Jumping Jacks

Jumping Jacks

Director: Norman Taurog Cast: Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Mona Freeman



Although The Stooge had been filmed right after Martin and Lewis' Sailor Beware, the film was temporarily shelved so that the team could continue their winning streak of military comedies with Jumping Jacks. This time, Dean Martin plays Chick Allen, a paratrooper-in-training whose commanding officer intends to do away with all camp variety shows. In desperation, Chick sends for his old nightclub partner Hap Smith (Jerry Lewis) to change the CO's mind. In order to gain entry to the military base, Hap is forced to pose as a GI, and thus the plot proper gets under way. Most of the "awkward squad" gags are straight out of Abbott and Costello, with Lewis messing up at each and every turn while Martin lags behind for damage control. The film concludes with a routine from Abbot and Costello's Keep 'Em Flying, wherein Martin and Lewis bail out from a plane in flight, with one parachute between them. Robert Strauss repeats his Sailor Beware duties as Lewis' irascible topkick, while nominal leading lady Mona Freeman does practically nothing magnificently. Dean's songs include the deathless "Do the Parachute Jump."

Product Details

Release Date: 01/01/1998
UPC: 0097360573237
Original Release: 1952
Source: Paramount

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dean Martin Chick Allen
Jerry Lewis Hap Smith
Mona Freeman Betty Carter
Don DeFore Pvt. Kelsey
Robert Strauss Sgt. McCluskey
Richard Erdman Dogface Dolan
Ray Teal Gen. Timmons
Marcy McGuire Julia Loring
Danny Arnold Pvt. Evans
Charles Evans Gen. Bond
Alex Gerry Earl White
Edwin Max Sam Gilmore

Technical Credits
Norman Taurog Director
James Allardice Screenwriter
Harbert Baker Screenwriter
Henry Bumstead Art Director
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Mack David Score Composer,Songwriter
Daniel L. Fapp Cinematographer
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Stanley E. Johnson Editor
Emile Kuri Set Decoration/Design
Robert Lees Screenwriter
Joseph Lilley Musical Direction/Supervision
Jerry Livingston Score Composer,Songwriter
Brian Marlow Original Story
Hal Pereira Art Director
Frederic I. Rinaldo Screenwriter
Robert Sidney Choreography
Hal B. Wallis Producer
Richard Weil Screenwriter

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