batman television show. These movies are fun, entertaining and pretty hilarious. Martin is just a lovable guy, even with his womanizing ways. He exudes a certain kind of panache that is missing in modern times because such characters aren’t considered “socially acceptable” anymore. While some may consider Dean Martin a relic of a bygone chauvinistic era, I think he’s a harmless and wholesome guy that just appreciates a pretty girl and isn’t afraid to express his admiration. Granted, if he existed today, he’d probably be one of the dozens upon dozens of Hollywood men accused of something naughty.
In this film, Martin is joined by Ann-Margret, who was a mega star at the time. Despite the significant age difference, which was never really an issue for James Bond, it was cool seeing Dean Martin and Ann-Margret come together and star in this film, almost working as a tandem in the second half of the story.
Karl Malden plays the villain and he was a well-known veteran actor at the time that brought some extra gravitas and legitimacy to this production. While his role here wasn’t as challenging as his roles in On the WaterfrontA Streetcar Named Desire or Patton, he looked to be having fun and he really brought something to the picture that was lacking in the first film, even though I liked Victor Buono as the bad guy in that one.
These Matt Helm movies aren’t necessarily cinematic masterpieces but they are a blast to watch. Dean Martin was always great but I love seeing him play a fun loving super spy probably more than any other role he’s had. And as much as I loved the first film, this one is a wee bit better.
Rating: 8/10
Pairs well with: The SilencersThe Ambushers or The Wrecking Crew: the other Matt Helm films.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Dean Martin is great as super spy Matt Helm. He has a sense of humor and a wit that few can match.


Hey pallies, likes in our on-goin' quest to try and frantically  feed our Dino-addiction to our most most most beloved Dino as swingin' spyster Matt Helm we are ever excited to announce that we have uncovered yet 'nother series of remarkable reviews of the Helmers at the bodacious blog tagged "Talking Pulp."  So far the series includes the first three Dino-flicks, one review bein' scribed each of the years 2017, 2018, and 2019...meanin' that it may not be 'til  2020 that we will have a review of Helmer quatre.

Any who we are awesomely appreciative to be able to share the first three flick reviews 'cause this rad reviewer shares his deepest of deep delight in our Dino as Matt Helm. Likes we gotta 'fess up that we spent quite a bit of time tryin' to figure out the identity of this Dino-devotee without success 'cause we desired to give him the coolest of cool credit for his personal Dino-adulation.

With that said, let's share a few thoughts on this Dino-phile's review of Helmer uno, "The Silencers."
Likes from all this rad reviewer's reflections it is clear that he is a Dino-phile par excellent.  We supremely savor each and every Dino-superlative swankly scribed....

The Silencers is a damn fun movie! It stars Dean Martin as a playful James Bond wannabe.

Dean Martin is great as super spy Matt Helm. He has a sense of humor and a wit that few can match.

 Dean Martin was suave and hilarious throughout the entire picture. Few men have ever matched his swagger and those that did were already in the Rat Pack.

Likes it always always brings us  such deep deep Dino-happines to find ever more lovers of the big screen that also share powerful passion for our darin' Dino as Matt Helm.  Oh how we wishes that we coulda gives a personal shout out to the dude who has sweetly scribed these Dino-praise, but whoever you are, wherever you are, know our awesome appreciato for lovin'ly liftin' up the completely cool charms of our one, our only Dino.  To checks this out in it's original format, simply clicks on the tag of this Dino-gram and stay tuned for the next couple of days as we share more lavish laudin' of our Dino and Helm.

We Remain,

Yours In Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

Film Review: The Silencers (1966)

