Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Dean Martin Autograph: 8 x 10 Photo, hand signed 187.00 USD

Hey pallies, today's Dino-find comes from the pad where we find a signed autograph photo of our Dino holdin'a microphone. The price? A mere $187. As stated the Dino-graph comes with a statement of authenticity. Woulda loves to have this Dino-treasure as part of my Dino-collection.

Diggs how our Dino scribed "Always Dean Martin" 'cause our Dino will ALWAYS be our Dino and will ALWAYS brings true Dino-devotees pure happiness ALWAYS!!!!! Dino-forever, DMP btw, to checks this out in it's original format, just click on the tagg of this Dino-post.

Dean Martin Autograph: 8 x 10 Photo, hand signed. CoA
Item #: col-4764
187.00 USD $ - Free shipping - no extra costs

Dean Martin with Microphone, singing. Hand-signed: Always Dean Martin.

8 x 10 inches. Fine condition.

The Autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Dean Martin (Dino Martini) Classic Hairstyles

Hey pallies, I just gotta say, yes dudes,likes I just gotta say that I loves the many and varied new and different Dino-ways that the name of our beloved Dino is gettin' lifted up all over the world wide web. Today's Dino-discovery is from a way rad blogg tagged "Cool Men's Hair" where blogger SuwarnaAdi holds forth sharin' classic hair styles for guys of all ages and stages.

And, of course bein' like featured is this current post is our beloved Dino. Loves the quartet of large Dino-photos Mr. SuwarnaAdi has chosen to share while his Dino-commentary is brief and to the point, so likes our Dino. Our thanks goes to this dude for featurin' our Dino and his cool hair styles with his in-the-know readers. Never know just how our Dino will use such blog posts to bring more and more pallies to knowin', lovin', and honorin' our King of Cool. To view this post in it's original pad, just clicks on the tagg of this Dino-gram. Dino-sharin', DMP

Dean Martin (Dino Martini) Classic Hairstyles

Dean Martin hairstyle

Dean Martin was one of the most famous Italian-Americans in this country's history. He was one of the original members of the famed "Rat Pack" along with Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. Born in Steubenville, Ohio on June 17, 1917 with the name Dino Paul Crocetti, Martin adopted the stage name "Dino Martini" when singing with the Ernie Mckay Orchestra and later changed it legally to Dean Martin at the beginning of his film career. Martin was a star of stage and screen as well as a recording artist and television actor.

Dino Martini hairstyle

Being a celebrity in the 1940s and 1950s, Martin naturally wore his hair cut short. It was very uncommon at that time for a man to wear long hair. The cut was a relatively traditional one that could be parted on the side and combed over. Interestingly enough, this cut and style came to be known as a "Rat Pack" and was worn by Sinatra and Davis as well.

Dean Martin hairstyle

Dean Martin haircut

Martin did push the envelope a little with his hairstyle at the time, as he wore it a bit longer than most men would have been comfortable with in that time frame in the US. This particular style is now considered old fashioned, but it still looks good on most men.

Monday, March 29, 2010

On This Day In Dinohistory: March 29, 1973

Hey pallies, likes ain't this so Dino-interestin' that 20 years to the day after our Dino's recordin' of "Return To Me" was released that our beloved Dino made it final that he was NOT returnin' to wife numero duo, Jeanne, for on March 29, 1973 our Dino's marriage to Jeanne was finalized.

In the photo below we see our beloved Dino marryin' Jeanne Biegger on September 1, 1949. After 20 years in 1969, our Dino sought to call it quits.

Dino desire to file for divorce came after bein' smitten by Miss Gail Renshaw who was Miss USA at the time.

By the time his divorce was finalized he was committed to Cathy with the candified k Hawn, who he would say I do to less then a month after his divorce from Jeanne.

I have found quite a number of cool newspaper stories featurin' the news of our Dino's desire to rid himself of Jeanne, but have yet to find a way to gets them copied here. Will keep makin' the Dino-effort to shares 'em with you in some way. Dino-devotedly, DMP

On This Day In Dinohistory: March 29,1953

Hey pallies, today is a very important day in Dino-history for more then one reason. This first Dino-post reminds us that on this 29th day of March in 1953 one of our Dino's biggest musical hits, "Return To Me" was released. This is one of those amazin' Dino-classics that features our beloved Dino singin' in both English and truly Dino-romantico....

Below via the magic of youtube is a tribute to our Dino featurin' "Return To Me." As usual, there are quite the number of Dino-pixs used that are new to this Dino-holic. Likes can never ever gets 'nough of our great man...and so yearns for our Dino to return to us.....oh, to return to the days when Dino walked the earth. Enjoys rememberin' this detail of Dino-historial significance and enjoys the Dino-vid... Dino-only, DMP btw stay tuned for 'nother piece of Dino-history that took place on March 29 as well....

March 29, 1953 "Return to Me," one of Dean's biggest selling records, is released.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Our Dino Sings "I'm In The Mood For Love"

Hey pallies, likes this is one of fav Dino-moments from the Dino-show as featured on the amazin' Dino-vid, "That's Amore." I'm like so so Dino-psyched to see this back up at youtube. For some reason this is one Dino-tune that seems to gets removed by the youtube police almost as soon at it gets I encourage you to watch it now, watch it often while it's available.

This Dino-clip is classic Dino all the way.....I loves watchin' every nuance of our Dino's vocal inflections and every nuance of our Dino's facial expressions as he makes this song his very Dino-own. I so loves every single moment of this Dino-classic from the before the first note when our Dino does a bit of business with his bow tie to after the last note when our Dino waves with his every present cigarette, flicks some ash and takes a deep draw on his smoke. There never was, and never ever will be anyone as cool as our King of Cool!

Truly to the Dino-dedicated, we are always in the mood for our Dino! Dino-awed, DMP

Saturday, March 27, 2010

"Dino knows what I’m talking about....."

Hey pallies, likes today's Dino-post again affirms that Dino-devotion is international in Dino-scope. From a Aussie dude who hails from down under in Perth comes this very insightful review of our Dino's western "4 For Texas."

From the blogg "Get On The Blandwagon!" comes this review for "AndressFest", as if I knew what the heck that is all 'bout. To view this in it's original format, likes just clicks on the tagg of this Dino-gram.

Checks out this guys perspectives in his "4 Wasted Opportunities in ‘4 For Texas’" patter....and of course be sure to read to the end 'cause he has shared an enlightin' and swingin' pix of our Dino from this fun-lovin' western caper.

Always so excitin' to find pallies from other parts of the Dino-universe spreadin' the Dino-message and drawin' others to knowin', lovin', and honorin' our beloved Dino. Thanks to this Perth dude for speakin' Dino to his readers. Dino-diggin', DMP

Our first movie for AndressFest '10 was the little known and even less understood 1963 Western '4 For Texas'.

On his way to Texas with $100,000 destined for investment in the railroad, Zach Thomas (Frank Sinatra) runs into some trouble when his stagecoach is attacked by Matson (Charles Bronson) and his hoodlums. He fends them off with his sharp shooting skills, but loses the money anyway when the stagecoach crashes and fellow passenger Joe Jarrett (Dean Martin) makes off with it.

Thomas retires hurt but philosophical to his home in Galveston, but when he discovers that the newly wealthy Jarrett has turned up, looking to spend his ill-gotten gains, Thomas vows revenge.

Jarrett’s not such as bad guy (he’s already given a quarter of the money to the orphanage where he grew up), and Thomas is not exactly an exemplary pillar of the community, so it’s hard to know who to support. Zach lives in a local hotel owned by Elya Carlson (Anita Eckberg) and her bevy of frilly-knickered French maids. Jarrett is footloose and fancy free, at least until he meets the shady Max Richter (Ursula Andress). In return for enough money to renovate her dilapidated paddle steamer, Max offers Jarrett a stake in the resultant floating casino, as well as… well, the usual things that Ursula Andress had to offer.

The rivalry between the two men escalates to the point where they and their respective gangs are ready to rumble, West Side Story style, on the night of the casino opening. However the bad-tempered and just slightly psychopathic Matson has it in for both of them, and they are forced to reconcile their differences and band together to defeat him and save their respective businesses interests and pneumatic lovers.

Despite boasting two of the biggest male stars of the day, and two of the most voluptuous blondes, ‘4 For Texas’ wasn’t much of a film and it’s barely remembered today by anyone other than diehard Frank Sinatra fans and, of course, me. One could simply shrug, blame The Curse of Ursula, and move on. However I prefer to be more positively critical, and to that end I’ve identified exactly where ‘4 For Texas’ went wrong, in the hopes that any surviving cast and crew might learn to do better next time.

