Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Scotty's Sharin': Dean Martin in the Movie 'Cannonball Run II' 1984 (Gif)

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Hey pallies, likes our deeply devoted to Dino pallie Scotty-o is likes at it 'gain dudes! In a recent post at his coolest of cool blog "BlueisKewl" Scotty posted a funky 'n fun gif of our most beloved Dino taken from our main man's last big screen performance in "Cannonball Run II."

 It's one of our most fav Dino-moments from the flick where our Dino's cradlin' his ever present Kent cigarette and a bottle of J&B in one hand and in his other hand a glass ready for pourin'.   As we recall, our King of Cool is feelin' some pressure, so as you will see below, after lookin' 'round a bit,  our Dino simply takes some J&B straight from the bottle.

While no one coulda classify this "Cannonball" as a classic flick, it does contain some beautiful brillant moments of actin' by our Dino.  In addition to the moment that our Scotty has shared with us, one of our other fav moments is when our Dino is supposed to be mixin' a batch of martinis for himself and his amore in the bedroom, but when it comes into the bedroom the martini glasses are empty and our Dino quips "When I make a dry martini, I make a dry martini."

We salute our ever-growin'-in-Dino pallie Scotty for his ever faithful search for more and more Dino to share at his blog showin' his deepest of deep devotion to our Dino.  How thrillin' to see how much Scotty has grown in his love of our Dino in less then a year of postin' Dino-treasure.  Keeps it up dude!  To view this in it's original format, simply clicks on the tag of this here Dino-gram.  Dino-always, ever, and only, DMP

Cannonball Run II is a 1984 American comedy film featuring Burt Reynolds and an all-star cast, released by Warner Bros. and Golden Harvest. Like the original Cannonball Run, it is a set around an illegal cross-country race.

The film received eight Golden Raspberry Award nominations at the 1984 Golden Raspberry Awards, including Worst Picture, Worst Actor, and Worst Actress, but no wins.

This was the last of the "formula" comedies for Reynolds. It is also marked the final feature film appearances of Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. Their appearances, coupled with those of Sammy Davis, Jr. and Shirley MacLaine, marked the final on-screen appearance of the old Rat Pack team.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Yesterday In Dino-history: March 29, 1973

Hey pallies, likes  the month of March was a the month for our most beloved Dino to officially break the ties with two of his wifes.   As reported a few days ago, it was on March 23, 1949 that our Dino legally finished his marriage with wife numero uno, Elizabeth Anne McDonald.  And, yesterday is the anniversary of his legal partin' of the ways with wife numero duo.  It was on  March 29 in 1973 that our great man officially ended his marriage to Jeanne Biegger.

Dino has originally sought the divorce from Jeanne after he met, while playin' in 'Vegas baby 'Vegas, 21 year old Miss Gail Renshaw. Our most beloved Dino was stunnin'ly 'n swankly smitten by Renshaw, then servin' as Miss USA.

After a time that amore cooled, and at the point that our Dino's divorce was finalized, Miss Catherine Mae Hawn, a 24 year old beauty parlor receptionist was waitin' in the wings. Our Dino was engaged to Miss Hawn, who would become the third  Mrs. Dean Martin less then a month after our Dino's divorce was finalized from Jeanne.

Likes we truly does find it so interestin' that on the same day of the month of March, but 20 years apart our Dino's richly romantically crooned "Return To Me" in 1953 and then in 1973 legally made it clear that  he was not returnin' to Jeanne.   Likes it is always, always so great to remind ourselves of all these important dates in the life and times of our most most beloved Dino!  Dino-learnin' and growin', DMP

March 29, 1973  Divorce with Jeanne Biegger is final

Yesterday In Dino-history: March 29, 1953

Hey pallies, likes yesterday  is likes 'nother very important day in Dino-history for more then one reason. This first Dino-post reminds us that on this 29th day of March in the year of our Dino 1953 one of our most beloved Dino's most beloved   musical hits, "Return To Me" was released. This is one of those amazin' Dino-classics that features our  Dino croonin' in both English and Italiano...so truly Dino-romantico....

