Artists and Models (1955) - Rotten Tomatoes

Artists and Models (1955)

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Bearing very little relation to the 1937 Paramount musical of the same name, Artists and Models is a lavish, girl-filled vehicle for the popular team of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Martin plays Rick Todd, a comic-book artist who is under fire from his publisher (Eddie Mayehoff), who complains that Rick's work isn't gory enough. Lewis plays Eugene Fullstack, Rick's roommate, who while asleep dreams up elaborate comic-book plots and garishly costumed superheroes. Eugene's nightmares help Rick become a success; meanwhile, our two heroes romance their luscious neighbors, artist Dorothy Malone and rambunctious model Shirley MacLaine (who during one song wrestles Eugene to the floor and sits on his chest!) Eugene's overworked imagination somehow attracts the attention of a group of Russian spies, who attempt to abduct Eugene during the annual Artists and Models Ball. Director Frank Tashlin uses Artists and Models as an excuse for some of the wildest sight-gags seen in a mid-1950s film. At one point, the director contrives to stuff a gag in Shirley MacLaine's mouth. Tashlin also exhibits his ongoing fascination with female breasts and legs by giving ample screen time to the natural attributes of co-stars Anita Ekberg and Eva Gabor. One of the best of the Martin/Lewis efforts, Artists and Models suffers only from being about 20 minutes too long. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Cast

Dean Martin
as Rick Todd
Jerry Lewis
as Eugene Fullstack
Shirley MacLaine
as Bessie Sparrowbrush
Dorothy Malone
as Abigail 'Abby' Parker
Eddie Mayehoff
as Mr. Murdock
Eva Gabor
as Sonia
George 'Foghorn' Winslow
as Richard Stilton
Herbert Rudley
as Chief Samuels
Richard Shannon
as Agent Rogers
Richard Webb
as Agent Peters
Kathleen Freeman
as Mrs. Muldoon
Art Baker
as Himself
George Winslow
as Richard Stilton
Carleton Young
as Col. Drury
Nick Castle Jr.
as Specialty Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Artists and Models

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

Tashlin's splashy use of colour, and strong contributions from the female leads (including Anita Ekberg in a cameo), help to give the film its wacky, over-heated edge.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

Passably entertaining, this version is not as good as the 1937 one starring Jack Benny.

January 8, 2013 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Better to be "seized in a pitiless mesh of imbecilities" than to be bored to death.

April 28, 2011 | Full Review…

Nothing beats Jerry's face on TV, simultaneously the poster boy for pop culture and a warning sign of its fallout

August 28, 2009 | Full Review…

Oy vey, Martin and Lewis are bohemian artists.

July 1, 2007 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Weak Martin and Lewis, and dated laughs.

October 15, 2004 | Rating: 2/5

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