Friday, October 31, 2008


Hey pallies, wishin' you the happiest of happy Dinoweens...loves this Dinolantern so very very Dinomuch.... Dinoweenin', DMP

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Celebratin' Dinoween

Hey pallies, wanna wish you all a happy Dinoween tomorrow...been tryin' to thinks of the best Dinoway to celebrate Dinoween and thinks watchin' our Dino and the jer in "Scared Stiff" wills be how this Dinoholic will honor our great man on here's the Dinotrailer to gets us in the Dinomood.... Dinodelightedly, DMP

Dean Martin - Forever Cool: Pollard Banknote acquires licensing rights from the Dean Martin family trust

Hey pallies, accordin' to the Dinoarticle it looks like our Dino is gonna gets into the gamin' gig likes great to see our Dino bein' promoted in more and more Dinoways...this is bound to bring even more pallies to know and loves our great man. If you would likes to read this Dinoannouncement in it's original format, as always, just clicks on the tagg of this Dinopost. Dinoreportin', DMP

Dean Martin - Forever Cool: Pollard Banknote acquires licensing rights from the Dean Martin family trust
WINNIPEG, Oct. 30 /CNW/ - In a deal with the Dean Martin Family Trust,
Pollard Banknote has secured the U.S. and Canadian licensing rights to market
instant games based on the broad appeal of Dean Martin, the King of Cool.
No other entertainment superstar brings together easygoing charm, playful
wit, and gracious humility as seamlessly as the media-acclaimed "coolest man
who ever lived." Sixty-five years after his debut at New York's Riobamba Club,
Dean Martin's contributions to modern entertainment via his legendary music,
stage, film, and television career are evidenced by his popularity with over
50 million records sold worldwide, 35 top-ten singles, 250 magazine-cover
appearances, 55 films, and 61 TV shows.
"Music's powerful ability to trigger emotions and attract players makes
it the ultimate marketing tool. And no one tops Dean Martin when it comes to
class, recognition, and staying power," said Sina Aiello, Director, Licensed
Products, Pollard Banknote. "From his career breakthrough in 1943 to his Las
Vegas Rat Pack heydays in the 1960s, Dean Martin's influence on the
entertainment world is legendary. Today, with an iTunes Top 5 CD, he remains
just as relevant as he was nearly 45 years ago when he outsold The Beatles at
the height of Beatlemania."
As hip as ever, his music is featured in many popular films, such as
Swingers, Return To Me, and Mickey Blue Eyes, hit TV shows like "Friends,"
"ER," and "Las Vegas," and in numerous commercials. 'Dean Martin - Forever
Cool,' 2007's posthumous hit CD/DVD, includes diverse new duets with
contemporary hit-makers, among them Martina McBride, Joss Stone, and
Robbie Williams.
The Dean Martin brand fits perfectly with Pollard Banknote's array of
nostalgia-inspired properties and offers an abundance of promotional options -
from CD collections and DVDs to grand prize and second chance draw
possibilities incorporating home theatre packages and exclusive VIP trips to
Las Vegas.
Pollard Banknote offers a completely integrated marketing solution for
licensed games, including ticket design and manufacturing, prize structure
consultation, merchandise selection and fulfillment, publicity and promotional
opportunities, and second chance draw process management (including all
customer service, Internet marketing, and post-game analysis).

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Our Dino and the Drinking Man's Diet

Hey pallies, just been spendin' a bit of Dinotime searchin' the web for Dinopixs and was Dinorewarded for my Dinoefforts by findin' this amazin' Dinopix...just wonderin' pallies, any of you dudes have likes a Dinoclue any of the Dinohistory on this Dinopix... Dinoawed, DMP btw pallies, the photographer who took this Dinopix is a dude tagged Guy Webster and as usual, if you wanna view this in it's original format, just clicks on the tagg of this Dinopost.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Auction Network to feature Dean Martin tux

Hey pallies, just came 'cross this Dinovid offerin' of a Dinotux at auction. Only prob pallies, can't seems to find out whether it was this last June or next June that the auction has/will takes place. Any Dinoway we cans all enjoy seein' this promo of the Dinotux. If likes you wanna view this in it's original Dinoformat, as Dinoalways, just clicks on the tagg of this Dinopost. What a Dinowonder it woulda be to own one of the tuxes that our great man wore.... Dinodesirin', DMP

Writing Dean Martin book cathartic, funnyman Lewis says

Hey pallies, well dudes here is like Dinopost numero 300 for this humble little ilovedinomartin Dinoblog. Just found this cool article from ABC News 'bout why the jer wrote his Dinobook tagged "Dean and Me." Loves to read that the jer wanted to do this Dinobio to "demonstrate his respect" for our Dino. Even if the jer and our great man had their differences that split up the act, great to know that the jer loves our Dino and wants the world to know of his Dinorespect. Likes if you wanna reads this in it's original format, just click on the tagg of this Dinopost. Dinorespectfully, DMP

Writing Dean Martin book cathartic, funnyman Lewis says
Posted Tue Oct 28, 2008 12:07pm AEDT

Veteran funnyman Jerry Lewis says writing a book dedicated to former partner Dean Martin was important.

