Before long, they were as big as Elvis or the Beatles would be after them, creating hysteria wherever they went and grabbing an unprecedented hold over every entertainment outlet of the era: radio, television, movies, stage shows, and nightclubs. Martin and Lewis were a national craze, an American institution. The millions (and the women) flowed in, seemingly without end, and then, on July 24, 1956, 10 years from the day when the two men joined forces, it all ended.
After that traumatic day, the two wouldn't speak again for 20 years. And while both went on to forge triumphant individual careers, Martin as a movie and television star, recording artist, and nightclub luminary (and charter member of the Rat Pack); Lewis as the groundbreaking writer, producer, director, and star of a series of hugely successful movie comedies, their parting left a hole in the national psyche, as well as in each man's heart.
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.
©2005 Jerry Lewis; (P)2005 Books on Tape
"Fans will be surprised and entertained by Lewis' honesty and diminished ego and bitterness." (Publishers Weekly)
Love, love, love the classic Martin and Lewis. I do enjoy a good biography and this is one. If you even like Dean and Jerry you will enjoy this book. It is filled with bitter moments, very funny behind the scenes stories and Jerry isn't afraid to share the dirty laundry either. I will likely listen to this again.
Was very suprised, downloaded for my mother and thought I would give it a try. Was very pleased. The story was very good. Is worth a listen.
I found this book incredibly entertaining as an audio book. Of course, it isn't high brow literature but it is interesting, poignant, sad and funny. The reader sounds so much like Jerry Lewis, I had to double check. Lewis reveals a lot about himself in his version of the relationship and the reasons for the break up. He clearly looked up to Martin and craved his approval. The personal and emotional sub-text adds more complexity than would be expected in a book about this show biz duo.
I listened to the unabridged verson. I found it to be
very entertaining. The narrator brings this book to life.
(Please be aware that this is a different narrator then
the abridged version)
In one year, I heard 70 Audible books. I would not have been able to read a quarter of that amount.
I would definitely recommend this book for its honesty, humor and touching moments.
It's not only a backstage look at one of the all-time greatest partnerships, but also a loving tribute to a great friend.
First time listen. Great job!
It made me laugh and sad at times.
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis will always be remembered because of their talent, style, charm and humor of the likes which we will never see again.
Joyful, heartbreaking, inspirational
There is no comparison. That's what makes this book so incredible.
Why must I choose. Steve was great at Dean but had me believing he was Jerry Lewis.
The night the laughter died and the morning the joy returned.
If you can listen to this book and not break out in laughter or weep like a child, you have much more in common with Dean Martin than with Jerry Lewis.Listen to this book and learn the wisdom and insight that only an insightful, introspective genius, as Jerry Lewis, can possess.Thanks for your courage, Jerry, and thanks for sharing your heart with us.
I am not a big Jerry Lewis fan, but after reading this book I must say that I now look at him much different light than I have before. The book is very good.
I had reservations about listening to Jerry's perspective on the events that happened to his and Dean's relationship. I find Jerry's kind of humor grating after awhile so I couldn't understand how Dean put up with Jerry for 10 years. But Jerry draws you into the heart of their story and you gain a much clearer insight of their electrifying chemistry and love for each other. I now have a new found respect for Jerry and his genius and can see him now as a gifted flawed unique being. The narrator is amazing, seamlessly capturing Dean's soft sexy tone and Jerry's voice in all it's crazy nuances. This is one book I think is better to listen to than read as the narrator brings layers that I don't think I would have picked up from reading the book.
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