Jumping Jacks (1952)

Jumping Jacks (1952)





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Although The Stooge had been filmed right after Martin and Lewis' Sailor Beware, the film was temporarily shelved so that the team could continue their winning streak of military comedies with Jumping Jacks. This time, Dean Martin plays Chick Allen, a paratrooper-in-training whose commanding officer intends to do away with all camp variety shows. In desperation, Chick sends for his old nightclub partner Hap Smith (Jerry Lewis) to change the CO's mind. In order to gain entry to the military base, Hap is forced to pose as a GI, and thus the plot proper gets under way. Most of the "awkward squad" gags are straight out of Abbott and Costello, with Lewis messing up at each and every turn while Martin lags behind for damage control. The film concludes with a routine from Abbot and Costello's Keep 'Em Flying, wherein Martin and Lewis bail out from a plane in flight, with one parachute between them. Robert Strauss repeats his Sailor Beware duties as Lewis' irascible topkick, while nominal leading lady Mona Freeman does practically nothing magnificently. Dean's songs include the deathless "Do the Parachute Jump".
Classics , Comedy
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Dean Martin
as Corp. Chick Allen
Jerry Lewis
as Hap Smith
Mona Freeman
as Betsy Carter
Robert Strauss
as Sgt. McCluskey
Charles Evans
as Gen. Bond
Richard Erdman
as Dogface Dolan
Don DeFore
as Lt. Kelsey
Ray Teal
as Gen. Timmons
Alex Gerry
as Earl White
Marcy McGuire
as Julia Loring
Edwin Max
as Sam Gilmore
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Critic Reviews for Jumping Jacks

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Tem os seus momentos - especialmente graças à boa sacada de fazer Lewis se destacar como soldado -, mas é irregular e longo demais.

March 6, 2011
Cinema em Cena

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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
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Audience Reviews for Jumping Jacks

'Jumping Jacks' is the first Martin and Lewis comedy I truly enjoyed. It's packed with hilarious gags, great chemistry between the leads and a fantastic supporting cast.

Matthew James
Matthew James

Here we see Dean & Jerry in military service for the third time, in this case as paratroopers. Standard formula, and even though it's Jerry-centric, the gags just aren't that great. Nothing about it is awful though.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

I only know of two Jerry Lewis I've seen, this one and "The Geisha Boy." I enjoyed the latter a lot more, and remember much more from it. But this one was entertaining as well.

Jason Owens
Jason Owens

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