Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Regis Philbin: " I'VE GOT TO HAVE MY DEAN!"

Hey pallies, likes in recent days we here at ilovedinomartin have been reflectively revelin' in one of our most beloved Dino's most beloved devotees, Mr. Regis Philbin, upon his departure from our planet.  Likes in addition to bein' a perfectly premier performer himself, Regis is an extremely excellent example of a pallie who was superbly supremely sold out to our Dino and a magnificant model of what every Dinio-phile deeply desires to be.

We gotta 'fess up that we stand in absolute awe of Regis makin' the conscious choice to lovin'ly leverage his personal prestige, power, and position to incredibly influence the masses to seek entrance into the Dino-fold.  Likes perhaps more than any other public figure, Mr. Philbin used both his personal and public platforms to potently proclaim his undyin' devotion to our most beloved Dino.  These energetic efforts likes hugely helped tons of pallies of all ages and stages, all types and stripes, to follow Regis lovin' lead into our Dino's wonderful world.

We are profoundly proud to sweetly share some past posts from the ilovedinomartin archives as well as other pertinent prose and vibrant videos gleaned from the ol' world wide web----all liftin' up Mr. Regis Philbin' unparalleled Dino-devotion and marvelously  modelin' Regis' wonderful way if witnessin' to the transformin' power  of our Dino.

Today we return to a Dino-gram first shared here at our humble little Dino-conclave on August 17, 2013 that you can locate HERE.  Likes it's one of dem oh so short, but oh so sweet Dino-messages that is brightly beautifully brimmin with Mr. Regis Philbin's absolute awesome appreciato of our most most most beloved Dino.

We Remain,

Yours In Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

Hey pallies, likes always, always thrills ilovedinomartin to present to all youse Dino-holics, 'nother's reflections on how they are truly truly sold out only only to our one and only Dino.  They may be younger, they may be older, they may be rich and famous, they may be poor and totally unknown....but whatever they status in life, they are never ever ashamed to proudly, powerfully, and profoundly  proclaim openly their devotion to our Dino.

Today, ilovedinomartin shares with youse Dino-prose oh so short in number of words, but oh so long on their deep deep dependence on our most beloved Dino.  Through the magic of google  searches, ilovedinomartin came 'cross in two-count 'em-two different places the wondrously wise words of long-time Dino-addict Mr. Regis Philbin, who we learned in yesterday's Dino-post has a wine cellar tagged after our most beloved Dino!   Philbin has often spoken openly of his passion for our Dino, but none more boldly and beautifully then his thoughts below.

Likes dudes, listen oh so closely to Mr. Philbin's powerful praisin' of the central role that our Dino plays in his life.  "DEAN MARTIN IS VERY IMPORTANT TO ME.   I DON'T DO ANYTHING WITHOUT HIMS PLAYING IN THE BACKGROUND.  IT MAKES ME FEEL GREAT.  I'VE GOT TO HAVE MY DEAN!"  Philbin's pontifications  are sure to encourage man many more Dino-devotees to publicly announce their devotion to our Dino as well.  To checks this out in it's original format, simply clicks on the tag of this here Dino-patter.  Dino-delightedly, DMP

Monday, August 10, 2020

On This Day In Dino-history: August 10, 1960

Hey pallies, likes as we were doin' our almost daily sweet search of Dino-delight, we just came 'cross the blog pad of "CFCO Country 92.9 FM" radio in Chatham-Kent ON where Mr. Dave Palmer does the mornin' gig with Miss Cheryl Johnstone.  Likes this station posts a daily page of intriguin' interestin' news and in the prose below Dave reported that it was on this day in the year of our Dino 1960 that that Rat Pack classic big screen romp, "Oceans 11" premiered.

Certainly it is the best known and probably the best loved of the Rat Pack flicks and Dino and his pallies certainly have a beautiful blast makin' it in our Dino's playground, 'Vegas baby 'Vegas.  Likes we just loves learnin' all these dates in the life and times of our Dino and we will do our best to commit this Dino-date to our memories.

Likes we thanks Mr. Dave Palmer and all the pallies at "CFCO Country 92.9 FM" in Canada for makin' this news known to the larger Dino-world.  To checks this out in it's original source, likes, per usual, simply clicks on the tag of this here Dino-report.    We are thrilled to be able to share a classic movie poster from "O11" as well as some incredible images and vid clips as well.

We Remain,

Yours In Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

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59 years ago . . . In 1960, the original “Ocean’s Eleven” was released, starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Angie Dickinson.