Lewis, 82, is on the Gold Coast as part of Australian concert tour.

He and Martin ended their stormy partnership in the 1950s.

Lewis says his book, Dean And Me, was a chance to demonstrate his respect for the singer.

"It was important enough to sit there and grind out the time and battle the memory to find and remember and do," he said.

"It was a tremendous cathartic [experience] for me."

Lewis, meanwhile, says people should be honoured while they are alive.

"I have been for most of my life dead-set against funerals. I think it's uncivilised," he said.

"If you want to pay respect to someone, don't wait until they croak. Do it while they're here, that's what I believe and that's what I do.

"So if I hear someone's gonna die, right away I run over and tell them nice stuff fast while they're here."

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Our Dino and the dollies

Hey pallies, just can't resist postin' this Dinoclip....I've been waitin' to see our Dino singin' "Thank Heaven For Little Girls" to the walkin' dollies for a very very long Dinotime...truly a Dinoclassic of Dinoclassics from the Dinoshow...can't say that I remember the second half of this Dinovid where real dollies takes after our Dino...and he says "How come they can touch me but I can't touch them." Thanks for our great Dinoholic pallie Dorota for postin' this wonderful Dinoclip to gives all us pallies such such Dinopleaure.... Dinogratefully, DMP

"I think one of them got my bottle by mistake...."

Friday, October 24, 2008


Hey pallies, likes here is a very cool pix of our Dino and the frankie standin' next to frankie's lear jet. The frankie would lets our Dino borrow the jet for him to fly to some of his movie makin' giggs... Ain't postin' the whole story here 'cause it is mostly 'bout the frankie, but thoughts all you Dinoholics would loves to see our great man in this great Dinopix. If you happen to wanna read 'bout frankie's plane bein' rediscovered and restored, likes just clicks on the tagg of this Dinopost. Dinofocused, DMP

Thursday, October 23, 2008

gets your Dinocutout here.....

Hey pallies, this is just so Dinocool....earlier this Dinoday I posted that cool story 'bout the chick Jessica who gots to pose with the Dinocutout and likes I am Dinothinkin' how cool it woulda be to gets one for myself...but likes where...whens I hear from a space pallie tagged Finn Tellefsen, who likes I haven't heard from in like Dinoages...and what is part of his Dinocorrespondance buts like the Dinolink to the site that sells this standup Dino....likes totally any of you dudes that doubts Dinopower, listen up pallies...our Dino knew what I was Dinosearchin' for and our great man cames to my Dinoaid....if you wanna see this in it's original Dinoformat and sos you can Dino-order...likes just clicks on the tagg of this Dinogram. Dinoawed, DMP

Dean Martin Cutout 796
Lifesize standup of Dean Martin, one of the most well known musical artists of the 1950's and 60's. Height: 5'11".


Only: $29.99

"Bummin' Around with our Dino" and news of pallie Dorota's Dinoreturn to Youtube

Hey pallies, likes when I Dinoviewed this Dinoclip of "Bummin' Around" it made me Dinothink of today's first Dinopost 'bout the chick who got her pix taken with the Dinocutout....well here is our Dino alive in the flesh with what appears to be cut outs that comes to life. Also postin' this because this represents a fresh start for our Dinolovin' pallie Dorota who has posted Dinoclips on youtube times after times and have had then removed...well she just restarted her Dinomission again is what she says at here youtube Dinosite:

Joined: October 23, 2008
Last Sign In: 2 hours ago
Videos Watched: 1
Subscribers: 4
Channel Views: 15HOW CAN YOUTUBE DO THIS TO ME??? AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN.... All my wonderful Dino videos are gone, more than 200!

Is that fair? NO ITS NOT! And it again has to do with the "Dean & Frank" videos!!!!
What a shame!

DINO is worth doing it!!!
Country: United States
Movies and Shows: The Dean Martin Show!

We give our grateful thanks to our pallie Dorota for her Dinodevotion and Dinopassion that keeps her spreadin' the Dinolove over at youtube in spite of opposition...but likes she says, "DINO is worth doing it!!!"

Enjoys the Dinovid pallies, and likes gives your Dinosuppport to our great pallie Dorota...if only all pallies where as devoted to our great man.... Dino-only, DMP

Sure enough, Dean was waiting for us!

