Saturday, August 31, 2019

Touchin' and Tender Moments Of Our Most Beloved Dino Reunitin' With His Most Beloved Partner Mr. Jerry Lewis

Jerry Lewis
Hey pallies, likes we just can't gets 'nough of viewin' our most beloved Dino reunitin' with his most beloved partner Mr. Jerry Lewis on September 5, 1976 durin' the annual MDA Telethon.  So, likes today as we begin the Labor Day Weekend, we share a bit of Dino-creativity creatin' a quintessential quartet of groovy gifs from the early moments of the filmed reunion of our most beloved Dino and his most beloved partner, Mr. Jerry Lewis.

We are much much moved by the touchin' and tender way that our Dino walks out onto the stage and immediately  he and Mr. Lewis are locked in an exhilarating embrace with our Dino sportin' the hugest of huge Dino-buddha-grins!  And, likes at the end of the huge huge huggin', our Dino with much awesome affection gently kisses his old partner on the cheek.

As you see below Mr. Frank Sinatra, the one who has done the remarkable deed of bringin' the comedic couple back together after twenty years has a hard time keepin' the two men apart.  And, as our last gif shows, our Dino and Mr. Lewis mostly  tenderly touches each other's cheek, showin' the world just how much the truly love each other.

Likes, we are much appreciate of how Mr. Lewis has  spoken of their relationship as "what we had was a love affair," even subtitlin' his beau-ti-ful bio "Dean And Me" as "A Love Story."  These few moments of magic captures by some simple gifs shows the world forever the deep deep devotion that our most beloved Dino had for his most beloved partner Mr. Jerry Lewis.  Truly, truly it was there awesome affection that they had for each other that made their decade long comedic capers marvelously magic for their adorin' fans!

We gotta 'fess up that this marvelously memorable  moment in all of  Dino-history means ever more
the last couple of years with the passin' of our most beloved Dino's most beloved partner in comedy, Mr. Jerry Lewis.

We Remain,

Yours In Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

Jerry Lewis & Dean Martin Reunion - 1976 MDA Telethon

Jerry Lewis & Dean Martin Reunion - 1976 MDA Telethon

Jerry Lewis & Dean Martin Reunion - 1976 MDA Telethon

Jerry Lewis & Dean Martin Reunion - 1976 MDA Telethon

Tomorrow In DIno-history: September 1, 1949

 Dean Martin & bride Jeanne on their wedding day (held at Herman Hover's House) September 1, 1949.

Hey pallies, likes tomorrow, September 1 in the year of our Dino 1949,  the weddin' bells did chime for our most beloved Dino and his queen of beauty bride Miss Jeanne Biegger. Dino and Miss Jeanne, wife numero duo, tied the knot at  the pad of Mr. Herman Hover.  This date likes 'gain holds the deepest of deep significance since Miss Jeanne   passed away on August 24, 2016  joinin' our Dino forever in the here after.

As we, with reverence,  remember this day of absolute awesome bountiful bliss for our Dino, ilovedinomartin shares with you a post that a Deanager tagged  Catie shared at her tumblr blog, "They always look better at night..," on this day of Dino-significance, last in 2012.  Our Catie combines an outstandin' weddin' pix of the beau-ti-ful couple with some potently powerful  prose scribed by Mr. Jerry Lewis from his magnificant Dino-bio, "Dean and Me: A Love Story."

Just likes we  totally totally  grooves to be likes readin' these kind of greatly glorious Dino-details....and these remarkable  reflections from Mr. Lewis notin' the extremely close relationship that our most beloved Dino had with his bestest of best pallie Jerry.   ilovedinomartin sez our thanks to Miss Catie for creatin' this Dino-memory on her tumblr account, sure to bring many of today's nouveau hipsters to the keen knowledge and awesome adulation of our most most beloved Dino

We Remain,

Yours In Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

You just got out of a marriage,” I said. “What the fuck are you rushing into another one for?”

He just stared at me, shocked that I had hit the issues on the button. I hurried to explain myself. “Forgive me, Paul.” I said. “Jeanne’s a great girl, and I think she would follow you to the ends of the earth. I know she would wait until you were ready. And there are four kids to think about.”

Dean thought for a moment. “Listen Jer,” he said. “You know me better than anyone, so what I say is between us. I do worry about my kids. But this feels so right. So strong.”

I nodded, finally understanding that he was really in love, and probably for the first time. “It’s your life, pal,” I told him. “And you have to do what’s best for you. You’ve always taken care of your kids; now it’s your turn to take care of yourself. Everything’ll fall into place.”

He threw his arms around me in a bear hug and whispered into my ear: “Thanks, Jer.”

As it turned out, Jeanne was the best thing that ever happened to Dean.

Jerry Lewis to Dean Martin on the day of his wedding to second wife Jeanne Biegger, September 1, 1949.

Friday, August 30, 2019

On This Day In Dino-history: August 30, 1969

Desert Radio AZ

Hey pallies, likes we loves! loves! loves! to find new sources of devotion to our Dino, and we loves even more to learn more 'n more details of our Dino's life, times, and teachin's includin' more historic dates in Dino-history.  Likes today we gets to do both of 'em at one Dino-time.  From the new-to-ilovedinomartin blog for Desert Radio Az KDAZ-db located in Hereford, AZ comes the noteworthy news that it was 50 years 'go on this date, August 30, in the year of our Dino 1969 that our great great man's great great al-b-um "Gentle On My Mind" went pure gold!

Gentle on My Mind was  produced by Jimmy Bowen and arranged by Ernie Freeman, and released in November 1968 on the Reprise label.

Likes the track listin' included 10---count 'em---10 delightful Dino-croons includin':

 "Not Enough Indians"
"That Old Time Feelin'"
"Welcome to My Heart"
"By the Time I Get to Phoenix"
"Gentle on My Mind"
"That's When I See the Blues (In Your Pretty Brown Eyes)"
"Rainbows Are Back in Style"
"Drowning in My Tears"
"April Again"

We shares with all youse Dino-holics  the front  cover coolest of cool Dino-pose as well as our Dino' havin' the bestest of best times croonin' this tune live on the Dino-show.  We thanks all the pallies at Desert Radio Az KDAZ-db for puttin' us on to this important date in Dino-history and addin' to our Dino-edification.  Likes to checks this out in it's original form, simply clicks on the tag of this here Dino-report.

We Remain,

Yours In Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

Dean Martin - Gentle On My Mind (LP)

In 1969 Dean Martin's album "Gentle On My Mind" is certified gold.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Remembering Dean Martin By special request by Robert Margetts

Robert Margetts - Artist
Hey pallies, likes welcome back for our fourth of five helpin's of Dino-creativity from  Lacy Lakeview, Texas artist Mr. Robert Margetts.  Likes we are perfectly pleased to share each and every one of Robert's Dino-portraits with all youse Dino-holics 'cause we just loves to share up and comin' artists' remarkable renditions of our most most most beloved Dino!

Today's Dino-art is tagged "Remembering Dean Martin By special request" and we're guessin' that some Dino-devotee asked Robert to create his rendition of this marvelously memorable Dino-image with our Dino groovily gazin' at his every present cigarette cradled in his right hand.
It's 'nother deeply delightful Dino-pose of our modest of mod Dino.

We are proudly pleased to once 'gain thank Mr. Robert Margetts for swankly sharin' his artistic abilities to completely celebrate our one and only Dino.  To checks this out in it's original source, simply clicks on the tag of this Dino-report.  Stay tuned in a few for yet one more Dino-portrait from the talented Mr. Robert Margetts. (We've got a couple of special On This Day In Dino-history comin' your way tomorrow and the next day)  And, likes pallies don't forget that any of these fine pieces of Dino-artistry can be yours for the purchasin'.

We Remain,

Yours In Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

Remembering Dean Martin By special request,

here is Dean Martin. by Robert Margetts

Sell Art Online

Remembering Dean Martin is a painting by Robert Margetts which was uploaded on October 26th, 2014.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Martini Man by Robert Margetts

Robert Margetts - Artist
Hey pallies, likes welcome back for a third helpin' of the grooviest of groovy, remarkably rad Dino-art coolly created by artist Mr. Robert Margetts(pictured on the left) and found at the art pad tagged "fineartamerica."  This powerfully potent amazin' art a la Dino is tagged "Martini Man" and was originally shared on January 12 in the year of our Dino 2012.