Below via the magic of youtube is a tribute to our Dino featurin' "Return To Me."   Likes we can never ever gets 'nough of our great man...and so yearns for our Dino to return to us.....oh, to return to the days when Dino walked the earth. Enjoys rememberin' this detail of Dino-historial significance and enjoys the Dino-vid... Dino-only, DMP 

btw stay tuned for 'nother piece of Dino-history that took place on March 29 as well....

March 29, 1953 "Return to Me," one of Dean's biggest selling records, is released.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Danny G's Sunday Serenade with Dino: "Forgetting You"

Wake up Pallies! It's Sunday!
 Wakey Wakey Wakey!! Haha!!
 Welcome to 'nother SWINGIN' Sunday Serenade with our BEST pal, Dino!

What a way to end the week! Or start it...whatever works for youse! Ha!
 Hey...Dean's an easy kinda guy. He don't mind when youse stop by, pals.
 All the time or anytime...Dino will be here...waitin'!

Today we find Dean feelin' a bit blue, mi amici. Yes...sounds like it's women troubles once again for Dino.
What's our pal to do?!
 He's tryin' to get his mind off this chicalina...but can't seem to shake her from his thoughts!
 Hey, we ALL been there...right pals?

 "Forgetting You" is a Dino-jam I thinks youse will relate with, pallies. The question is how should we deal with this "o so troublin' situation?!  What kinda advice would youse give our pal? Call her?...Just move on?...MIx up a martini, perhaps?!!! Haha!!
O well, pallies...I'm CON FI DENT Dean will figure it ALL out...he ALWAYS does! Can't keeps a good man down, pals!

What I LOVES most 'bout Dino on this tune...& many others...is how NO MATTER what problems he's facin'...Dean ALWAYS makes it fun!
Good days...Bad days...we ALL have them.
 Take a tip from Dino...KEEP YOUR CHIN UP!
As Mom G. recently reminded me..." Everythin' works out in the end".

OK...let's get thins' swingin', pals!
 Now go mix that martini...the rest will fall into place! Haha!!

When they tell you I'm dating
With somebody new
Don't you know that I'm playing a part
Forgetting you

I still want you to want me
Though you said we're through
Can't you see that I don't want to start
Forgetting you

I tried to stay at home and pace the floor and watch the clock routine
'til I began to see your face in every magazine
I don't want other kisses
Only yours will do
Don't you know that it's breaking my heart
Forgetting you

I tried to stay at home and pace the floor and watch the clock routine
'til I began to see your face in every magazine
I don't want other kisses
Only yours will do
Don't you know that it's busting my heart
Forgetting you
Forgetting you
Forgetting you

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Italian Cooking Class with Dean Martin & Guido

Hey pallies, likes lately dudes google Dino-'lerts have simply been brimmin' with more and more amore of our most beloved Dino....so so many Dino-homagin' vids that we can't possibly keeps up with postin' all of 'em....but likes we does likes to post some of the most unique ones....and likes today's Dino-gram to youse is a ubber ubber unique way of liftin' of our great great man mixin' an Italiano cookin' class with our Dino's  croonin' "That's Amore" as background inspiration.

From the new-to-ilovedinomartin blog "Italian Recipe...Videos For Lovers Of Italian Food" comes a vid filmed  "in medieval hilltop town of Toffia, near Rome, Italy."  Likes we gets a wee peek into "Guido’s Kitchen" where some pallies appear to be learnin' the fine art of rollin' out crust for the makin' of some pizza pies.

Likes we knows that our Dino is the incredibly  immense inspirational for all parts of a pallies life. And, as we sees is this short vid our King of Cool croonin' 'bout "When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie" is the coolest of the cool inspiration for pallies learnin' the craft of rollin' our dough for the creatin' of the perfecto pizza pie!  Now likes how remarkably rad is that pallies?!?!?!?!  Likes dudes totally totally rad in our Dino-opinion!

