Hollywood's in the label and does make a finale appearance, but most of this comedy caper takes place on a cross-country junket from New York, with way stops enroute, including Las Vegas.

Hollywood’s in the label and does make a finale appearance, but most of this comedy caper takes place on a cross-country junket from New York, with way stops enroute, including Las Vegas.

Direction by Frank Tashlin scores enough comedy highspots to keep the pace fairly fast, even with the slow spots that his handling and the team’s talent cannot overcome. One of the film’s funniest bits comes before the title with Dean Martin introducing Jerry Lewis as different types of movie-watchers. Lewis’ encounter with a bull and making like a matador is another fun-filled sequence, as is his champagne binge in Vegas after hexing the gambling devices into a big payoff.

By way of making the latter part of the title legit, Anita Ekberg appears as guest star on whom Lewis has a crush. She doesn’t have much more to do than to display what nature has wrought in the fjords of Sweden, so it’s still a big part. Enroute west Martin and Lewis pick up Pat Crowley so that Martin will have someone to sing romantic songs to.

Hollywood or Bust

Production

Paramount. Dir Frank Tashlin; Producer Hal Wallis; Screenplay Erna Lazarus; Camera Daniel Fapp; Editor Howard Smith; Music Walter Scharf (arr.) Art Dir Hal Pereira, Henry Bumstead

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1956. Running time: 94 MIN.

With

Dean Martin Jerry Lewis Anita Ekberg Pat Crowley Maxie Rosenbloom
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