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Jumping Jacks

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Jumping Jacks (1952), starring Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis

In Jumping Jacks, Hap Smith (Jerry Lewis), nightclub entertainer, has a new act since his former partner Chick Allen (Dean Martin) joined the army: with lovely new partner Betsy Carter (Mona Freeman), Hap plays a clownish parody of a soldier. Meanwhile, Chick is organizing a soldier show at Fort Benning and finds he needs his old partner’s help. To get onto the base, Hap impersonates a hapless real soldier, Dogface Dolan (Richard Erdman); but circumstances force them to prolong the masquerade, creating an increasingly tangled Army-sized snafu.

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The Stooge

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The Stooge, starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, Polly Bergen

 Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis first became famous as a nightclub act, graduating to radio, television and the movies.   It was a very successful partnership, but it was a partnership that had its’ share of tension and personality conflicts.   The movie The Stooge mirrors that conflict, as well as recreating some of their hilarious night club act.

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My Friend Irma

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My Friend Irma (1949) starring Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Marie Wilson, Diana Lynn

 My Friend Irma  was originally a long-running radio series, that became a pair of successful movies, the sequel being  My Friend Irma Goes West.   In this first film, the comedy team of Martin & Lewis were included as comedy relief.   However, much like Abbott and Costello‘s first movie role in One Night in the Tropics, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis‘ roles were gradually expanded – not quite stealing the show, but coming close.

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