Artists and Models

Artists and Models

Director: Frank Tashlin, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Shirley MacLaine

Cast: Frank Tashlin, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Shirley MacLaine

     
 
Bearing very little relation to the 1937 Paramount musical of the same name, Artists and Models is a lavish, girl-filled vehicle for the popular team of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Martin plays Rick Todd, a comic-book artist who is under fire from his publisher (Eddie Mayehoff), who complains that Rick's work isn't gory enough. Lewis plays Eugene Fullstack,

Overview

Bearing very little relation to the 1937 Paramount musical of the same name, Artists and Models is a lavish, girl-filled vehicle for the popular team of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Martin plays Rick Todd, a comic-book artist who is under fire from his publisher (Eddie Mayehoff), who complains that Rick's work isn't gory enough. Lewis plays Eugene Fullstack, Rick's roommate, who while asleep dreams up elaborate comic-book plots and garishly costumed superheroes. Eugene's nightmares help Rick become a success; meanwhile, our two heroes romance their luscious neighbors, artist Dorothy Malone and rambunctious model Shirley MacLaine (who during one song wrestles Eugene to the floor and sits on his chest!) Eugene's overworked imagination somehow attracts the attention of a group of Russian spies, who attempt to abduct Eugene during the annual Artists and Models Ball. Director Frank Tashlin uses Artists and Models as an excuse for some of the wildest sight-gags seen in a mid-1950s film. At one point, the director contrives to stuff a gag in Shirley MacLaine's mouth. Tashlin also exhibits his ongoing fascination with female breasts and legs by giving ample screen time to the natural attributes of co-stars Anita Ekberg and Eva Gabor. One of the best of the Martin/Lewis efforts, Artists and Models suffers only from being about 20 minutes too long.

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Though he arrived at the tail end of their collaboration, with the two films he directed, Frank Tashlin helped end Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis' string of film vehicles on a pair of high notes. He did so while finding his own directorial voice -- one, as it turns out, not terribly far removed from the one found in his work as an animator. In addition to its wildly imaginative sight gags, Artists and Models sports a freewheeling, take-all-comers approach to comedy that allowed Tashlin to jump from one then-hot topic to another, from the Cold War to the controversy over comic books. It's this unpredictability that proves both Artists and Models' greatest strength and its greatest weakness, devolving by its end into unfocused chaos, albeit pretty funny chaos nonetheless. Lewis and Martin make for ideal living-cartoon protagonists, finding the perfect foils in Dorothy Malone and especially Shirley Maclaine, who matches Lewis in outrageous gesture for outrageous gesture. If the satirical targets have aged a bit, Tashlin's approach prevents that from hurting the film too much. He's as interested in the broad themes behind the targets -- barely sublimated sexuality, the hypocrisy of authority -- as the targets themselves. Even if the ready availability of too many ideas ultimately gets the better of the director, the film remains a delight from start to quite near the finish.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/02/2014
UPC:
0025192139482
Original Release:
1955
Source:
Universal Mod
Presentation:
[Colorized]
Time:
1:19:00
Sales rank:
5,755

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dean Martin Rick Todd
Jerry Lewis Eugene Fullstack
Shirley MacLaine Bessie Sparrowbush
Dorothy Malone Abigail Parker
Eva Gabor Sonia
Eddie Mayehoff Mr. Murdock
Anita Ekberg Anita
Jack Elam Ivan
Herbert Rudley Chief Samuels
Richard Shannon Agent Rogers
Richard Webb Agent Peters
Alan Lee Otto
Nick Castle Specialty Dancer
George Winslow Richard Stilton
Kathleen Freeman Mr-s. Muldoon
Emory Parnell Kelly
Martha Wentworth Actor
Carleton Young Col. Drury
Art Baker Himself

Technical Credits
Frank Tashlin Director,Screenwriter
Harbert Baker Screenwriter
Jack Brooks Songwriter
Daniel L. Fapp Cinematographer
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Hal Kanter Screenwriter
Tambi Larsen Art Director
Warren Low Editor
Don McGuire Screenwriter
Paul Nathan Associate Producer
Charles O'Curran Choreography
Hal Pereira Art Director
Walter Scharf Score Composer
Hal B. Wallis Producer
Harry Warren Songwriter

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