The process of creatin' this Dino-paintin' is "Acrylic On Canvas."  We deeply digs Robert's use of his tremendous talents for makin' modern art, and truly truly this represents our swingin' Dino at his modest!

Thanks 'gain Mr. Margetts for your cool contributions to hugely honorin' our one and only Dino with your awesome artistic ability!
To checks this out in it's original source, likes simply clicks on the tag of this Dino-message and stay tuned for yet more delightful Dino-artistry!

We Remain,

Yours In Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

Martini Man by Robert Margetts

The Rat Pack Painting - Martini Man by Robert Margetts

Martini Man is a painting by Robert Margetts which was uploaded on January 12th, 2012.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Dean Martin Loving Life by Robert Margetts

Robert Margetts - Artist
Hey pallies, likes welcome back for a second special helpin' of delightful Dino-creativity from artist Mr. Robert Margetts (pictured on the left) as discovered on the art pad "fineartamerica."  Likes after discoverin' Robert's stained glass effect potent portrait of our Dino we just keenly knew that this terrifically talented painter musta have more Dino-art to share, so we did a little sweet searchin' of Margetts' other work and discovered 4---count 'em ---4 other Dino-portraits that we wanna to eagerly share with all  youse Dino-philes.

Likes today we are finely featurin' what we have discovered is Robert's first Dino-creation shared on May 17 in the year of our Dino 2011.  Tenderly and touchin'ly tagged "Dean Martin Loving Life," it's a classicly cool black and white image of our King of Cool done in the process  described as "Silhouttes On Fiberboard."   Liked indeed our Dino lived as "loving life" and it is crystal clear that Robert has lovin' appreciato for our Dino in this artistic effort.

To checks this out in it's original format, simply clicks on the tag of this Dino-gram and see the various formats Margett's Dino-art can be purchased in...includin'----digs this----a shower curtain!
We once 'gain says our thank you very much to Mr. Robert Margetts for sharin' our Dino in these coolest of cool awesome artistic wonderful ways!  Stay tuned for more of Robert's Dino-portraits.

We Remain,

Yours In Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

The Rat Pack Drawing - Dean Martin Loving Life by Robert Margetts

Dean Martin Loving Life is a drawing by Robert Margetts which was uploaded on May 17th, 2011.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Dean Martin In Stained Glass by Robert Margetts

Robert Margetts - Artist
Hey pallies, likes when we have a few we loves to search the highways and byways of the ol' world wide web in search of delightful Dino-devotion.  We likes simply to put the name of our most beloved Dino 'long with  a word or two of description into the google search engine and see what turns up.  Recently we typed Dean Martin and the word stained (as in stained glass) to explore if perhaps some artistic Dino-devotee may have used their cool creativity to homage our Dino in stained glass.

Our pallies at google lead us to the art pad tagged "fineartamerica" where awesome artist Mr.Robert Margetts'  (pictured on the left) awesome art entitled "Dean Martin In Stained Glass."  Margretts' calls Lacy Lakeview, Tx home and his bio tells us in part that "one day about 10 years ago I decided to experiment with woodworking and it eventually led into some painting."  His Dino-impression tagged "Dean Martin  In Stained Glass" shared below was done with  "Acrylic On Canvas."

We thank Mr. Robert Margetts for incredibly imagin' our one and only Dino with this stained glass effect.  To checks this out in it's original source and to purchase this Dino-art in a variety of formats, simply clicks on the tag of this Dino-report.  We also discovered that Margetts has several other Dino-paintings that we will be featurin' in the Dino-days 'head.

We Remain,

Yours In Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

Dean Martin In Stained Glass
Just another image of Dean Martin 
by Robert Margetts

Famous Singers Painting - Dean Martin In Stained Glass by Robert Margetts

Dean Martin In Stained Glass is a painting by Robert Margetts which was uploaded on October 26th, 2014.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Danny G's Sunday Serenade with Dino: "Once In A While"

Well hey there, pallies!

 Looks like the smolderin' Summer heat is lettin' up!

August is windin' down...& dare I say it...Fall is slowly creepin' on in.

Now, tell me pals...what's a TRUE, TRUE Dino-holic s'posed to do...with what's left of a Cool Cool Summer?!
Well...what else, mi amici?!

Keep the Dino-ball rollin' with nother hot & sultry SWOON by the One & ONLY King of CROON!


That's what!
 Haha!! it the King of Cool?

Oh Well...either way pals...this week's Serenade, "Once In A While",  is nother' one of those great, great Summertime tunes...that REALLY heats thins' up & at the same time is sure to calm & relax your very soul!

I just am So So sure...that it set the mood on many a moonlit,  balmy night, in good ol' Stu'ville...for many young lovers!

I can picture a young...suave...Dino Crocetti serenadin' some lucky young chicalina with this very tune!

 Now listen pals...Dean ain't askin' for much here.

Just a quick thought every now & then.

 I guess, pals...we all would like to think...that a once special someone thinks 'bout us...every now & then.

Maybe pals...just maybe...there's someone out there that you haven't seen in a while...and maybe...just maybe...THAT somebody might be worth a quick well.

At least...once in a while.


Saturday, August 24, 2019

Probably second only to Dean Martin as someone who could make her laugh.”

Hey pallies, likes as we so so often sez, youse just never ever know where the name of our most beloved Dino will turn up next.  Likes recently our good pallies at google sent us a Dino-'lert 'bout reverent rememberin' of Miss Lucille Ball's decades long sidekick Miss Vivian Vance on the 40th anniversary of her death.  So, likes by nows youse are probably askin', "What is the connection between Miss Vivian Vance and our King of Cool?"  Keeps readin' and youse will find out pallies.

From the 'net pad tagged 'INQUISITR" comes the reflection, "Vivian Vance: Remembering Lucille Ball’s ‘I Love Lucy’ Sidekick 40 Years After Her Death," scribed by Miss Victoria Miller (pictured on the left),  Miller's bio tells us that she  is a freelance writer with more than 10 years experience writing for major entertainment websites. She specializes in TV, arts and entertainment articles, and informational web content.

While honorin' Miss Vance and her long time workin' friendship with comedienne extraordinaire Miss Lucille Ball, Victoria drops a Dino-compliment scribed by writer Mr. Tom Johnson and posted by Fox News that "She (Lucy)  genuinely thought Vivian Vance was a crackup. She loved her. Probably second only to Dean Martin as someone who could make her laugh."  That's a complete compliment for Miss Vance and an even cooler compliment for our one and only Dino.

We gotta fess up that we draws such deep deep Dino-delight to know that one, if not the greatest comedienne of all times, Miss Lucille Ball named our Dino as THE ONE who was numero uno in gettin' her to cracks up.  We thanks Miss Victoria Miller and the pallies at "INQUISITR" for sharin' this noteworthy Dino-news with the wider Dino-world.  To checks this out and read the prose in total, simply clicks on the tag of this Dino-message.

And, pallies this Dino-gram gives us the primo op to share two choicest of choice Dino-vids from the annals of youtube that feature our Dino and Miss Ball makin' funny.  The first is the full episode from the Lucy show tagged "Dean Martin Dates Lucille Ball.  It's classic Dino.  The second is a supreme skit from the Dino-show where Lucy plays a guest in the audience that our Dino brings on stage to patter with.  We gotta sez, it totally totally shows the comedic chemistry that our Dino and Miss Lucy had together.

We Remain,

Yours In Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

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Vivian Vance: Remembering Lucille Ball’s ‘I Love Lucy’ Sidekick 40 Years After Her Death

Victoria Miller

In an interview posted by Fox News, Tom Johnson, co-author of the book Hollywood Heyday, revealed that Lucy “thought the world of Vivian.”

While the two sometimes had artistic differences — Vance didn’t love being known as the “frumpier,” older friend on I Love Lucy— her only real beef was with William Frawley, the actor who played her on-screen husband Fred Mertz. Vance reportedly didn’t like being linked to Frawley, who was 22 years her senior.

“They were at each other all the time,” Johnson confirmed.

Johnson added that Vivian was one of the few performers who could actually give Lucille “a real belly laugh.”

“She genuinely thought Vivian Vance was a crackup. She loved her. Probably second only to Dean Martin as someone who could make her laugh.”

Dean Martin Dates Lucille Ball (full)

Dean Martin Juined by Lucille Ball in The Middle of Monologue - The Dean Martin Show (Variety Show)

Friday, August 23, 2019

“You’re like a double agent now, huh? F—kin’ Matt Helm.”

