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Pardners (1956)





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This Dean Martin-Jerry Lewis romp is liberally based on the 1936 Bing Crosby film Rhythm on the Range. Set around 1910, the film stars Lewis as the pampered son of female tycoon Agnes Moorehead. Yearning to return to the Wild West where his father was a famed peacekeeper, Lewis purchases a prize bull, destined for the ranch inherited by rodeo star Dean Martin. It so happens that Martin and Lewis' late fathers were "pardners", so Martin takes it upon himself to protect Lewis from the various and sundry tough hombres in the region. Through a series of bizarre plot convolutions, Lewis gains a reputation as a rootin' tootin' gunslinger, and in his hubris he decides to round up a gang of outlaws headed by Jeff Morrow. As a result, he nearly gets himself blown to smitherines, but Martin shows up in the nick of time to rescue Lewis and help him capture the bad guys. Lori Nelson and Jackie Loughery supply the film's peripheral romantic angle. Pardners ends with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis turning to the camera and promising that they'll keep on making pictures for their faithful fans; ironically, the team was breaking up even while the cameras were turning.

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Jerry Lewis
as Wade Kingsley Jr., Wade Kingsley Sr.
Dean Martin
as Slim Mosely Jr., Slim Mosely Sr.
Agnes Moorehead
as Mrs. Matilda Kingsley
Lori Nelson
as Carol Kingsley
Jeff Morrow
as Pete Rio
Jackie Loughery
as Dolly Riley
John Baragrey
as Dan Hollis
Milton Frome
as Hawkins Butler
Richard Aherne
as Chauffeur
Stuart Randall
as Carol's cowhand
Bob Steele
as Shorty
Philip Tonge
as Footman
Emory Parnell
as Col. Hart
James Parnell
as Bank Teller
Len Hendry
as Western cowboy
Gavin Gordon
as Businessman
Robert Brubaker
as Businessman
Tony Michael
as Businessman
Johnstone White
as Businessman
Valerie Allen
as Dance hall girl
Elaine Riley
as Dance hall girl
Ann McCrea
as Dance Hall Girl
Don House
as Townspeople
Frank Cordell
as Townspeople
Robert Garvey
as Townspeople
Keith Wilson
as Townspeople
Emily Belser
as Townspeople
Stanley Blystone
as Townspeople
Hank Mann
as Townspeople
Bobby Barber
as Townspeople
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