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SAILOR BEWARE and THAT’S MY BOY starring DEAN MARTIN AND JERRY LEWIS

PLEASE NOTE: THIS DOUBLE FEATURE IS ONLY AVAILABLE AS A REGION ONE (USA / CANADA) DVD. IT MAY NOT PLAY ON INTERNATIONAL DISC UNITS.

Using elements of two earlier films, THE FLEET'S IN and LADY BE CAREFUL, Paramount came up with the Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis vehicle SAILOR BEWARE. As usual, Jerry Lewis is the helpless goof and Dean Martin the suave ladies' man. This time Lewis is a navy recruit while Martin is his submarine-officer buddy. The film skips from one comic set piece to another (the best is a parody of radio audience participation shows) until it reaches the slapstick climax: a boxing match pitting Lewis against the navy champion. After a few very funny moments in which Lewis pretends to be a punch drunk pug, the match commences, much to the dismay of Lewis and the delight of his fervent fan following. Martin makes good use of his screen time by romancing an "ice princess" movie star (Corinne Calvet), who of course melts once Dino turns on the charm. Betty Hutton, star of SAILOR BEWARE'S precursor THE FLEET'S IN, pops up at the beginning and end of the Martin/Lewis epic as "Hetty Button." And watch for an unbilled James Dean as one of the team's shipmates.

Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis' second starring vehicle was the odd mixture of slapstick and sentiment known as THAT'S MY BOY. Lewis is cast as Junior Jackson, the milquetoast son of former college football All-American "Jarrin' Jack" Jackson (Eddie Mayehoff). Regarding Junior as a disgrace, Jarrin' Jack hires amiable jock Bill Baker (Dean) to make a man out of his son. Dean and Jerry do their customary fine work, and at this early stage in their team film career, are genuinely warm toward each other. The film's climax is the inevitable Big Game, in which Junior fumbles and stumbles about before finally proving his mettle. Ruth Hussey plays Junior's understanding mother, while Marion Marshall and Polly Bergen portray Martin and Lewis' respective girlfriends. That's My Boy is more sentimental at times than funny, with Jarrin' Jack coming across as a neurotic blowhard who takes out his frustrations on his clumsy but likeable offspring. Audiences in 1951 were convulsed, and the film was a huge success. A TV-sitcom version of THAT'S MY BOY, starring Eddie Mayehoff, Rochelle Hudson, and Gil Stratton Jr., appeared in 1955.
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