Eric Schaal
Hey pallies, likes with all the patter on the ol' net 'bout  Mr. Quentin Tarantino's big screen epic "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" givin' awesome attention to our Dino playin' swingin' spyster Matt Helm in the final Helmer, "The Wrecking Crew," likes, of course, we here at our humble little ilovedinomartin conclave has been very very much in a Helmer state of Dino-mind.  So, likes when our pallies at google Dino-'lerts sent us to the new-to-ilovedinomartin blog "Showbiz Cheat Sheet" with a reference to our Dino as Matt Helm, we were perfectly pumped to checks it out.

Likes it turns out pallies that Mr. Eric Schaal (pictured on the right) swank scribin's  tagged "The Great 'Sopranos' Joke James Gandolfini Wanted Removed From the Script" shares a primo perfect Dino as Matt Helm reference.

Before we continue, likes we gotta 'fess up that we don't watch a ton of the small screen and even though  we've heard that "The Sopranos" has made remarkable references to our Dino we ain't viewed this series.  Of course, we nows wants to checks it out for Dino-sure!    Likes  youse will read below that " Episode 13 of Season Two ('The Knight in White Satin Armor') has the Dino-Helmer ref, 'You’re like a double agent now, huh? F—kin’ Matt Helm.'"  Schaal perfect prose tells the behind the scenes story 'bout how this Dino-ref almost got removed from the episode and why.  We are totally totally thrilled that it remained in tact and that Eric has shared a youtube vid of this monumental Dino-rememberin' moment on the Sopranos.

Hats off to Mr. David Chase who in his wisdom made the decision to keep the Dino-ref in, to Mr. Eric Schaal for creatin' this poetic prose to tell the story , and to the swank site "Showbiz Cheat Sheet" for puttin' the story in print all the world wide web.  To checks this out in it's original format, simply clicks on the tag of this Dino-report.

We Remain,

Yours In Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

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The Great 'Sopranos' Joke James Gandolfini Wanted Removed From the Script

August 20, 2019

Long after The Sopranos had wrapped, creator David Chase still wondered whether his classic HBO show was a comedy or a drama. “To this day, I’m not really sure,” he said. Fans of The Sopranos know exactly what Chase meant.

For every time Paulie Walnuts shot someone in his way or smothered an old lady with a pillow, you heard him tell a half-dozen jokes while going about his business. Whether referring to A.J. as “Van Helsing” or demanding his Tupperware back from Big Pussy, Paulie often had viewers in stitches.

Tony Soprano, played so memorably by James Gandolfini, also had countless one-liners over the years. No matter how miserable he got, Tony always seemed ready to crack up someone in the room.

Conversations between Tony and Uncle Junior (Dominic Chianese) yielded a good share of belly-laughs. However, there was one great line Gandolfini thought wouldn’t work and wanted it removed. Fortunately, it stayed in the episode.

Gandolfini doubted a Matt Helm reference would hit the mark.

In Episode 13 of Season Two (“The Knight in White Satin Armor”), a power-hungry Richie Aprile (David Proval) decides to move on (i.e., kill) Tony. Unfortunately for him, he takes Tony’s Uncle Junior into his confidence. (Junior himself gave the concept a go at one point.)

After considering his options, Junior decides Tony is the one to stick with, so he informs his nephew about the plot to kill him. Tony, with his typically sharp instincts, asks why Richie would trust Junior with the information. Junior bluffs, saying he was “playing” Richie.

That prompts Tony to make a semi-obscure reference. (“You’re like a double agent now, huh? F—kin’ Matt Helm.”)

According to Allen Coulter, the director of the episode, Gandolfini wanted to have the line changed because he didn’t think anybody would get the joke. In a Sopranos oral history published in Vanity Fair, Coulter noted how changes to the script did not happen lightly.

“You did not change lines; you didn’t change anything unless you got permission,” Coulter said. So he contacted David Chase on behalf of Gandolfini. After considering it, Chase told Coulter to stick with the line because “somebody will know” who Matt Helm is. He was right, of course.

The reference goes perfectly with Junior’s crush on Angie Dickinson.

Gandolfini did have a point about the reference. In the year 2000, younger viewers probably weren’t familiar with Helm, a counter-agent played in spy comedies by Dean Martin. But Tony wasn’t talking to his son A.J.; he was speaking to his old uncle who loves classic films.

In short, the reference was perfect. (Martin’s Italian-American ancestry makes it a home run, in fact.) Meanwhile, it fit splendidly into conversation with a man who still pined over Angie Dickinson (not, say, a more iconic star like Marilyn Monroe).

Just as Junior lusted after Dickinson — who starred opposite Martin in Rio Bravo –and not Monroe, so Tony’s reference hit Helm/Martin rather than James Bond. Just listen to the line the way dozens of other shows would have had it: “Who are you, James Bond?”

Thankfully, Chase had no intention of fulfilling his star’s request. and the line still sounds brilliant to this day.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

There’s a brick in honor of Steubenville native son Dean Martin.

Hey pallies, likes there is devotion to our Dino and then there is DEVOTION TO OUR DINO.
Today's Dino-thoughts we woulda classify in the category of we wishes that  we that been the first
to think of this.  Likes from the pages of our Dino's hometown of Steubenville  newspaper the "Herald Star" comes the noteworthy news tagged "Fort accepting orders for memorial bricks."

For the mere price of  $65 for nonmembers of the fort or $50 for members, one can purchase memorial bricks to be placed 'round  the Veterans Memorial Fountain at Fort Steuben Park.  What a wonderful way of showin' love to our most beloved Dino and to do it in a way that he will be celebrated in a permanent way!

Well the invite to purchase below just happens to mention that, " There’s a brick in honor of Steubenville native son Dean Martin."  Likes some Dino-phile gots to it before we.  So, we are wonderin' if the Fort folks woulda be interested in givin' other Dino-devotees the total thrill of
reverently rememberin' our Dino with purchasin' more beautiful bricks to show their deep deep devotion to our one and only Dino.  There's info included if any of youse Dino-adulators woulda likes to pursue this wonderful way of personally professin' your amore of our King of Cool.

We are so so grateful to our pallies at google who shared this info in a Dino-'lert and that the pallies at Stu-ville's "Herald-Star" put this in print for Dino-holics everywhere to know 'bout.  To read this news  in total simply clicks on the tag of this Dino-gram.

We Remain,

Yours In Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

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Fort accepting orders for memorial bricks

AUG 21, 2019

TAKING ORDERS — Orders for another round of memorial bricks at Fort Steuben Park at the Veterans Memorial Fountain are being accepted through Aug. 31 for installation in October. While orders can be placed in memory or in honor of a veteran, they can purchased for any variety of occasions, according to Judy Bratten, executive director. The price is $65 for nonmembers of the fort or $50 for members. Each brick can accommodate three lines of 15 spaces. Order forms are available at the Visitor Center or can be downloaded from the fort’s website at For information, call (740) 283-1787. -- Janice Kiaski

Anyone can purchase a brick, individuals, families, friends, organizations and businesses, and they can be done so in honor of a birthday or anniversary. There’s a brick in honor of Steubenville native son Dean Martin.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

And as Dean Martin once said, “I don’t drink anymore. I don’t drink any less, but I don’t drink any more.”

Hey pallies, likes our pallies at google Dino-'lerts often send our way news of our most beloved Dino bein' quoted somewhere by someone on the ol' world wide web and 'cause it happens so so often, we simply are not able to create a Dino-gram for each marvelous  mention.  But, likes yester-Dino-day when we followed goggle's Dino-lead to yet 'nother terrific teachin' of our wonderfully wise, whitty Dino, somethin' stirred within us and we keenly  know that we just needed to share it with Dino-philes everywhere.

Likes today's devotion comes from the perfect pen of Mr. David Porter a columinst for the Rantoul Press.  In doin' a bit of researchin' on the 'net we discovered that this local rag is for the environs 'round the village of Rantoul,  a village in Champaign County, Illinois, United States. The population was 12,941 at the 2010 census.  Porter has chosen to share one of  our Dino's many many potent pontifications on drinkin' as he signed off on his cool column tagged "Porter: Alcohol a good way to cultivate sources."