Release Date: February 18th, 1966
Directed by: Phil Karlson
Written by: Oscar Saul
Based on: The Silencers and Death of a Citizen by Donald Hamilton
Music by: Elmer Bernstein
Cast: Dean Martin, Stella Stevens, Daliah Lavi, Victor Buono, Roger C. Carmel
Columbia Pictures, 102 Minutes
I didn’t even know about this film until recently, when I discovered it on a list of recommended movies on a tikiphile message board. I also discovered, after watching it, that there are two sequels.
The Silencers is a damn fun movie! It stars Dean Martin as a playful James Bond wannabe. In fact, the film is a parody of James Bond movies and the popular spy genre of the time. Truthfully, it is better than some of the films it parodies and as hammy as Martin was, he still didn’t cross the line like Roger Moore. I really love Roger Moore, by the way.
I guess this movie can be best described as sort of the Austin Powers of the 1960s. It also is a part of a trilogy like those Powers films. The thing is, this is much better than any Austin Powers or Mike Myers movie could ever dream to be. It isn’t gratuitously stupid and it has stood the test of time better. It is a more authentic feeling parody. Although, coming out in the same era as those films, probably has a lot to do with it feeling more true to the vibe and style of the spy genre.
Dean Martin is great as super spy Matt Helm. He has a sense of humor and a wit that few can match. I guess this is why he was so successful at hosting those celebrity roasts in the old days. In fact, there is a great moment in this film where he casually roasts his best buddy Frank Sinatra.
Martin has two leading ladies, because which super spy doesn’t have at least two? Both did really well with the material. I thought the performance by Stella Stevens was a step above Daliah Lavi but they both put in solid performances.
Being a fan of the 1966 Batman television series, I was really excited to see Victor Buono (who played the villain King Tut on that show) as the sinister Tung-Tze. We also got Roger C. Carmel (who played the villain Colonel Gumm in Batman and Harry Mudd on the original Star Trek) as a top ranking henchman.
The Silencers literally had me laughing out loud several times. Dean Martin was suave and hilarious throughout the entire picture. Few men have ever matched his swagger and those that did were already in the Rat Pack.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

I fell in love with Matt Helm and cheesy spy spoofs back in high school.

Hey pallies, likes after completin' yester-Dino-day's Dino-devotion to all youse Dino-philes accentin'comic writer Mr. B Clay Moore's absolute adulation of our most beloved Dino as swingin' spyster Matt Helm, we felt mightily moved to see if we coulda possibly  learn more 'bout Mr. Moore's
deep Dino-Helmer delight and so we put B. Clay's name, Dean Martin and Matt Helm in the ol' google search engine and we were totally totally thrilled to be directed to Moore's tumblr pad tagged  "A CURIOUS RESPECT - B. Clay Moore's minor distractions and previews and peeks."

Likes there we found  an powerfully provocative and equally evocative strikin' still of our Dino gazin' at one of Dino's lovelies from Helmer uno, Miss Dali Lavi shared by a dude tagged 20th-century-man.  Mr. B Clay Moore added comment sez it all pallies, "I fell in love with Matt Helm and cheesy spy spoofs back in high school."

Very very cool pallies to know that Moore back in the day was a devoted Deanager greatly groovin' on our most beloved Dino as Matt Helm and is still professin' his love of the Matt Helm quartet 5 decades later!  Likes wherever the nudge to search for more Dino-Helmer thoughts came from, we are powerfully pleased to have come 'cross this pix 'n pose to share with Dino-holics everywhere.
Keen Kudos once 'gain to Mr. B Clay Moore and for his potent proclamation of diggin' our Dino as Matt Helm.  To checks this out in it's original format, simply, as usual, clicks on the tag of this Dino-report.

We Remain,

Yours In Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

B. Clay Moore's minor distractions and previews and peeks.

Daliah Lavi, Dean Martin; production still from the first Matt Helm movie, Phil Karlson’s The Silencers (1966)
As it happens, Antennae ran a Matt Helm marathon last night/this morning (weirdly starting at two a.m.). I fell in love with Matt Helm and cheesy spy spoofs back in high school.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Dean Martin barely broke a sweat sailing through these four flicks (beginning with 1966 in “The Silencers”), but that’s how you want it.

Hey pallies, likes recently our pallies at google Dino-lerts sent us over to the comic blog, "THE BEAT -  THE NEWS BLOG OF COMICS CULTURE" where yet one more time the name of our most beloved Dino as swingin' spyter Matt Helm has been lovin'ly lifted up.  Dino-philes everywhere can completely celebrate that 'though the Helmers were filmed 50 years 'go or more, these Dino-capers are still bein' swankly spoken of all over the world wide web.

