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Pardners (1956)

Passed | | Action, Comedy, Music | 1 August 1956 (USA)
A rich momma's boy returns west with the son of his murdered father's partner to foil a gang trying to gain control of his family ranch.

Director:

Norman Taurog

Writers:

Sidney Sheldon (screenplay), Jerry Davis (screen story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dean Martin ... Slim Moseley Jr. / Slim Moseley Sr.
Jerry Lewis ... Wade Kingsley Jr. / Wade Kingsley Sr.
Lori Nelson ... Carol Kingsley
Jeff Morrow ... Pete Rio
Jackie Loughery ... Dolly Riley
John Baragrey ... Dan Hollis / Sam Hollis
Agnes Moorehead ... Mrs. Matilda Kingsley
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Whitey (as Lon Chaney)
Milton Frome ... Hawkins, the Butler
Richard Aherne Richard Aherne ... Chauffeur
Lee Van Cleef ... Gus
Stuart Randall ... Carol's Cowhand
Scott Douglas Scott Douglas ... Salvin
Jack Elam ... Pete
Bob Steele ... Shorty
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Storyline

Martin and Lewis are sons of former ranch partners. Lewis, raised by his millionaire mother, follows visiting Martin back to the old West to learn how to be a cowboy. The ranch where Martin is foreman is in financial trouble, and with Lewis's unorthodox help, the good guys win out. Written by Ray Hamel <hamel@primate.wisc.edu>

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The Laughs are Louder! The Songs are Bigger! They're at Their Best with Their Hands on the Trigger! (original poster) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Where Men Are Men? See more »

Filming Locations:

Old Tucson, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$7,920,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Perspecta Sound encoding) (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During the weeks this movie was being filmed, rumors began about the impending demise of the Martin and Lewis partnership. So when "The End" title appears on the screen, Dean and Jerry address the audience and exclaim: "We're not ready for 'The End' yet!" Then they shoot the letters off the screen with their six-guns. The stars continue to address the audience, addressing one another as "Dean" and "Jer", insisting how much they enjoy making pictures for everybody. See more »

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Towards the end of the movie, the gun on the right side that Dean pulls out to shoot the "THE END" sign falls out as he and Jerry fall off the wagon, and magically Dean has his gun again. See more »

Quotes

Slim Mosely Jr.: [waiting with Carol to meet Mrs. Kingsley] Oh, don't worry - I'll make a good impression.
Slim Mosely Jr.: [he sits on an old chair and in collapses just as Matilda comes into the room screaming in horror] My antique chair!
Slim Mosely Jr.: [relieved] Well, I'm glad it was only an old one.
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Buckskin Beauty
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Sung by Jerry Lewis
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An awful lot like a remake of "That's My Boy".
18 October 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is the second to last film starring Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis--and so the title does seem a bit ironic! The film begins with Dean and Jerry's fathers (played by them with powdered hair) dying in a shoot out with baddies. However, both men had sons. One was a capable and manly cowboy (Martin) and the other a pampered mama's boy (Lewis) and they grow up not knowing each other. However, when Martin meets with his old partner's widow (Agnes Moorehead) to try to get money for a prize bull, she refuses but her son (Lewis) decides to go west with Martin and learn to be a real he-man. Plus, his mother has plans for him that include marriage to an amazon--and he wants no part of it. The rest of the film consists of Jerry acting wimpy and very goofy (perhaps too much so at times) and Martin being exasperated but loyal to his new friend who makes everyone (including Jerry) think he's a lot more rugged and brave than he really is.

If you think about it, this plot is basically "That's My Boy" (an earlier and better Martin & Lewis film) all over again. The locale is different, but the rest is basically the same formula. It's a pleasant formula, but also shows lazy writing as well and the film could have benefited from more originality. Plus, in a few scenes Jerry really does ham it up too much (even more than normal) and there are just too many "ooooo, oooohs" and "whoo-oooaa" moments in the otherwise pleasant but unremarkable film. And, as a result of so much screen time for Jerry, Martin is mostly relegated to the background--and you can see how films like this ultimately pushed them to their dissolving their pardner-ship.

By the way, this film also bears a strong similarity to the Bob Hope films "The Paleface" and "Son of Paleface". See them all and you'll probably agree.


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