We thanks the pallies at "Italian Recipe....Videos For Lovers Of Italian Food" and the folks at Guido's Kitchen for sharin' this fun fun way of swankly salutin' our most beloved Dino and showin' us 'gain how the life, times, and teachin' of our Dino apply to each and every nook and cranny of a devotee's life!  To checks this out in it's original format, simply clicks on the tag of this here Dino-report.  Dino-inspired, DMP

Italian Cooking Class with Dean Martin & Guido

Friday, March 27, 2015

Dean Martin clock

Hey pallies, likes are we psyched  or what dudes!!!!!   Google Dino-'lerts recently sent us to one of the funniest of the fun Dino-homagin' vids that we have ever been privileged to view pallies!  Tagged "Dean Martin clock" it shows the coolest creativity of a hooked-on-Dino youngen  who has hooked up one of those fabulous Dino-croonin' dolls to a cuckoo clock and on the hour the clock sets off the Dino-doll singin' either "That's Amore" or "Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime."

Of course, what we loves most is seein' such Dino-devotion from one so so young.  The Deanager who has made this vid appears not yet to be a teenager in age....we gets just a glimpse of him at about 4:42 and we can't tell by his accent where he hails from....but likes we find it so so refreshin' that 'nother of today's youth is already turned on to our most beloved Dino at such a tender age.

We loves! loves! loves! listenin' to this young man as he sings 'long with the Dino-croonin' doll!  Our newly found Dino-devotee is tagged "mdconner505" on youtube and we think that perhaps his first name is Max. We woulda  loves to hear his testimony of comin' to lovin' our Dino as a wee one.  It's heartwarmin' vids likes this one that makes us completely certain that the Dino-light continues to glow ever Dino-bright knowin' that every next generation will be turnin' on to our one and only King of Cool...just like Max!

ilovedinomartin salute Max for his Dino-creativity and for sharin' it with his viewers
and for lettin' us know of his powerfully pure passion for our main man.  We are absolutely awed and incredibly inspired by this act of deep devotion to our Dino!   In Dino, DMP

Dean Martin clock

Thursday, March 26, 2015

In my family, we are undoubtedly Team Dean.

Hey pallies, likes all faithful Dino-holics gathered  'rounds these Dino-parts know how mucho much we digs the incredibly immense interest in all thin's Dino from each 'n every part of the Dino-universe and how mucho much we thrills to put the accent on internationale Dino-devotion and how infrequently we pause to share Dino-emulation with youse 'cause if we did, that woulda be all we coulda share.

Recently we made a rare exception to our rule of sharin' Dino-emulation when we shared a trio of posts on the most marvelous of ops to enjoy Dino-tunes in the likes of Timisoara, Romania.....see  here and  here and  here.  We just couldn't resist 'cause it is so so spectacular 'n stunnin' to know that there are folks in Romania who are deeply devoted to our most beloved Dino.  On quite a similar note, today we shares that our Dino will be havin' some awesome adulation in Stockholm, Sweden on April 26 -28.  This news is shared by scriber  Embla Sue Panova on the website tagged "undifferentiated Cinema TV."

While as is often the case, the translation from Swedish to English leaves something to be desired, our hearts are wondrously warmed by how Miss Panova speaks of her obvious deep, pure, and true devotion to our  most beloved Dino sayin'...."One of my biggest idols are anyway Dean Martin"...and
"In my family, we are undoubtedly Team Dean."  Likes we also totally totally digs the tag of her wondrously wise words, "See Dean Martin live (-ish)" and the tag of the live performance, "The Dean Martin Experience."

Likes the case with the Timisoara, Romania Dino-concert, we woulda totally totally be in Dino-rapture if we coulda goes off to Stockholm to see this Dino-effort!  We salutes Miss Embla Sue Panova and all the pallies at "unidfferentiated Cinema TV" for spreadin' the news of this Dino-programme and for Miss Panova speakin' so proudly and powerfully of her aduation of our main man.  To checks this out in it's original source, as usual, simply clicks on the tag of this here Dino-report.  Dino-raptured, DMP

 btw pallies, likes we are absolutely awed by Miis Panova's choice of Dino-vid to share....our Dino croonin' "It's A Marshmallow World" for a Bob  Hope Christmas Special...it is indeed one of our most fav of fav Dino-performances of all Dino-time!

