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They were the unlikeliest of pairs—a handsome crooner and a skinny monkey, an Italian from Steubenville, Ohio, and a Jew from Newark, N. Before they teamed up, Dean Martin seemed destined for a mediocre career as a nightclub singer, and Jerry Lewis was dressing up as Carmen Miranda and miming records on stage.

But the moment they got together, something clicked—something miraculous—and audiences saw it at once. Before long, they were as big as Elvis or the Beatles would be after them, creating hysteria wherever they went and grabbing an unprecedented hold over every entertainment outlet of the era: radio, television, movies, stage shows, and nightclubs. Martin and Lewis were a national craze, an American institution.

The millions and the women flowed in, seemingly without end—and then, on July 24, , ten years from the day when the two men joined forces, it all ended. After 10 years of this, both were ready to start out on their own. Jerry really idolized Dean; it shows on almost every page.

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This book covers a ten year span, complete with movies, television, radio, and nightclub acts. Both had great careers after their partnership, and eventually came to peace with each other years after the break-up. The book tells about life on the road; there were girls galore, and many of the nightclub owners had ties to the mob. Anyway, this club owner was gunned down, presumably by rival gang members, at the scheduled lunch. Jerry Lewis is an interesting person to listen to in interviews, and this book, co-written by James Kaplan, is an interesting read.

Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase. I suppose we have to recognize that the primary author, Jerry Lewis, was a life-long entertainer. While he dips occasionally into a private voice, most of the time the book reads as if he is talking into a microphone to an audience. As such, you know that he wrote certain things for effect, and I don't like that sort of attempted manipulation.

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Lewis reveals a number of private thoughts and exchanges between him, Dean Martin, and other people who ran through their lives. So, it's an OK read. If you grew up watching either or both Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin, you might enjoy this book. Just be prepared to finish the book knowing that you were skimming the surface on a lot of issues. See all customer reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

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Shelves: biography. I have a total crush on Dean Martin, so this book by Jerry Lewis was fascinating. I knew next to nothing about Martin and Lewis other than that they were partners , so I loved hearing about the jokes and pranks and humor they found together. Lewis portrays Martin as a totally different person than the media's perception and portrayal. He frequently comments on Dean's tendency to play the drunk both for humor's sake and to keep people at a distance. Martin's love for old Westerns made me smile, s I have a total crush on Dean Martin, so this book by Jerry Lewis was fascinating.

Martin's love for old Westerns made me smile, since one of my favorite movies is El Dorado.

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Very touching book - truely a love story including the requisite heartbreak. I'm not sure what Martin's perspective on the whole situation was, but Lewis certainly tries to give credit where credit is due - maybe something only possible in hindsight. Feb 12, Kelly rated it really liked it. I am a huge Dean Martin fan even though I wasn't around when he made it big. It wasn't until I became infatuated with the s did my resurgent for Dean come back when I would read all about the Rat Pack.

I recently saw the Rat Pack impersonators in Las Vegas and decided to start reading more books on Dean. I picked this one up first because I didn't know much about his beginnings and since he pret I am a huge Dean Martin fan even though I wasn't around when he made it big.

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I picked this one up first because I didn't know much about his beginnings and since he pretty much started with Jerry, I couldn't wait to read this. I did enjoy the book but I don't think I know a whole lot more about Dean than I did before. He obviously kept a lot of his feelings to himself, where Jerry admits he wears his on his sleeve. Because he idolized Dean he put up with it. It's amazing they lasted ten years together.

I wanted to understand why they broke up but it wasn't very clear to me. I think they grew apart and tired of each other but Jerry didn't dive too deeply into it. He talked about it "on the surface," but there was much more going on that he didn't say. It was probably too painful to go over as he shared a lot of the blame in what happened.

There were times that I thought Jerry used certain stories to stroke his ego while trying to make it sound like he felt sorry for Dean the reviews, the buying him a song, etc. It's a shame that for as much as these two shared and as much as they can credit each other for their success, they didn't really end as close as they started.

Apr 25, JoAnne Pulcino rated it really liked it Shelves: adult-non-fiction , memoir. In no time they were as big as Elvis or the Beatles and created hysteria wherever they went. They were an American intuition until ten years to the day they joined forces it all ended. They would not speak for twenty years that saw them both embark on triumphant solo careers. Jerry Lewis takes you through every step of their fifty year friendship in this moving, tragic and hilarious journey.

He also reiterates that Dean Martin was one of the greatest and most underrated actors in his timing and comic talent. What really resounds in this memoir is the great depth of love Jerry felt for Dean and continues to feel until this day. It is a small miracle they lasted as long as they did as their diverse and totally opposite personalities created a lot of conflict. While Jerry uses his memoir to express his devotion to Dean even with his idiosyncrasies, he underplays his extremely obsessive and controlling personality.

A wonderful look at one of the best comic teams ever. I love Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis movie and was excited to read this book but it was a tour through an egomaniacs mind. Lewis was so busy telling us how much he loved Martin all the while manipulating him into situations he didn't know about. It ended up being a strange sad read.

The Martin and Lewis heyday was long past by the time I knew anything about them as a team, but both were known to me. As were the stories that swirled around their break-up. I saw some of their movies, but found them only mildly amusing. Funny, but not terribly so, which could have said more about the times than the movies. Given that, I began reading as something of a Dean Martin fan, but The Martin and Lewis heyday was long past by the time I knew anything about them as a team, but both were known to me. Yes, the book was written by Lewis, but much of what he writes rings true, especially after what was written about Martin after his death.

But some issues are covered more than once, while others could have been covered in more depth. Sep 23, Ben Loory rated it it was ok.

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God this was so bad! Jerry Lewis just seems to have no insight whatsoever into anyone, least of all himself or Dean Martin. And I love Dean Martin, but this book portrays him as just some guy who played a lot of golf. Which is fine, I suppose if you want to throw your life away, go ahead! But he doesn't even have thoughts about golf?