Ten Thousand Bedrooms

Overview

Dean Martin's first solo film after his split with Jerry Lewis was very nearly his last. Dino plays Ray Hunter, a Conrad Hiltonesque playboy hotelier at large in Rome. Taking charge of his latest acquisition -- a huge hotel with the titular 10,000 bedrooms -- Hunter finds himself being pursued by the daughters of wealthy Vittori Martelli Walter Slezak. For a while, it looks as though the youngest daughter Nina Anna Maria Alberghetti has the inside track, but big-hearted Ray, realizing that Nina would be happier ...
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Overview

Dean Martin's first solo film after his split with Jerry Lewis was very nearly his last. Dino plays Ray Hunter, a Conrad Hiltonesque playboy hotelier at large in Rome. Taking charge of his latest acquisition -- a huge hotel with the titular 10,000 bedrooms -- Hunter finds himself being pursued by the daughters of wealthy Vittori Martelli Walter Slezak. For a while, it looks as though the youngest daughter Nina Anna Maria Alberghetti has the inside track, but big-hearted Ray, realizing that Nina would be happier with a boy her own age, settles for older sister Maria Eva Bartok. The poor box-office take for this old-fashioned musical comedy seemed at the time to foretell the end of Dean Martin's film career, but he was rescued by his well-received appearance in The Young Lions. The funniest aspect of Ten Thousand Bedrooms was its promotional trailer, narrated by Teddi Thurman, then famous as the sultry weather girl on the weekend radio series Monitor.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Ten Thousand Bedrooms is a forgettable, standard-issue 1950s musical that is remembered today only because it was Dean Martin's first solo foray. Forget about the plot -- it's dismissible and of absolutely no consequence. The dialogue is only marginally better, and character delineation is kept to an absolute minimum, even in the case of Martin, whose roles were usually just variations on a well-established theme. The score, of course, counts for a great deal more in a musical; this one is only adequate, but that's enough to keep the enterprise afloat. Martin is in fine voice, using his smooth style to very good effect, and Anna Maria Alberghetti sounds glorious when she joins him for "You I Love" and "Only Trust Your Heart." Martin also scores in an amusing duet with Jules Munshin on "Money Is a Problem," and there's some amusingly dated "rock" moments provided by Lisa Gaye. Richard Thorpe's direction is brisk if conventional; he does make sure there are some "money" location shots of beautiful Rome to keep things interesting at least.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/6/2009
  • UPC: 883316212585
  • Original Release: 1957
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:54:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 7,946

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dean Martin Ray Hunter
Anna Maria Alberghetti Nina Martelli
Eva Bartok Maria Martelli
Dewey Martin Mike Clark
Walter Slezak Papa Vittorio Martelli
Paul Henreid Anton
Jules Munshin Arthur
Marcel Dalio Vittorio Cisini
Evelyn Varden Countess Alzani
Lisa Montell Diana Martelli
Lisa Gaye Anna Martelli
John Archer Bob Dudley
Steve Dunne Tom Crandall
Dean Jones Dan
Monique Van Vooren Girl on Main Title
Technical Credits
Richard Thorpe Director
Nicholas Brodszky Score Composer
Robert J. Bronner Cinematographer
Art Cohn Screenwriter
Randall Duell Art Director
William Horning Art Director
William Ludwig Screenwriter
John MacSweeney Editor
John McSweeney Jr. Editor
Joe Pasternak Producer
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Leonard Spigelgass Screenwriter
George Stoll Musical Direction/Supervision
Laszlo Vadnay Screenwriter
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