See Dean Martin live (-ish)

Post by Embla Sue Panova March 19, 2015


When it comes to music , very few of my idols, I can see live. It's mostly because almost everyone is dead. It becomes easy so when your Spotify named "modern" features songs by Audio Bullys from 2003.

One of my biggest idols are anyway Dean Martin, a fairly difficult artist to get to Way Out West. And almost even harder're getting that time travel to Las Vegas on 50, 60s. But on the other hand, one can get the second best, namely, The Dean Martin Experience, at the Scala Theatre in Stockholm on 26 / 4-28 / 4, when they reunited to perform three gigs in connection with the band celebrates 20 years.

In my family, we are undoubtedly Team Dean. We have always said that Frank Sinatra is for amateurs, people who think they like swing / entertainment but not taken to the actual proceeds are not necessarily lies in taking perfect tone (and herself too seriously), but in charming ass off its audience. It could Dean. And it can also Niklas Sojde who shoulders the mantle as the man Elvis nicknamed the King of Cool. (Just the !!!)

(Yes, it was better before! Just look :)

In true Dean spirit enters his scene with a glass of whiskey (the dispute was the healthy Dean really was småfull on stage and in her own show, or if it was his gimmick. When he was at the end appeared with open fly there may have been a clue about how things were ...). And after that the band (made up of members who are all named "Frank") described by an intro checking his watch and asks how long he has been driving. Then, the evening started with a single long cavalcade of cruel hits (Sway, Things, That's Amore, You Belong To Me, Volare, etc.) and well-timed one-liners, often followed up by a small drum roll.

During our headline Extras, we can add up exactly what stage we feel like doing, so really I do not need to excuse the shameless advertising of Sweden's best live bands. But do you want to prompt a movie clutch, I think that Dean does well even on the silver screen, such as in movies like Grand Slam in Las Vegas and Rio Bravo.

Do not have an eye on Dean - or even worse: you think Frank Sinatra is the height of entertainment? Think again. And book tickets for the phase, closer Las Vegas in the 60s can not be accessed.

Written by Embla Sue Panova
Copywriter who loves zombie movies, superheroes and almost anything from the British Empire . Is basically grew up in a cinema , but has not been specifically refined taste of it. It thus makes it no texts about difficult thin films - if they do not come from Britain, of course!

Se Dean Martin live (-ish)!
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När det kommer till musik är det väldigt få av mina idoler jag kan se live. Det beror mest på att nästan alla är döda. Det blir ju lätt så när ens Spotifylista med namnet ”modernt” innehåller låtar med Audio Bullys från 2003.

En av mina största idoler är i alla fall Dean Martin, en hyfsat svår artist att få till Way out west. Och nästan ännu svårare är ju att få den där tidsresan till Las Vegas på 50, 60-talet. Men däremot kan man få second best, nämligen The Dean Martin Experience, på Scalateatern i Stockholm den 26/4-28/4, då de återförenas för att göra tre spelningar i samband med att bandet firar 20 år.

I min familj är vi tveklöst Team Dean. Vi har alltid sagt att Frank Sinatra är för amatörerna, folk som tror de gillar swing/entertainment men inte har fattat att den verkliga behållningen inte nödvändigtvis ligger i att ta perfekt ton (och sig själv på för stort allvar) utan i att charma häcken av sin publik. Det kunde Dean. Och det kan även Niklas Sojde som axlar manteln som mannen Elvis gav smeknamnet The king of cool. (Bara det!!!)

