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  • Dean and Me: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jerry Lewis, James Kaplan
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (100)

    In a memoir by turns moving, tragic, and hilarious, Jerry Lewis recounts with crystal clarity every step of a 50-year friendship, from the springtime, 1945 afternoon when the two vibrant young performers destined to conquer the world together met on Broadway and 54th Street, to their tragic final encounter in the 1990s, when Lewis and his wife ran into Dean Martin, a broken and haunted old man.

    Boone29680 says: "You've got to listen to this!"
    "A little strange; Great for fans of Dino"
    Overall

    Jerry Lewis has had a great career financially. But he was the biggest thing in showbix with Dino, and known as a B-movie stooge afterwards. Those days ended 49 yeas ago, but Jerry longs for them.
    At times it seems that his cronological narrative has little to talk about. Then he can dig into retelling Dino inspecting his (Jerry's) itchy crotch to find crabs (seriously).
    90% of the book is about their years together 1946-56 so there is not a lot about the stuff that most big fans of Dean's are fans of his because of. As a huge fan of Dean's, I like the backstory. If you are old enough, you will hear great stories of the Martin and Lewis years. But if you want to go the the video store and see them now, ....sorry. It is clear that their magic was in nightclub performance, which made them so famous that they got to make a bunch of mediocre movies. Those movies are what you will rent, not the real magic.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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