4 Wasted Opportunities in ‘4 For Texas’

1. This film stars Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, two of the most popular singers of their age… and there are no songs. At all. One would think that a little number entitled “I Got Two Big Things Down In Galveston (And They’re Both Called Elya)” or “I Want Max, The Money And Another Martini” would have fitted nicely with the laid back, jokey vibe of what is, after all, a Rat Pack Western.

But alas, it was not to be. As a result, the assembled AndressFesters had to insert their own songs:

Frank Sinatra: You won’t get away with this, Jarrett!

JC: I’m gonna get the money back My Way!

Me: I’ll chase you right back to New York New York!

PM: You and me are gonna be Strangers In The Night… ah, no, wait, that doesn’t work.

2. Despite having Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, the film makers didn’t think to complete the trifecta and get Sammy Davis Jnr. Sure, it might have been hard to work a short black Jewish dude into a Western, but no harder than expecting the audience to credit Frank Sinatra as a cowboy or Ursula Andress as a criminal mastermind.

Admit it, the idea of Sammy Davis Jnr being in the movie, especially if he and Dino and Ol’ Blue Eyes got to do a song together, is irresistible.

3. Instead of Sammy Davis Jnr, the film contained the Three Stooges… and they got a cameo of barely three minutes to practice their schtick.

It’s not that I’m complaining - I hate the Three Stooges. But Americans have a baffling affection for them, so if you’re going to drag them out of the retirement home, looking like a collection of badly weathered garden gnomes, then you may as well make the most of it and give them a meaty part. Their 184 second cameo was about as meaty as a bean sprout.

4. And finally, the film boasted Ursula Andress in a diaphanous negligee… and they lit her from behind. If anyone wanted to see a silhouette of a beautiful woman in a virtually sheer nightgown, it’d be cheaper to make a cardboard cutout and drape it in mosquito netting. If you have a magnificently three dimensional Ursula Andress to hand, why not turn on the spotlights and let her do what she does best?

Lights! Sweet merciful crap, people, lights! LIGHTS!

Dino knows what I’m talking about, judging by this reaction shot:

Still, if the members of AndressFest ’10 were disappointed by the coy modesty of Ursula’s character in ‘4 For Texas’, all was forgiven for our next movie.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Dean Martin – Everybody Loves Somebody

Hey pallies, today's Dino-post comes from the blogg "Any Major Dude With Half A Heart." Loves the tagg of this blog, but me thinks by the way this dude speaks of our Dino's amazin' signature song, "Everybody Loves Somebody, Sometine," that indeed this listener's heart may be in serious need of our Dino's attentionado.

Sayin' that this stupendous hit of our beloved Dino is "Dino at his most languid" is fightin' words to this Dino-holic's heart. As the reviewer notes it is with this tune that our Dino showed his power to knock the Beatles off the charts....which no one before that time had been able to do.

When this guy writes "I don’t think that Dean Martin was very serious about this song," he certainly shows his true lack of Dino-understandin'....after all, we who are in the Dino-know, know that our beloved Dino's smooth style was to make everythin' look likes he wasn't serious 'bout it.

So, likes why share this with you....'cause I think all who are truly the Dino-faihful need to knows the opposition that is out there and in this case, would kindly as you to clicks on the tagg of this Dino-post and share your Dino-thoughts with this dude who doesn't truly understand our Dino. Checks out my Dino-patter to this guy, and let's 'em know your Dino-thoughts. Dino-askin', DMP

Dean Martin – Everybody Loves Somebody (1964).mp3

Dino at his most languid. I don’t think that Dean Martin was very serious about this song, written 17 years earlier and recorded spontaneously at the end of recording session. His sardonic delivery, accompanied by antiquated backing vocals that just scream kitsch, is an indication. Everybody Loves Somebody Sometimes became a massive hit and one of a handful of signature tunes for Martin. In fact, the title apparently is engraved on his tombstone. In the US, Everybody Loves Somebody took over the #1 spot from the Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night — which he had predicted the song would do. He also sent Sinatra, who had recorded the song earlier, a telegram, telling his old pal: “This is how you do it”. While a huge hit in the US, Everybody Loves Somebody reached only #11 in Britain, a market which cannot be said to have been averse to easy listening schlock, as the career of the regrettable Engelbert Humperdinck illustrates.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Show your Dino-love, speak the Dino-truth...VOTE DINO

Hey pallies, likes when I last checked in with you on this whole is Dino annoyin' business, with your Dino-efforts we had gotten our Dino down to 9.35%. When I checked this mornin' our great man's percentage was back up in the 11 percentile. With some strong Dino-efforts recently, our beloved Dino is back down to 9.75%.

Obviously there is some evil anti-Dino force opperatin' here pallies, the more we get the Dino-truth message up, the more some pallie or pallies is tryin' to diss our Dino-message. Would you give a few minutes to keep votin' Dino not annoyin'? Remember it is the second circle in the ballot that you hit. And, likes remember you can vote often...only five votes per visit to the site, but you can visit over and over and over and shows more and more true Dino-devotion.

We needs to gets the Dino-truth out and every Dino-vote counts in this Dino-effort. To gets to the Dino-votin' site, likes just clicks on the tagg of this Dino-gram. Dino-determinedly, DMP

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Update on our Dino-effort...our Dino is not annoyin'

Hey pallies, likes great news dudes. At this very moment our Dino is at 9.35% annoyin' and thus at the bottom of the poll at numero 73. Remembers in this case the bottom is the bestest of the best Dino-place to be. Likes woulda all you true Dinoholics please goes and votes more to get that percentage down even more. Thamks for all your loyal Dino-efforts and let's keep votin'....DO IT FOR DINO! Dino-amazin', DMP btw, just clicks on the tagg of this Dino-gram to go to the Dino-votin' site!

Keepin' those cards and letters, and Dino-votes comin' pallies!

Hey pallies, just a bit of an update on this whole is Dino annoyin' situation. So far, with the help of all the true Dino-devotees who have cast their votes that our Dino is not, and never has been annoyin' our Dino is now in the 12.87 percentile of "annoyin'." Our beloved Dino's rankin' has gone to 69 outta 73!

Thanks to all the ilovedinomartin pallies who are showin' such true Dinopalliedom by supportin' this Dino-effort. Please keeps those votes comin' in pallies to gets our Dino to the bottom of the annoyin' category but castin' those votes. Clicks on the tagg of this here Dino-gram to goes to the votin' site.

The Dino-truth MUST and WILL prevail. Let it be known to the whole Dino-universe that our Dino is not annoyin'! Dino-psyched, DMP

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

our Dino annoyin'? NEVER!

Hey pallies, likes any of you dudes ever come 'cross this "Am I Annoying" website before? The very idea that anyone anywhere coulda consider our beloved Dino as annoyin' is annoyin' the heck outta me. So, please likes do our Dino the good deed of clickin' on the tagg of this Dino-gram to goes to the Dino-page on this site to cast your vote that indeed our Dino is NOT annoyin'...and vote often. We need to gets our Dino outta the annoyin' category and likes fast.

Please ask all your pallies to do the same. If I coulda leave a comment there you know that I woulda burn up the page with my Dino-passion. The very idear that our Dino coulda be voted annoyin' is such a travesty of the Dino-truth! Dino-defensively, DMP

Dean Martin


The Resume
(June 7, 1917-December 25, 1995)
Birth name was Dino Paul Crocetti
Teamed up with Jerry Lewis to form Martin and Lewis
Member of the 'Rat Pack' with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford & Joey Bishop
Recorded 'You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You,' 'Volare,' 'That's Amore,' 'Ain't That a Kick in the Head' and 'Everybody Loves Somebody'
Acted in 'Artists and Models (1955),' 'Some Came Running (1958),' 'Rio Bravo (1959),' 'Ocean's Eleven (1960),' 'Bells Are Ringing (1960),' 'Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964),' 'Kiss Me, Stupid (1964),' 'The Silencers (1966),' '5 Card Stud (1968),' 'Bandolero! (1968),' 'Airport (1970)' and 'Terror in the Aisles (1984)'
Hosted 'The Dean Martin Show' (1965-74)
Hosted 'Dean Martin Celebrity Roast' (1973-1984)

Why he might be annoying
At twenty-seven he had a nose job and later a face-lift.
He spoke only Italian until five.
Before becoming a star he was a card shark.
He boxed under the name 'Kid Crochet' and said, 'I won all but 11 of 12 fights.'
He chain smoked and drank.
He had a fear of elevators.
He divorced three times.
He starred not once but twice in the dreadful 'Cannonball Run' movies (1981 & 1984).
His smoking led to his death from emphysema.

