Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis were probably the greatest comedy team in the history of show business. The list of thir best includes such movies as:
1949 My Friend Irma Seymour Steve Laird Film Debut
1950 My Friend Irma Goes West Seymour Steve Laird
1950 At War with the Army PFC Alvin Korwin Sgt Victor Puccinelli
1951 That’s My Boy ‘Junior’ Jackson Bill Baker
1952 Sailor Beware Melvin Jones Al Crowthers
1952 Jumping Jacks Hap Smith Chick Allen
1952 Road to Bali ‘Woman’ in Lala’s Dream Man in Lala’s Dream Cameo; first appearance in Technicolor
1953 The Stooge Theodore Rogers Bill Miller
1953 Scared Stiff Myron Mertz Larry Todd
1953 The Caddy Harvey Miller, Jr. Joe Anthony
1953 Money from Home Virgil Yokum Herman “Honey Talk” Nelson Filmed in 3-D.
1954 Living It Up Homer Flagg Dr. Steve Harris
1954 3 Ring Circus Jerome F. Hotchkiss Pete Nelson Re-released in 1978 as ‘Jerrico The Wonder Clown’
1955 You’re Never Too Young Wilbur Hoolick Bob Miles
1955 Artists and Models Eugene Fullstack Rick Todd
1956 Pardners Wade Kingsley Sr/Wade Kingsley Jr Slim Mosley Sr/Slim Mosley Jr
1956 Hollywood or Bust
Finally, after 16 films (all of which made money, the pair never had a box-office flop), a TV series (“The Colgate Comedy Hour”), several radio shows, and scores of frenetic, unforgettable live appearances on stage and in clubs, Dean and Jerry decided to end their lucrative partnership. On July 25, 1956, 10 years to the day after they teamed up, Dean and Jerry officially called it quits.
In 1960, four years after the split, Dean and Jerry were both performing at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas. After Dean’s closing show, Jerry made a surprise appearance on stage. Dean introduced his ex-partner from the stage. Jerry came on and the two clowned around together for 15 minutes. Dean sang “Come Back to Me” to Jerry. Jerry joined in and they sang the song together.
“We talked for about an hour. He cried, I cried. I said, “Life’s too short, my friend. This is one of those things that God hands us, and we have to somehow go on with our lives. That’s what Dino would have wanted.”