The Five Greatest Movie Comedy Teams of All Time: Martin and Lewis

@JohnRoberts (54001)
Los Angeles, California
May 21, 2016 9:35am CST
In 1946, two struggling performers met in Atlantic City. Dean Martin was an Italian crooner and Jerry Lewis a comic whose act was making funny faces while lip syncing to records. The two joined forces and quickly became the hottest nightclub act in the country. Their act tore up the stage. Smooth handsome Dean charmed the audience with his singing and maintained his nonchalant cool composure while skinny rubber faced Jerry cavorted with his improv shtick. The team stormed from nightclubs to radio to movies. Despite only supporting roles in their 1949 debut "My Friend Irma," they stole the movie and became box office kings with 16 hit movies in 10 years. After the breakup, Dean enjoyed hit records, achieved film and TV stardom and famously was a member of the Rat Pack. Jerry enjoyed success as a solo and turned director until his career waned in the late 60s. The French have always loved him which perplexes American critics. Many dislike Jerry's antics but there is no disputing he is an influential often imitated comedy icon.
From October 15th, 1950 - Sometimes I think (unfortunately) that their ad-libs - when they end the show with a few extra minutes to kill - are somewhat scrip...
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• Preston, England
22 May 16
I never found their pairing that funny though Martin was great in other roles - Lewis was fantastic in The King Of Comedy, playing a serious role in contrast to De Nero's crazed comedian - one of my favourite movies of all time
@JohnRoberts (54001)
• Los Angeles, California
22 May 16
Yws, Scorsese's King of Comedy was excellent and it's shocking Lewis wasn't Oscar nominated. He isn't liked in Hollywood.
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• Preston, England
22 May 16
@JohnRoberts he certainly deserved awards for that one as did De Nero
21 May 16
All were great actors. What about Charlie Chaplin, Jerry Lewis, Laurel Hardy?
@JohnRoberts (54001)
• Los Angeles, California
21 May 16
I did Laurel and Hardy a few days ago.
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21 May 16
@JohnRoberts Ok your list of actors are very good.
• United States
31 May 16
I loved Dean martin when I was a kid.
@thelme55 (14299)
• Germany
26 May 16
It was always fun for me watching them both in the tv.
@teamfreak16 (40848)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
22 May 16
Both are classic, whether together or after the breakup. Fun series!
@Ronrybs (7301)
• London, England
21 May 16
Think I got it from my dad, but never liked these two
@LeaPea2417 (19750)
• Toccoa, Georgia
21 May 16
They both are a classic act. I still like to watch clips of them today.
• Greece
21 May 16
I didn't find Lewis particularly funny but I loved hearing Dean sing.
@Tampa_girl7 (25347)
• United States
21 May 16
My husband loves Jerry Lewis.......