Hollywood or Bust (1956)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Odd Couple Film, Road Movie  |   Release Date - Dec 6, 1956 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 94 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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The second collaboration between director Frank Tashlin, Jerry Lewis, and Dean Martin, and the final pairing of the two stars, Hollywood or Bust doesn't quite reach the sustained lunacy of Artists and Models, but still ranks among the best uses of the Martin and Lewis team and serves as a fine example of Tashlin's unique approach to comedy. Putting the pair in a car (with a Great Dane, no less) and forcing them to travel across the country is an inspired choice, one that allows Tashlin a chance to play with the road culture of the '50s and the postcard America that inspired it. Like a good vacation, the movie only begins to drag when it stays in one place for too long. Neither Pat Crowley nor Anita Ekberg hold their own against Lewis, as Shirley Maclaine did so memorably in Artists, but this is still a classy way for the team to bow out and another strong effort from the midst of Tashlin's great '50s run.