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Fast reading book with some surprising back ground information about both Jerry and Dean.
Everything is from Jerry's viewpoint, but he is
not guilty of condemning Dean. In fact he wrote
very favorably about Dean.
Feb 2, 2012
read book very good
excellent product exactly as described, shipping
Mar 27, 2011
This highly readable book recalls the phenomenon of the Jerry Lewis-Dean Martin pairing, from Lewis's perspective. It takes the reader from the very beginnings of their partnership, through the pinnacle of their success as show business's most outrageous duo, to their eventual parting (and later reconcilliation on a personal basis). The saga is vividly described, and though it had a co-writer, it bears evidence of Lewis's characteristic hubris and underlying sentimental nature. For those interested in the entertainment arena, it is a must.
Jul 5, 2007
I thought this book was shallow, repetitive and lacked content. I expected much more. I finally gave up on the book and threw it away.
Apr 2, 2007
Martin and Lewis
This was a wonderful romp through Dean and Jerry's years together, the good and the bad. You really get a feeling for how they grew to love each other and the un explainable magic they had by just being together performing. I never totally understood their breakup, neither did the world, and even after their breakup the distant love they still had for each other. It even recounts the instant when Dean walked onto the Telethon one year (I saw that as a child and even then understood the significance of the encounter). The book was touching, warm and fuzzy, and a must read if you ever got touched by any of these two's performances. It was magic. In comedy teams they were one of the greatest, and good wholesame entertainment. I throughly enjoyed every part of the book.
Publishers Weekly, 2005-08-08 Over the course of their 10-year partnership, Lewis and Dean Martin made 16 wildly popular movies (they were the world's number one box office earners from 1950 to 1956), but their real strength was their performances in nightclubs, theaters and on television. Audiences found their mixture of music and ad-libbed, irreverent comedic pandemonium intoxicating. The duo's fascinating kinship-Lewis idolized his partner, while Martin was aloof-has been chronicled in Shawn Levy's King of Comedy and Nick Tosches's Dino, but Lewis wants to give his late partner the credit he feels critics missed by always praising the "the monkey" rather than the straight man. Untangling the complicated union, Lewis doesn't spare himself, admitting that when the team's relationship unraveled (they weren't speaking between scenes on their last film), he became a bully on set and made others the brunt of the anger he couldn't vent at Martin. Lewis is a wonderful raconteur, and his tales capture the excitement of their budding career and the slow, sad erosion of the fun. Whether it's his age (Lewis is 79) or his coauthor (Kaplan co-wrote John McEnroe's You Cannot Be Serious), fans will be surprised and entertained by Lewis's honesty and diminished ego and bitterness. Photos. First serial to Vanity Fair. (On sale Oct. 25) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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