name = Pardners
Mervin Houser Jerry Davis
Dean Martin Jerry Lewis
producer = Paul Jones
July 25, 1956
runtime = 90 minutes
language = English| imdb_id = 0049593
"Pardners" is a movie starring the comedy team of
Martin and Lewisand was released on July 25, 1956 by Paramount Pictures.
The storyline involves two ranch partners (played by
Martin and Lewis) who are killed by the 'Masked Raiders' defending their land. Their infant sons are separated, one being raised on the farm and the other being raised in New York. Twenty-five years later, these two boys (also played by Martin & Lewis) meet again. They must work through their differences and band together like their fathers before them and defend the ranch against the 'Masked Raiders'.
The film was made from
November 21, 1955through January 28, 1956and is loosely based on the 1936 Bing Crosbyfilm, Rhythm on the Range, which was also directed by Norman Taurogand it was filmed under the working title of "Where Men are Men". During production Lewis filmed a documentary in 16mm of this film.
During production, rumors abounded about the impending demise of the Martin and Lewis partnership, so when 'The End' title screen appeared, Dean and Jerry address the audience and exclaim "We're not ready for 'The End' yet" and they shoot the letters off the screen! Then they continue to address the audience, for the only time ever, addressing one another as "Dean" and "Jerr," telling them how much they enjoy making pictures for them.
The film was re-released in 1965 on a double bill with another
Martin and Lewisfilm, Living It Up.
Finale for Martin and Lewis
The same day that this film was released to theaters,
Martin and Lewismade their last performance together as a team, at New York's Copacabana.
The film was included on an five-film DVD set, the "Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis Collection: Volume Two", released on June 5, 2007.
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