28 August 2011 | tavm
Artists and Models is one of the most entertaining of the Martin & Lewis movies due to the inventiveness of director Frank Tashlin
Once again, before I review this Martin & Lewis movie proper, I have to acknowledge various players that had appeared in their pictures before. Like Dorothy Malone, who was previously in Scared Stiff, playing Dean's leading lady here or Eddie Mayehoff, who before this was in That's My Boy and The Stooge. And how about Kathleen Freeman, whose first appearance with the boys was in 3 Ring Circus, in her small role as the landlady. Okay, with that out of the way, I also want to remark on the fact this was Frank Tashlin's first time directing the boys and as a former Warner Bros. animator, he brings plenty of inventive cartoon-like gags that adds to the fun of their movies. And Shirley MacLaine, in only her second film appearance, also adds to the sexy fun especially in her encounters with Jerry along with Ms. Malone, a model named Anita Ekberg, and Eva Gabor, sister of Zsa Zsa who had her own M & L experience in the aforementioned 3RC, as a foreign spy. And Ms. Freeman and especially Mayehoff bring their own comic gifts to the fore here. While things threaten to lose steam near the end, the production numbers themselves are even more elaborately entertaining than previously possible. So on that note, I highly recommend Artists and Models.