Hey pallies, likes here is a great little Dinostory 'bout a lady tagged Jessica who gots to go to the Rege's show and gots her pix taken with our Dino (of the cardboard stand up type) and the Rege. If you wanna reads this in it's original Dinoform at the blog Jessica Shops, just clicks on the tagg of this Dinopost. How Dinogreat to see the Dinodevotion that continues to be shown by today's youth. Dinodelightedly, DMP


So we get our tickets to LIVE with Regis and Kelly, and Jeff has this big idea that I should get my picture taken with the big Dean Martin stand-up that Bert sent to Regis as a thank you for mentioning The Bert Show on LIVE a few months back. He called the show publicist and shared his idea, but as it was a last-minute request, we didn't expect anything to come of it.

My friend and I get to the studio before 8, as instructed. I give my name to the attendant, and he asks us to stand to the side. A few minutes later, the publicist for LIVE (hi, Barbara!) comes down and tells us that we can take the picture with Dean - in Regis' office! - after the show. Of course, we asked about a pictures with Regis and Kelly and she said that wouldn't happen, as they had a post-show event as soon as the broadcast ends. Then she walked us over to the line and put us right at the front, and when we got in the studio (which is much smaller in person, by the way) they sat us front-row center.

The music starts and Regis and Kelly come out and LIVE begins. We were only about 5 feet from them and it was awesome. During the first commercial break, Regis and Kelly get out of their seats and come right up to audience and talk to everyone. Then we are back on and Vanessa Hudgens comes out and she is REALLY pretty in person.

And then, it starts to get REALLY fun. After Vanessa, Regis and Kelly get up from their seats and come right over to ME. Regis introduces himself and then says something about the Dean Martin thing. Kelly introduces herself and says something about the High-Heel-A-Thon (that was the reason Regis was on with the Bert Show, that started the whole Dean Martin thing.) I have to be honest ... I was starstruck! Don't know why, because normally I don't get that way! Maybe it was the live show, or that they were taking time out DURING the show to talk to only me, but I don't remember the particulars of what we said. They were totally nice, and I was able to introduce them to my friend, and then the break was over and they went back to the desk and the show continued.

Fast-forward past the other guests (Gavin Rossdale totally hot) and now it's the end of the show. We stand where we were told to stand, and an intern comes to take us to Regis' office and Dean! We walk down a back hallway, and standing at the elevator is REGIS! He asked if we were on way to his office, and told us HE would take us! We hop in the elevator WITH REGIS and he was SO NICE and SO FRIENDLY and is talking to us like we are old friends. We get off the elevator and start weaving through the cubicles to Regis' office. Sure enough, Dean was waiting for us!

Regis couldn't have been nicer. He posed for pictures, told us funny stories, asked about our visit to NY, and was as nice as can be.

After about 15 minutes, we thanked him and headed out ... where we ran into Kelly! She, too, was AWESOME. She asked about the pic with Dean and thanked us for coming to the show. BUT WE FORGOT TO GET A PICTURE WITH KELLY RIPA! Arrrrrgh!

But the excitement didn't end there.

After we left the studio, we wanted to find a Starbucks to sit and review the great morning. So we started walking, and I was calling Jeff and friends to share the experience. I was standing in front of Starbucks when I saw David Muir. I hung up on the person I was talking with.

Who is David Muir, you ask? Well, he's a reporter and anchor for ABC News. He was also Jeff's best friend in high school. Jeff's parents have kept us both in the loop on all of the steps of David's awesome career, from local Syracuse reporter to anchor to Boston local to national ABC stuff to doing GMA and filling in for Charles Gibson. One important note: Jeff's graduating class was only 60 people or so! Talk about small world!

"DAVID!" I screamed.

One other important note: I've never met David!

He looked surprised and scared all at once. I was still on the high from Regis & Kelly, so I was talking a mile a minute. I finally got out that I was Jeff Dauler's wife, and David realized I was 'safe.' He bought us our coffee and we talked for a bit. I congratulated him on his success, he asked a ton of questions about Jeff and Jeff's family. I made David pose for a camera phone picture with me, that I knew would blow Jeff away. (I found out later I was right.)


Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Dinojokin' from the Dinoshow

"My Jeanne found a great way to keep me home nights...she adopted by bartender."

Hey pallies, loves that Dinofunny so very Dinomuch....enjoys it and all the Dinofun in this stellar Dinoclick from our Dino's show.....

our mod Dino diggin' some gold.....