Why he might not be annoying
He was a success in movies, TV, comedy and singing.
He said Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr., 'The satisfaction that I get out of working with these two bums is that we have more laughs than the audience has.'
He loved comic books, and read them his entire life.
His son, Dean Paul (Dino) Martin was killed in a plane crash (March 21, 1987).
He died alone on Christmas Day (December 25, 1995).
He has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; one for Motion Pictures and the other for Television.
Research: Tim Howard

I am 17 years old and a football player who thinks "Dino" has it goin on!

Hey pallies, here's a review by Mr. Jerry McCulley of the Dino al-b-um that went platinum, "DINO: The Essential Dean Martin. Found this review at the "Frank Sinatra Music" site, and as usual you can clicks on the tagg of this Dino-post to check it out there.

Gotta 'fess up that I really ain't postin' this for the content of the review...although it is more then adequate. Truth be told, am sharin' this with all you pallies 'cause of the cool "user review" by the 17 year old player of football...who as you will note in the tagg of this post really diggs our Dino.

Always loves readin' of 'nother of today's youth who is really into our Dino! Loves how this guy proclaims that he "thinks 'Dino' has it goin on!" Wishes I know who this dude was, 'cause I woulda loves to send him my Dino-appreciato for comin' to know, love, and honor our Dino....and likes settin' such a wonderful example for other of today's youth.

With such Dino-devotion from this Deanager likes we know that we will never ever be in danger of our Dino bein' forgotten! DINO RULES! Dino-delightedly, DMP

Dino: The Essential Dean Martin

The revisionist take on the Rat Pack’s razor-witted King of Cool reveals a Dean Martin who was considerably more complex than the Titan of Tipplers legend; a man who would just as soon retire to his room with a tumbler of milk to watch a TV Western than prowl the Strip with his famous cohorts. That sublime, preternatural indifference is both underscored and belied with dizzying regularity on this good 30-track overview of Martin’s singing career. The breezy hits “That’s Amore” and “Volare” underscored his public staying power when many counted him out in the face of a surging 1950s youth market. He repeated the feat again with trademark effortlessness a decade later to knock no less than the Beatles off the top of the charts with the unlikely, if inviting schmaltz of “Everybody Loves Somebody.” Ever informed by his warm, deceptive vocal ease, Martin’s rich signature tunes are well-represented here. But the collection also spans enough lovable kitsch (“Mambo Italiano,” “Little Old Wine Drinker Me”) and unabashed romantic yearning (“Innamorata,” “Send Me the Pillow You Dream On”) to deepen the compelling mystery of one of pop music’s most enduring ciphers. –Jerry McCulley

User Reviews
As good of music as made anytime, anywhere. Truly essential as the title states. Everyone should hear and enjoy this wonderful artist. -- Fabulous!Ok...

I am 17 years old and a football player who thinks "Dino" has it goin on! He is a classic and the songs are of old, but cool -- 17 year old who likes this classic

I was happy with my purchase, there was a slight crack in the case but besides that it was fine. Shipping was fast and on time. --

Pleased I wish I was around when Dino was still a younger man!!
For all Italians / Sicilians this is the album to buy,

Dino at his best!! -- Dino is the man!!Dean in my eyes has always been the better performer out of the rat pack. I still don't understand why they let Peter Lawford in, it had to of been the Kennedy lure. This is a great CD and has all the best songs by Dean Martin, it is one on my favorites. I highly recommend this CD. -- Best Album

Monday, March 22, 2010

Celebratin' the life and times of Dino Martin Jr: "Murders' Row"

Hey pallies, here is the one and only big screen scene that our Dino and his boypallie Dino Jr. ever did together. It's from the bestest of the best Matt Helm flick "Murders' Row" and features our Dino and Dino Jr. and Miss Ann-Margret havin' a brief encounter at a discotheque where "Dino, Desi, and Billy' are gigin'....

Dino Jr.: "Hey, now you're swingin' dad.
Dino: "Dad?"
Ann-Margret: "He calls everybody dad."
Dino: "Don't he know?"
Ann-Margret: "It's a wise son who knows his own father."
Dino: "The way they're wearin' their hair now adays, it's a wise father who
know his own son."

This is my fav of fav scenes in all of the Matt Helm quartet of flicks. Loves seein' the chemistry between the Martin boys and their oh so brief banter. Above is a cool pix of Dino, Desi, and Billy playin' while our Dino and Miss Ann-Margret dance. Below is the clip of the Dino-scene. You can see the Dino and Dino Jr. encounter 'bout at 7:45 on the clip. Dino-yearnin', DMP

Celebratin' the life and times of Dino Martin Jr: Dino, Desi, and Billy

Hey pallies, as we continue to put the accent on our Dino's beloved boypallie Dino Jr. as we remember the anniversary of his death, we turn in this Dino-gram to Dino Jr.'s stellar music career as part of the pop rock trio, "Dino, Desi, and Billy."

Above is a cool autographed picture of the boys and below is a great trib to the trio singin' their hit from the al-b-um of the same tagg, "Kitty Doyle.' Loves the pixs included with the vid and these youngens certainly have a smooth sound on this tune that I don't remember ever hearin' before. Dino-rememberin', DMP

Died On This Date (March 21, 1987) Dean Paul Martin

Hey pallies, likes our honorin' of the life and times of Dino Martin Jr. begins with this stellar Dino Jr. trib from the pad, "The Music's Over." (clicks on tagg of this post to goes there. We thank 'em for liftin' up the story of Dino Jr. is such a wonderful way includin' a vid trib to Dino, Desi, and Billy of their groovy tune "The Rebel Kind."

Likes his amazin' Daddy-o, Dino Jr. was a man of many talents.....singer, actor, tennis pro, pilot. Certainly, if he had lived, Dino Jr. woulda have become heir apparent to the throne of the King of Cool. Continue to stay tuned to ilovedinomartin for more tribs to what I believe was the only man that our Dino truly looked up to...his beloved Dino Jr. Dino-honorin', DMP

Died On This Date (March 21, 1987) Dean Paul Martin

Posted by on March 21, 2010

Dean Paul Martin
November 17, 1951 – March 21, 1987

To many, Dean Paul Martin was best known as Dean Martin’s son, but to music fans he was Dino of Dino, Desi and Billy. The Desi being Desi Arnaz Jr. Forming the group in their early teens, DD&B had a couple of semi hits that targeted the teenage girl crowd. As he grew older, Dino became Dean Paul and went on to make a name for himself playing tennis. He even played Wimbledon. Flying was yet another passion of Martin’s. He got his pilot’s license at just 16 and later earned his wings with the Air National Guard. Then in 1987, Martin was flying his National Guard fighter jet when a bad snowstorm caused him to crash it in the mountains for California, killing him and his Weapons System Officer on impact. He was once married to Olympic ice skater, Dorothy Hammill and actress Olivia Hussey.


Rememberin' our Dino's beloved boypallie Dino Martin Jr.

Hey pallies, likes I am so truly sorry that I did not get this Dino-grammed to you yesterday, but gotta 'fess up that I was still confused 'bout the date of death of our Dino's beloved boypallie Dino Jr. (the Dean Martin Timeline Site listed it as March 24).

It was on that fateful day 21 March 1987 that Captain Dino Jr., while pilotin' a Guard F-4 Phantom fighter jet for the California Air National Guard, crashed the plane in California's San Bernardino Mountains during a snowstorm. Dino Jr. and his Weapons System Officer, Ramon Ortiz, we both killed in the crash.

As we all know, our beloved Dino never ever truly recovered from the death of his beloved boypallie and namesake Dino Martin Jr.

Below is a picture of Dino Jr.'s gravesite and a bit of information on Dino Jr. and the location of the grave. We thanks the pad Seeing Stars for this picture and information. (To goes there, as usual, just click on the tagg of this Dino-prose.)

Throughout this comin' Dino-week, looks for some tribs honorin' our Dino's beloved boypallie Dino Martin Jr. Dino-saddened, DMP

The Grave of Dean Martin Jr.