The column is well written and fun to read and youse can do so by clickin' on the tag of this Dino-gram.  The quotation from our King of Cool that David shares is "And as Dean Martin once said, 'I don’t drink anymore. I don’t drink any less, but I don’t drink any more.'"  So, what is it 'bout this particular Dino-remembrance that struck us so...probably 'cause it is from a small town small newspaper columnist remindin' us that after almost a quarter of a century after our Dino's departure from our planet, the teachin' of our Dino continued to be remarkably remembered and sweetly shared here, there, and everywhere.

We are appreciative of columnist Mr. David Porter and the Rantoul Press for continuin' to lift of our Dino and share his wit and wisdom with the world.

We Remain,

Yours In Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

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Porter: Alcohol a good way to cultivate sources

By DAVID PORTER Rantoul Press columnist

© Copyright 2019 by David Porter, who can be reached at And as Dean Martin once said, “I don’t drink anymore. I don’t drink any less, but I don’t drink any more.”

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Scared Stiff - "I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine"

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Hey pallies, likes we simply just can't get 'nough of our Dino's croonin' of the classic tune "I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine."  So, likes one more time we share 'nother Dino-version of "Sunshine" as featured in the Martin & Lewis fabulous flick, "Scared Stiff."  Likes not only is this youtube vid clip feature our delightful Dino croonin' 'bout "Sunshine" but it is followed by Dino and Mr. Lewis makin' fun and raisin' havoc as part of the stage show.

We gotta 'fess up that the more we watch our most beloved Dino and his most beloved partner makin' funny, the more 'n more we stand in awe of the completely cool chemistry that our Dino and Jerry had with each other and the fun they had with each other as they energetically entertained the masses that loved 'em.

Enjoys these marvelous moments of Dino and Jerry magic and keeps lovin' our one, our only DINO!

We Remain,

Yours In Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

Scared Stiff - "I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine"

Larry sings "I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine" and Myron interrupts his act.

Monday, August 19, 2019

"I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine" & "You'll Never Get Away"

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Hey pallies, likes we surely sure that all youse Dino-philes know the ol' sayin'  "One Dino-thin' leads to 'nother Dino-thin'.  And, likes pallies that's how today's Dino-devotion has come to be shared at our little ol' Dino-waterin' hole.  On Saturday we sweetly shared Mr.  Rich Kietzle  warmly wonderful  Dino-rememberin' post, "Dean Martin At 100--The Story Of His Signature Song."  Likes part of the particular Dino-gram included a youtube vid recordin' of   our Dino croonin'  the sun shiny tune, "I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine."

Well, likes one of the suggested vids on the right hand side bar was 'nother vital version of our Dino singin' this stunnin' standard and after viewin' it we keenly knew that we had to pass it 'long to all youse Dino-addicts and not just keep it to ourselves.  So, below is a coolest of cool clip from one of the 1953 episodes of The Colgate Comedy Hour with our most beloved Dino and his most beloved partner Mr. Jerry Lewis.  Our Dino brightly brings us all such Dino-happiness with  "I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine" which as Dino states he was performin' in the Martin & Lewis fab flick, "Scared Stiff."

Likes as an bountiful bonus this vid also includes our Dino and Mr. Lewis together performin' the fun fun tune "You'll Never Get Away" which includes the chorus "Your never get away..get away, get away....."  As largely loves how we can see how mucho mucho much fun our Dino and Jerry obviously have singin' this silliest of silly songs!  We knows all youse Dino-holics will enjoys these deeply delightful Dino 'n Jerry moments to the absolute max!

I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine

Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin sing a song from one of their movies. The song is followed by a second song, You'll Never Get Away. The 1953 clip is from a clip show they did on The Colgate Comedy Hour when Jerry Lewis injured his ankle and couldn't perform his usual zany stand up routines.

The episode is on The Colgate Comedy Hour Vol 5, and is available at HoughsVideos.50Megs.Com

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Danny G's Sunday Serenade with Dino: "Home"

Welcome home, mi amici.


To us, Dino-diggers, anyway...this is a kind've home.

A place to hang your day's end.

A place to chill & collect your thoughts.

A place to come to, to soak in the good & the not so great thins', that the day has shown.

Maybe...just a place to clear your mind & listen to some cool cool Dino-jams.

That's the place I hopes this is to ALL the lovers of Dino out there.
I know it is for me, mi amici.

I thinks we ALL can use a place like that.
Youse 'gree, pals?

Just a comfy little place to find out where our pal has popped up now.
Or whose life was some our one & only, Dino.

Actually...Dean's music is the TRUE key , dear pallies o' mine.
It's my drink.
My pill.
My yoga!

I know that I look forward to just relaxin'...& seein' what our fearless leader, DMP, has picked to share with us, day to day.

So, my we creep into the last month of Summer 2019...let's start to thinks 'bout the nice...peaceful times...that Dean brings our way.

Every week.
Every year.

How lucky we are, my have a place like this, to call "Home".

Our own place.

Away from the world's chaos.

To just drift...& let life's stress melt away.
Just for a moment or two.

So...all that in mind...let's sit back...clear our thoughts....& float away.

Enjoy Dean's Serenade, pals.
He had the right idea.

"Though fortune may forsake me...sweet dreams will ever take me home".
Ahhhhh, so true, pallies.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

"Dean Martin At 100--The Story Of His Signature Song."

Hey pallies, likes it gives us such a tremendous thrill to solemnly seek and search the ol' internet for any and all thin's DINO!  Today we share with all youse Dino-phile a centennial homage of our Dino that we recently uncovered that we have not shared previously here at our humble little ilovedinomartin Dino-pad.  Likes from the awesome annals of the online presence of "Community Voices" of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette comes "music journalist, critic and historian" Mr. Rich Kietzle most most Dino-rememberin' post, "Dean Martin At 100--The Story Of His Signature Song."

In doin' a wee bit of researchin' of our own annals of ilovedinomartin we discovered that Mr. Kienzle's musical delight in our most beloved Dino was featured here before on February 2, 2012 (CLICK HERE) and February 3, 2012 (CLICK HERE).  We invites youse to dos yourself a huge Dino-favor and check 'em out.

Likes Rich's centennial Dino-gram was certainly worth our wait to discover it as it  powerfully perfectly fits as just a couple of days ago on Thursday we once 'gain coolly celebrated that hugely historical moment in August in the year of our Dino 1964 that our King of Cool busted the Beatles off the charts with his signature croon "Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime."  'long with potent patter, Kienzle offers 3---count 'em---3 versions of the song from youtube and one of 'em is one that wes knows we never ever heard before, or even knew that it existed.

It turns out that our Dino sang  "Everybody Loves Somebody " for the Bob Hope radio programme that aired on October 26, 1948.  We are likes greatly grateful to even know that this recordin' exists, let alone be able to hear the youtube version posted by Rich.  And, pallies, in doin' just a bit more Dino-researchin' via google, we and thee can listen to the whole episode that features our Dino and his partner Mr. Jerry Lewis hangin' with Mr. Hope by CLICKING HERE.

And Dino-holics, likes if this weren't 'nough Dino-action for one day, Mr. Kienzle also includes viral versions of our Dino and Mr.Elvis Presley (as we all know Elvis idolized our Dino) singin' "I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine."  We gotta 'fess up dudes that we are in Dino-rapture!  We supremely swankly salute Mr. Rich Kiezle and all the pallies at "Community Voices" of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for this greatest of great Dino-remembrance puttin' an awesome accent on our Dino's numero uno tune, "Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime."   We wanna to absolutely apologize to Rich for not sharin' his perfect prose prior to today, but likes we are absolutely appreciative that we finally got to share it with Dino-philes everywhere.   To checks this out in it's original source, likes simply clicks on the tag of this Dino-gram.

