Artists and Models (1955)
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as Bessie Sparrowbrush
as Rick Todd
as Specialty Dancer
as Eugene Fullstack
as Abigail 'Abby' Parker
as Mrs. Muldoon
as Col. Drury
as Agent Peters
as Agent Rogers
as Mr. Murdock
as Chief Samuels
as Richard Stilton
as Richard Stilton
Critic Reviews for Artists and Models
Passably entertaining, this version is not as good as the 1937 one starring Jack Benny.
Better to be "seized in a pitiless mesh of imbecilities" than to be bored to death.
Nothing beats Jerry's face on TV, simultaneously the poster boy for pop culture and a warning sign of its fallout
Weak Martin and Lewis, and dated laughs.
Audience Reviews for Artists and Models
Wow, these guys are. . .not very funny. Occasionally a joke lands where it should, the musical numbers are OK, the basic plot outline itself is pretty good in many ways. But man, the flapping dickey bit?
Classic and hilarious Martin and Lewis film. Jerry Lewis is hysterical with his dreams and costume and even trying to go upstairs!
Martin and Lewis are both artists in Greenwich village and they're mostly unemployed. Lewis's character is an avid fan of comic books that by the mid 1950's were at the height of their popularity but also catching a fair amount of criticism for their effects on juveniles. But its the comic book industry that gives our two heroes a shot a success and romance. The film begins with a gag showcasing the duo's comedic abilities and landing them unemployed again followed by a rather depressing musical number 'If you pretend' proclaiming that in times of hardship its easier to drift into fantasy. This dynamic sets the tone for the rest of the film, Peter Bogdonavich said Tashlin directed the only two solid Martin and Lewis films because of elements like that dynamic. That Tashlin being one of the most inventive comedians of he seems to be able to still add an element of social commentary amongst over the top cartoon humor. We see this in the film particularly in the references to the cold war and in a sadistic child who's mind has been corrupted by comic books tosses a letter opener like a throwing knife. The film is interesting in how well it holds, especially in today's cinema dominated by comic book movies. The irony though is that Tashlin wrote comic strips himself and perhaps only someone with that insight could bring the film to life being a film that invokes the style of comics in form but satirizes it in content. This is best demonstrated in the final act where the film becomes an over the top espionge thriller. What make the film so ambitious and so successful is how thorough the film eaxmines the industry; elements of the film conatin biting criticsm towards them and their rise in violence, even Jerry Lewis' character ends up speaking out against and we see Dorthy Malone's work is looked down upon for its lack of violence. However at the same time its a source of succes for Martin and Lewis which they celebrate with treffic a musical number and by the end of the film by the time the communists get involved the film is invoking those very elements.
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