Dino, the son of Dean Martin, part of the 60's pop band "Dino, Desi, and Billy." An Air Force Captain, he was killed when his plane crashed into a mountain; buried at the huge military National Cemetery in Los Angeles, California. His grace is against the south fence bordering Wilshire Blvd, in Section 419, grave P-28.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

On This Day In Dino-history....March 21, 1964

Hey pallies, likes today is 'nother very important day in our beloved Dino's history. On this day in 1964 our Dino graciously consented to have his handprints cemented at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. We are never ever in better hands then when we place ourselves in our Dino's. When I gets to take my Dino-pilgrimage west, I most certainly will place my hands where Dino placed his and feel the magic of bein' where our Dino has been. Thanks to Dave Dubrow's computer gig pad for sharin' this Dino-detail. To goes there just click on the tagg of this here Dino-gram.

MARCH 21, 1964...Dean Martin immortalizes his handprints in the cement of Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Jerry + Dino – How My Heart Behaves

Hey pallies, today's Dino-effort comes from a pad tagged "The Best Memories Of Jerry Lewis" (clicks on tagg of this Dino-gram to goes there) and features a vid trib to our beloved Dino and the Jer. This is quite the amore to Martin and Lewis and features a huge number of pixs of the team showin' their devotion to each other.

Mr. Lewis has claimed that no one got closer to our Dino then he did...and I can believe it 'cause they lived and breathed together for a decade. As far as this Dino-holic is concerned there is no one more blessed then Jerry Lewis who got to spend so much time with our great man. Enjoys the vid pallies! Dino-devotedly, DMP

Jerry + Dino – How My Heart Behaves

March 10th, 2010 | Author: Jerry

A tribute to two brilliant men who make me laugh, and who mean a lot. “What grew? What grew? What grew? And inside who?”

Friday, March 19, 2010

while Martin's familiar baritone voice blared from a nearby stereo.

Hey pallies, dudes likes diggs this....our Dino has started invadin' the public schools!!! William S. Greene Elementary School in Fall River Mass. is definitely where it is at! As you will read below, 6 and 7 year olds at this school pad have become introed to our Dino durin' a multicultural celebration in their classes/ How totally rad is this to read of these youngens helpin' our Dino sings "That's Amore."

Below is a portion of an article written by Mr. Phil Devitt for the South Coast Today site that speaks of this celebrative Dino-event. Can't you just see these wee ones bein' turned on to the Dino-beat and becomin' life-long Dino-devotees?!?!?!

ilovedinomartin salutes the teachers of William S. Greene Elementary School for havin' such cool insight to helps the children in their charge to get to know and love our Dino! Can't you just see these kiddies goin' home and askin' their mommy and daddy-o's to gives 'em more Dino?!

To read all 'bout this, just click on the tagg of this Dino-gram to goes to the original article. As an added Dino-bonus sharin' one of those most classic Dino-moments where our Dino shares in singin' the amore song for the cameras. Dino-swingin', DMP

PHOTOS BY PHIL DEVITT/FALL RIVER SPIRIT GETTING A GRIP: Ethan Pacheco, 7, gets used to his first pair of chopsticks at a multicultural celebration at Greene Elementary School while Victoria Goulart, 6, looks on.

March 18, 2010 12:03 PM

Fall River Spirit Editor

They were born years after Dean Martin took his final bow, but a festive group of 6- and 7-year-olds sang "That's Amore" like old pros at William S. Greene Elementary School.

Seated inside the school's science lab, the students crooned the song — with its famous mix of Italian and English ,lyrics — as best they could, while Martin's familiar baritone voice blared from a nearby stereo.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Dino Paul Crocetti

Hey pallies, today's Dino-devotion comes courtesy of a blog pad tagged "El Baul De Lurod!"(clicks on tagg of this Dino-post to goes there) and blogger Lu who has done an outstandin' chunk of Dino-prose on the life and times, the wit and wisdom, and the teachin's of our beloved Dino.

I does hopes all you devoted Dino-holics will take the time to read this all the way Dino-through 'cause even the most knowledgeable Dino-phile will find somethin' to add to their Dino-edification. For example I didn't know that the Jeanne gave him words of encouragement 'bout not fearin' death 'cause he woulda be reunited with his beloved boypallie Dino Jr.

Wanna say my thanks to Mr. Lu for doin' such a stellar work of liftin' up the name of our Dino and promotin' Dino-understandin' and Dino-appreciato 'mong his readers. Dino-only, DMP

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Dino Paul Crocetti

Date of Birth
7 June 1917, Steubenville, Ohio, USA

Date of Death
25 December 1995, Beverly Hills, California, USA (lung cancer and emphysema)

Birth Name
Dino Paul Crocetti

King Leer (given to him by Life magazine)

5' 11½" (1.82 m)

Though best known for the 51 films he made, Dean Martin was a prizefighter, steel mill laborer, gas station attendant and card shark before seeing the first glimmer of fame. It came when he teamed up with comedian Jerry Lewis in 1946. Films such as At War with the Army (1950) sent the team toward superstardom. After teaming with Lewis, Martin - born Dino Paul Crocetti - became a dramatic actor and the star of a long-running television variety show. Personality conflicts broke up the comedy duo in 1957. Few thought that Martin would go one to achieve solo success, but he did, winning critical acclaim for his role in The Young Lions (1958) with Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift. A succession of films followed for the singer-actor, including Some Came Running (1958) with Shirley MacLaine and Frank Sinatra. All would later be members of the "Rat Pack." Martin learned well and proved potent at the box office throughout the 1960s, with films such as Bells Are Ringing (1960) and Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964), again with Rat Pack pals Sammy Davis Jr. and Sinatra. During much of the 1960s and 1970s Martin's movie persona of a boozing playboy prompted a series of films as secret agent Matt Helm and his own television variety show. Airport (1970) followed, featuring Martin as a pilot. He also played a phony priest in The Cannonball Run (1981). His last public role was a return to the stage, for a cross-country concert tour with Davis and Sinatra. He spoke affectionately of his fellow Rat Packers. "The satisfaction that I get out of working with these two bums is that we have more laughs than the audience has", Martin said.

Mini Biography
If there had to be one image for cool, the one man to fit it would be Dean Martin. Born Dino Paul Crocetti in Steubenville, Ohio, he spoke only Italian until age five. Martin came up the hard way, with such jobs as a boxer (named Kid Crochet), a steel mill worker, a gas station worker and a card shark. In 1946 he got his first ticket to stardom, as he teamed up with another hard worker who was also trying to hit it big in Hollywood: Jerry Lewis. The duo were to become one of Hollywood's truly great teams. They lasted 11 years together, and starred in 16 movies. They were unstoppable, but personality conflicts broke up the team. Even without Lewis, Martin was a true superstar. Movies such as The Young Lions (1958) and Rio Bravo (1959) brought him international fame. One of his best remembered films is in Ocean's Eleven (1960), in which he played Sam Harmon alongside the other members of the legendary Rat Pack: Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford. After this point, Dean went on to more critically acclaimed ventures, such as in Sergeants 3 (1962), Toys in the Attic (1963), and Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed? (1963). In 1965 Martin explored a new method for entertaining his fans: Television. That year he hosted one of the most successful TV series in history: "The Dean Martin Show" (1965), which lasted until 1973. In 1965 it won a Golden Globe Award. In 1973 he renamed it "The Dean Martin Comedy Hour", and from 1974 to 1984 it was renamed again, this time "The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts". It became one of the most successful TV series in history, skewering such greats as Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, James Stewart, George Burns' Milton Berle, Don Rickles Phyllis Diller, and Joe Namath. After the 1980s Martin took it easy--that is, until his son, Dean Paul Martin died in a plane crash in 1987. Devastated by the loss, from which he never recovered, he walked out on a reunion tour with Sinatra and Davis. Martin spent his final years in solitude. He died on Christmas Day, 1995.

Catherine Hawn (25 April 1973 - 24 February 1976) (divorced) 1 child
Jeanne Martin (1 September 1949 - 29 March 1973) (divorced) 3 children
Elizabeth Anne McDonald (2 October 1941 - 23 March 1949) (divorced) 4 children

Trade Mark
Cigarette and a glass of alcohol whenever he was doing his night club acts

His son, Dean Paul Martin (Dino), was killed in a plane crash in March 1987.

Member of the "Rat Pack" with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop. All appeared in Ocean's Eleven (1960).

Father of Gail Martin, Craig Martin, Claudia Martin, Deana Martin Gina Martin, Ricci Martin and Dean Paul Martin.

