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In THE STOOGE, Bill Miller (Martin) has found modest success as a singer in the off-vaudeville circuit. Teaming up with a comic (Lewis) proves to be the best thing for Bill, as his routine becomes an instant success, but mainly because of the clown he takes on as his partner. Unable to admit it, Bill knows he owes his success to his sidekick, the stooge. Jerry Lewis calls this his favorite of the Martin & Lewis productions.
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Dean plays Bill Miller, a struggling vaudeville entertainer hungry for good material & genuine success. In desperation, he agrees to hire a "stooge"--a guy "planted" in the audience as comedy relief--in the form of goofy but well-meaning Ted Rogers (Lewis). Chemistry is established & soon after, Miller's act rockets to popularity, but soon enters the conflict: Miller's stubborn ego & his unwillingness to give Rogers equal billing & credit for the success. Which leads to the climactic stage scene, where Miller apologizes to his audience & admits that without Rogers, it's only half an act.
As usual, Lewis gives some classic comedy moments--the early diner scene which he enrages the propietor by eating his own lunch (handily producing a hard-boiled egg, a salt-shaker & a tea bag from his pockets), therefore not paying a dime & just taking up space; the several stage act scenes which are such stellar examples of why Martin & Lewis were such a great comedy team; Lewis' courtship with "Freckles", an admirer; and the train scene, with Lewis' hilarious battle over a portable sink & trying to sleep in an upper bunk.
But the big surprises are the moments of pathos & drama. The scene where a drunken Miller tells Rogers to go away & that he can do the act solo is well-played by the two of them, and Miller's apology to the audience hints at Martin's ability to handle heart-rending moments (note how he fidgets thru this scene). Miller's egomaniacal ways which put him at odds with his wife & manager (and eventually Rogers) throughout the film are done well, and could have easily been over-played & corny, thanks to Norman Taurog's direction.
So if you're already a fan of the boys or new to them, this is a good film to start at.
And by the way: When are they going to release on DVD all the OTHER Martin & Lewis comedies, such as "the Caddy", "Artists & Models", "Sailor Beware", etc.? They are LONG overdue!! And PLEASE..STOP re-releasing "AT War With the Army" over & over again! ENOUGH!
This movie was made at the suggestion of Jerry Lewis to the movie studio to make a movie based on their original stage act that rocketed both of them to fame. The movie is one of Jerry Lewis's most favorite and mine as well. This out of all of their movies is your opportunity to see the legendary act on the motion picture screen if you never had the chance to see them both live on stage back in their prime. I highly recommend this one movie to all Martin & Lewis fans that want to see the two of them as they really were.