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February 28, 2008

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dino martin peters

Hey pallie Eddie, man what a touchin' remembrance of our Dino and the jer's last gig together...have just finished watchin' the two vols. of Martin and Lewis flicks...they are just so wonderful...I especially loves "Artists and Models"...just 'bout the most perfect movie ever...and yes, I would have to agree with the jer that what made these two so great together was the love they showed for each other....

Marie

So sad that there joint career didn't end amicably especially as they were the best of friends ...i suppose that's where the saying " Familiarity Breeds Contempt " comes from still never the less ...they cud hav been more mature about the whole thing and discussed it thru as they were wonderful on stage 2gether ...but i can understand Dean's side of things he was tired of being the sidekick ....glad they both went on to carry on in there careers successfully.... both talented people in their own rights .....

 SHARYN

This made me cry, very worthy of you to write such a nice sum up of their carear together, I love them both . . . ALOT!

Norman Meyerson

Though Dean Martin is one of the best "saloon singers" of all time, and surprisingly an accomplished actor, had it not been for Jerry Lewis, he might never have been heard of. Jerry Lewis was 98% of the Martin & Lewis act, and it accorded Dean Martin the exposure he would not have attained on his own. Thereafter, being befriended by none other than the "Chairman of the Board", Frank Sinatra, was an added bonus.

Jeanne Rockenbaugh

Read Jerry's book "Dean and Me".

You won't be able to put it down.

George Q Jessel

Johnny Carson says hi.

Love,

Georgie Jessel

Graham.

Nice article. They rode together for 16 movies , and made many tv and radio programmes along the way. A great double act , who fed off each others' talent so well . But I do think it's true , that Dean was fed up with it all , and knew he could do better. Much better. And he did , and despite what the critics said , he rose to even greater heights in his own solo career.
I remember Dean once saying that two great things had happened in his life. One was meeting Jerry Lewis , and one was walking away from him .
Thanks to the wonders of recording we can still marvel at the two pallies, and let's hope they'll be remembered for many more years to come.

Steve

Great article.
In the end there was probably not enough scope in the partnership for all their skills and when they went solo both found new opportunities.
The concert parts of those Colgate shows demonstrates how great they must have been in a club. Dean needed someone to organise him and fire him up and Jerry needed someone calm to play off.
Hal Wallis made their movies formulaic and a negative experience for Dean and so played a major part in their downfall. He was a downer for Elvis too.
It's funny that both remembered being the one to call it quits, maybe they're both right. Martin had had enough and started missing gigs and being disinterested and becoming hard to deal with which drove Jerry nuts and made him sick with stress and they both agreed to put it aside and move on.
It's just a shame that they couldn't rekindle their friendship for so long.
Reminds me a bit of the Beatles. Just as Yoko didn't encourage John to stick with the Beatles. Jeanne Martin was known as being keen for Dean to go solo.
These guys were like rock stars of comedy. If there has been a more successful comedy team I don't know what it is.
Jerry's book Dean and Me is great. He goes to great pains to pay Dean his due credit. He also owns up to crowding Dean and not being too absorbed in his own artistic growth to notice how Dean was feeling about his role.
Left a great legacy. I wish someone had filmed a concert of them at their peak.

SYLVIA HESS

THERE HAS BEEN AND NEVER WILL BE AGAIN THE LIKES OF THE TEAM OF MARTIN AND LEWIS!SAW THEM AT THE PARAMOUNT-WATCHING OLD COLGATE COMEDY HOURS--STILL LAUGHING!!!

SYLVIA HESS

CORRECTION TO MY PREVIOUS POST -
SHOULD READ: THERE NEVER HAS BEEN AND NEVER WILL BE ANOTHER COMEDY TEAM WITH THE ABIITY TO HAVE THOUSANDS OF FANS LINED UP AROUND THE BLOCK AT THE PARAMOUNT-THE 500 CLUB-THE COPA-LIKE THE COMBINATION OF MARTIN & LEWIS. I WAS ONE OF THOSE THOUSANDS AT THE PARAMOUNT AS A TEENAGER - NOW I AM WATCHING THE OLD COLGATE COMEDY HOURS - AND STILL LAUGHING! THEY BOTH DID WELL ON THEIR OWN--BUT TOGETHER THEY WERE MAGICAL!

SYLVIA HESS

WORD SHOULD READ ABILITY----SORRY!!!!

raymo

Jerry was a meglo-maniac and Dean was getting ulcers at the just being Jerry's straight man. The best thing that ever happened was for both to go of them to go their separate ways.

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