Sunday, August 09, 2020

Danny G's Sunday Serenade with Dino: "Buttercup A Golden Hair"

Well, say there, pals!

What it is!
What it was!
What it might have been!

Man...I thinks this crazy world has finally gots to me!
I've found myself babblin'...on & on...incoherently...all week!

I sit in the back seat & wonder who stole the damn steerin' wheel!

Maybe my brain is gettin' a wee bit toasted, pals! Haha!!
Actually...PICKLED would be more appropriate!

OK...'nough foolishness.
Let's talk a little bit 'bout what WAS & let's get to the Dino-tunes!

Now, pallies...I simply HAD to use this week's COOL COOL Dino-jam for today's Serenade!

It's in recognition of a very sad event...that I thinks 'bout every year...'round this time.

Last Tuesday, August 4th, marks the very unpleasant anniversary of the passin' of a very special lady...a very special girl-pallie of our Dino's.
Marilyn Monroe. 

It's been 58 years since she took her final bow.

Shame, pals.
Was such a fun & talented young soul.

But, mi amici...I believe in celebratin' what WAS...rather than cryin' over what WASN'T.

"Buttercup A Golden Hair" is set to her & our pals flick, that never came to be..."Something's Got to Give".
It featured Dino alongside a very lovely & naked Marilyn!

Looks like it would have been a FUN FUN Dino-flick for sure!

Such a shame it just wasn't meant to be, my friends.
They both looked so good in this vid & youse could see the chemistry & friendship they shared.

Bittersweet to watch, pallies.
BUT...let's be thankful for what's we got's, pals!
A Great Great tune & vid that's PERFECTO for a Great Great Summer night!

R.I.P MM. & DM...
Thanks for the awesome memories.   

Saturday, August 08, 2020

“Regis is responsible for Michael’s love to this day for Dean Martin,” Ripa recalled.

Hey pallies, likes we are perfectly potently psyched to share a tremendous true tale of the deepest of deep devotion that recently departed entertainer extraordinaire Mr. Regis Philbin had for our most beloved Dino.  From the home pad of breaking Hollywood news, "DEADLINE," comes a story scribed by Miss Denise Petski, the Senior Managing Editor of news site,  tagged "Kelly Ripa & Ryan Seacrest Remember Regis Philbin On ‘Live’."

In this awesome article scriber Miss Petski shares reverent reflections by Miss Kelly Ripa who for a goodly number of years was co-host with Regis on Live! With Regis and Kelly.  The brief segment of this powerful prose shares about how Mr. Philbin related wonderfully with her children, sayin' that  “They just worshipped him.”  Likes what brought the biggest of biggest Dino-buddha grins was these words from Miss Ripa.......

“Regis is responsible for Michael’s love to this day for Dean Martin,” Ripa recalled. “Regis got him his first Dean Martin CD for Christmas. I swear by the time Michael was 4 and a half, he was reciting Dean Martin Las Vegas routines.”

One of the swankest signs of a true Dino-devotee is their deep deep desire to bring others into the Dino-fold....helpin' 'em to be warmly welcomed into our Dino's wonderful world.  Likes all Dino-philes know that the bestest of best ways to make someone a life long lover of our Dino is to get 'em started at a tender age.  We stand in absolute awe of Regis giftin' the wee Michael with "his first Dean Martin CD for Christmas," and that as as mother Kelly proudly shares, " I swear by the time Michael was 4 and a half, he was reciting Dean Martin Las Vegas routines.” 

We are marvelously moved by this true tale of how Regis shared his powerful passion for our Dino with preschooler Michael and how Michael's absolute adulation beautifully blossomed before his fith birthday.  Oh, how we woulda deeply digged seein'  and hearin' Michael reflectively recitin' our most beloved Dino's 'Vegas baby 'Vegas patter by heart....ain't that the coolest of the coolest?!?!?!?!

Likes keen kudos to Dino-devotee Mr. Regis Philbin for helpin' Michael in his youthful journey to the deepest of deep Dino-devotion and thankful thanks to Michael's mother, Miss Kelly Ripa, for sweetly sharin' it with writer Miss Denise Petski, who included it in her story on the online pages of "DEADLINE."  To checks this out in it's original source and read the prose in total,  likes simply clicks on the tag of this Dino-gram.

We Remain,

Yours In Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

Kelly Ripa & Ryan Seacrest Remember Regis Philbin On ‘Live’
By Denise Petski

An emotional Kelly Ripa remembered her former Live! co-host Regis Philbin, who died Saturday at the age of 88. Ripa honored the television legend alongside her current co-host Ryan Seacrest on Monday’s episode of Live!