Today we shares THE BEAT's post, "B. Clay Moore describes his 5 favorite spy stories and hot on the quintet of favs is, of course, "The Matt Helm movies, starring Dean Martin."  Mr. B Clay Moore (pictured on the left) is a famous American comic book writer, who as is noted below " is currently writing Killers for Valiant Entertainment."

We gotta 'fess up that we are incredibly immensely impressed that someone of Mr. Moore's stature woulda so openly and affirmatively express his delight in our Dino as Matt Helm.  Moore perspective is "Look, these are not good movies." but goes on to state "they’re priceless."  B. Clay goes on to  speak the Dino-truth when he also sez, " Dean Martin barely broke a sweat sailing through these four flicks (beginning with 1966 in “The Silencers”), but that’s how you want it."  Obviously Moore "gets Dino" and loves seein' our most beloved Dino playin' his completely cool, hugely hip, and randiest of randy Dino-self!

Likes pallies it is so remarkably refreshin' to see yet 'nother of today's creative genius' sharin' this Dino-appreciato.  We expresses our deep delight in Mr. B. Clay Moore speakin' of his fine fondness for our Dino as Matt Helm and we thanks the pallies at THE BEAT for sharin' Moore's thoughts in cyber space.  To checks this out in it's original format, simply clicks on the tag of this Dino-gram.

We Remain,

Yours In Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

B. Clay Moore describes his 5 favorite spy stories

The KILLERS writer describes his favorite spy stories in movies, comics, and more

By Beat Staff - 08/27/2019 

By B. Clay Moore

B. Clay Moore is currently writing Killers for Valiant Entertainment, a story about five former MI6 ninja agents who have each been tasked by their former sensei to complete a deadly task, but for a great reward. Here, Moore lists his five favorite spy stories.

Most of my favorite spy stories stem from film, although I’ve enjoyed my share of spy novels and comics involving spies. From an early age I was fascinated by spy stories of the past, particularly the wave of James Bond-inspired films from the mid-to-late ’60s. Here are, if not my top five, are five of my favorite spy stories:

The Matt Helm movies, starring Dean Martin

Look, these are not good movies. But as relics of the swinging ’60s and the explosion in spy stories after the success of James Bond (there was a similar explosion in superhero comics following the success of the “Batman” TV show), they’re priceless. Bond films were almost self-parody, but the Helm movies went way over the top, right down to the salaciously named “Helm girls” (“Lovey Cravezit,” for example). Dean Martin barely broke a sweat sailing through these four flicks (beginning with 1966 in “The Silencers”), but that’s how you want it. Bradley Cooper has been attached to an updated version.

Monday, September 09, 2019

,,,,,and then the Year 6’s all got up and sung That’s Amore by Dean Martin and they had hearts and they were so exuberant, it was really beautiful.”

Image result for dean martin that's amore

Hey pallies, likes we loves the deep deep diversity of Dino-devotion that we get to regularly share with all youse Dino-philes gathered 'round our humble little Dino-waterin' hole.  We loves reportin' on the awesome adulation of our most beloved Dino that comes from literally the four corners of the Dino-globe.  We loves sharin' amazin' appreciato that comes from pallies of all ages and stages in their Dino-walk.

Likes we 'specially digs sharin' how so so marvelously many of today's youth are bein' guided 'long the Dino-path at tender ages givin' them a great start in knowin', lovin' and sharin' our most most beloved Dino.   Today we are profoundly please to be able to report on a great group of sixth graders from Australia's Noosaville State School  that shared in  school sponsored Italian Day festivities.

From the pen of Miss Caitlin Zerafa comes the "Noosa News" article "Italian festa a feast of creativity, culture" that shares the noteworthy news that part of the Italiano events was to have a premier parade in which the 6th graders' coolest of cool contribution was to sing our Dino's classic croon, "That's Amore."  Likes in speakin' 'bout the sixth graders singin', Italian teacher Miss Maria Sheehan proudly proclaimed, “they had hearts and they were so exuberant, it was really beautiful.”

How wonderful is that pallies?!?!?!?  What a thrill it musta been to see a whole class of sixth graders with huge hearts and extraordinary exuberance!!!!!    Truly mere words can never express fully how our hearts rejoice at the thought of a group of pre-Deanagers passionately singin' this delightful Dino-tune.   We trust that these youngens received at least a bit of Dino-schoolin' on our King of Cool as they were learnin' this Dino-standard.