We Remain,

Yours In Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

Dean Martin At 100--The Story Of His Signature Song

Thursday, 08 June 2017 06:43 AM Written by  
 Yesterday marked Dean Martin's 100th Birthday. Immortal because of his own work with Jerry Lewis, alone and as part of the Rat Pack with Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr., his recorded legacy is vast and varied. It also has a couple of curiosities in it. One involves his best known song, "Everybody Loves Somebody."  
The song was credited to Sam Coslow (his name was later removed), Irving Taylor and musician Ken Lane, who later became Martin's fulltime pianist and conductor (seen often on his NBC TV show). But Dean wasn't the first to record it. Frank Sinatra did it for Columbia in 1947.
Dean performed"Everybody" a year later as a guest on Bob Hope's radio show similarly to Sinatra.
1948: "Everybody Loves Somebody "from The Bob Hope Show.
Sinatra recorded it again for Capitol and jazz-blues great Dinah Washington had at it in 1959 with a lavishly arranged version.
Martin apparently forgotten about the song. He was recording an intimate, ballad-oriented album for Reprise Records (owned by Sinatra) with minimal instrumentation in 1964. Dream With Dean: The Intimate Dean Martin featured only a rhythm section behind his vocals, including Lane and three A-list jazz musicians: guitarist Barney Kessel, Red Mitchell on bass with drummer Irv Cottler. The feel was similar to that of Julie London's early vocal  recordings that featured only guitar (Kessel) and bass.
They needed another song to complete the record when Lane threw "Everybody Loves Somebody" into the mix. It became one of the the album's highlights. The producer was former rockabilly and future Nashville producer Jimmy Bowen, then a staff producer at Reprise.
1964: from Dream With Dean.
Bowen and Martin had ideas, even in the year of the British Invasion, the song could be a major hit single with a different arrangement. Bowen had freelance arranger Ernie Freeman, whose roots were in R&B, come up with a more aggressive treatment using strings and choruses. It's likely Freeman used the 1959 Dinah Washington version as a starting point, jumping up the tempo.  This version would appear as a single. Martin was so confident of its success he told son Dean, Jr., a teenage Beatle fan, that his single would "knock your little pallies off the charts." That year, Dean openly mocked the Rolling Stones when they appeared on the weekly ABC variety series The Hollywood Palace the week he guest hosted.
In the end, the single did just that. Released in June of '64, it went to # 1, displacing the Beatles. It gave new life to Martin's recording and performing career, leading to the enormously weekly Dean Martin Show on NBC, with "Everybody" as the theme.
1964: The single. The graphic is the LP that followed  Note the insert "The hit version" to differentiate it from the Dream With Deanrecording.
"Everybody Loves Somebody" is inscribed on the plaque of Dino's burial vault at Westwood Memorial Park in Hollywood.
BONUS:"I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine" (1950)
That wasn't the only curiosity involving Dean's music. In 1950, Martin, then one of America's top singers-comedians for his work with Jerry Lewis, recorded a rollicking Dixieland version of this tune by composer Mack David. It was a cover of Patti Page's hit single (her first Top Ten). Dean's later appeared on one of his finest early albums: Swingin' Down Yonder, a collection of country, pop and Dixieland tunes. He also sang it in the 1953 Martin-Lewis film Scared Stiff.
1950 recording:
Four years later, a 19 year old Dean Martin fan in Memphis, Elvis Presley, recorded his own take on the song at Sun Records with Scotty Moore on lead guitar and Bill Black playing bass. He toyed with the original lyrics to give it a more teen-flavored, rockabilly country feel.
1954: Elvis Presley (Sun 210)

Friday, August 16, 2019

Dean Martin pretty much plays Matt Helm as himself, Dino the hard-drinking womanizer.

Derek Redmond
Hey pallies, likes we gotta 'fess up that our cravin's to devour  more 'n more Dino as Helm scribin's is currently in high gear after postin' on Monday and Tuesday of this Dino-week those incredibly inspirin' Dino-reflections from Mr. Nick Guzan who holds fantastically forth at the swankest of swank style site, "BAMF Style -Iconic style from movies and TV."  So, likes, onward we goes usin' the search engine at Goggle to fully feed our Dino as Helm absolute addiction.

We were remarkably rewards for our energetic efforts by stoppin' by a pad tagged CJ3B the is all things Jeep. Blogger Mr. Derek Redmond (pictured on the left), obviously a Jeep-aholic, holds forth there.  Redmond's bio tells us that he "retired in 2015 from a career as a cinematographer and a lecturer in film, video and digital media production at the Department of Film and Media at Queen's University in Kingston, Canada," so he is a pallie who is well qualified to review flicks and we were totally totally thrilled to find his perfect post on Helmer numero tres, "The Ambushers" which we share below.

Derek's respectable review is tagged "The Ambushers (1967) - Matt Helm Rides Again -- In a Jeep."
It's  ubber unique Dino-prose as keen knower of film Redmond focuses in on the use of jeeps in this Dino-caper.  And, most importantly Derek "gets Martin" speakin' the Dino-truth that, " Dean Martin pretty much plays Matt Helm as himself, Dino the hard-drinking womanizer."

We salute Mr. Derek Redmond for usin' his terrific talents in writin' and deep delight in Jeeps to amazin'ly accent our one and only Dino in "The Ambushers."   To checks this out in it's original format, simply clicks on the tag of this Dino-message.

We Remain,

Yours In Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

The Ambushers (1967)

Matt Helm Rides Again -- In a Jeep

PosterThe Ambushers was a 1967 science fiction spy comedy film, very loosely based on the novel by Donald Hamilton. It was the third of four films starring Dean Martin as secret agent Matt Helm. It followed The Silencers and Murderers' Row and like those earlier films was a spoof of the James Bond film series. It was followed by The Wrecking Crew in 1969.
The plot revolved around a government-built flying saucer hijacked in mid-flight by the exiled ruler of an outlaw nation. Secret agent Matt Helm and the ship's former pilot Sheila Sommers are sent to Mexico to recover it.
The film is generally considered the weakest of the Matt Helm series, and is one of The Fifty Worst Films of All Time according to the book by Harry and Michael Medved. But as Andrew Pragasam comments in a review, "With an arsenal of fabulous Sixties fashions, silly sex gags, crazy gadgets and gorgeous women, The Ambushers is far too watchable to qualify as one of the worst movies ever made, even if it isn't an especially good one."
The movie poster illustration was by Robert McGinnis whose many other posters included Breakfast at Tiffanys (his first film poster) and the famous image of James Bond holding a target pistol.
FrameThe theme song heard over the bikini-filled opening credit sequence (hear it on YouTube) was sung by Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart, who wrote loads of hit songs such as "Come a Little Bit Closer" for Jay & The Americans, and "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" which was a hit for the Monkees the same year this movie came out. Boyce and Hart in fact wrote, produced and recorded most of the music in the first season of the Monkees' TV show and the first Monkees album, including "Last Train to Clarksville." Great songs recorded by the duo under their own names included "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight" and "(You're Still My Favorite Girlfriend) Alice Long." (See Boyce & Hart at Wikipedia.)
Three of the actors listed in this frame from the credits played villains in the film, while Beverly Adams played Matt Helm's secretary, Lovey Kravezit.
FrameAnd in fact, the first Jeep driver seen after the opening credits is Lovey Kravezit, arriving at work at Intelligence Counter Espionage (ICE) (80K JPEG) in a brand new Commando.
The C-101 Jeepster Commando was new for the 1967 model year, so it was clearly the vehicle for which Kaiser Jeep wanted Hollywood product placement. Lovey is driving the power-top convertible version.
FrameBut the big attraction for Jeep fans is when Matt and Sheila arrive at Las Brisas resort hotel (110K JPEG) in Acapulco, just at the time the hotel's famous fleet of pink and white DJ-3A Jeeps was being supplemented by some DJ-5's. In this shot you can even see one Jeep with a rear body extension.
FrameDean Martin pretty much plays Matt Helm as himself, Dino the hard-drinking womanizer. He doesn't waste any time in helping himself to a drink from one of the famous room-service waiters carrying a tray in a Jeep.
FrameA running joke in the film is Matt Helm putting Dean Martin's "Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime" on the hi-fi to set the mood when he wants to seduce a girl. In the final scene he tries it again unsuccessfully, but when Frank Sinatra's "Strangers in the Night" comes on, the girl says "Kiss me!" and Matt replies, "You really like Perry Como that much?"
FrameLots of Jeep traffic here, heading up to the 71 cottages of Las Brisas ("the breezes"). On the right is the extended body DJ, with its roof canopy also raised higher, apparently to accomodate passengers on the rear bench seats. Guests at the hotel could either rent their own Jeep or catch regular shuttles up and down the hill. (See also Las Brisas: Birthplace of the Jeep Gala on
FrameMatt and Sheila take a hardtop Commando when they head out into the desert to find the secret compound where the flying saucer is hidden. They discover an unusual International truck (90K JPEG) carrying the mobile weapon used to force the saucer out of the sky.
FramePilot Sheila Sommers is played by Janice Rule, who is perhaps too good an actress to be in this film. But with Dino coasting through his laughable role as Matt Helm, maybe it's best for him to have a foil who seems like she could actually fly a saucer. Janice Rule did a huge amount of television work from the 1950s through the1990's, but is also remembered for some serious films such as The Swimmer (1968) and 3 Women (1977, in which she drove a CJ-3B.)
FrameMatt and Sheila have to deal with the beautiful Francesca Madeiros (an operative for Helm's main nemesis Big O), who poses as a model and seduces him. But Matt tricks her into taking her car into the desert. Just before they rescue her, he tells Sheila, "She asked how the roads were around here, and if she needed a Jeep or something...."
FrameProbably the number one reason people remember The Ambushers is Senta Berger (80K JPEG), the stunning Austrian actress who plays Francesca. The role is almost a spoof of her great performance as a spy in The Quiller Memorandum the previous year. Unfortunately Hollywood generally treated Berger as a starlet rather than a serious actress, but she did have a long career and is greatly admired in Germany, where she became president of the German Film Academy in 2003.
So to paraphrase the review quoted at the top of the page, "With an arsenal of fabulous Sixties fashions, silly sex gags, crazy gadgets, gorgeous women and fun Jeeps, The Ambushers is far too watchable to qualify as one of the worst movies ever made."