Grandfather of Alexander Martin.

Born at 11:55pm-CST

Interred at Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles, California, USA.

His parents were Gaetano and Angella Crocetti. Although born in Ohio, he spoke only Italian until age 5.

He had a fear of elevators and a love of comic books, which he read his entire life.

His career as a boxer was described by him as follows, "I won all but 11 fights." When asked how many he'd fought, he'd reply, "A dozen." In reality, he fought 36 bouts and won 25 of them under the name Dino Crocetti. He reportedly fought under the nickname Kid Crochet, although no records of fights have been found under that name.

Died exactly 29 years to the day (25 December 1995) after his mother, Angela Crocetti (25 December 1966).

Nephew of actor/comedian Leonard Barr.

Much of the "booze" that he drank on stage during his famous "Rat Pack" performances was really apple juice. (Son Dean Paul Martin spilled this secret, after the variety show ended production, stating that his father couldn't have performed if he'd really drunk that much liquor.)

Father in law of Carole Costello. She was married to Craig Martin, his oldest son & was the daughter of Lou Costello.

From 1973 to 1984, he was the host of the "Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts." In one of the most classic television series of all time, Dean and his panel of actors and comics would shower the guest of honor with insults. This series contained the most famous names in the history of entertainment, such as Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, George Burns, James Stewart, Orson Welles, Jack Benny, Phyllis Diller, Milton Berle, Gene Kelly, Don Rickles, Rich Little, John Wayne, and Foster Brooks.

Dean's TV career began in 1950 with The Martin & Lewis Show on The Colgate Comedy Hour, which ran through 1955. He hosted various other shows before reluctantly taking the 1965 gig which turned into a 19-year success under various names.

Dean is one of few actors who have received not just one, but three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: one for Motion Pictures at 6519 Hollywood Blvd., one for Television at 6651 Hollywood Blvd, and a third for his recording career.

Underwent rhinoplasty when he was 27. The procedure was rumored to have been paid for by Lou Costello among others.

Son-in-law was the late Carl Wilson of The Beach Boys (married to Dean's daughter Gina).

Has a street named after him in San Antonio, Texas.

"Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime" - words written on his tombstone, after his signature hit.

Starred (with Jerry Lewis) on NBC Radio's "The Martin and Lewis Show" (1949-1953).

He and Frank Sinatra were best friends, a fact he held very dear to his heart. The two didn't speak much, in the years after Dean quit the "Rat Pack Reunion" tour, but they did reconcile a few months before his death, over dinner - and a breadroll fight.

His friends often described him as easygoing and good natured, loving to laugh and make others laugh. They also said that he was sometimes quiet and liked to spend time alone, and that they seldom knew what he was thinking.

He and former wife Jeanne Martin maintained a friendship after their divorce, and consulted each other on family matters. When his health declined, Jeanne encouraged him not to worry about facing death, and to look at it as the chance he longed for, to be reunited with their son Dean Paul Martin, and with his parents.

His style of singing was initially influenced by Harry Mills of The Mills Brothers.

When 20th Century-Fox fired Marilyn Monroe as his co-star in Something's Got to Give (1962) and then attempted to replace her with Lee Remick, he reminded the studio that he had contractual approval of his co-star, and refused to continue the project without Monroe. His act of loyalty eventually got Marilyn re-hired, but she died of a drug overdose before shooting on this never-finished film could resume.

Although he had almost 40 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 charts between 1951 and 1968, only three went to number one: "That's Amore" (Capitol: 1953), "Memories Are Made of This" (Capitol: 1956), and his theme song, "Everybody Loves Somebody" (Reprise: 1964).

Despite the legend that he and comedy partner Jerry Lewis always despised each other, the two were actually quite close friends and the tension between the two began in 1956, when "outside people" (as Lewis called them to Peter Bogdanovich) began to "poison" Martin against Lewis. Frank Sinatra eventually staged a public reunion over 20 years after they stopped speaking to each other. Over the next 10 years they became close again.

Is portrayed by Michael Daymond in Power and Beauty (2002) (TV), by Joe Mantegna in The Rat Pack (1998) (TV), by Jeremy Northam in Martin and Lewis (2002) (TV) and by Danny Gans in Sinatra (1992) (TV).

He and the other members of the Rat Pack were banned from Marilyn Monroe's funeral by Joe DiMaggio

Following his diagnosis of lung cancer at Cedars Sinai Medical Center on 16 September 1993, Martin finally quit smoking and even managed to perform briefly, and rather jauntily, at his 77th birthday celebration in June 1994. He declined to have major surgery on his liver and kidneys which doctors told him was necessary to prolong his life, and succumbed to respiratory failure on Christmas Day 1995.

He and Jerry Lewis recorded a radio spot promoting their film The Caddy (1953), and noticing the tape was still rolling, decided to improvise additional radio spots, with Jerry slipping profanities into his dialog. The unedited master recording was surreptitiously taken from the studio and made into a "bootleg" record that sold briskly among collectors.

Although Martin was a Republican, he supported Frank Sinatra's campaign to elect John F. Kennedy as President in 1960.

Had a night-club in North Bay Village, Florida in the late 1970s and early 1980s called Dino's. It was next to Jilly Rizzo's club, Jilly's.

He declined to participate in the March on Washington in August 1963.

Dean was so distraught over the murder of his The Wrecking Crew (1969) co-star and friend Sharon Tate that he abandoned the next already-announced "Matt Helm" motion picture series installment (to be titled "The Ravagers"), and never played the character again.

Although he made out to be a heavy drinker on stage, he mostly used apple juice, but off stage was a Jack Daniels man.

Martin did not party all night with the rest of the "Rat Pack" crew - actually calling themselves "The Clan". He usually went to bed early so he could play golf the next morning. He was obsessed with golf, and once stated in an interview that he would have preferred to be a professional golfer than an entertainer.

He was a close friend of John Wayne and Gary Cooper.

At 16, Dean Martin was a welterweight boxer who compiled a record of 25-11.

One of his favorite hobbies during his reclusive final years was watching westerns on television - the older the better.

In 1962, Martin left Capitol Records and signed with Reprise, the label started and owned by Frank Sinatra. In 1964, he recorded his blockbuster hit, "Everybody Loves Somebody", which beat the Beatles to become the No. 1 hit in America for one week. It became the theme song for his television variety series, "The Dean Martin Show" (1965), which ran on NBC for eight years. Martin followed this with "The Dean Martin Comedy World" (1974), which ran from 1973 to 1974. An indelible part of Martin's television shtick was his comedic portrayal of life as a lush, which many viewers never realized was just an act.

After being drafted into the United States Army and serving a stateside year (1944-45) in Akron, Ohio, during World War II, Martin was classified 4-F and was discharged.

Has 8 children: Stephen Craig Martin (b. June 29th 1942), Claudia Martin (b. March 16th 1944 - died 2001 (breast cancer), Barbara Martin (b. April 11th 1945 and Deana Martin (b. August 19th 1948) with first wife Elizabeth McDonald. Dean Paul Martin (b. November 17th 1951 - died March 21st 1987 (plane crash), Ricci Martin (b. September 20th 1953) and Gina Caroline Martin (b. December 20th 1956) with second wife Jeanne Martin and adopted daughter Sasha Martin with third wife Catherine Hawn.

He was a close friend of Montgomery Clift. Martin was always grateful for the help Clift had given him while filming The Young Lions (1958) - Martin's first major dramatic role - and he would accompany him to parties after the rest of Hollywood had disowned him due to his increasing addictions to drugs and alcohol.

Although Jerry Lewis often made out to be the short guy in his act, he was actually taller than Martin.

Martin's variety show contract was utterly remarkable in how little he was required to participate. Martin felt he performed better cold and took notice of Fred MacMurray's long-standing 65-day "on the set" contract for producer Don Fedderson for My Three Sons. He succeeded in reaching a new plateau on that one by only be contractually required to appear on the set during the taping. All guest stars, no matter how "big" were required to rehearse with stand-ins (see Greg Garrison). As a result, Martin would often happily flub his lines, to the delight of his audience. More often than not, he'd leave the stage and be seen driving off the studio lot in his sports car before taping concluded.

He was awarded 3 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures at 6519 Hollywood Boulevard, for Recording at 1617 Vine Street, and for Television at 6651 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.

Godfather of Tori Spelling.

The line "Everybody loves somebody sometime" is written on his grave.

Personal Quotes
If people want to think I get drunk and stay out all night, let 'em. That's how I got here, you know.