We woulda loves to have been able to hear these youth givin' their all to their singin', but we will be sharin' our mighty marvelous majestic Dino's croonin' of "That's Amore" from it's original source, the Martin & Lewis big screen classic, "The Caddy."  Hats off to teacher Miss Maria Sheehan for sharin' this story with the folks at local rag "Noosa News" and for scriber Miss Caitlin Zerafa for puttin' pen to paper for all us Dino-holics to soak in.  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

Italian festa a feast of creativity, culture

Caitlin Zerafa

30th Aug 2019

COSTUME creativity reached a new level at this year’s Italian Day festivities with students at Noosaville State School receiving top marks.

“We had a really wonderful parade and the Year 4 and 5’s sang a song and then the Year 6’s all got up and sung That’s Amore by Dean Martin and they had hearts and they were so exuberant, it was really beautiful.”

Sunday, September 08, 2019

Danny G's Sunday Serenade with Dino: "C'est Si Bon"

Well hey there, ol' palsies o mine!

It's GREAT to be back...hangin' with Dino...& all my fellow minions of Martin!

Hope all are well.

Let me ask youse somethin'. What kind of mood is youse in this week, my friends?

Are youse feelin' a wee bit down 'cause Summer is wrappin' up?

Are youse excited for the Fall vibe to settle in?


 Is the news on TV makin' youse wanna run out your door screamin'?!

Yea...I hear ya', pals.

There's a LOT goin' on in the world these days.

Crazy weather.
Crazy leaders.
Crazy times, mi amici.

We could ALL use a little extra Dean Martin rights 'bout now.

I'm thinkin' somethin' real lighthearted & easy on the brain.

 Somethin' that will ease life's chaos...just a little.
 Lord, give me peace!

Oh & by the way, mi amici...this comin' week has 'nother VERY special day for a VERY EXTRA special somebody, that's I know.

 Someone who is a TRUE friend & someone who DEF I NATE LY digs a fun & silly Dino-jam!

Happy Birthday!

 I want this person to know just how GREAT they are...to so many & that I'm choosin' this carefree little number, "C'est Si Bon", with them in mind.

They definately deserve the VERY best!

So, pallies...I'm hopin' this tune finds ALL my Dino-diggin' friends safe & in good health.

'Til next week...Don't let the season get youse down!

 It's gonna be an AWESOME Autumn!


Saturday, September 07, 2019

Martin & Lewis: "The intimacy that’s there is just astonishing.”

Edward Gross
Hey pallies, there's an ol' sayin' that "timin' is everythin'" and we know that our most beloved Dino and his most beloved partner in comedy, Mr. Jerry Lewis were truly truly marvelous masters of perfect timin' in their powerful performances whether on stage or screen (both silver and small) as well as radio programmes.  Likes the pallies at Closer Magazine also have had incredibly impeccable timin' with their recent publication online of the awesome article "Exclusive Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis Revealed — What Brought Them Together and What Tore Them Apart."

Likes with September 5 of this very Dino-week bein' the 43rd anniversary of the reunitin' of our Dino and Jerry live durin' the 1976 Labor Day Telethon, the extraordinary essay of prose and pixs put together by Mr. Ed Gross (pictured on the right) and fantastically featurin' the intriguin' insights of Martin & Lewis
biographer Mr. Michael J. Hyde who a few months 'go released "Side By Side - Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis on TV and Radio is a great great gift for Dino-philes everywhere to energetically embrace and excellent edification for both those long in their Dino-adulation as well as those just comin' into the Dino-fold.

We are purely purely pleased to offer this remarkable read for one and all and expresses our heartfelt Dino-appreciato to the pallies at Closer Magazine, Mr. Ed Gross, and Mr. Michael J. Hyde for makin' it  all possible.  To checks this out in it's original format, simply clicks on the tag of this Dino-gram.