(Ja det var bättre förr! Kolla bara:)

I sann Dean-anda äntrar han scenen med ett glas whiskey (det tvistades ju friskt om Dean verkligen var småfull på scenen och i sin egen show eller om det var hans gimmick. När han på slutet uppträdde med öppen gylf kan det dock varit en ledtråd om hur det stod till…). Och efter att bandet (som består av medlemmar som alla heter ”Frank”) rivit av ett intro kollar han på klockan och frågar hur länge han har kört. Sedan är kvällen igång med en enda lång kavalkad av grymma hits (Sway, Things, That’s Amore, You Belong To Me, Volare osv) och vältajmade oneliners, inte sällan uppföljda av en liten trumvirvel.

Under vår rubrik Extramaterial kan vi ju lägga upp precis vad fasen vi har lust med, så egentligen behöver jag ju inte ursäkta denna skamlösa reklam för Sveriges bästa liveband. Men vill du prompt ha en filmkoppling så tycker jag att Dean gör sig väl även på vita duken, till exempel i filmer som Storslam i Las Vegas och Rio Bravo.

Har du ingen koll på Dean – eller ännu värre: du tror att Frank Sinatra är höjden av underhållning? Tänk igen. Och boka biljett för fasen, närmare Las Vegas på 60-talet går inte att komma.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

One of my favorite songs, sung by one of my favorite artists...Dean Martin

Hey pallies, likes once 'gain thanks to the great great pallies at google Dino-'lerts we have yet 'nother tremendously  touchin' tribute to our most most beloved Dino accentin' how  the life, the times, and the teachin's of our Dino have deeply deeply touched the life of 'nother Dino-devotee.

From the online presence of Hillsboro, Ohio's "THE HIGHLAND COUNTY PRESS" comes some powerfully pure 'n poignant prose from the pen of columnist Mr. Steve Rousch.  Rousch's column"At the right place at the right time" lovin'ly begins with the retellin' of that amazin' story of how our King of Cool found himself recordin' his hugest of huge croon that knocked the Beatles off the charts.  Of course that tune is "Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime" and the year was 1964.

As wondrous as Steve's retellin' of the fabulous Dino-tale is, what is truly swank 'n stunnin' is how this cool columnist  shares how his personal life story has intersected not only with that amazin' Dino-event, but also with the lyrics of the croon as well....showin' 'gain the transformin' power that our Dino's life and teachin's have!  Likes, we don't wanna goes into the details of  Rousch's remarks in our comments 'cause why woulda youse  need to read his column?  So, simply read on to see the powerfully perfect way that our Dino has intersected Steve's personal life.

We send out our deepest of deep Dino-appreciato to Mr. Steve Rousch and all the pallies at "THE HIGHLAND COUNTY PRESS" for this tremendously touchin' remarkable read.  To checks it out in it's original source, simply clicks on the tag of this here Dino-gram.  Dino-awed, DMP

3/24/2015 11:14:00 AM
At the right place at the right time
Happy Birthday, Helen!

Steve Roush

Steve Roush
HCP columnist

“Everybody loves somebody sometime. Everybody falls in love somehow. Something in your kiss just told me, my sometime is now. Everybody finds somebody someplace. There's no telling where love may appear. Something in my heart keeps saying my someplace is here…” – “Everybody Loves Somebody,” by Sam Coslow, Taylor Irving and Ken Lane

Ladies and gentlemen, sometimes you never know when you’ll catch lightning in a bottle – or simply be at the right place at the right time.

One of my favorite songs, sung by one of my favorite artists, was penned back in 1947. The tune, “Everybody Loves Somebody” had been recorded quite a few times over the years, but really hadn’t seen much success.

As the story goes, in 1964, Ken Lane was playing piano for Dean Martin during a recording session, and with a little bit of studio time left, Lane suggested that the crooner record his tune. Deano agreed, and as they say, the rest is history.

Martin, who hadn’t had a Top 40 hit since 1958, quickly had the song re-recorded for his next album, adding a full orchestra and chorus, and Dean’s label, Reprise Records, titled the LP “Everybody Loves Somebody.”

Martin, who was born in Steubenville, Ohio, famously told his teenage son, “I’m gonna knock your pallies off the charts,” and in August of 1964, “Everybody Loves Somebody” bumped the Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night” off the No. 1 spot on Billboard.