I've got seven kids. The three words you hear most around my house are 'hello,' 'goodbye,' and 'I'm pregnant.

To those who felt he joked his way through songs during concert and nightclub appearences: "You wanna hear it straight, buy the album."

Upon filing for divorce from his second wife: "I know it's the gentlemanly thing to let the wife file. But, then, everybody knows I'm no gentleman."

I drink because my body craves, needs alcohol. I don't drink, my body's a drunk.

On Joey Bishop: Most people think of Joey Bishop as just a replacement for Johnny Carson. That's NOT true. We in show business know better: we don't think of him at ALL.

On Phyllis Diller: Phyllis is the women of about whom Picasso once said, "Somebody throw a drop cloth over that."

On Frank Sinatra: In high school, Frank never participated in extra-curricular activities, like nature study, paintings or ceramics. Frank's hobby was a most interesting one: he was an amateur gynecologist.

On James Stewart: There's a statue of Jimmy Stewart in the Hollywood Wax Museum, and the statue talks better than he does.

On Orson Welles: What can you say about Orson Welles that Don Rickles hasn't already said about him?!

On Bob Hope: As a young boy, Bob didn't have much to say. He couldn't afford writers then.

On Don Rickles: Don's idea of a fun evening is to show home movies of the attack on Pearl Harbor...with a laugh track.

On Johnny Carson: Johnny Carson is a comedian who is seen every night in millions of bedrooms all over America...and that's why his last wife left him.

On Milton Berle: Milton Berle is an inspiration to every young person that wants to get into show business. Hard work, perseverance, and discipline: all the things you need...when you have no talent.

On his tee-total friend Pat Boone: "I once shook hands with Pat Boone, and my whole right side sobered up!"

I'd hate to be a teetotaler. Imagine getting up in the morning and knowing that's as good as you're going to feel all day.

I can't stand an actor or actress who tells me acting is hard work. It's easy work. Anyone who says it isn't never had to stand on his feet all day dealing blackjack.

Motivation is a lotta crap.

"Someone else, would have laid around, feeling sorry for himself, for a year. But Duke, he just doesn't know, how to be sick ... he's recuperating the hard way. He's two loud speaking guys in one. Me, when people see me, they sometimes say, 'Oh, there goes Perry Como.' But there's only one 'John Wayne', and nobody makes any mistakes about that." - On The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)

[On Shirley MacLaine] Shirley, I love her, but her oars aren't touching the water these days.

[On singer Eddie Fisher] The reason I drink is because, when I'm sober, I think I'm Eddie Fisher.

[On Frank Sinatra] When he dies, they're giving his zipper to the Smithsonian.

[On Jerry Lewis] At some point, he said to himself, "I'm extraordinary, like Charles Chaplin". From then on, nobody could tell him anything. He knew it all.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

our Dino O'Martin singin' "Irish Lullaby" to the Jer

Hey pallies, top of the mornin' to you pallies on this day of the wearin' of the green. There ain't a lot of Dino-choices puttin' the accent on the Irish. But, I likes does so loves this Dino-clip of our Dino O'Martin singin' to the Jer "Irish Lullaby" from "At War With The Army." Pallies, watch carefully the chemistry between our beloved Dino and the kid....the Jer is so moved by our Dino's touchin' rendition of this gentle tune and watch how sensitve our Dino is to his partner. Truly you can see how much these two men loved workin' together and bein' in each other's presence.

So drinks some green libations, do a jig or two, and have a wonderful St. Patrick's Day o'pallies of mine! Dino-devotedly, DMP

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Happy Birthday to the "goofy partner of the suave, romantic Dean Martin."

Hey pallies, from the pages of the web pad ABA DSS comes this salute to Mr. Jerry Lewis on his birthday (clicks on title of this post to goes there). It was on this day in 1926 that as this prose coolly states, that the "goofy partner of the suave, romantic Dean Martin" came into the world.

By now some of you pallies maybe Dino-wonderin' if the dude who refers most often to Jerry Lewis as "the kid" or "the jer" has had a change of heart toward the goofy one?

Perhaps I have, after readin' Mr. Lewis' amore to our Dino, "Dean and Me: A Love Story," after watchin' clips from the Colgates, and after watchin' my two sets of Martin and Lewis films, I have come to understand Jerry's deep devotion and lastin' love for our Dino.

As was quoted in a recent post here at ilovedinomartin, Mr. Lewis said....

"Dino means more to me than a partner in a two-act. Outside of my wonderful wife, Dean is the person I’ve been closest to in my whole life. We’re so close that our minds think like one mind. There’s a very deep and profound love between Dean and me, and our act is good only because of this feeling of closeness."

As I have come to understand, Mr. Jerry Lewis always did, does, and will love our beloved Dino. So, it seems fittin' on this day of the jer's birth...yup, this Dino-holic will continue to refer to Mr. Lewis as "the jer" or "the kid" 'cause our Dino often did....we salute the Lewis part of the Martin and Lewis team and wish his our best.

Below the article you will find a couple of clips for your Dino-pleasure. First is that randy audio of our Dino and Jerry advertin' for "The Caddy." Second, is the recently discovered recordin' of "You Skinny Hebrew" that our Dino wrote and recorded for his loved partner on this birthday in 1953.

Happy Birthday to Mr. Jerry Lewis. Thanks you for all the great entertainin' moments that you provided with our beloved Dino....and even more thanks for lovin' our great and man and not bein' ashamed to say so. Dino-lovin', DMP

Who could have known that Joseph Levitch, the baby boy born on this day in 1926 in Newark, New Jersey, would someday wear the crown of the ‘King of Crazy’! Maybe his father had a clue when he introduced his five year old on stage at Brown’s Hotel in Loch Sheldrake, NY. Little Joey sang, Brother, Can You Spare a Dime. Today, that theatre bears the name of this actor, singer, dancer, musician, comedian, producer, professor, and humanitarian. Maybe you’ve been to the Jerry Lewis Theatre in the borscht belt in upstate New York. Certainly, you’ve seen Jerry Lewis perform.

Maybe your first experience was seeing him in his role as the goofy partner of the suave, romantic Dean Martin. From 1946, when the two performed together for the first time in Atlantic City’s 500 Club, till a decade later when the partners split; we were entertained with club appearances and no less than a dozen movies. The first, My Friend Irma, premiered at New York’s Paramount Theatre. The opening stage act starred Martin and Lewis in person.

Jerry Lewis’ mugging skills became the central force behind many of the movies the two made. Films like That’s My Boy and The Caddy catapulted him into stardom. From 1951 through 1959, Jerry’s name appeared in the top ten of box-office stars (6 years with his partner and 3 solo). In fact, in 1959, Paramount signed him to a fourteen-film contract for ten million dollars -- probably the most expensive contract signed with a performer at the time. He was back in the top ten from 1961 through 1964 and had received acclaim as Best Director for The Nutty Professor from the French.

Comedian, film star and director was never enough for the zany, talented Lewis. He had a top-ten hit in 1956, Rock-A-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody; his own TV variety show from 1965 to 1974 and he continued to make movies, work the club circuit, and teach film at USC. His devotion to supporting the Muscular Dystrophy Association is known world wide. There are few who have never seen the annual Labor Day Telethon for MDA hosted by the untiring Jerry Lewis. Undaunted by protesters he continues the quest to raise money to help those stricken with neuromuscular diseases.

And, undaunted by the fact that his talents have never been truly recognized by his fellow Americans, Jerry Lewis continues to entertain us. A cult hero to the French, he remains ‘Le Roi du Crazy’.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Man of the West - Dean Martin

Hey pallies, true to his Dino-word, our pallie George Solana at Cinema Vortex (clicks on tagg of this post to goes there) shares some cool caps of our Dino from some of his best western Dino-performances. True to my Dino-word to Mr. George, here there are for your Dino-viewin' pleasure.

All us Dino-devotees likes knows how much our Dino loves watchin' and bein' in westerns, so we salute our great man with some amazin' Dino-pixs from some of his amazin' westerns. Dino-sharin', DMP

Man of the West - Dean Martin

Dean Martin made quite a few good westerns.
Here's a few caps of Dean from his westerns, such as :
Rio Bravo
Sons Of Katie Elder
5 Card Stud
4 For Texas

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Sailor Beware

Hey pallies, here is the last of the Dino-reviews from the "A Movie A Day" blog pad. Today's Dino-feature is the Dino and the kid water flick "Sailor Beware."