We Remain,

Yours In Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

Exclusive Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis Revealed — What Brought Them Together and What Tore Them Apart

Aug 29, 2019 11:17 am

By Ed Gross


The history of Hollywood is filled with great comedy teams, some of whom loved each other dearly (Laurel & Hardy), others who seemed to genuinely despise each other (we’re talking to you, Abbott & Costello) and still others that began from a place of mutual admiration, grew to love one another and ultimately fell into acrimony. Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis — collectively known as Martin & Lewis — fall into that category.

Today when people think of their legacy, there are likely two things that come to mind: The fact that they reportedly went so many years without speaking to each other in any kind of meaningful way, and the 17 films they made together between 1949’s My Friend Irma and 1956’s Hollywood or Bust. But for Michael J. Hayde Opens a New Window. , author of the book Side by Side: Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis on TV and Radio Opens a New Window. , it was in those mediums that the comedy duo truly got the opportunity to shine and be their most creatively free, despite the fact that relatively few people are even aware of it.


“When I was a teenager, my mother used to tell me about seeing them on The Colgate Comedy Hour on TV,” Michael explains, “and from that I had a feeling that there was something unique there that the rest of us were never going to get to see. And that was certainly true for a number of years, but suddenly the videos came out and it was evident that my mother knew exactly what she was talking about.”

“They were a unique team, very spontaneous with a combination of slapstick and charm that was just amazing to me,” he continues. “And that’s why I decided to write about them on radio and television, because at the time the biographies of them, jointly or separately, pretty much paid lip service to that work, but didn’t spend a whole of time examining it in detail.”


Reflecting Life
The other thing that surprised him — which maybe shouldn’t have — was the fact that their shows at different times essentially reflected their working relationship at particular periods. “The early shows are a lot of fun and it’s clear that they’re having a great deal of fun together,” he says. “Later, when their personal relationship began to fray, it shows up to the point that on the very last Colgate Comedy Hour that they did in November of 1955, it’s almost painful to watch, because the two are just not relating to each other at all and don’t even seem to like each other other very much.”


Earlier he’d described Martin & Lewis as being unique, which begs the question of how they differed from previously mentioned comedy teams like Laurel & Hardy and Abbott & Costello. “Abbott and Costello relied mainly on burlesque routines such as ‘Who’s on First’ and all of those,” he details. “There are just tons of routines that are excellent and still funny today, but you can’t really carry them in a movie with that. Beyond that, they were just an ordinary, very good, very talented, but, again, still ordinary team. The likes of which there were several in Vaudeville and even in film.”


“Laurel & Hardy,” he elaborates, “are held up as the template of two guys who love one another, although it’s not really built into the material. I mean, there were times when the two of them are bunking down for the night and you still sense the frustration Oliver Hardy has at the dim-wittedness that Stan Laurel displays, all of which is very funny. So there’s an underlying affection between the two, but it’s definitely beneath the surface.”


“With Martin and Lewis, it’s all over the top. Jerry, of course, was an unrestrained Id. That was basically his personality, and Dean was cool, calm and collected and was able to reel this guy back in from the brink of insanity time and time again. It’s obvious that they’re enjoying one another; they laugh at each other’s ad libs, they’ll jump on top of each other. Dean will stick his fingers in Jerry’s mouth and pull Jerry towards him — Dean actually sticks his finger up one of Jerry’s nostrils to grab him. The intimacy that’s there is just astonishing.”


Dean and Jerry Meet
Dean Martin (born Dino Paul Crocetti on June 7, 1917 in Steubenville, Ohio) and Jerry Lewis (born Joseph Levitch on March 16, 1926 in Newark, New Jersey) were working different nightclubs in New York City in 1945 when they first met. “It was probably inevitable that they were going to wind up on the same bill,” Michael points out. “At some point Jerry was acting as an emcee; he would be the host for the evening, but he would also do an act. His act at that time was miming to popular records as a pantomime. He would just gesticulate wildly and make faces to certain recordings. It did get a lot of laughs, but it was really a one-note thing. Dean, of course, was the crooner. He had that husky voice that wasn’t necessarily as pure as [Frank] Sinatra’s, but he had a certain magnetism, it just took him a while to find himself.”