Hey pallies, likes been doin' some Dinosearchin' for some of those pixs of our mod Dino from the Dinoshow...knews they were some Dinoplace, but likes couldn't remembers where this Dinotreasure Dinolied...but our Dino is just so good to this pallie and that he reminded me of a Dinocashe of Dinopixs from the Dinoshow in a Dinofile over at the google Dinodialogue group that yours truly Dinomoderates tagged of all Dinothin's ilovedinomartin...well heres are two of the moddest of the mod pixs of our mod Dino with the golddiggers...heres hopin' that you will digg 'em as much as I Dino do...does so so Dinolove the mod Dinolook for Dinosure.... Dinodiggin', DMP

Monday, October 20, 2008

our Mod Dino sings "I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me"

Hey pallies, likes I been on quite the Dinosearch for more of our mod's a cool Dinotrib...any of you pallies familiar with this Dinotune?....where we gets a few Dinoglimpses of the mod Dino...particularly dig the Dinopix from the Dinoshow where our great man has on the plaid Dinothreads as he sings with the golddiggers....enjoys pallies... Dinodiggin', DMP

Saturday, October 18, 2008

our mod Dino

Hey pallies, likes after postin' those pixs of the "Rat Pack Nirvana" Dinofashions...been thinkin' of cool Dinopixs that show how our Dino is a very mod Dinodresser...yes we have such wonderful pixs of our Dino in his ever classic and so so stylish Dinotux, and we have amazin' pixs of our great man in casual Dinodress for the links...but there are also ever so cool pixs of our Dino dressed so so modly...and likes here is my Dinofav Dinoexample of this....devoted readers of the ilovedinomartin Dinoblog will remembers this Dinopix as the May edition of the Dinocalendar Dinopix...our Dino...the modest of all true mods....

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Designer Rajvi Mohan speaks about her collection "Rat Pack Nirvana"

Hey pallies, likes our Dino is just so good to his pallies...did some more Dinoseekin' and instead of just a pix of this Delhiite designer Rajvi Mohan, likes I found a vid of her talkin' 'bout her Dinoinspired Dinodesigns....can't make out all her words, but likes I knows Dean Martin when I hears click on this vid and see the young Indian lady who has saluted her fashion icon, DINO!!!! Lovin' our Dino with you, DMP

Rat Pack Nirvana Dinoinspired Dinofashions

Hey pallies, in our Dino's way cool song, "Welcome To My World," our Dino advises his pallies....knock and the door will be open, seek and you will find, ask and you will be given, the key to this heart of mine.... Well pallies, I've been takin' our Dino's advice in searchin' for some pixs of those cool new Dinoinspired Dinofashions tagged "Rat Pack Nirvana" by up and comin' Delhitte designer Rajvi Mohan and heres they are...can't you see our Dino swingin' in these cool threads!?!??! If you wanna view 'em in their original format, just clicks on the tagg of this Dinopost and looks for pixs 12-16. Diggin' our Dino with ya, DMP

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

40 years ago this Dinoweek in Dinohistory

Hey pallies, loves learnin' more great Dinoepisodes in Dinohistory...just found out that our Dino was in communication with the Apollo 7 astronauts, sendin' them some way cool Dinopatter...which you can read below. As usual, if you wanna read this in it's original from, just clicks on the tagg of this Dinopost. Ain't our Dino just the Dinogreatest..... Diggin' our Dino with ya, DMP

pages from the past

October 15, 2008

40 years ago - Week of October 18, 1968

The Rocky Mountain News reported that entertainer Dean Martin was in contact with the three astronauts on Apollo 7. The paper reports his telegram stated, “Like all Americans I am proud of you,” and “I was higher last night than you are now.”

“Rat Pack Nirvana”, a tribute to her fashion icon, Dean Martin.

Hey pallies, likes you just never know where our Dino will turn up's some way cool Dinodevotion comin' from India, where a 27 year old Delhiite fashion designer tagged Rajvi Mohan unveiled her "Rat Pack Nirvana" line of men's clothing devoted to our Dino and the rest of the pack. Checks it out below, and as Dinousual, in you wanna reads this in it's original format, just clicks on the tagg of this Dinopost. Wishin' I had me the bread to buys me some of these Dinoinspired threads.... Dinodiggin', DMP

The inaugural Delhi Fashion Week kicks off in the city — sans a ramp
Possibly one of a handful of female designers making menswear, Rajvi Mohan, 27, kicked off the maiden Delhi Fashion Week that started at the DLF Centre, adjacent to Emporio Mall, on Tuesday. The Delhi Fashion Week is small in scale, with less than 30 designers participating (at last count, the Wills India Fashion Week had over 70). However, on Day 1, things went off as they should — right from efficient valet parking to well-spaced out show area to food options, you can pick between AD Singh’s new Japanese restaurant Ai and a more familiar Costa Coffee counter. There are teething issues, of course. Late starts apart, the ramp here is a flat strip of white cardboard (diligently covered with a white sheet at other times and guarded by a pack of ushers). “The idea was to make the shows compact and closer to the audience, so we decided to do away with the conventional ramp,” says Geetanjali Kashyap of the Fashion Foundation of India (FFI).

Mohan made her first ever participation at a fashion week in the country with “Rat Pack Nirvana”, a tribute to her fashion icon, Dean Martin. The Delhiite comes with impressive credentials, having trained with the famed Vivienne Westwood and studied at the Parson’s School of Design, New York. Her collection, which has a hint of Indian prints, is otherwise inspired by the grunge look of the Forties and the Fifties and a generation of entertainers like Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr and Martin. “I wanted to do a line that would look at Martin’s sense of dressing in an Indian context. This is what I felt it would be like,” she said. There were front pleats and generous layering, intelligent panelling that highlighted the contrasts and an interplay of summer hues, from bright yellows to aster blues and wild limes.