Thanks to Vilero in Spain for spotting the Jeeps in this movie. -- Derek Redmond

Thursday, August 15, 2019

On This Day In Dino-history: August 15, 1964

Hey pallies, likes time 'gain for ilovedinomartin to share one of the greatly greatest of the great days in all of recorded Dino-history. Likes from the pallies at the greatest of the great recorded music sites, "Billboard" comes the reminder that it was 55 years ago this very Dino-day that our most most beloved Dino boldly 'n beautifully busted the Beatles off of numero uno position on Billboard's Hot 100 Hit List with what became our main man's main croon..."Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime."

What a tremendous thrill it was then, and still is to this very Dino-day to  completely celebrate this hugest of hugest majestic musical victory for our one and only Dino.  It took the magnificent 'n mighty, potently powerful power of our King of Cool to knock the Kingpins of Rock and Roll off of their throne.  Below is some powerful patter from the pallies at "Billboard" 'long with a great youtube vid of a live recordin' of our Dino croonin' his number uno hit.

We sez our thoughtful thanks to all the folks at "Billboard" who have honored our main man in this wondrous way...showin' that the transformin' power of our Dino simply grows greater and greater with each and every passin' year.  To checks this out in it's original format, simply, as usual, clicks on the tag of this here Dino-report.

We Remain,

Yours In Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

Aug. 15, 1964
Iconic crooner Dean Martin notched his sole No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit with "Everybody Loves Somebody." The song proved that middle-of-the-road music could still reign after Beatlemania had begun changing the course of pop earlier that year. "Everybody," in fact, dethroned the Fab Four's fifth No. 1, "A Hard Day's Night."

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Dean Martin returns with undisguised pleasure, reincarnating Matt Helm always with the relaxed and relaxed style all his own.

Mathieu Lemée 🇫🇷🌍
Hey pallies, likes the last couple of delightful Dino-days postin's here at our humble little ilovedinomartin waterin' hole from the powerfully potent pen of Mr. Nick Guzan  beautifully  bodacious blogger who hangs his hat at the  superb style pad tagged "BAMF Style - Iconic style from movies and TV" has powerfully put us in a mighty marvelous Matt Helm state of Dino-mind and we are completely cravin' us more Helmer prose of the Dino-kind.

Likes when we went searchin' the ol' world wide web for more 'bout our Dino as swingin' spyster Matt Helm we happened 'pon the fantastic flick place "THE GAZETTE OF THE CLUB OF THE MONSTERS" where Canadian blogger Mr.
Mathieu Lemée (pictured on the left) from Montreal has stunnin'ly shared a quintessential quartet of perfect posts of prose 'n pixs of revelatory reflections of the coolest capers ever filmed for the big screen and it is completely clear that Mr. Lemée delightfully digs Dino as Helm.

Permits us to share these deep Dino-thoughts from Mathieu's pen...

"As for Dean Martin, his ease of play does not cost him any effort."

"Dean Martin returns with undisguised pleasure, reincarnating Matt Helm always with the relaxed and relaxed style all his own."

"Dean Martin always plays so relaxed, besides having a good time as Matt Helm."

"....while Dean Martin retains the same casual nonchalance in the skin of the hero, despite some apparent fatigue ."

We shouts out our affirmin' appreciato for the wonderful wise words  that Mr. Mathieu Lemée has incredibly imparted of deepest Dino-devotion and to the pallies at "THE GAZETTE OF THE CLUB OF THE MONSTERS" has placed in print.  To checks this out in it's original format, simply clicks on the tag of this Dino-report.

We Remain,

Yours In Dino,

Dino Martin Peters




By Mathieu Lemée


The SILENCERS aka Matt Helm, Very Special Agent - Phil Karlson with Dean Martin, Stella Stevens, Daliah Lavi, Victor Buono, Arthur O'Connell, Robert Webber, James Gregory, Nancy Kovack, Roger C. Carmel, Beverly Adams, Cyd Charisse, 1966, United States, 102m

A terrorist organization called "BIG O" wants to provoke a nuclear disaster on the ground of the United States by diverting an atomic missile to blow it up on a secret American base. Their leader, Tung-Tze, however, fears the intervention of a retired secret agent, Matt Helm, to thwart his business and he orders his henchmen to liquidate him. After escaping an attack, Matt Helm willingly or unwilling to resume service to unravel the case. He manages to come into possession of a magnetic tape that a cabaret singer, Sarita, was supposed to pass to the enemy. A pretty lady, Gail, is involved despite herself in the adventure since she is the only one to have heard the last words of Sarita before she dies murdered. As Matt Helm suspects Gail of being in the pay of his opponents, she has no choice but to accompany him to prove his innocence. Captured by the men of Tung-Tze, Matt Helm and Gail will nevertheless succeed together to defeat his plans by destroying the secret lair of "BIG O".

Whether in Italy, France, Germany or other countries of the world, spy films illustrating the exploits of a super secret agent proliferated during the 1960s, all built on the successful model of James Bond. Just like 007, Matt Helm was born thanks to the pen of a writer, in this case Donald Hamilton. The writers, however, abandoned the harshness of the main character, yet clearly established in the original work, relying rather on the well-known relaxation of his interpreter on the big screen: the actor and singer Dean Martin. The story that follows from it takes on the appearance of pastiche, and the colorful realization underlines even more the intentions of the authors to want to parody the genre. In this regard, the film is quite successful, despite a humor that lacks refinement, and an emphasis on some minor details that slow down the action somewhat. These few shortcomings however do not prevent "THE SILENCERS" to be a light entertainment that is consumed as a good digestive after a delicious meal. We also note the beauty of the actresses (Stella Stevens and Daliah Lavi among others), the gadgets both fun and absurd, and the imposing presence of Victor Buono who cabotine wonderfully in the role of Tung-Tze, thus embodying a least Asian Asian villain with his blue eyes and fatness. As for Dean Martin, his ease of play does not cost him any effort.

MURDERER'S ROW aka Well Played Matt Helm - Henry Levin with Dean Martin, Ann-Margret, Karl Malden, Camilla Sparv, Gregory James, Beverly Adams, Richard Eastman, Tom Reese, Howard Duke, Marcel Hillaire, 1966, United States, 105m

The terrorist organization named "BIG O" has managed to kidnap Dr. Norman Solaris, a scientist who has developed a weapon that can emit powerful sunlight. While waiting for Solaris to build a solar weapon that can annihilate large cities and allow "BIG O" domination of the world, the organization has several US agents "ICE" assassinated by the indications of a man infiltrated among services secrets. The most famous agent of the "ICE", Matt Helm, takes the opportunity to pose as dead in order to have free rein in his investigation to find Solaris, and also to unmask the mole who works for the enemy. Calling himself a famous gangster, Helm travels to the French Riviera and makes contact with the daughter of Solaris, Suzie. Helm's actions, however, attract the attention of an industrialist, Julian Wall, who is precisely the one who holds Dr. Solaris prisoner on behalf of the "BIG O". After several adventures, Matt Helm, with the help of Suzie, manages to deliver Solaris, to unmask the mole, and to counter Julian Wall's plan to annihilate New York. who is the one who holds Dr. Solaris prisoner on behalf of the "BIG O". After several adventures, Matt Helm, with the help of Suzie, manages to deliver Solaris, to unmask the mole, and to counter Julian Wall's plan to annihilate New York. who is the one who holds Dr. Solaris prisoner on behalf of the "BIG O". After several adventures, Matt Helm, with the help of Suzie, manages to deliver Solaris, to unmask the mole, and to counter Julian Wall's plan to annihilate New York.