Not long afterward, the tune replaced “That’s Amore” as Dean’s signature song, and when Dean Martin passed away on Christmas Day in 1995, he was buried at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles.

His grave marker features the epitaph, “Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime.”

A year before that, in early 1994, I was a sophomore at Ohio State University. On a bitterly cold and snowy winter morning, I was driving my 1984 Ford Thunderbird toward campus to take a midterm in a political science class. I turned on the radio, and soon heard that for the first time since the blizzard of 1978, the campus was closed for the day due to the extreme cold and snow.

Folks, I was one happy camper. I wasn’t fully prepared for the midterm anyway, so I drove back to my apartment and went back to bed.

The midterm was rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 21, 1994.

That morning, I remember driving into campus and parking my car near St. John Arena, where the Buckeyes played basketball in those days. I walked over to Hitchcock Hall to take the midterm, and I was a several minutes early and another class was still in the lecture hall.

I sat down next to a young lady who was wearing a Dallas Cowboys jacket. She had her textbook open and was feverishly looking over her notes, but I introduced myself anyway.

After some brief chit chat, the bell rang and students began pouring out of lecture hall.

We got up, walked in and I once again sat down beside the young lady I had just met a few moments earlier. The teaching associates passed out the midterms to the large class of a few hundred folks and the test began.

About an hour later, I still had quite a bit of the examination left to complete when my classmate stood up and put on her Dallas Cowboys jacket. As she began to walk her completed midterm up to the proctors, I got her attention and whispered, “Hey, will you wait for me?”

When I finished the last question, looked over the midterm and finally turned it in, I left the lecture hall – and found the young lady wearing the Dallas Cowboys jacket sitting there waiting for me.

On Feb. 21, 1994, I had been alive exactly 7,700 days.

As I type this, I’ve been alive exactly 7,700 days since Feb. 21, 1994.

I can now say I’ve known my wife for half my life – and today, March 24, by the way, is her birthday.

Ladies and gentlemen, life is short and often unpredictable.

What if Ken Lane had never asked Dean Martin to sing a song Lane had helped compose close to two decades earlier? What if I had never sat down beside the girl with the Dallas Cowboys coat in that crowded lecture hall off of Lane Avenue in Columbus more than two decades ago? What if I had never asked her to wait? What if she had been in a hurry, or simply had chosen not to wait?

Guess we’ll never know, and I’m glad I’ll never find out.

Everybody loves somebody sometime, and although my dreams were overdue. Your love made it well worth waiting for someone like you…

Steve Roush is a vice president of an international media company and a columnist and contributing writer for The Highland County Press.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Scotty's Sharin': Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, and Dean Martin

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Hey pallies, likes  our deeply deeply devoted to  Dino dude, Scotty-o has struck pay dirt 'gain with some fine fine photos of our main man with two of his bestest of best pallies, Mr. Frank Sinatra and Mr. Bing Crosby.   As youse indulge in the pleasure of viewin' the quintessential quartet of candids that Scotty has shared at his ever cool blog, "BlueisKewl," note the terrific times these three pallies are havin' as they rehearse an episode of Mr. Sintra's show for Bulova in October of 1959.

Likes, these are pixs that 'gain we can ever remember seein' before, and we are most most appreciative of our pallie Scotty's searchin' and sharin' 'em with us.  We are thrilled to see Scotty so powerfully and proudly sharin' his awesome appreciato of our most beloved Dino at his personal pad!

Thanks ever ever so much Scotty for continuin' to do you part in the 'cause of keepin' the Dino-light glowin' Dino-bright!  To checks this out in it's original source at Scotty's site, simply clicks on the tag of this here Dino-report.  Always, Dino, Always, DMP

Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, and Dean Martin Rehearse for an Episode of 'The Frank Sinatra Show' October 1959


The Frank Sinatra Show (also known as Bulova Watch Time) was an American musical variety series hosted by Frank Sinatra from 1950 to 1952. The series aired on CBS. As with many variety shows of the time, the show was broadcast live and was recorded via kinescope. Some episodes were 30 minutes long while others were 60 minutes. At least one episode aired in a 45-minute time-slot.