Akshay Kumar and his costume designer Shabinaa Khan can pat themselves on the back for sparking off a trend. Mohan’s show had a liberal sprinkling of trousers cut to the knee for more formal capris, a look that Kumar has made famous in his movie Singh is Kinng. We liked the jackets in particular, with their streamlined lapels and play on essential summer textiles like linen and stretch cotton. The only patchy part of the show was the fittings of some of the ensembles — a few sherwani bottoms looked like a cross between zoaves and fitted pajamas.

Abhijeet Khanna’s collection, which came next, focussed on all things luxurious, even in these times of near-recession. His collection — an assortment of shift dresses, harem pants and tops, inspired by the Indian styling of French Rococo — was embellished with sequins and incorporated Indian embroidery in otherwise western silhouettes. Khanna had been design assistant to Manish Arora for over four years, and the affinity to Arora’s sensibilities clearly shows. The fish-scale-patterned dress that ended the show was reminiscent of Arora’s warrior collection.

The day also saw a fair presence of buyers. “We have commitments from 160 buyers and nobody has cancelled so far. It should be a fair turnout,” said Sumeet Nair of FFI. While Khanna’s show had quite a few buyers, the second half of the day was expected to have a stronger buyer presence. Those expected include Isetan from Tokyo, Ovo Studio from Madrid, Design Best from Bordeaux and Seibu from Hong Kong.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Ricci Martin shows 'Amore' for dad Dean

Hey pallies, here's info on our Dino's boypallie Ricci takin' his Dinotrib to Sacramento...but this Mel dude who wrote this Dinopiece begins with..."Dean Martin was a frustrating entertainer." Likes what could be further from the Dinotruth..and also he makes the mistep of sayin' that our Dino's way cool and only vid of "Since I Met You Baby" was made "shortly before his death." If 13 years is a short time then this dude is correct. If you wanna read this Dinoprose in it's original form, likes just click on the tagg of this Dinopost...and if likes you do, then you can checks out my Dinopatter to Mr.Mel. Dinoreportin', DMP

Ricci Martin shows 'Amore' for dad Dean
Tribute act by Dean Martin's youngest son proves that show business runs in the family
By Mel Shields -
Published 12:00 am PDT Sunday, October 12, 2008
Story appeared in TICKET section, Page EXPLORE

Dean Martin was a frustrating entertainer.

There was no problem selling out his shows. He was iconic, the ultimate crooner, making singing look as easy as breathing. He was also one of the most reliable of the headliners, always showing up on time.

It was just that he approached his live performances the same way he did his television variety series, casually and unrehearsed. He rarely finished a song. He let his other reputation, that of a heavy drinker and rambling raconteur, take over his persona so completely that jokes and antics and digressions almost always took precedence over the music. Audiences forgave him, but he never built the legions of ardent returning fans other performers did. Once was usually enough.

Now, Martin's youngest son, Ricci, has built a show around his father, "That's Amore: A Tribute to Dean Martin," and he brings it to John Ascuaga's Nugget on Friday and Saturday.

There's no denying Martin deserves the tribute. He had hit after hit – "Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime," "Memories Are Made of This," "Volare," "Houston" and "That's Amore."

He was half (Jerry Lewis the other half) of one of the biggest comedy teams in show business history. He was part of the Rat Pack and in movies such as "Ocean's Eleven" and "Robin and the Seven Hoods." He astonished everybody with his solo acting career, whether seriously in "Some Came Running" or spoofing James Bond as Matt Helm. And his appearances on television may have been unpredictable, but almost always came off as entertaining.

Ricci sings the songs and banters with his band, The Pack, just as his father always interacted with pianist Kenny Lane and band. He also shows photos of the private and public Martin during the music, talks of his father's breakup with Jerry Lewis and shows a 1980s video he made for MTV shortly before his father's death, of Dad singing "Since I Met You Baby."

The son also attempts something his father never did. He leaves the stage and enters the audience, fielding questions. Audience members feel free to ask anything, even more so now that we are in the tell-all know-all age of celebrity, and Ricci's answers are direct and often funny. He has clearly inherited his father's wit.

A few answers come as surprises. The legendary partygoer and heavy drinker, for example, hated parties and stayed home with the kids as much as possible. It seems he always did prefer "going to the couch."

