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I'll Take The Monkey

So I'm reading this rather purple-prosed biography of Dean Martin, Dino: Living High in the Business of Dirty Dreams by Nick Tosches, and everyone I mention it to says, "Oh, I love Dean Martin!" His popularity spans all generations, orientations, and tastes. I love his music, but I'm finding that this book only gets really interesting when Jerry Lewis shows up. It's making me want to revisit the biography of him I read years ago, whose title I don't remember. I guess I like maniacs better than cool guys.

(The King of Comedy is a pretty good movie, too.)


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Feb. 15th, 2012 07:54 am (UTC)
Read Lewis' book "Dean and Me: A Love Story." Really. It's
the most bromantic thing I've ever read by a straight guy.
Feb. 15th, 2012 03:28 pm (UTC)
Feb. 17th, 2012 02:50 pm (UTC)
I came here to say this, too! Quick read, too.
Feb. 15th, 2012 07:54 am (UTC)
Whenever Dean Martin is mentioned, my dad always tells you that he could easily have been a really great singer but he never finished a song, and that was his schtick. Well. Dad doesn't say "schtick" because he doesn't know that word, but the inference is there.

I just thought I would share that.
Feb. 15th, 2012 10:53 am (UTC)
You should try watching THE NUTTY PROFESSOR, Doc - in its way one of the more remarkable Jekyll and Hyde films (though the Mamoulian is still the greatest).
Feb. 15th, 2012 01:25 pm (UTC)
Shirley MacLaine has written several memoirs. One of them, My Lucky Stars, talks about lots of the other performers she has worked with. She had some lovely insights and observations about Martin and Lewis, having known them since she was young.
Feb. 15th, 2012 01:43 pm (UTC)
Do you mean Shawn Levy's bio (conveniently titled King of Comedy: the Life and Art of Jerry Lewis)? Levy's also written Rat Pack Confidential.
Feb. 15th, 2012 01:57 pm (UTC)
P.S. I used Amazon links for convenience. Maybe your library has them.
Feb. 16th, 2012 04:38 am (UTC)
I read that book! It's been a while, probably ten years ago or more, but yeah I agree with you about the purple prose. I remember finding the author's style to be really annoying.

And yeah, Dean Martin is the greatest. Anybody who doesn't like Dino is heartily invited to kiss my ass.
Feb. 17th, 2012 07:11 pm (UTC)
talking Jerry Lewis; have you seen Funny Bones?
it's a great little film (IMO) and Lewis is fine in it.

Feb. 18th, 2012 04:30 am (UTC)
My husband's name is Dean Martin. His mother claimed she wasn't thinking of the famous Dean Martin when she named him. And this was in 1964!! She said when she got home from the hospital she realized what she had done.
Feb. 20th, 2012 04:52 pm (UTC)
I'm nostalgic for the days when men groomed nicely, entertainers were expected to be well rounded, and people joked about liking a drink rather than being pariahs.

Wayne Brady was born decades too late. :(

Will go home tonight and put on some Dean Martin....
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