Just like his British counterpart James Bond, the super secret agent Matt Helm is back in a new film following the success of his first adventure in theaters. Obviously, the producers had already anticipated the success of "THE SILENCERS", since they had already announced in advance at the end of this film their intention to return to the charge the following year. Dean Martin returns with undisguised pleasure, reincarnating Matt Helm always with the relaxed and relaxed style all his own. The budget of "MURDERER'S ROW" is obviously more imposing than the first episode, but the parody approach remains the same since we find with pleasure the use of strange gadgets, music and colorful decorations, and the pleasant and charming side of the hero. However, this monetary contribution allows writers to go a little further in the search for wacky comic effects, and some are sometimes original. The realization also benefits from the situation by giving the whole an airy atmosphere, conducive to the effective exploitation of some tasty visual gags. A few moments of action intervene at the right moment to prevent the plot from running out of steam, and in this respect, a sequence of hovercraft pursuits is to be noted. This does not exceed the level of a commercial product technically well-honed, but we come out entertained anyway. The mannered and tiresome interpretation of Ann-Margaret is the only really negative point of the film.

The AMBUSHERS aka Matt Helm hunted - Henry Levin with Dean Martin, Senta Berger, Janice Rule, Gregory James, Albert Salmi, Kurt Kasznar, David Beverly Adams, Roy Jenson, John Brascia, Linda Foster, 1967, United States, 102m

A flying saucer, developed by American scientists, disappears shortly after it goes into orbit. His pilot, a woman named Sheila Sommers, is found alive a little later in a Mexican forest. The US secret service, better known as ICE, is charging its best agent, Matt Helm, to recover the invention. He travels to Mexico with Sheila, and discovers that other agents are looking for the flying saucer, including a beautiful spy in the service of the terrorist organization called BIG O. Helm also learns that the flying saucer is hidden in the secret lair of an exiled dictator, Jose Ortega, who decided to sell it to the highest bidder.

Why change ingredients when the recipe works? In this third adventure of the American secret agent Matt Helm, the spectator having seen the two previous ones can identify them all: tale of espionage with pastiche flavor, gadgets galore, pretty ladies whose names are word games with character sexual, all presented in unpretentious packaging, if not for the sake of light entertainment. No doubt to make a mockery of the macho character of the genre and try to bring a little novelty, the authors have imagined that the flying saucer, which serves as an issue in the plot, can be driven only by women ; men all succumb to lethal radiations as soon as they enter the ship. Everything is generously seasoned with funny improbabilities, and fantasy sometimes easy, where the freedom of manners of the hero is sometimes emphasized to excess. The staging particularly emphasizes scenes and a brightly colored photograph, even more than in the first two episodes, no doubt to bring out more the few elements of fantastic character scattered in the scenario. A soundtrack of quality, sound typical of the 60s and signed Hugo Montenegro, is again to highlight. "THE AMBUSHERS" can be watched, even if the film contains here and there some falls of rhythm. Dean Martin always plays so relaxed, besides having a good time as Matt Helm.

The WRECKING CREW aka Matt Helm settles his accounts - Phil Karlson with Dean Martin, Elke Sommer, Sharon Tate, Nancy Kwan, Nigel Green, Tina Louise, John Larch, 1969, United States, 105m

Count Contini and his henchmen managed to seize a load of $ 1 billion worth of gold bullion. The count's intention is to bring down the economy of the countries to which the stolen gold belongs. The US secret service then task Matt Helm to recover the bullion, and he is assisted in his mission by a beautiful British colleague, Freya Carlson. Helm and Freya go to Denmark, where Contini has its headquarters. He tries to eliminate the American agent several times, often through his lovely female acolytes. Helm escapes all traps and manages, along with Freya, to prevent Count Contini from

Although near the end of the film, a text on the screen announces a fifth adventure of the secret agent Matt Helm on the screens, "THE WRECKING CREW" was indeed the last, following the shock that the assassination Actress Sharon Tate by Charlie Manson and his "family" sparked at Dean Martin and the rest of the team. It must be said that with a few exceptions, this fourth avatar does not bring anything new, and the lack of variations in the use of ingredients has meant that the sauce was not as popular to the taste of the public. Thus, despite an obvious lightness atmosphere, which makes the whole entertaining, it is strongly felt that the intrigue feels the déjà-vu and that the usual paraphernalia gadgets, fights and pretty girls feel the warmed up. Luckily, the comedian's easy-going game saves the day, especially that of Nigel Green in the role of the service villain, while Dean Martin retains the same casual nonchalance in the skin of the hero, despite some apparent fatigue . The very good music of Hugo Montenegro is not to be disdained either in the positive aspects of the film. As for the realization, it is visibly broken the rules of the genre by sticking to proven processes, and by respecting the technical uses of the well packaged consumer product. "THE WRECKING CREW" Mathieu Lemée




Par Mathieu Lemée

The SILENCERS aka Matt Helm, Agent Très Spécial - Phil Karlson avec Dean Martin, Stella Stevens, Daliah Lavi, Victor Buono, Arthur O'Connell, Robert Webber, James Gregory, Nancy Kovack, Roger C. Carmel, Beverly Adams, Cyd Charisse, 1966, États-Unis, 102m

Une organisation terroriste nommée "BIG O" veut provoquer une catastrophe nucléaire sur le sol des États-Unis en détournant un missile atomique pour le faire exploser sur une base secrète américaine. Leur chef, Tung-Tze, craint toutefois l'intervention d'un agent secret à la retraite, Matt Helm, pour contrecarrer son entreprise et il ordonne à ses hommes de main de le liquider. Après avoir échappé à un attentat, Matt Helm accepte bon gré mal gré de reprendre du service pour débrouiller l'affaire. Il parvient à entrer en possession d'un ruban magnétique qu'une chanteuse de cabaret, Sarita, était censé faire passer à l'ennemi. Une jolie demoiselle, Gail, est impliquée malgré elle dans l'aventure puisqu'elle est la seule à avoir entendu les dernières paroles de Sarita avant qu'elle ne meurt assassinée. Comme Matt Helm soupçonne Gail d'être à la solde de ses adversaires, elle n'a d'autre choix que de l'accompagner pour prouver son innocence. Capturés par les hommes de Tung-Tze, Matt Helm et Gail parviendront néanmoins ensemble à faire échouer ses plans en détruisant le repaire secret du "BIG O".

Que ce soit en Italie, en France, en Allemagne ou dans d'autres pays du monde, les films d'espionnage illustrant les exploits d'un super agent secret se sont multipliés durant les années 60, tous bâtis sur le modèle à succès de James Bond. Tout comme 007, Matt Helm a vu le jour grâce à la plume d'un écrivain, en l'occurrence Donald Hamilton. Les scénaristes ont toutefois délaissé la dureté du personnage principal, pourtant clairement établie dans l'oeuvre originale, en misant plutôt sur la décontraction bien connue de son interprète au grand écran: l'acteur et chanteur Dean Martin. Le récit qui en découle prend donc des allures de pastiche, et la réalisation colorée souligne davantage encore les intentions des auteurs à vouloir parodier le genre. Sur ce plan, le film se veut assez réussi, malgré un humour qui manque de raffinement, et une insistance portée sur certains détails secondaires qui ralentissent quelque peu l'action. Ces quelques petites lacunes n'empêchent cependant pas "THE SILENCERS" d'être un divertissement léger qui se consomme comme un bon digestif après un délicieux repas. On retiendra d'ailleurs la beauté des actrices (Stella Stevens et Daliah Lavi entre autres), les gadgets à la fois amusants et absurdes, et la présence imposante de Victor Buono qui cabotine à merveille dans le rôle de Tung-Tze, incarnant ainsi un méchant asiatique le moins asiatique qui soit avec ses yeux bleus et son embonpoint. Quant à Dean Martin, son jeu tout en aisance ne lui coûte à l'évidence aucun effort.

