“We’ll be the greatest pardners, buddies, and pals!”
A wealthy wanna-be cowboy (Jerry Lewis) joins his new “pardner” (Dean Martin) in a stand-off against masked raiders who are terrorizing a Western town.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Agnes Moorehead Films
- Dean Martin Films
- Jerry Lewis Films
- Lee Van Cleef Films
- Lon Chaney, Jr. Films
Response to Peary’s Review:
Peary admits to a childhood fondness for this fun if mediocre Dean Martin/Jerry Lewis comedy — their next-to-last together before Hollywood or Bust (1956) — which he finds “still pretty amusing”.
He points out that the direction by Normal Taurog is “snappy”, and that Lewis is as nutty, juvenile, and physically dexterous as ever. As Peary notes, he’s “not only silly but has a sense of humor”, and is a “genuinely quirky fellow with a touch of rebelliousness… and reckless abandon”. Although a little goes a long way with Jerry Lewis, there’s no denying that he was a talented comedian in his own fashion; meanwhile, Dean Martin croons as nicely as ever.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Lewis secretly miming a story Martin is telling in the next room
- Lewis incompetently trying to roll a cigarette using Martin’s tobacco
No — though every film fanatic should see at least one Martin-and-Lewis comedy, and this may be as good a choice as any.