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Autographed Pix of our Dino and the frankie

Hey pallies, likes thinks is pretty Dinocool...founds this autographed Dinopix of our Dino and the frankie over at Flickr, where a dude tagged Dion Jackson states that he worked with our Dino and Deana at the Family Fitness Center in Century City.
To view it in it's original Dinoform, just clicks on the tagg of this Dinopost. What woulda I give to have met our Dino and got him to sign a Dinograph for me!!!! Dinodesirin', DMP

Worked with Dean and his daughter Deana Martin at Family Fitness Center in Century City. Also did the Dion & Deanna Show for cable access.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Jockey Sandy Hawley Remembers Our Dino

Hey pallies, likes I always loves so much to read more and more stories from pallies who walked the earth with our Dino, so likes when I Dinodiscovered this Dinostory I knew that I had to make the Dinoeffort to share it with you. Written by Dave Perkins from the Toronto Star (btw, you can read this in it's original form if you likes click on the tagg of this Dinopost) what we find here is the story of jockey Sandy Hawley who got the stellar Dino-opportunity to plays golf with our Dino and how cool that Dinoexperience truly was. The last four paragraphs relates Hawley's Dinoencounter in total Dinocoolness...checks it out. Never was, never will be anyone as cool as the King of Cool....oh, to return to the days when Dino walked the earth. Yours In Our Dino, DMP

At age 59, Dandy Sandy rides again

Oct 10, 2008 04:30 AM
Dave Perkins

Sandy Hawley is about to learn the difference between a racehorse and a bicycle.

Canada's greatest thoroughbred racetracker, 10 years after retiring from a hall-of-fame riding career, is back in the saddle again and, so far, liking every minute of it.

Hawley, who is 59, is riding in a legends jockey race on Oct.18 at Santa Anita with seven other hall-of-famers as a prelude to the Breeders' Cup hubbub the following weekend. In preparation, Hawley is set to work a horse at Woodbine for trainer Mark Frostad Sunday morning, his first serious mount in a decade.

"We'll see if it's like riding a bicycle. I don't think I've forgotten, but this is going to be a test of the cardiovascular system and the legs, see if the legs are still there," said Hawley, who enjoys the idea that he'll breeze a horse alongside old rival Robin Platts, another former Woodbine star, who is an exercise rider these days.

"Two 59-year-olds. How good is that?" said Hawley, who answered a fraction of a second later than he should have when asked if he was considering a comeback. "No, I'm just enjoying this whole experience."

Hawley said six months ago, after his weight had ballooned to a whopping 122 pounds, he started working out. He got on a few horses at Windfields Farm, near his Oshawa home, just for some exercise, and said even that left him winded. Then came word Laffit Pincay Jr. was assembling this all-star jockeys race. Hawley was serious and so, he said, are Chris McCarron, Pat Day, Julie Krone, Jerry Bailey, Jacinto Vasquez, Angel Cordero Jr. and Gary Stevens. (Pincay is unable to ride because of the neck injury that ended his career.)

"There's already been a fair amount of trash-talking. Everyone is taking it kind of seriously. This is a betting race, for allowance horse, California-breds, so they'll be half-decent horses," Hawley said.

He is back down to 110 pounds, only two pounds above his prime riding weight and that prime of his included a few starring years on California tracks, including Santa Anita. Some 30 years ago, he was top jock there, ahead of Pincay and, on opening day one year at Hollywood Park he won five races, causing the L.A. Times, in a big bold headline the next day, to re-christen the joint Hawleywood Park.

"I had a lot of friends and great memories there. I'm looking forward to seeing some old friends. Plus, this is a chance for my sons, Bradley (16) and Russell (14) to get to see me ride. They don't remember me riding," said Hawley, who will be joined by wife Lisa and his sons for the experience, one he said could be repeated next year at L.A., New York and Woodbine if it's a hit this time.

One of those long-ago Hollywood connections was singer Dean Martin, with whom Hawley, a good golfer, once played Riviera Country Club. A horse owner had set it up, told Hawley to bring a jockey friend and his pal Martin would join as the fourth.

"Fantastic day," Hawley said. "I remember sitting around at the end, Dean Martin's having a drink and telling stories. I said, `Can we do this again.' They said, `Sure, next Monday, same time.'

"It turned out we had to race the next Monday and (the horse owner) didn't realize that. He and Martin were at the first tee waiting. We never showed up. I talked to him later and he told us Martin said, `Hey, where are those midgets?' They'd forgotten we had to race."

Martin is long gone now, maybe that owner, too. Hawley, though, however temporarily, is back.


Hey pallies, here is a great Dinofind pallies o'mine...a great review of the Dino and the kid Dinoflick "At War With The Army." The reviewer, a classy dude tagged Phil Hall, shares an in-depth look at Martin and Lewis first big flick on their own, includin' such details as why this Dinoclassic is in public domain and has never had a major released DVD version from Paramount. Loves that this Phil guy likes totally "gets Martin" and is very clear in his Dinoappreciation. If you wanna checks it out in it's original form at Film Threat, likes just clicks on the tagg of this Dinopost. I strongly Dinoencourage you to read it all 'cause it is a very well crafted and thought look not only at the War flick, but the team of our great man and the jer. Dinodelightedly, DMP


by Phil Hall

BOOTLEG FILES 254: “At War With the Army” (1950 comedy starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis).