“When I was writing my book, I came across a review that said that even though they didn’t interact with each other, the verdict is that Jerry is ‘a bright youngster who needs more schooling as an emcee, but otherwise he’s OK. And Dean is the show’s weak spot. He’s got a nice voice, but he lacks the feel necessary to reach the customer.’ This is where they were when they met, but they became friends. Dean said he admired the fact that Jerry was always in there pushing, trying his best to reach the audience. And Jerry was just stunned and in awe of this laid-back guy who really didn’t care one way or the other whether the audience liked him or not. He was going to get up there and sing his songs and move on. At least it seemed like he didn’t care; it was just what he was projecting, that he was doing you a favor.”


In July of 1946, they were booked as solo acts at the 500 Club in New York City. That had happened before, but this time they decided to create an act. “They were sitting in the hotel room and Jerry was coming up with bits that he’d seen over the years, and it just wasn’t jelling on paper, as Dean later put it,” Michael details. “What they ended up doing was go on with a who-the-hell-cares attitude, and it worked wonders. The crowd went wild. It was the improvisation between the two and just the fact that they seemed to like each other. They’d go into a routine and in the middle of it they’d go into something else and then they’d come back to the first thing. They were just doing stuff that nobody had seen. As a team, they had such a physical contrast with macho-man Dean and the weird little guy. And even though they were close to each other in terms of height, Jerry would crouch down and Dean would appear to tower over him. It was just so different. They decided to become a team and would play to each other’s strengths, to the point where Dean would sing and Jerry would go down into the orchestra pit to conduct and create havoc.”


Their Popularity Grows
As Martin & Lewis (as they’d decided to call themselves) began building a reputation, they started playing better nightclubs. They played the Copacabana in April 1948 as a supporting act, but after one performance the management had no choice but to make them the headliners, because their show and the audience’s response eclipsed that of musical comedy star Vivian Blaine, who, says Michael, “could not compete with the 40 minutes of madness from Martin and Lewis.”


‘Toast of the Town’
Radio gigs followed, triggering interest from the television networks, which, in turn, landed them on the first episode of Ed Sullivan’s variety show, Toast of the Town (which eventually became The Ed Sullivan Show), in June 1948. Their stay at the Copacabana was extended by three months, after which they traveled to Hollywood to appear at the acclaimed Slapsie Maxie nightclub. The audience there was filled with, among others, movie stars and movie executives, which (in the domino effect of their career) led them to several appearances on The Bob Hope Show, everything continuing to snowball from there.


On the Radio
In 1949, the duo agreed to star in their own NBC radio show, which would run until 1953. For them, though, it was a very different experience. Says Michael, “On radio, they had to stick to a script; at the very beginning they did not have any real creative control, although several of their catch phrases came from the show. Jerry at that point was already starting to look at Dean and go, ‘Are you for real?’ That became a standard line. But for that show, they put them into a situation comedy type of a thing where the two of them were aspiring nightclub performers and the plots would deal with them getting a new show together or going down to the studio to record something. There was one memorable episode because it was so badly written where Tony Martin’s fan club tries to sue Dean Martin for using that last name — it sounds funnier than it plays. The radio show had an interesting concept, it was just ineptly handled.


“At one point,” he elaborates, “they got into a very long story where where the two of them were going to buy and operate their own nightclub. That made for some interesting situations and they brought in supporting characters, but it was pretty obvious it wouldn’t last much longer. The show didn’t really build an audience, because it started before they made their first motion picture appearance — and even though it continued after their first film, My Friend Irma, where everybody started paying attention to these two. But mainstream America, the people who don’t go to nightclubs, still didn’t know them, so it didn’t build enough of a listening audience and the show ended up going off the air.”


Next Stop: Television
“In 1950,” says Michael, “The Colgate Comedy Hour was conceived and they became part of it. It was a show where a series of hosts would alternate weeks. Martin and Lewis made eight appearances during that first season — actually nine, because they also guested on a show that was hosted by Phil Silvers. They got the biggest ratings, because the show was just so much different from what the other hosts were doing. It was more freeform; Jerry didn’t hesitate to ad lib strange introductions to Dean’s songs, or he’d run around the theater and show the other cameras, or play around with the cameras. It was definitely something that the other hosts weren’t doing. And as I say, their charm is best appreciated when it’s visual; when you see all the physical activities that are part and parcel of their partnership.”


