The Stooge (1951)

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Egotistical vaudevillian Bill Miller basks in the limelight with his successful musical-comedy act, but his success is due to his unheralded second banana.


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  • Jerry Lewis and Frances Bavier in The Stooge (1951)
  • Jerry Lewis and Marion Marshall in The Stooge (1951)
  • Jerry Lewis and Marion Marshall in The Stooge (1951)
  • Jerry Lewis and Marion Marshall in The Stooge (1951)
  • Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin in The Stooge (1951)
  • Polly Bergen, Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, and Marion Marshall in The Stooge (1951)

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4 March 2008 | Spikeopath
8
| The boys most accomplished piece, delivers a double deal.
Some good comments here on this site already, so I really don't want to go over old ground, it is a portent of sorts, and there is no getting away from the fact that its central themes of narcissism and selfishness are striking a chord with the duo as the film draws to it's marvellous finale.

The film was held back for release for two years and it's not hard to see why in the light of the other Martin & Lewis out and out comedy offerings prior to this one. You see this offering is a drama with a comedy heart. Of course it's full of the maniacal moments one has come to expect from this pair, but we are never in any doubt that the core of the film is serious stuff. We are set up a treat by the makers because we are heartily involved with the mirthful nature for the first three parts of the film, and it's this that is the films chief triumph because when the shift in tone occurs: it hits you like a sledgehammer.

Maximum impact is gained by a cunning slant masquerading as comedy, and this makes the film, in my opinion, the duo's most poignant and accomplished piece of work, it's certainly not close to being the funniest one has to say, but it's an essential and great piece of entertainment from two very special entertainers. 8/10

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