Retro: The Unquiet American

Artists And Models

Frank Tashlin
USA 1955
109 min

The best Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis movie (1955) is also Frank Tashlin’s best feature at Paramount, a satire about the comic-book craze with explosive uses of color and VistaVision, better-than-average songs, and much-better-than-average co-stars, especially Dorothy Malone and Shirley MacLaine (the latter giving Lewis a run for his money in terms of goofy mugging). Martin and Malone are comic-book artists, MacLaine is a model for the Bat Lady, and Lewis is a deranged fan whose dreams wind up inspiring (or is it duplicating?) comic-book stories and the coded messages of communist spies – or something like that. Five co-writers are credited along with Tashlin, but the stylistic exuberance is seamless, and this film eventually wound up providing the inspirational spark for Jacques Rivette’s late, great New Wave extravaganza <![CDATA[<i>]]>Céline et Julie vont en bateau<![CDATA[</i>]]> (1974). With Eva Gabor and Anita Ekberg.

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This film is screened together with <filmlink id=\"3113\">Rhapsody Rabbit</filmlink>.

  • Jerry Lewis
  • Dean Martin
  • Shirley MacLaine
  • Dorothy Malone
  • Eva Gabor
  • Eddie Mayehoff
  • Herbert Baker
  • Hal Kanter
  • Don McGuire
  • Frank Tashlin nach dem Theaterstück «Rockabye Baby» von Michael Davidson und Norman Lessing
  • Daniel L. Fapp
  • Gene Garvin
  • Hugo Grenzbach
  • Warren Low
  • Walter Scharf
  • Hal Pereira
  • Tambi Larsen
  • Edith Head
  • Paul Nathan
  • Hal B. Wallis
Paramount Pictures, Wallis-Hazen
35 mm
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