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Hollywood or Bust (1956)

A singer who can't pay his bookie joins a nerdy, star-struck movie fan and his Great Dane in a cross-country convertible ride to Hollywood.

Director:

Frank Tashlin

Writer:

Erna Lazarus
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dean Martin ... Steve Wiley
Jerry Lewis ... Malcolm Smith
Pat Crowley ... Terry Roberts
Maxie Rosenbloom ... Bookie Benny
Anita Ekberg ... Anita Ekberg
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Storyline

The last movie with Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin together, is a satire of the life in Hollywood. Steve Wiley is a deceiver who cheats Malcolm Smith when he wins a car, claiming that he won it too. Trying to steal the car, Steve tells Malcolm that he lives in Hollywood, next to Anita Ekberg's. When Malcom hears that, they both set out for Hollywood and the adventure begins... Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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A COAST TO COAST FUN TOOT! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1956 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Beginner's Luck See more »

Filming Locations:

Taos, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,300,000, 31 December 1956
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Wallis Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The last film that Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis did together before breaking up as a comedy team. See more »

Goofs

When Steve is kissing Terry in the car in front of the Las Vegas hotel, the previous scene showed Malcolm closing the trunk, but through the rear window you can see the bright red trunk door is still up. See more »

Quotes

Malcolm Smith: Boy, I'm lucky. Do you know when I first found out I was lucky?
Steve Wiley: When?
Malcolm Smith: When I entered the "Send in a Poochy Pup Dog Food jingle for the Poochy Pup Dog Food" jingle contest. You wanna hear how it goes?
Steve Wiley: No, but I will.
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Connections

References The Rainmaker (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Let's Be Friendly
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
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The last picture with Martin and Lewis
22 August 2005 | by Petey-10See all my reviews

Dean Martin plays Steve Wiley, a gambler with bad debts and Jerry Lewis is Malcolm Smith, a huge movie lover who wants to go to Hollywood to meet Anita Ekberg.And then there is a car raffle where Steve wins a car with a fake ticket and Malcolm wins it with a real one.So they're both off to Hollywood with Malcolm's dog Great Dane and Terry Roberts (Pat Crowley), a girl they meet along the way.A very pretty lady, if I may add.By the way, Dean Martin's daughters Claudia, Deana and Gail can be seen in the movie.Frank Tashlin's Hollywood or Bust (1956) is a good and funny comedy which offers you some good laughs.One good and funny scene is where Jerry sings the song of the dog food commercial and then there's of course the one where the dog goes for a ride with the car.A dog behind the wheel is always funny.This was the last movie Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis did together.There were personal conflicts that ended the relationship.They were such a hilarious duo and they did lots of great films together.But as you know,nothing lasts forever.Luckily they didn't stay as enemies forever.In 1976 Frank Sinatra reunited them on stage and they stayed as friends till Dean's death in 1995.While making this film there was lots of anger between them but you can hardly see it.This isn't all time best of Martin and Lewis but it's very enjoyable anyway.Jerry Lewis has said he hasn't seen Hollywood or Bust because it's much too painful for him to watch.Good movie, bad memories.


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