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The Stooge (1951)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 31 December 1952 (USA)
Egotistical vaudevillian Bill Miller basks in the limelight with his successful musical-comedy act, but his success is due to his unheralded second banana.

Director:

Norman Taurog

Writers:

Fred F. Finklehoffe (screenplay), Martin Rackin (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dean Martin ... Bill Miller
Jerry Lewis ... Theodore 'Ted' Rogers
Polly Bergen ... Mary Turner Miller
Marion Marshall ... Genevieve 'Frecklehead' Tait
Eddie Mayehoff Eddie Mayehoff ... Leo Lyman
Richard Erdman ... Ben Bailey
Frances Bavier ... Mrs. Rogers
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Storyline

Bill Miller is an unsuccessful Broadway performer until his handlers convince him to enhance his act with a stooge - Ted Rogers, a guy positioned in the audience to be the butt of Bill's jokes. But Ted begins to steal the show. Bill's girlfriend and his pals tell him to make Ted an equal partner. Complications occur, while Bill sings and Ted gets the laughs. Written by erasmus

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A RIOTOUS MUSICAL RAMPAGE! (original print ad - all caps)

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 December 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Prügelknabe See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Wallis Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The essence of the film's screenplay thoroughly mirrors the early years of Martin and Lewis' struggle for success. In his memoir, "Dean and Me: A Love Story," Jerry Lewis' recollection of the team's coming together and flourishing on and off stage is nearly identical to the plot machinations of The Stooge (1951), which incorporate Jerry's childlike naïveté, the fact that Dean was already married when they met, Jerry's inability to hold his liquor, the extraordinary physical affection between the two, and Dean's unmasked amusement in response to Jerry's improvisational sight gags (Martin actually breaks his composure and laughs in response to his partner dousing himself in the face with a handful of batter in the boarding house scene). See more »

Quotes

Theodore 'Ted' Rogers: Well, my mother loves me.
Bill Miller: I'll bet she was disappointed. I'll bet she wanted a child.
Theodore 'Ted' Rogers: She got one. Look up the records. I was born at Mercy Hospital.
Bill Miller: Were you sick?
Theodore 'Ted' Rogers: No, I wanted to be near my mother.
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Referenced in Martin and Lewis (2002) See more »

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I Feel a Song Coming On
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields and George Oppenheimer
Music by Jimmy McHugh
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The Best Film Martin and Lewis Ever Made! ****
12 August 2001 | by santsa70See all my reviews

I haven't seen this movie in years, but a flick like this one just cannot be forgotten! I am in my early twenties and for more than half my life, I have been a film buff of movies old and new. Martin and Lewis are one of my all time favorite comedy duos, and at one time, I was renting movies here and there so that I could see all of the films they made together, and ones the lively, virtuous humanitarian Lewis did during his solo career.

When I saw this movie, it just blew me away. This film is the most dramatic film those boys ever made--and if you're thinking that that can't possibly be saying much since most of their movies were screwball comedies, I'm here to tell you you're mistaken. This movie is funny, but it's also very impassioned and heart-rendering, so you might do yourself a favor by keeping a box of tissues near you when viewing it.

Both Martin and Lewis are great in these dramatic and comedic roles as a comedy team that splits up because Lewis' character is under-appreciated and emotional mistreated by Martin's character. In a oddly coincidental way, this movie seemed to foreshadow the boys' split up in '56, but of course, in the movie, there is a happy ending. And while everyone knows that both Dean and Jerry went on to have successful solo careers and reunited as friends years later, I think that it would have been great to have seen them do a couple more films together that were as unforgettable as this one.


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