LAST SEEN: Available for viewing on several web sites.

AMERICAN HOME VIDEO: Via labels specializing in public domain titles.

REASON FOR BOOTLEG STATUS: It has been in the public domain for over three decades.


When you are told to think about 1950s film icons, several obvious choices come immediately to mind: Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Marlon Brando, Grace Kelly, even Elvis Presley (at least the films he made before he was drafted). Most people, however, don’t immediately call up Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. This is surprising, in a way, since Martin and Lewis were the most popular comedy stars of the first half of the decade – all of their films as a team were big box office hits.

However, none of their films were particularly good. Or at least time has not been kind to their output. What may have been considered hilarious more than a half-century ago seems stale and stagnant today. And that is a shame, since Martin and Lewis were genuinely funny. If you want to see why this duo were so popular, you need to dig up the kinescopes of their appearances on live television or speak with someone who saw their stage act (my mother saw them at New York’s Paramount Theatre and she can recall their inspired craziness). When performing live, Martin and Lewis were a manic, spontaneous burst of energy. But within the limiting confines of film production, their vibrancy was stifled by weak scripts.

The 1950 feature “At War With the Army” was the duo’s first starring vehicle – they has previously appeared in “My Friend Irma” (1949) and “My Friend Irma Goes West” (1950) in supporting parts. Yet “At War With the Army” was not designed as a Martin and Lewis comedy. Paramount Pictures owned the rights to James B. Allardice’s mild, minor Broadway play about life at a sleepy wartime military base and decided to shoehorn the comedy team into a film adaptation. The effort was awkward, with the play’s plot stopping and starting every now and then to accommodate seemingly irrelevant music and comedy moments that appears to belong in a completely different movie.

“At War With the Army” finds Martin as a sergeant and Lewis as a private – the lack of social equality between the two would become standard for their film output. But unlike their other films, this one has some different subplots. Martin’s character is actually fairly unlikeable, and at one point he attempts to ship another private overseas so he can grab the man’s girlfriend. Lewis also has his own romantic subplot involving a pregnant off-screen wife. I believe this is the only Martin and Lewis film where the Lewis character is established as a sexually active adult – he usually plays an epicene man-child.

The film is also unusual by giving Martin a fairly prominent role. By my calculation, he has equal screen time with Lewis, with most of it as a solo performer from his zany partner. One of the big problems with the Martin and Lewis film canon is the unfortunate misuse of Martin’s time and talents – whereas the act’s television and stage performances offered more balance and a higher degree of opportunity for Martin to show off his comic gifts, the pair’s films placed an exaggerated emphasis on Lewis. By the time the pair were on their last legs as a comedy act, Martin was little more than a supporting character in films where he was supposedly a headliner.

“At War with the Army” is basically a skein of barely-related incidents. Some moments stand out as genuinely entertaining: Lewis sneaks off the military base in drag and does a wonderfully hideous Marlene Dietrich imitation while vamping a brutally inebriated sergeant, Martin does a duet with a very young and very pretty Polly Bergen, Martin and Lewis engage in a wild tap dance routine during the base’s talent show (you’d be surprised what great dancers they were) and perform a stunningly effective imitation of Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald from “Going My Way.”

But beyond that, there’s very little that could considered memorable. This is a typical Army film with the usual cliches: the tough but not-very-bright drill sergeant, the ethnic mix of rookies, the flustered officers and their humorless superiors, the air of seemingly endless incompetence, etc. Though “At War With the Army” has an interesting twist with the base commander’s wife having the insert dirt on military secrets before her husband.

There is one surprisingly tactless line, where Lewis bemoans Army life by proclaiming that “a concentration camp has got to be better than this.” Ah, little did he realize that “The Day the Clown Cried” was waiting two decades down the road for him!

For whatever reason, this film was highly popular. Martin and Lewis established themselves as box office stars with “At War With the Army” and they spent the next six years as the kings of the Paramount lot. Somehow or other, this film’s copyright was not renewed because it was technically not a Paramount production – it was created under the banner of the team’s York Pictures, which was already out of business when it was time to take care of the copyright renewal in 1977. As a result, “At War With the Army” has been a public domain title for more than three decades, and all copies that are in circulation today are bootlegged dupes. The film has been so extensively bootlegged that Paramount opted not to include a restored copy in its recent DVD collection of Martin and Lewis’ films (even though the company reportedly still possesses the original film materials that would make the film look good again).

But even if the film was digitally remastered, it wouldn’t make it any better – nor would it restore Martin and Lewis to iconic stature. Unlike fine wine, Martin and Lewis movies don’t get better with time. They’re actually like bad wine – they were never special to begin with!

