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The Stooge (1953)





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Filmed right after 1951's At War with the Army, the Dean Martin-Jerry Lewis vehicle The Stooge was shelved until late 1952 to make way for another military farce, Jumping Jacks. When Stooge finally hit the screens Martin and Lewis fans were surprised by its dramatic content and the subdued performances of its stars. Martin plays an obnoxious vaudeville singer named Bill Martin, who gets nowhere professionally until he is accidentally teamed with goofy would-be comic Ted Rogers (Lewis). Bill and Ted climb to the top of the showbiz heap with a riotous act wherein Bill's onstage singing is interrupted by Ted's heckling from the audience (not unlike Martin and Lewis' genuine nightclub act). As his fame grows, so does Bill's ego, and eventually he ditches Ted to strike out on his own. Without his partner, however, Bill is a failure, so it's up to faithful Ted to save the day and patch up the friendship. The "femme angle" (to use Variety's phrase) is handled by Marion Marshall as Frecklehead Tait and Polly Bergen as Mary Turner. It's worth noting that The Stooge was Jerry Lewis' favorite Martin and Lewis comedy.

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Dean Martin
as Bill Miller
Jerry Lewis
as Theodore 'Ted' Rogers
Marion Marshall
as Frecklehead
Frances Bevier
as Mrs. Rogers
Frances Bavier
as Mrs. Rogers
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Whenever there's something that might be funny, we're socked over the head with sentimentality and our need for laughter evaporates.

Full Review… | July 28, 2007
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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.

Matthew James
Matthew James

OK, but only slightly funny. The best part of this movie was when Jerry actually talked "normal" for once.

Nick Krolikowski
Nick Krolikowski

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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