Ripa also recalled Phibin’s ability to talk and relate to kids. “They just worshipped him,” Ripa said of her kids’ relationship with Philbin, remembering one instance when he babysat her kids as part of a skit for the show.

“There was this moment with Lola when he was brushing her teeth before bed and she was staring at him and he says, ‘Well you’re a gentile little lady,'” Ripa recalled. “And then I realize what it must be like to have been one of his daughters. There was this softness to him when he spoke to Lola.”

She also recalled how he got her son Michael, who was very young at the time, interested in Dean Martin and the Rat Pack.

“Regis is responsible for Michael’s love to this day for Dean Martin,” Ripa recalled. “Regis got him his first Dean Martin CD for Christmas. I swear by the time Michael was 4 and a half, he was reciting Dean Martin Las Vegas routines.”

Friday, August 07, 2020

On This Day In Dino-history: August 7, 1964

Dean Martin Hits Again - Wikipedia

Hey pallies, likes we're back with 'nother Dino-historical note.  From the all thin's musical history blog, "The Olde Disc Jockey's Almanac" where our pallie Mr. Bob Dearborn holds forth, come the noteworthy news that it was on this date, August 7 in the year of our Dino 1964 that our most beloved Dino recorded two of his cooler then cool croons..."The Door Is Still Open To My Heart" and "You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You.

Dearborn notes that these two terrific tunes were recorded at United Recording Studios in Hollywood.  They were two of the swank songs that appeared on the Dino-al-b-um, "DEAN MARTIN - THE DOOR IS STILL OPEN TO MY HEART."
Likes we have included images of both the front and back covers of this awesome al-b-um at the top of this post and youtube vid clips of live versions of our Dino croonin' the two tunes at the bottom.  Once 'gain we thanks our pallie Mr. Bob Dearborn for bringin' this special day in the life of our Dino to the attention of the wider Dino-world so that we coulda shares it with all youse Dino-holics.  To checks this out in it's original format, simply clicks on the tag of this here Dino-message.

We Remain,

Yours In Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

August 7, 1964…At United Recording Studios in Hollywood, Dean Martin recorded "The Door Is Still Open To My Heart" and "You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You."

Thursday, August 06, 2020

Regis Philbin on fascination with Dean Martin CBS News Regis Philbin speaks to the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts about the moment his fascination with Dean Martin began.

Hey pallies, likes we gotta 'fess up that we are behind the times in sharin' the sad news that one of the greatest devotees of our most beloved Dino has passed from this life.  A bit over a week 'go on July 24, the same day in Dino-history when our Dino and his partner Mr. Jerry Lewis shared their last performance together and then parted ways, television legend Mr. Regis Philbin died from heart disease at age 88 in  Greenwich, CT.

A number of times in the past we here at ilovedinomartin  have shared sweet stories of Mr. Philbin's absolute awe and lastin' love for our Dino and today and days followin' we will be offerin' Dino-grams honorin' Regis and his fabulous fascination with our one, our only Dino.  Likes today we begin by sharin' a vibrant video we found on youtube of Mr. Philbin  guestin' on"CBS This Morning and sharin' his touchin' and tender tale of the first time that hw saw Martin and Lewis in person at the Copa Club and how his life long awesome adulation of our Dino began.

All youse Dino-philes are goin' to deeply deeply dig hearin' Regis so openly and affirmatively speak of his fabulous fascination with our King of Cool and of  the incredible impact that our awesome amazin' almighty Dino had on Philbin's life and work.  Likes  our Dino-hearts are wonderfully warmed when we here Regis speak his absolute affection for our Dino..."He could sing.   He was funny.   He was handsome.   He was everything that I wanted to be."

We are totally totally thankful to the folks at CBS This Morning for puttin' this virile vid up on youtube and absolutely awestruck by Mr. Regis Philbin's  wonderfully wise words of potent praise of our one, our only Dino.

We Remain,

Yours In Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

Regis Philbin on fascination with Dean Martin

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Regis Philbin speaks to the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts about the moment his fascination with Dean Martin began.

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

On This Day In Dino-history: August 5, 1982

Hey pallies, likes we deeply delights in sharin' all these mighty moments in the life and times of our one and only Dino, and truly truly  August 5, 1982 was 'nother most most memorable moment in the Dino-story.  Likes while searchin' youtube for Dino-adulation we happened 'pon the vid shared below by a pallie who tags themself "2packs4sure.  The vid was produced by ABC Evening News 4 Beverly Hills and features reporter Mr. John Marshall.

