The Stooge (1953)
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Sure, 'The Stooge' is a Martin/Lewis vehicle, but it aspires to be more. It's a drama with fine touches of comedy and a great performance (slightly unexpectedly dramatic from the previously goofy) Jerry Lewis. Dean Martin is also very convincing as a bossy comedian. 'The Stooge' is a film that's sadly forgotten despite it's cleverness and touching moments.
OK, but only slightly funny. The best part of this movie was when Jerry actually talked "normal" for once.
One of the better Dean & Jerry pictures. Instead of plopping them in some hackneyed scenario, it's more a reflection of their actual careers... almost prophetically so. Martin's a so-so crooner whose career only flourishes when teamed with Lewis. And then Dino's ego gets in the way and he makes a schmuck out of himself. This movie is a little lighter on the comedy than the others but it's balanced out by the fine screenplay, a few genuinely good tunes, and a handful of terrific character actors.
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