MURDERER'S ROW aka Bien Joué Matt Helm - Henry Levin avec Dean Martin, Ann-Margret, Karl Malden, Camilla Sparv, James Gregory, Beverly Adams, Richard Eastman, Tom Reese, Duke Howard, Marcel Hillaire, 1966, États Unis, 105m

L'organisation terroriste nommée "BIG O" a réussi à enlever le docteur Norman Solaris, un savant qui a mis au point une arme pouvant émettre de puissants rayons solaires. En attendant que Solaris puisse construire une arme solaire pouvant anéantir de grandes villes et permettre ainsi au "BIG O" la domination du monde, l'organisation fait assassiner plusieurs agents américains du "ICE" grâce aux indications d'un homme infiltré parmi les services secrets. Le plus célèbre agent du "ICE", Matt Helm, profite de l'occasion pour se faire passer pour mort afin d'avoir les coudées franches dans son enquête pour retrouver Solaris, et aussi démasquer la taupe qui travaille pour l'ennemi. Se faisant passer pour un gangster célèbre, Helm se rend sur la Côte d'Azur et entre en contact avec la fille de Solaris, Suzie. Les agissements de Helm attirent cependant l'attention d'un industriel, Julian Wall, qui est justement celui qui détient le docteur Solaris prisonnier pour le compte du "BIG O". Après plusieurs péripéties, Matt Helm, avec l'aide de Suzie, parvient à délivrer Solaris, à démasquer la taupe, et à contrer le projet de Julian Wall d'anéantir New-York.

Au même titre que son homologue britannique James Bond, le super agent secret Matt Helm est de retour dans un nouveau film suite au succès de sa première aventure dans les salles obscures. Visiblement, les producteurs avaient déjà anticipé la réussite de "THE SILENCERS", puisqu'ils avaient déjà annoncé à l'avance à la fin de ce film leur intention de revenir à la charge dès l'année suivante. Dean Martin revient donc avec un plaisir non dissimulée, réincarner Matt Helm toujours avec le style décontractée et détendue qui lui est propre. Le budget de "MURDERER'S ROW" apparaît à l'évidence plus imposant que le premier épisode, mais l'approche parodique demeure la même puisqu'on y retrouve avec plaisir l'usage de gadgets étranges, la musique et les décors colorés, et le côté plaisantin et charmeur du héros. Toutefois, cet apport monétaire permet aux scénaristes d'aller un peu plus loin dans la recherche d'effets comiques farfelus, et certains se révèlent parfois originaux. La réalisation tire également profit de la situation en conférant à l'ensemble une ambiance aérée, propice à l'exploitation efficace de certains gags visuels savoureux. Quelques moments d'action interviennent au bon moment pour empêcher l'intrigue de s'essouffler, et à cet égard, une séquence de poursuite en aéroglisseurs est à signaler. Cela ne dépasse pas le niveau d'un produit commercial techniquement bien rodé, mais on en ressort diverti quand même. L'interprétation maniérée et fatiguante d'Ann-Margaret se veut le seul point vraiment négatif du film.

The AMBUSHERS aka Matt Helm traqué - Henry Levin avec Dean Martin, Senta Berger, Janice Rule, James Gregory, Albert Salmi, Kurt Kasznar, Beverly Adams, David Mauro, Roy Jenson, John Brascia, Linda Foster, 1967, États Unis, 102m

Une soucoupe volante, mise au point par des scientifiques américains, disparaît peu de temps après sa mise en orbite. Son pilote, une femme nommée Sheila Sommers, est retrouvée en vie un peu plus tard dans une forêt mexicaine. Le service secret américain, mieux connu sous le nom de ICE, charge son meilleur agent, Matt Helm, de retrouver l'invention. Il se rend au Mexique en compagnie de Sheila, et découvre que d'autres agents sont à la recherche de la soucoupe volante, dont une ravissante espionne au service de l'organisation terroriste nommée BIG O. Helm apprend également que la soucoupe volante est cachée dans le repaire secret d'un dictateur exilé, Jose Ortega, qui a décidé de la vendre au plus offrant. Aidé de Sheila et de quelques gadgets, Helm réussit à récupérer la soucoupe et à éliminer ses adversaires.

Pourquoi changer les ingrédients quand la recette fonctionne? Dans cette troisième aventure de l'agent secret américain Matt Helm, le spectateur ayant vu les deux précédentes peut tous les identifier: récit d'espionnage à saveur de pastiche, gadgets à gogo, jolies demoiselles dont les noms sont des jeux de mots à caractère sexuel, le tout présenté dans un emballage sans aucune prétention, si ce n'est dans l'optique d'un divertissement léger. Sans doute pour se moquer un peu du caractère macho du genre et tenter d'y apporter un peu de nouveauté, les auteurs ont imaginé que la soucoupe volante, qui sert d'enjeu dans l'intrigue, ne puisse être pilotée que par des femmes; les hommes succombant tous à des radiations mortels dès qu'ils pénètrent dans le vaisseau. Le tout est généreusement assaisonné d'invraisemblances rigolotes, et d'un humour fantaisiste parfois facile, où la liberté de moeurs du héros est parfois soulignée à outrance. La mise en scène insiste particulièrement sur des décors et une photographie aux couleurs vives, plus encore que dans les deux premiers épisodes, sans doute pour faire ressortir davantage les quelques éléments à caractère fantastique disséminés dans le scénario. Une trame sonore de qualité, au son typique des années 60 et signée Hugo Montenegro, est à nouveau à souligner. "THE AMBUSHERS" se laisse donc regarder, même si le film contient ici et là quelques chutes de rythme. Dean Martin joue toujours de façon aussi détendue, en plus de s'amuser ferme dans la peau de Matt Helm.

The WRECKING CREW aka Matt Helm règle ses comptes - Phil Karlson avec Dean Martin, Elke Sommer, Sharon Tate, Nancy Kwan, Nigel Green, Tina Louise, John Larch, 1969,  États-Unis, 105m

Le comte Contini et ses hommes de main ont réussi à s'emparer d'un chargement de lingots d'or d'une valeur de 1 milliard de dollars. L'intention du comte est de faire chuter l'économie des pays à qui l'or volé appartient. Les services secrets américains chargent donc Matt Helm de récupérer les lingots, et il est assisté dans sa mission par une jolie collègue britannique, Freya Carlson. Helm et Freya se rendent au Danemark, où Contini a son quartier général. Celui-ci tente d'éliminer à plusieurs reprises l'agent américain, souvent par le biais de ses ravissantes acolytes féminines. Helm échappe à tous les pièges et parvient, en compagnie de Freya, à empêcher le comte Contini de s'échapper avec l'or à bord de son train privé.

Bien que vers la fin du film, un texte à l'écran annonce une cinquième aventure à venir de l'agent secret Matt Helm sur les écrans, "THE WRECKING CREW" fût bel et bien la dernière, suite au choc que l'assassinat de l'actrice Sharon Tate par Charlie Manson et sa "famille" a suscité chez Dean Martin et le reste de l'équipe. Il faut dire qu'à quelques exceptions près, ce quatrième avatar n'apporte rien de bien neuf, et le manque de variations dans l'emploi des ingrédients a fait que la sauce ne fût pas aussi prenante au goût du public. Ainsi, malgré une atmosphère de légèreté évidente, qui rend l'ensemble divertissant, on a fortement l'impression que l'intrigue sent le déjà-vu et que l'attirail habituel des gadgets, des bagarres et des jolies filles sent le réchauffé. Par bonheur, le jeu plein d'aisance des comédiens vient sauver la mise, en particulier celui de Nigel Green dans le rôle du méchant de service, tandis que Dean Martin conserve la même désinvolture nonchalante dans la peau du héros, malgré une certaine fatigue apparente. La très bonne musique d'Hugo Montenegro n'est pas à dédaigner non plus dans les aspects positifs du film. Quant à la réalisation, elle est visiblement rompue aux règles du genre en s'en tenant à des procédés éprouvés, et en respectant les usages techniques du produit de consommation bien emballé. "THE WRECKING CREW" laisse également le souvenir d'une très bonne performance au grand écran de l'actrice et ex-épouse du réalisateur Roman Polanski, Sharon Tate, avant son assassinat. Mathieu Lemée