As you will discover as you view this vital vid, it was on August 5, 1982 that our Dino found himself in the Beverly Hills Court House where he was accused of carrying a concealed weapon without a permit while driving his Rolls-Royce on Santa Monica Boulevard.  This short vid shows our Dino before the court as well as being interviewed after he had pleaded no contest to the charge.  This remarkable rare footage is incredibly intriguin' and provides interestin' insight into the life, times, and teachin's of our Dino.  Likes we invite you to watch and listen for our Dino's teachin' on who he thinks ought to be able to carry a gun.

Of course the discoverin' of this virile vid makes us ever more eager to see what else is out there in youtube land to increase our Dino-knowledge and for our deeper Dino-edification.  Thanks to Mr. John Marshall and all the pallies that day of August 5, 1982 who were responsible for filmin' this Dino-moment for posterity.   Hats off to "2packs4sure" for gettin' this vid up at youtube.

We Remain,

Yours In Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

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Dean Martin appearance in court for gun possession.

ABC Evening News segment Thursday August 05 1982 REPORTER John Marshall News 4 Beverly Hills

I'd bet money Dean NEVER said he considered people coming up to him in restaurants "life threatening".

Tuesday, August 04, 2020

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

Hey pallies, likes welcome back Dino-philes one and all for mucho more daily Dino-imbibin' flowin' freely from our humble little ilovedinomartin waterin' hole.  Likes for the last couple of days of July and the third day of our month of August we have been sweetly sharin' some powerfully potent posts a la our most beloved Dino and his most beloved partner, Mr. Jerry Lewis from the perfect pen of Mr. Michael J. Hyde and we have spoken each day of his recently published vast volume on the life and times of Martin and Lewis, ""Side By Side - Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis on TV and Radio.

Well pallies, likes in usin' the Dino-search engine here at ilovedinomartin we were easily able to find a September 7, 2019 Dino-gram that you can locate HERE that was scribed by a Mr. Ed Gross (pictured below on the right) for Closer Magazine that puts the absolutely amazin' accent on Mr. Hyde Dino and Jerry tome.  It's the coolest of cool combo of pixs and prose under the tag "Exclusive Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis Revealed — What Brought Them Together and What Tore Them Apart."

We think that all youse Dino-holics will very much enjoy this fabulous feast of incredible insights into the decade long partnership of our Dino and Mr. Lewis.  ilovedinomartin thanks Mr. Ed Gross, Mr. Michael J. Hyde and the pallies at Closer Magazine for this delightful Dino-treat.  To checks it out in it's original source, likes simply clicks on the tag of this Dino-report.

We Remain,

Yours In Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

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

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

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

We Remain,

Yours In Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

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

Aug 29, 2019 11:17 am

By Ed Gross


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

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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Monday, August 03, 2020

Martin vs. Lewis, T.K.O. (June-July 1956)

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Hey pallies, welcome to a brand new monumental month of our almost daily postin's on the life, the times, and the teachin's of our most most most beloved Dino.  Likes today as promised we have a terrific third installment from Mr. Michael J. Hyde (pictured on the left above) from his home base, "
"BETTER LIVING THROUGH TELEVISION."   This Dino-message was first shared here at ilovedinomartin on April 1 in the year of our Dino 2010 and you can find HERE.

 As we have sweetly spoken of the last couple of days, Mr. Hyde is the recent author of a valiant volume on the comedic partnership of our most beloved Dino and his most beloved partner, Mr. Jerry Lewis and that tome is tagged   "SIDE BY SIDE: Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis on TV & Radio."  We are indeed proudly pleased to have our very own copy of this beautiful book and just gotta find the time soon to immerse ourselves in drinkin' deeply of Michael's insights.

Likes part three is tagged "Martin vs. Lewis, T.K.O. (June-July 1956).  TKO stands for "Technical Knockout," and indeed this potent portion of the Dino and Jerry tale relates the events of the last couple of months of our Dino and Jerry's partnership and their goin' their separate ways.  We gotta 'fess up that we are hugely heartened to have Michael begin this last part with that powerfully potent pix of our Dino and Jerry embracin' havin' been reunited after 2 decades at the '76 MDA Labor Day Telethon.  We loves the love bein' shown between our Dino and Jerry...the kinda love that they energetically embraced durin' most of their decade of comedic partnership.