Times certainly were different. One can’t imagine today any celebrity being allowed to star in films, on television and yet another medium (in their case, radio) at the same time. “They were in such demand,” Michael details, “that NBC was willing to bring them back to radio just to keep them on the air. So they did a second radio series that lasted two seasons. It was written by their TV writers and played to their strengths. It was more of a variety show. Dean would come on as the ‘Master of Ceremonies,’ he’d sing a song, then he’d introduce Jerry. They’d do a little schtick and bring on a guest star, who they’d do a sketch with, and then Dean would sing again. All of it played better than the hackneyed plots that they were trying to deal with in their earlier radio show.”


The Big Screen Beckons
As noted, between 1949 and 1956 they made a total of 17 movies that audiences absolutely loved: My Friend Irma (1949), My Friend Irma Goes West (1950), At War with the Army (1950), That’s My Boy (1951), Sailor Beware (1952), Jumping Jacks (1952), Road to Bali (1952), The Stooge (1952), Scared Stiff (1953), The Caddy (1953), Money From Home (1953), Living It Up (1954), 3 Ring Circus (1954), You’re Never Too Young (1955), Artists and Models (1955), Pardners (1956) and Hollywood or Bust (1956). The success of Martin & Lewis on the big screen far eclipsed radio and television in terms of audience popularity, though from Michael’s point of view they were never as creatively formed in movies as they had been in other mediums. Ironically, it was that same big screen success that ultimately tore the team apart.


Ambition Becomes the Enemy
“Both men were ambitious,” Michael emphasizes, “and both men wanted to be successful, but Jerry wanted it to be more than that. As he later put it, he wanted to be the King of Showbiz. He wanted to learn how to produce and direct and create his own films. He was starting to envision situations where his character was more than just the crazy guy, he also wanted to be sympathetic. He wanted to be more of a ‘lovable schnook,’ which was how he originally termed it. And that played havoc with Dean early on — he was already beginning to sense that as far as their films were concerned. And remember, the films were going to be their legacy, because the thought at the time was that TV and radio were aired once and gone. Nobody thought about rebroadcasting kinescopes, because they only existed for one-time airing for cities that couldn’t telecast live.”


So it was their firm belief that the series of films they starred in would be what would stand the test of time. “But most of them,” Michael suggests, “were cut from the same cloth. Dean was the smooth sharpie and sometimes a real slimy guy. But then, after interacting with Jerry, who was the lovable guy and the funny guy, Dean would eventually see the light and by the last reel he would be the good guy and would help out with whatever Jerry was doing. It was the same formula time and time again, and Dean was getting tired of it.”


“He wanted to do something more ambitious,” he adds, “but he realized he wasn’t going to get that chance. And now that Jerry was bent on becoming a sympathetic character at all times, even on TV, he knew what was going to happen. He was going to end up playing the one-dimensional heavy who becomes nice in the last five minutes of the show. Like I said, he was getting tired of that. Also, he was beginning to make a mark as a singer for the first time with ‘That’s Amore,’ which was from their 1953 film The Caddy. That became a huge smash and was even nominated as Best Song for the Oscars. So Dean wanted to pursue more of that as well, and he wasn’t getting the chance to do that in the films, because the emphasis was slowly becoming more about Jerry and what Jerry was going to do in this situation and what Jerry was gong to do when something goes wrong and how he’s going to react to it.”


Essentially he was getting shunted aside, and Dean was well aware of what he had brought to their performances. Says Michael, “He understood just what his strength was in the act. He once said, ‘I’m the straight man. If I was jealous, this act would have folded years ago.’ So it wasn’t jealously, it was ambition that broke them up, and Dean didn’t want to work with a guy who was spending all this time up in the control room lining up shots, or telling the director what to do, or working with the musicians what their contribution was going to be. Jerry was doing all of those things for both film and TV. Jerry was trying to take over.”


