Hey pallies, likes today's time for some fessin' up folks. Likes for years we have depended upon a Dino-resource tagged "The Dean Martin Timeline" for helpin' us remember important dates in the life, times, and teachin's of our Dino, but for some reason that original resource is no longer on line...at least that we can find (but, we recently have just found a new source that we will share more 'bout in a latter Dino-gram.)
So for the past few months we have relied on reviewin' previous years posts each month to make sure that we share as many important Dino-dates as we can. Well in this month of April we failed to do this Dino-deed 'til yesterday and we discovered that we missed a great great day of Dino-remembrance on April 2....last Saturday....so we are sharin' it with all youse Dino-philes today....a few days late....but likes better late then never!
So, likes today we share the anniversary of yet 'nother incredibly important impactin' incident in the life, times, and the teachin's of our most beloved Dino. This particular date remarkably reflects on our Dino as teacher of wisdom extraordinaire! More on that below. First, let us note that likes it was on April 2, in the year of our Dino 1958 that one of our great great man's greatest big screen efforts opened to absolutely amazin'ly awesome acclaim.
It was on this date that the war epic, "The Young Lions," opened to giganticly great great reviews. The flick was based on an Irwin Shaw novel, and it also starred big screen heavy weights Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift. Our Dino's role as Michael Whiteacre was huge in establishin' him as tour de force on the big screen givin' him the respect that he so so richly deserved. It was this remarkable role that established him as a serious actor and opened many doors for him in the future includin' what many consider his greatest screen appearance as the Dude in "Rio Bravo."
In honor and remembrance of this important date in Dino-history, we share with you a copy of an original publicity poster, a purely powerful pix of our Dino on the set with Mr. Marlon Brando, the original trailer vid, and a clip from the film that features our Dino doin' a little croonin' and.........
What we are most psyched to share is part of a great 1983 filmed interview from a the Brittish BBC documentary tagged, "Wine, Woman, and Song." While we woulda encourages youse to view not only this clip in it's entirety as well as the other two portions 'cause it is simply pure in it's Dino-devotion, we wanna accent a short portion of this effort that features our most beloved Dino talkin' 'bout gettin' the role in "The Young Lions."
Likes we couldn't remember for sure which Dino-interviews contained his remarkable retellin', but likes as we went to youtube to search, we gotta 'fess up that likes we indeed felt very much directed by our Dino to this clip without much effort at all....a true trademark of our Dino's laid back style! Startin' at 'bout 9:25 we hear our Dino's own words of how he got the part.....the famous story of Dino bein' willin' to take a huge pay cut to work with the likes of Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift.
To us this is story awesomely accents one of our Dino's hugest of huge teachins'....showin' all of us pallies the need to be willin' to make a current sacrifice in order to obtain fabulous fame and fortune in the future. Our wise wise man knew that takin' this part woulda open even bigger doors in the future to work on the big screen....and, of course that is exactly what happened. The pinnacle point of the proof of this Dino-wisdom was in 1970 when our King of Cool was paid 7 cool mil to star in the blockbuster "Airport."
Image that pallies....our Dino went from a mere 20 thou for "The Young Lions" to 7 mil for "Airport." We stand in awe of our Dino's wisest of wise decision, and may we all continue to grow in our knowledge of and followin' of our our Dino's tremendous teachin's! Truly truly wishes that we were still able to sit at our Dino's feet and learn from his wealth of wisdom....the truest knower ever of life and how to live it!
On the 58th anniversary of the opennin' of "The Young Lions," let Dino-holics everywhere celebrate our Dino's success not only with this flick, but with all the fame and fortune that went before him for the rest of his remarkable life! Dino-honorin' and rememberin', DMP
April 2, 1958 Dean's second post-Martin and Lewis movie, "The Young Lions" opens to great reviews. Based on an Irwin Shaw novel, it also stars Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift.