A toast to Dino, who might’ve celebrated his 95th birthday today by visiting the beverage cart and fixing himself “a salad”. Five recommended movies; all are widely available:
THE YOUNG LIONS (1958; directed by Edward Dmytryk) Martin plays “the Broadway wise-guy” in this seriously underrated WWII picture. Also starring Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift.
HOLLYWOOD OR BUST (1956; directed by Frank Tashlin) Dean and Jerry’s last picture. It’s a lighthearted, colorful, cross-country road trip, with a dog who almost steals the show. Martin’s annoyance with Lewis sometimes appears to be more than just acting. Lots of fun.
KISS ME STUPID (1964; directed by Billy Wilder) Dino plays himself as a visitor to Climax, Nevada, in this dark and suggestive Billy Wilder comedy. Great lines, like “I need another Italian song like a giraffe needs a strep throat” and “You ain’t heard nothin’ sung until you heard me sung it!”. Also with Kim Novak.
RIO BRAVO (1959; directed by Howard Hawks) Terrific western with Angie Dickinson, John Wayne, Walter Brennan and Ricky Nelson. Dean is a cowboy with a drinking problem and a reputation to repair.
SOME CAME RUNNING (1959; directed by Vincent Minnelli) Bitter WWII vet Frank Sinatra (“Buy yourself a Quonset hut!”) bumps into Bama Dillert (Martin), a professional gambler. Dillert wears a big hat–no matter what he’s doing. Also with Shirley MacLaine.