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.
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"Fans will be surprised and entertained by Lewis' honesty and diminished ego and bitterness." (Publishers Weekly)
If you are interested in the two primary figures, it is worth your time. If you're not, then it will not be.
He seemed to convey the right tone for what the author was conveying.
It gives you a perspective of the two men you may not have had before, which is kind of the point in a book like this. But learning about them may not always leave the impression of them that you wanted to be left.
I never liked Jerry Lewis, and I'm not old enough to remember the team, but Stephen Hoye's narration makes me want to go and find some old video to see what all the fuss was about. He manages to sound more like Martin and Lewis than they did.
This is, as the subtitle indicates, a love story, and who knows how accurate it is, but it's a picture of a long-lost time, and a tour de force performance.
This book made me feel like I was there. A big thumbs-up to the narrator who succesfully took on the characters without being over-dramatic. The story is honest and touching and very funny. I highly recommend.
I read one review called "Is It Just Me?" and whereas I don't agree with all said in that review, it's just a matter of what I didn't enjoy compared to that review. There are many who have enjoyed this title, good for them. I had heard that Lewis had a pretty hefty ego, it showed here. I had to stop because I don't enjoy gratuitous and voluminous name dropping of dead and irrelevant Hollywood names. Maybe I'm too young at 61 years and this title belongs to those in their 80's, I don't know. All I know is that it did not work for me. Now, if Mr. Lewis wishes to recall his years with MDA, that could be really good, too bad this title did not go there immediately. I will say that narration did all it could do to help, talented, but alas not enough.
Yes, the first listen was very enthralling.
Jerry's endearing admiration for Dean
He accuratey portrayed the characters as if they were telling the stories themselves.
yes! a 16 hour road trip went by much smoother with this book entertaining me
Going back to the 40s nd 50s era was fun..
Stephen kept me interested
Dean and Jerry reuniting after 20 years.
Jerry Lewis is his #1 fan and never misses a chance of trying to convince us of his greatness. Yet the story is well told and very a interesting take on one of the worlds great comedic duos.
Now the telling of the story is a true gift...this is not only well read it is a magnificent performance by a true conveyor of the persons involved in the story-he gives a us much more then one would expect. I enjoyed every minute.
I never knew the depth and compassion of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis's relationship until now. A beautiful book that, quite honestly made me cry at the end. A must read!
I really enjoyed listening to the book, it brought back fond memories of times gone by. Martin & Lewis were a great act, too bad we could only hear the point of view from Jerry. Only thing would have liked to heard more details when they finally were talking to each other again in the later years.
Still I give it a good thumbs up!!!
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.
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