Once 'gain we sez our absolute appreciato to Mr. Michael J. Hyde for creatively craftin' these trio of powerful posts on the break up of our Dino and Jerry.  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

Hey pallies, likes today's Dino-post is one of those that I just can't wait to share with you. Our wonderful pallie Michael J. Hayde at his web pad "BETTER LIVING THROUGH TELEVISION" recently finished the last third of his magnificant Dino-trilogy on the breakup of our beloved Dino and the Jer.

As with his first two installments, this piece of Dino-prose is so full of Dino-pleasure....many wonderful insights into what finally split up the greatest comedy duo ever, with lots of media adds on....newpaper and tabloid clippin's, pixs of our Dino and the kid from television gigs, and more!

So loves how he ties the Dino-reunion that happened in '76 while the Jer was hostin' the MDA Labor Day Telethon. The pixs of our Dino and Jer embracin' and lovin' on each other is just so so heart-warmin' (to this Dino-holics thoughts...that few minutes of reunion is the most important thin' ever broadcast on television...EVER!)

So, our Dino-deepest Dino-thanks for author Mr. Michael J. Hayde to sharin' this stellar Dino-literature with us. These Dino-series musta taken Mr. Hayde many, many hours to Dino-research and Dino-scribe....how wonderful to know there are those like Michael J. Hayde who helps others to know, love, and learn all we can 'bout the life and times of our beloved Dino. Dino-awed with Dino-gratefulness, DMP btw, pallies, as usual, just clicks on the tagg of this Dino-post to see this in it's glorious orginal Dino-format...and it woulda be so thoughtful of you if you woulda share your Dino-appreciato with Mr. Hyde for liftin' up the name of our Dino is such grand and glorious Dino-ways!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Martin vs. Lewis, T.K.O. (June-July 1956)

November 13, 1955: The day after Jerry Lewis unexpectedly played a benefit performance as a solo – one specially requested of the team by Paramount’s chief, Y. Frank Freeman (the man who’d rescued the pair from the ire of the IRS), and despite Dean Martin’s verbal assurances that he’d be there – Martin & Lewis made their final starring appearance on the Colgate Variety Hour. Again the pair trotted out a specialized tune meant to reassure viewers, this one based on “Two Lost Souls” from Damn Yankees:

Dean: It’s Jerry and Dean, and no one in between,
Jerry: Like let’s say Gallagher and let’s say Shean.
Dean: Of course we complain; we fuss and strain,
Jerry: But after the fussin’ there’s always us’n.

Dean: Ah, we’re two lost souls, each wedded to each,
Jerry: We go hand in hand, in all kinds of weather.
Dean: On the bottom or top,
Jerry: A hit or a flop,
Both: It’s both together.

But not for much longer. Eighteen months after Lewis had proclaimed “never in a million years” would the team split up, the only goal they shared was in desiring the swiftest, surest way to do just that.

The obstacles, however, were formidable. First, they owed producer Hal Wallis four more pictures, and after the Three-Ring Circus debacle, Wallis had a stipulation included in their contract: Martin and Lewis could only appear in films as a team, no matter who produced them. Second, the pair would net $4 million in 1955 (grosses were in the neighborhood of $20 million), and that kind of money was awfully hard to walk away from. Third, and most especially, neither man was 100% confident of his ability to go it alone.

Certainly Dean, if he’d put any stock into what critics had to say about his talents as an actor (“a competent straight man”) or singer (“he shouldn’t oughtta listen to any more Bing Crosby records”), would never have risked working outside the profitable confines of Martin & Lewis. But he’d just scored his second big smash, “Memories are Made of This,” which would sit comfortably at number one on the Hit Parade at the start of 1956. More importantly, he was being openly courted by two studios for solo roles: Warner Brothers offered him The Pajama Game with Doris Day, while MGM wanted him for an original story, Ten Thousand Bedrooms. With all this looming, the thought of cavorting alongside the human monkey was becoming unbearable.

For his part, Jerry shrewdly recognized how important their personal relationship was to their success. Without that undercurrent of love and admiration supporting their antics, it was only a matter of time until, as he put it, “we’d get knocked through the ropes like Joe Louis.” Believing the relationship could be salvaged, Jerry conceived the idea of doing a contemporary take on the Damon and Pythias story: two men whose friendship is tested when one lays his life on the line for the other. To drive the point home, Dean would play Mike Damon, sympathetic policeman and Jerry would be Sidney Pythias, juvenile delinquent. This would be their next York picture, after finishing their current assignment for Wallis, Hollywood or Bust.