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The unauthorized duplication and distribution of copyright-protected material, either for crass commercial purposes or profit-free shits and giggles, is not something that the entertainment industry appreciates. On occasion, law enforcement personnel boost their arrest quotas by collaring cheery cinephiles engaged in such activities. So if you are going to copy and distribute bootleg videos and DVDs, a word to the wise: don't get caught. Oddly, the purchase and ownership of bootleg videos is perfectly legal. Go figure!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

I Love You Much To Much Dean Martin

Hey pallies, in doin' some Dinoresearch over at youtube, I came across this very cool Dinotrib done by a chick from Poland tagged Jola who obviously is head over heels in love with our can check out here youtube page by clickin' on the tagg of this Dinopost. I don't think I have ever heard our Dino sings this song before...are any of you pallies Dinofamiliar with it? Enjoys the Dinopassion of Miss Jola Dinotrib....many many cool pixs of our Dino..... Dinodiggin', DMP

Come On Down Dean.....

Hey pallies, likes I knews that I had seen a Dinoclip or two our our Dino usin' the couchvator (see Dinocalendar Dinopix for October) and singin' with the Dino-a-lings...wells I did my Dinoresearch on nows for your Dinoviewin' Dinopleasure, here are a couple of Dinoclips of our Dino and the movin' Dinocouch with the lovlies.... Dinodevotedly, DMP

Monday, October 06, 2008

Some Dinopolitical Dinofun

Hey pallies, don't know 'bout the rest of you pallies, but likes I am likes way tired of the current politico scene...nows if our Dino was runnin' for prez likes I woulda be likes totally Dinopsyched. So as we await the election, the next best thin' that ilovedinomartin can provide is some Dinopolitical Dinofun from the stellar Dinoshow....enjoys some Dinohumor pallies...and remembers that only our Dino truly matters...... Dinofunnin', DMP

Dinocalendar Dinopix for October

Hey pallies, well here is my Dinochoice of Dinopixs for the Dino-october Dinopage of the ol' ilovedinomartin Dinocalendar....this musta been taken durin' the that I have never Dinoseen Dinobefore...our Dino comin' down from above to share much Dinohappiness with his pallies...every month in such a hard Dinochoice 'cause our Dino musta has had his Dinopix taken more then any one else in the whole Dinouniverse...and that is as it oughta be...'cause on one really matters besides our Dino....enjoys pallies and keep lovin' our DINO!!!!

Friday, October 03, 2008

Joe E. speaks the Dinotruth

"I don't drink any more than the man next to me, and the man next to me is Dean Martin."
Lewis, Joe E.

Hey pallies, loves this quotation by Mr. Joe E. Lewis speakin' such truth 'bout our Dino. If you wanna read the quotation in it's original form, just clicks on the tagg of this Dinopost. Long live our drunkie of drunkies...DINO!!!! Dinodevotedly DMP

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Dinoquestion From Ask Ryan

Hey pallies, likes what a cool Dinolegend Ryan Murphy shares at his blogger blog Ask Ryan.....all 'bout how our Dino and his roomie Sonny King raised rent money by fightin' each it below, or clicks on the tagg of this Dinopost to read it in it's original Dinoform. Dinodiggin', DMP

Jonah, Bloomington, IL
Subj: Dino
Is it true that Dean Martin was a boxer before be became an entertainer?

That’s correct, Jonah. Dino was a high school dropout who turned to boxing at the age of 15 in order to make ends meet. Unfortunately Martin didn’t have much of a feel for the sweet science and, as he recalls, he "won all but 11 of 12 fights." His brief time in the ring also left him with a broken nose, a permanently split lip and several sets of broken knuckles. Although his tenure as a professional pugilist was short-lived, Martin returned to boxing several years later when he moved to New York. According to legend, he and his roommate, Sonny King, used to cobble together rent money by charging friends a dollar each to watch them box in their living room. Comedian Denis Leary remembers talking to Martin about his amateur face-offs. “It’s classic. He said they’d get like 15 or 20 people a night,” Leary recalls. “That’s how they’d pay the rent. That’s old school.”

On This Day In Dinohistory....Dino marries Betty

Hey pallies, likes on this day in Dinohistory our Dino married wife #1 Elizabeth (Betty) Anne McDonald. Sorry to say even though I search Dinohigh and Dinolow, I could not find a pix of our Dino and Betty. If you wanna read this Dinoinfo in it's original Dinoform, just click on the tagg of this Dinopost. So great to be able to learn more and more Dinohistory. Dinoreportin', DMP btw, thanks to the Blogger blog Pop Culture Fan Boy for this Dinoinfo....

1941 - Future Capitol Records artist Dean Martin marries his first wife Elizabeth (Betty) Anne McDonald who will become mother of their children Stephen (Craig), born June 29, 1942; Claudia, born March 16, 1944; Barbara (Gail), born April 11, 1945; and Deana (Dina), born August 19, 1948