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on 30 January 2014
Only four stars because I feel Jerry Lewis probably skipped over a few details here and there. His description of the break up between himself and Dean Martin is vague to say the least. But as a memoir and tribute this was just lovely. After I finished reading this I spent a whole evening watching old clips on YouTube. They were a fantastic double act, no doubts there. Sad that it ended really before it had to.
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on 14 June 2014
I was not sure if I was going to enjoy this book but surprisingly I did. Jerry talks about dean with so much love and there does not seem to be any bitterness. I do think the fact that he says that dean said dean paul was the apple of his eye could be hurtful to his other children as I am sure he loved them all the same. I liked his honesty
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Over fifty years on it is hard to realise just how big a phenomenon Martin & Lewis were in the decade following the war. Their films now seem unfunny and dated and very little footage appears of their stage act, where they were apparently at their best, but in the late 40's and early 50's the names 'Martin & Lewis' on the billboard would guarantee a full house and a queue around the theatre.

Dean & Me is an affectionate account of that partnership. Jerry Lewis describes how they met as solo acts and were struggling along until they found that together they had a chemistry that made America laugh; exactly what was needed in a nation suffering from post war blues. In a way this book can be seen as primarily a story about friendship, because as friends they made it to the top, but when the friendship started to fade and petty jealousies started to creep in the partnership crumbled. Lewis tells us that they only really reconciled in the later years of Dean Martin's life.

Jerry Lewis is honest about the role in played in the break up of the double act after ten successful years. He readily admits that he let his ego get so inflated that his rudeness and arrogance made him difficult to work with. Indeed, on one occasion his behaviour was so bad that the director had to throw him off a film set and ban him from the production. The main reason they split though, was Dean Martin's dissatisfaction at being regarded as being very much the junior partner, playing second fiddle to Lewis, who was thought of at the time as being the much more talented of the two. It is ironic that nowadays it is Dean Martin that is the more popular of the two, his laid back singing having dated far better than Lewis's style of manic comedy.

All in all, a good read, and I won't hold Dean Martins dislike of England, the reasons for which are entertainingly recounted in this book, against him!
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on 15 December 2014
This book had me in stitches funniest book I've read in a while yet has tender moments of an inside look of show biz life two different people yet perfect partners and the truth of some rumurs of the day if you need a good laugh to brighten your day this book is for you even if you never heard of jerry Lewis and dean martin.
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on 19 October 2013
More Jerry on Jerry and very little about Dean except as it reflected on Jerry.
Very rarely did one see Dean through clear glass, but mainly through the mirror through which Jerry was looking at himself. And moreover it wasn't a 3 dimensional mirror. Jerry concealed more than he revealed.
I used to watch their movies as a boy and cracked up. I watched a clip last week and didn't. Nevertheless Jerry left a mark, but Dean's mellifluous mark endures to this moment. That's Amore and Dean verbalised it.
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on 6 November 2010
As I predicted, this book was awesome! It started with laughter and true friendship but turned to bitterness and conflicts with big egos. It was heartbreaking to read how much pain they cost to eachother. It seemed that Lewis was honest in this book and admitted his part in the break up. I liked that. This is truly a great book about love and friendship!
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on 29 May 2013
Just a beautiful book.Very honest and moving I really recommend it.God bless you Dean and Jerry.Also check out the youtube account of Deans life it is beautiful
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on 13 July 2013
This was a really interesting book to read. To learn about the characters behind two very famous people. How they met and started up and their journey.
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on 7 June 2013
I was enthralled by this book, it read so easily. It reads like a great memoir, a man remembering his best friend and the great fun they had together.
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on 24 October 2013
I am reading it at the moment and am enjoying reading about what Jerry has wrote. I don't what the book to end.
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