Monday, March 23, 2015

On This Day In Dino-history: March 23, 1949

Hey pallies, likes today is 'nother memorable day in the life and times of our most beloved Dino. It was on this date, March 23, in the year of 1949 that our Dino's divorce to his first wife Elizabeth Anne McDonald was finalized.

The marriage had produced four prodigy for our Dino...Stephen Craig (born June 29, 1942), Claudia Dean ( born March 16, 1944), Barbara Gail (born April 11, 1945) and Deana (Dina) (born August 19, 1948).

Likes waitin' in the wings was beauty queen Miss Jeanne Biegger, who tied the knot with our Dino just a few short months later.  Ain't it likes  always always so so great to grow in our knowledge of all these Dino-details?!?!?!?!?

 Keeps lovin' and learnin' 'bout our Dino! Dino-always, DMP

March 23, 1949 Betty and Dean's divorce is final

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Danny G's Sunday Serenade with Dino: "It's 1200 miles From Palm Springs To Texas"

Hey pallies! How's thins'? Welcome to the FIRST...OFFICIAL...Sunday Serenade of Spring 2015!!!
 What gives?
 Why am I only hearin' crickets?
Is this thin' on?!
 No cheers?! No celebratin'?!  Haha!

I know...I know...IT'S SNOWIN'! IT'S FREEZIN'! Ol' Man Winter is playin' hard ball!
 Doesn't wanna leave town!
Believe me, pals...I'm wantin' some nice & warm sunshiny days too!
 Look...lf we gots to wait...a wee bit longer...for a REAL Spring day...I'm gonna do my BESTEST to bring Spring to us!

I found us a RARE little tune that was actually written SPECIFICALLY for Dean!
From what I've read, pallies...Dino was residin' in sunny Palm Springs, FLA., in April of 1958...& was asked to record a number for their annual...week long parade called the "Desert Circus".
 Just so happens that one of Dean's neighbors & pallie was famous song writer Sammy Cahn...or was it Jimmy Van Heusen? Well...was one of those fellas. Either way...they came up with "It's 1200 Miles From Palm Springs To Texas". (Texas was the theme that year) Dino was the OB VI OUS choice to get this jam swingin' & make the parade the best ever!
What a FESTIVAL it musta been, pals!

 Now thins' may STILL be cold & wintery here in good ol' New England, mi amici...but...no matter WHERE youse is...this Springtime Serenade is SURE to make it feel like your partyin' with Dean...in HOT & SUNNY Palm Springs!!!

It's 1200 miles from Palm Springs to Texas
But tonight it's right next door
For a week each year, it's the old frontier
That's what brings them here, western atmosphere
You can't tell the dudes from real riding cowboys
When they sashay across the floor
There's the circus means, lots and lots of thrills
Folks from Houston yeah, and from Beverly Hills
Clowning from the Shamrock right to the Almiera door
You'll find it's 1200 miles from Palm Springs to Texas
But tonight it's right next door
Do you see that parade
Do you hear that parade
Coming down Palm Canyon drive
Well, if you see that parade
Come on and cheer that parade
If you're 8 or 85
Who's that riding up ahead
Why it's the Governor of Texas someone said
What's he doing up this way
Why it's Palm Springs and Texas day
Ah, you can't tell the dudes from real riding cowboys
When they sashay across the floor
Folks are trading in all their Cadillacs
For those pinto ponies and cowhide slacks
And there's no one left down at Neiman Marcus' Store
Because it's 1200 miles from Palm Spring to Texas
But tonight it's right next door

Friday, March 20, 2015

On This Day In Dino-history: March 21, 1964

Dean Martin's hand and footprint ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theater

Hey pallies, likes on a much much much more happy note, it was also on this day, March 21, in the year of our Dino, 1964 that  our most most most beloved Dino  graciously consented to have his  handprints cemented at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

Likes pallies  truly truly we coulda never ever be in better hands then when we place ourselves in the huge huge hands of our Dino.   When we gets to take our Dino-pilgrimage west, we most certainly will place our hands where Dino placed his and feel the  marvelous magic of bein' where our Dino has been.