Unfortunately, Lewis assigned the writing of “Damon and Pythias” to his pal Don McGuire, the man who wrote Three-Ring Circus. McGuire’s opinion of Martin didn’t bode well for the project: “Dean was a terrible actor. He could barely talk. Jerry was the guy who made him a hit, made him funny.” Still, McGuire strove to create a story that gave both men “a close relationship;” meanwhile, Lewis campaigned with Freeman for the opportunity to direct the film.

If Jerry harbored any hope that the script would touch Dean’s heart and possibly rekindle their friendship, it was dashed almost as soon as Martin got hold of his copy. The next day, he let his partner know that he would in no way play a uniformed cop, claiming it was “low class.” Realizing that Martin didn’t read the script beyond his costume requirement, Lewis blew his stack: “Then we’ll have to get somebody else.” “Start looking, boy,” Martin retorted and stormed off.

Not too long after this, the pair reported to work on Hollywood or Bust, only speaking to each other when cameras rolled. For the first few weeks, Lewis sabotaged the production, intentionally blowing lines and breaking character; partly to retaliate against Martin, but mostly with the intent to force Hal Wallis to renegotiate – or release them from – his restrictive contract.The gambit failed; director Frank Tashlin, no doubt with Wallis’ blessing, simply threw Lewis off the picture, forcing the comic’s hand.

Chastened, Lewis returned to Hollywood or Bust and, in his words, “tried for the miracle.” “You know, it’s a hell of a thing,” he suddenly said to Martin during a break. “All I can think of is that what we do is not very important. Any two guys could have done it. But even the best of them wouldn’t have had what made us as big as we are.”

“Yeah? What’s that?”

“Well, I think it’s the love that we had – that we still have – for each other.”

Martin thought long and hard about what he had to say, then said it. “You can talk about love all you want. To me, you’re nothin’ but a (bleep)in’ dollar sign.”

And that was it. Both men knew: it was over. Jerry went straight to Y. Frank Freeman for permission to make “Damon and Pythias” (which would eventually be titled The Delicate Delinquent) with another costar. The news broke on June 18.

Still, Dean and Jerry faced a month of confirmed personal appearances, which they met through sheer force of will. There were some rough patches, one of them being a Today Show appearance on June 26 (“Dean and I [could] hardly bear to look at each other,” remembered Lewis fifty years later; the kinescope bears him out). Serendipitously, their nightclub
engagements were due to conclude on July 24 – exactly one day shy of ten years since their official teaming at Atlantic City’s 500 Club.

Those with a vested interest in maintaining the status quo of Dean and Jerry Incorporated – Hal Wallis, NBC – were forcibly persuaded to renegotiate contracts. At the insistence of Freeman, Wallis permitted them one solo film each. Not until 1957 did he agree to let them meet the balance of their contract individually, thus getting six pictures for the price of three. NBC considered suing to keep the pair together, then discovered to their chagrin that their five-year deal was contractually with York Productions, with no stipulation that the company deliver Martin and Lewis as a team. The following year, Dean negotiated his own NBC deal and sold his share of York to Jerry, who in turn sold the company and their piece of the York films to Paramount.

Over the years, each man would take credit for initiating the split, which was in essence the truth: Dean’s refusal to do The Delicate Delinquent would spark Jerry’s behind-the-scenes machinations to get them released from Wallis’ iron grip. Each man reached his individual goals: Dean became “a real actor” in such fine films as The Young Lions, Some Came Running and Rio Bravo, while Jerry made so much money for Paramount that owner Barney Balaban famously said, “If he wants to burn down the studio, I’ll hand him the match.”

But it was live television that made Martin & Lewis superstars, so it was entirely fitting that their estrangement came to an end on live TV; in September 1976 during Lewis’ annual telethon for Muscular Dystrophy. The reunion, like the split, made headlines, and raised hopes that Dean and Jerry would again entertain together. It was not to be; Martin and Lewis would publicly reunite only once more, briefly on a Las Vegas stage in 1989 for Dean’s 72nd birthday. By then, life’s ebb and flow had washed away the pain and bitterness for both men, to where Dean could publicly assure Jerry, “I love you and I mean it.” Martin retired in 1991 and died four years later; Lewis continues to do what he loves: make others laugh, cry and cheer.

More than a half-century after their parting, how to sum up the appeal of Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis? Perhaps we should let them do it. Jerry: “Two guys who had more fun than the audience.” Dean: “With Jerry and me, it was mostly just doin’ what we felt. Those were great times.” Indeed they were.