Don't thinks I have ever seen, but likes so loves, the poster featured here....our Dino of course is on top! And knows all you true Dino-holics will enjoys this clip as well...gotta gets out my sets of the Martin and Lewis series again and gettin' more into the Dino and the jer groove. Enjoys pallies'o'mine. To view this in it's original context, as usual, just click on the tagg of this Dino-gram. Dino-sailin', DMP

Sailor Beware

February 19, 2010 ·

Directed by Hal Walker

Produced by Hal B. Wallis

Written by James Allardice
Martin Rackin

Starring Dean Martin
Jerry Lewis
Marion Marshall
Corinne Calvet
Leif Erickson
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
British Lion Films (UK)
Release date(s) February 9, 1952
Running time 108 minutes
Language English

Sailor Beware is the fifth film that Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis made together. It involves them as a couple of guys who bring their hijinks to the navy when they enlist. Jerry plays Melvin Jones, who is the goofy boy who is allergic to girls (and everything else), while Dean is Al, the suave playboy crooner. Yep, they play the same characters that they almost always did. By this time they had gotten their shtick down pat. Jerry is still quite funny with what he does.

This is not to say that the film is bad, it just seems all too familiar, with very little deviation from the formula that had made Martin & Lewis the most popular comedy team in the world. There are a few funny skits, especially the boxing scene where Jerry has to fight against someone. The songs are quite bland and unmemorable, although the cameo by Betty Hutton does make the film a bit more interesting in the two brief scenes that she’s in. The film is worth a look, especially if you’re a fan of Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis even though there are better movies in their cannon of films.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Texas Across the River: A Swingin' Fun-Romp That Fractures The Frontier!

Hey pallies, likes here is 'nother Dino-review from the pad "A Movie A Day." Again 'gotta 'fess up that I in no way agree with the writer of this piece 'bout their assessment of our Dino....but I loves the poster that they have shared so very much that I just couldn't help myself from sharin' this. Also loves the trailer as so Dino-loves it when the narrator sez "Dino's half hip shooter...have hip chaser."

So loves the tagg of this Dino-flick.... "A Swingin' Fun-Romp That Fractures The Frontier!" No one is more swingin', fun-lovin', and rompin' then our Dino! To view this post in it's original format, just click on the title of this here Dino-gram. Dino-delightedly, DMP

Texas Across the River

March 8, 2010 ·

Directed by Michael Gordon

Produced by Harry Keller

Written by Wells Root, Harold Greene, and Ben Starr

Starring Dean Martin
Joey Bishop
Alain Delon
Rosemary Forsyth
Music by Sammy Cahn and James Van Heusen
Cinematography Russell Metty
Editing by Gene Milford
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) 1966
Running time 101 min.
Country U.S.A.
Language English

Texas Across The River is an awful comedy western featuring two Rat-Packers in Dean Martin and Joey Bishop. It also features French superstar Alain Delon playing Spanish swashbuckler Don Andrea Baldazar, or Baldy as Dino dubs him. The film is just terrible, with Delon providing the only interest in it at all. I think the reason why I disliked this movie so much could be because of Joey Bishop’s performance as Kronk, an annoying Indian (native American) who is meant to be funny but like much of Bishop’s comedy is not. Dean as usual puts in as minimal effort as possible in his performance. Usually Dino is a really funny guy yet it seems obvious that this was nothing more than an easy pay check to him.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Ocean’s 11:The film is just one big party rather than a movie.

Hey pallies, the Dino-love just keeps pourin' in. From the blogg "A Movie A Day" comes this nice post 'bout our Dino and the pack in Ocean's 11. Gotta 'fess up that I don't agree with this blogger (whoever they are) when the sez that O11 is "not even a really good movie." Thinks they are way off base there....but I loves the posters and the clips that they share and their kind attentionado to our Dino.

If you clicks on the tagg of this Dino-gram you will find this in it's original format. Will be sharin' a couple more Dino-flicks reviewed at this pad in just a few. Dino-supportin', DMP

Ocean’s 11

March 10, 2010 ·

Directed by Lewis Milestone

Produced by Lewis Milestone

Written by Harry Brown & Charles Lederer

Story by:George Clayton Johnson & Jack Golden Russell

Frank Sinatra
Dean Martin
Sammy Davis, Jr.
Peter Lawford
Joey Bishop
Angie Dickinson
Music by Nelson Riddle
Cinematography William H. Daniels
Editing by Philip W. Anderson
Distributed by Warner Brothers
Release date(s) August, 10, 1960 (U.S. release)
Running time 127 minutes
Country United States

Firstly I must say that the original version of Ocean’s 11 is much cooler than the George Clooney/Brad Pitt franchise of movies from the 2000s. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks, but Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. are just so much cooler than George, Brad and Matt Damon. Even Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford are sort of cool, but perhaps the only reason for that is because they hung around Frankie and Dino.

This is not to say that the original is a great movie… it’s not even a really good movie as I undoubtedly think that the remake from 2001 is a lot better, it’s just that the Rat Pack are so much cooler than anyone else. It could be because they were just mucking around during the filming of this film and spent most of their time partying, or that Sinatra was a part owner of The Sands or that he was hanging around real gangsters.

I think that this is such a cool film perhaps solely due to the mystique of the Rat Pack. This film is so cool that Quentin Taratino paid homage in Reservoir Dogs. George Clooney may be considered cool to some, but he is just play acting when compared to Sinatra. The finale of the film has also become so iconic and is an instant image of the coolness of the Rat Pack. Who else would have their characters walk past a huge sign featuring their own names? I think that if you want to see how cool a film can be, just watch Ocean’s 11.

It also features a couple of Dean and Sammy’s hit songs too.

The film is just one big party rather than a movie. And you better believe that, Charlie!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Martin vs. Lewis, Round Two (June-August 1955)

Hey pallies, and now for part duo of this stellar Dino-exposition of the life and times of Dino and the kid by Mr. Michael Hayde. From his great blog, "Better Living Through Television" comes "Round 2" of his excellent prose on some of the causes of the breakup of Martin and Lewis.

To view this in it's original format, just click on the title of this post. It is so thrillin' to find pallies like Mr. Hayde doin' their part to educate the blog sphere on the truths of our Dino. Considerin' the Dino-time that it took me just to copy this two-Dino-parter, it musta taken Hayde many, many hours to put this Dino-information together, so thank you, thank you very Dino=-much Mr. Michael Hayde for your devotion to our Dino and gettin' the Dino-message out. Dino-gratefully, DMP

Martin vs. Lewis, Round Two (June-August 1955)

June of 1955 was shaping up as a banner month for the money-making juggernaut that was Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis. On the 5th, they hosted the final Colgate Comedy Hour. Henceforth, the program would be known as the Colgate Variety Hour, and would be co-owned by NBC and the team’s own company, York Productions. Six days later, their newest film, "You’re Never Too Young" (co-owned by York Productions and Paramount Pictures), would have its gala premiere at Brown’s Hotel in the Catskills, where Lewis made his professional debut as a mere teen.

Since the accord reached in the spring of 1954, interaction between Martin and Lewis had been harmonious, if never quite as cozy as before. Arthur Penn, technical director for the latest season of Comedy Hours, could tell at least one of them was losing interest: "The only discomfort that was ever in evidence was when I would go into the dressing room, and I would see (Dean) drinking." Martin was nursing resentment along with libations, and it wasn’t long before all hell broke loose.

The team’s second, far more damaging feud began literally 48 hours after the completion of their Colgate segment, when Jerry, about to board a train that would take them to New York, was told by their press agent, "Your partner isn’t making the trip." There had been warning signs. When the Brown’s idea was first proposed, Martin rejected it on the grounds that the site played no part in his career, but wasn’t interested in suggesting an alternate venue. Eventually he told his partner, "I don’t give a ---- where we hold it," and Lewis took this as a default approval to open the film at Brown’s.

Arriving in New York, Lewis (accompanied by his wife) rode by car to the hotel, brooding and weeping as he passed billboard after billboard advertising the team’s presence for the June 11 premiere. Meanwhile, Martin was talking to his agent about lining up a solo TV show “where I can sing more than two songs in an hour.” Then, after detailing the dispute with Jerry – along with his individual aspirations – to the press, Dean took off with his wife for a Hawaii vacation.

Lewis managed to get through the premiere, surrounded by over 100 newspaper reporters, with little more than a tearful "No comment" concerning his partner’s absence, and even narrated a Paramount newsreel of the event; but once home, he spent the next several days trying to get out of every contract to which Martin & Lewis were committed, tersely repeating "No comment" to any reporter that asked what was going on.