“Jerry later said, ‘I tried to tell Dean that this is what we should do for our career and he didn’t agree with me and I was terribly hurt by him and what he did. But in retrospect that was wrong, I had no right to expect it.’ But at the time there was a great deal of bitterness between the two of them that just festered and eventually spilled out. You can see it happening when you’re watching their TV work later on. I tried in my book to put some context so that everyone would know, ‘OK, this is what was going on behind the scenes at the time their show was done.’ The thing is, the media did love Jerry. He was the guy who seemed to grab all the attention, the one who was swinging on the chandelier and the one who drove into a camera and knocked it over while it was shooting.”


“But the thing to remember is that while Jerry was the center of attention, Dean was just as enjoyable in the beginning and, in many ways, just as funny. It was just a different kind of humor and people got that. But the main reaction was to Jerry; he was the catalyst. As we discussed, in the films that was absolutely true. It was less obvious on TV, but it gradually became more obvious as Jerry became determined to play the sympathetic, likable character and not just the crazy guy with the handsome partner.”


Changing Career Trajectories
The aftermath of the dissolution of Martin & Lewis is filled with irony in that Dean’s career — both in terms of singing and acting — soared throughout the ‘60s and beyond, while Jerry actually began to struggle to find new directions for himself. Michael suggests, “Jerry was so in love with show business that he tried reinventing himself time and time again. You saw that when he did Martin Scorsese’s dramatic picture King of Comedy, and dramatic TV shows like Wiseguy. Then, of course, he became an elder statesman of comedy. But when his Paramount contract expired, he went over to Columbia and started trying to do more sophisticated humor, but was having a hard time finding his way. He was still going back to the idiot kid from time to time, because he felt like that’s what audiences expected of him.


“Meanwhile,” he elaborates, “Dean had become a very fine actor. And then, of course, he had his TV variety show, which really struck a nerve with people — it’s amazing how powerful television can be when it’s done well. On top of that, suddenly his records were selling better, because he was now plugging them on TV. And he was able to maintain his motion picture career while doing TV. So, yes, Dean was more visible, his films were better, because he was playing a variety of characters and doing them very well. At the same time, Jerry was falling out of favor and eventually, by the early ’70s, had stopped making movies altogether and his life pretty much went into the muscular dystrophy telethons.”


Final Reunions
Dean and Jerry had a number of brief onstage reunions over the years, the most significant coming in September 1976. That one was orchestrated by Frank Sinatra , who brought Dean out during the annual Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon. According to Jerry, this (combined with the death of Dean’s son Dean Paul Martin in 1987) was the spark that started them communicating on a fairly regular basis, though in his book, Dean and Me, he states that they spoke almost daily. “They made peace,” Michael concedes, “but a lot of that is Jerry saying what he thinks the audience wants to hear. When Dean’s son died in that tragic plane crash, Jerry came to the funeral; didn’t announce himself, just stood in the back, never made his presence known. He just happened to have been seen by Dean’s manager and the manager later in the day said, ‘Did you know Jerry was there?’ Dean was astonished and asked his manager to get Jerry on the phone. Dean had never called Jerry; Jerry had called him a couple of times, but this was the first call that he made. The two of them spoke for 20 minutes say some sources, though how long doesn’t matter. They made nice and after that Dean stopped making cracks about Jerry, even when he was just clowning around, and Jerry started his great push to portray their friendship as having been reignited with the stories about calling him every day. Whereas the reality was a much more casual thing, but at least there wasn’t the animosity.”


In the End
As is so often the case, looking back one has to wonder if all that animosity — whether dealt with in some capacity or not — was worth it. Dean died of acute respiratory failure resulting from emphysema on Christmas Day 1995 (he was 78), while Jerry died of end-stage cardiac disease and peripheral artery disease on August 20, 2017 (at 91). Their legacy separately and as a team lives on. Michael considers the latter, offering, “I closed the book with their own observations. Dean described their legacy as, ‘With Jerry and me, it was mostly just doing what we felt and it was a lot of fun.’ Jerry said, ‘It’s two guys who had more fun than the audience,’ and that’s how I feel, too. Watching them do their nightclub routines on The Colgate Comedy Hour or even in many of their sketches, particularly in the early years where the two of them are not taking it seriously and are ad libbing constantly, and making fun of the props and things like that, it’s a joy to behold. It’s so different and so refreshing. It’s anarchy slapstick and warmth just melded together into a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.”