When Dean returned from his respite, and found that not only were there no offers for his own show but also Jerry was angling for the dissolution of the team, he went into damage control mode. First, he had his attorney fire off a letter to MCA, Hal Wallis, Paramount and NBC that categorized his earlier comments as hearsay: "Gentlemen: Notwithstanding any statements or rumors which you may have heard to the contrary, please be advised that I recognize the existence of an employment contract with you dated September 1, 1954, and that I am and will continue to be and hold myself ready, willing and able to render and perform my services pursuant thereto."

Then, every reporter to which Jerry refused to comment found Dean more than willing to talk: "I don’t want to break up the team. It’s a damn fine living and I want to hold on to it." Or, "What’s the difference if we don’t chum around? To me, this isn’t a love affair; this is big business." And in every case, Martin referred to his partner as "the kid" or "the boy," never failing to point out that he was "ten years older" (actually nine). What had once been a term of endearment from his “older brother” now sounded condescending… and Lewis fumed. Their previous feud had lasted eight days. This one would exceed eight weeks.

At the beginning of August, Lloyd Shearer called on Jerry on behalf of Parade magazine, and caught him at the right – or wrong - moment. After assuring Shearer that a split was "inevitable," the cork flew out of Lewis’ bottle: "Dean was the guy who told the newspapers he was ready to do a single. Don’t forget that. I didn’t open my mouth. Now I will, and I want you should know the truth. This mess is my fault…. I made the mistake of worshipping this man. I thought more of Dean than my own wife, my own family. I accepted everything we did on his terms, his standards, his values. Now I’ve grown up. I (sic) got values of my own.

"A theatre-owner in Detroit, a guy who took care of us when we were struggling – he calls up. Business is lousy. He’s going broke. For old time’s sake, won’t we play his house? I’m ready to fly to Detroit in the morning. But I gotta turn the guy down. Why? Can I tell him my partner wants to play golf? It’s the same way with benefits. Hospitals, orphanages, worthwhile charities. They phone; will we give them a few minutes, a few hours? I’m dying to say ‘Yes’ – but I can’t unless I show up without my partner."

By now, Lewis was thoroughly lathered up: "I can’t tell you how deeply I feel about these things. Twenty-eight years old, and I’ve got ulcers and I spit blood and I can’t sleep and I lose weight. Who needs this? I don’t care if Patti and me (sic) gotta go back to a one-room apartment in Newark. I gotta live with my conscience. You can’t run a partnership, you can’t run your life without principles. And if the only principle in this setup is to make money and to hell with everything else, I’m not buying it."

Needless to say, Shearer found Martin just as eager to talk. After briefly summing up the spoils of the team’s contracts, Dino let his own cork fly: "I think the kid’s bein’ silly…. Jer is willin’ to throw (everything) out the window because I don’t love him. Who says I gotta love him? Business is business. Why can’t we have a business-like partnership?"

With that question, Dean had effectively thrown down a gauntlet toward his sentimental partner, but there was more to come: "To hear some of the gossip you’d think I was a criminal ‘cause I don’t wanna work 365 days a year. I can’t help it if I’m not built like the kid. Jer’ll work 24 hours a day if you let him. He’ll put on a benefit for the kid who sells papers on the corner. I admire, respect him for it. But Jeez! He’s ten years younger’n me. I can’t take that routine. End of the day this guy jumpin’ up and down my back, I’m tired. I’m beat. I like to go home. I gotta wife, six kids. They’re entitled to my time, my companionship. I didn’t get married so that I could spend my life on the stage doin’ benefits for the campfire boys.

"I can’t change the way I’m built to suit Jerry. They talk about my golf and all that. I never missed a show or rehearsal yet. Work is work an’ play is play, an’ a man’s gotta have time for both… for his family, his kids. A guy should be allowed to step into a church for a few minutes without playin’ a benefit."

It was a blockbuster story, but before it saw print the situation had changed. Within days of Shearer’s questioning, Jerry contacted Paramount and NBC with assurances of fulfilling his end of the deal. This sudden reconciliation was driven by an urgent need – the team had an outstanding tax debt of $650,000 that had come due. Lewis borrowed the money from the head of Paramount studios, Y. Frank Freeman, fully aware he’d need to continue working with Martin in order to pay it back. The official announcement came from Paramount on August 9 – unlike their first reconciliation, neither Dean nor Jerry was present at the press conference – and questions about the personal relationship between the two principles were answered, once again, with "No comment."

Indeed, observers recognized that nothing much had been resolved between them. Rehearing for the first Colgate Variety Hour of the season, Jerry continued to involve himself in every aspect of production, spending as little time rehearsing with Dean as he could get away with. At one point, Lewis ducked into the soundproof booth used in a sketch parodying CBS’s smash $64,000 Question to check the wiring on the floor. Martin was overheard muttering, "Maybe we’ll get a break; he’ll electrocute himself down there."

The sketch opened the show on September 18, their first appearance together since June’s Colgate program. Martin played the host of "The $64 Million Dollar Question," and Lewis the contestant, who correctly answers the 7-part, $32 million question about tobacco (in the booth that Martin fills with the smoke from six different cigarettes) by guessing. For the big money question, Lewis is forced into a huge tank of water, where he’s expected to remain submerged until ready to answer the question, which is on a scroll of paper about a half-mile long.

The sketch was well-written enough that the pair followed it almost to the letter... until Jerry got into the tank, and Dean proceeded to push him beneath the water while reading the question. After the third dunking, Martin attempts to force his partner under again, but Lewis grasps the side of the tank. "Let me catch a breath here," he calls out. Pushed down again, Lewis returns with the old code phrase, "You’re overacting!" Down he goes again, and re-emerges with, "A joke’s a joke, but I’m drowning!" Now laughing along with the audience, Dean sends him under again. Jerry immediately pops up: "READ A LITTLE FASTER, WILL YA?" After one more submerging, Lewis grabs the tank and eyes Martin with suspicion: "Haven’t you heard? The feud is over!" The line stopped the show.

Lewis’s ad-lib wasn’t the only comment on the recent situation. Sammy Cahn wrote the lyrics for a special rendition of “Side By Side” performed after the second sketch; lyrics that completely trivialized the cause and scope of the event:

Dean: Oh, the road gets a little bit bumpy.
Jerry: And our nerves get a little bit jumpy.
Dean: We beef and complain!
Jerry: But we remain...

Jerry: There are times when his smile ain’t so sunny.
Dean: Times when his fun isn’t funny.
Jerry: So we fuss and we pout,
Dean: But still we come out...

Dean: Life can be demandin’.
Jerry: Life isn’t always play.
Dean: We reached an understandin’:
Jerry: It’s gotta be HIS way!

Dean: There are some who had parted us neatly.
Jerry: But we have fooled them completely.
Dean: Had us both on the shelf!
Jerry: Look for yourself:

Dean: Like Topsy and like Eva, we’ll always roll along!
Jerry: We had our own Geneva: He admitted that I was wrong!

Dean: So, please allow us to sum up:
Jerry: If ever a problem should come up...
Dean: We’ll fight like before,
Jerry: But after the war,

The show received near-rave reviews, typical of which was Variety’s: "Except for the numerous commercials and one rock-n-roll number," wrote ‘Herm,’ "Martin & Lewis were on camera for the full hour and were socko all the way." All the critics made mention of the feud references and the special “Side by Side,” with TV Radio-Life’s noting, "As a matter of fact, the boys made it clear to viewers that their feud was a thing of the past." ‘Herm,’ on the other hand, hedged his bets on that score: "Whatever the realities in the case, the boys worked together with as much rapport as ever."

From the start of the team’s career, Lewis had touted the strength of their relationship as the key to their mass adulation. The undercurrent of mutual affection that drove their antics was such a keystone of the act, the public had no trouble carrying it over to their private lives. Seeing them on television making light of their "misunderstanding" with a special song convinced the audience that all was well again. But in truth the love affair had ended and a "business-like partnership" was exactly what Martin and Lewis would have for the next eleven months, until neither man could bear it any longer.
Labels: $64, 000 Question, Colgate Comedy Hour, Colgate Variety Hour, Dean Martin, Hal Wallis, Jerry Lewis, Martin and Lewis breakup, Martin and Lewis feud, NBC, You're Never Too Young

posted by Michael J. Hayde at 4:27 PM