Likes we are thrilled to be able to share a candid pose of our Dino and fam Martin at Grauman's the day this delightful Dino-event occurred.  Likes how cool to see all of Dino's prodigy sharin' in this marvelous moment in the life and times of our King of Cool.

ilovedinomartin salutes Mr. Ron Smith at his timeless blog, "Eight Days A Week" for remindin' the universe this very day of this remarkable event in the life and times of our most beloved Dino.  Mr. Smith's original postin' is no longer at his blog, so we can't sends you there to see it.

Homagin' Our Most Beloved Dino and His Most Beloved Boypallie Dino Jr.

Hey pallies, as we remember the most solemn of solemn days in the life and times of our most beloved Dino as we remember the tragic passin' of his beloved prodigy Dino Jr., we felt oh so led to share the one and only big screen scene that our Dino and his boypallie Dino Jr. ever did together. It's from the bestest of the best Matt Helm flick "Murders' Row" and features our Dino and Dino Jr. and Miss Ann-Margret havin' a brief encounter at a discotheque where "Dino, Desi, and Billy' are gigin'....and our Dino and Miss Ann Margret are swingin'!

Dino Jr.: "Hey, now you're swingin' dad.
Dino: "Dad?"
Ann-Margret: "He calls everybody dad."
Dino: "Don't he know?"
Ann-Margret: "It's a wise son who knows his own father."
Dino: "The way they're wearin' their hair now adays, it's a wise father who
know his own son."

This is our fav of fav scenes in all of the Matt Helm quartet of flicks. Loves seein' the chemistry between the Martin boys!!!!!. Above is the powerfully potent pix of our most beloved Dino and his beloved boypallie Dino Jr. sharin' their brief banter.

Below is a little gif we have created of Dino Jr. with Desi and Billy singin' "If You're Thinkin' What I'm Thinkin'" as our Dino and Miss Ann Margret are fruggin' at the  discotheque

Murderer's Row 1966 Spy Spoof Dean Martin Ann-Margret

On This Day In Dino-history: March 21, 1987

(Ed. note....sorry to say pallies, but we are goin' be offline tomorrow, so we are doin' a bit of Dino-historical postin' a bit early.  Keeps lovin' our most beloved Dino!)

Hey pallies, likes  it was 28 long years 'go on this day,  21 March 1987, our Dino's beloved boypallie, Captain Dino Jr., while pilotin' a Guard F-4 Phantom fighter jet for the California Air National Guard, crashed the plane in California's San Bernardino Mountains during a snowstorm. Dino Jr. and his Weapons System Officer, Ramon Ortiz, were both killed in the crash.  Truly it is the saddest and most somber day in the life of our most beloved Dino.

Likes his incredible Daddy-o, Dino Jr. was a renaissance man of extraordinary talents.....singer, actor, tennis pro, pilot. Dino Jr. was destined to become heir apparent to the throne of our King of Cool, but likes that was so so tragicly cut short by the crash of the jet on that darkest of dark days in the life of our Dino.

The demise of Dino Jr. began the demise of our Dino himself. Our great man simply lost the will to live without his prodigy by his side. Truth be told, probably the only man that our Dino looked up to was his beloved namesake Dino Jr.

Below is a picture of Dino Jr.'s gravesite and a bit of information on Dino Jr. and the location of the grave. We thanks the pad Seeing Stars for this picture and information. To checks this out in it's original format, as usual, just click on the tag of these Dino-reflections. Also included below is a brief footage  of the memorial service for Dino Jr.  Dino-sadly, DMP

The Grave of Dean Martin Jr.

Dino, the son of Dean Martin, part of the 60's pop band "Dino, Desi, and Billy." An Air Force Captain, he was killed when his plane crashed into a mountain; buried at the huge military National Cemetery in Los Angeles, California. His grace is against the south fence bordering Wilshire Blvd, in Section 419, grave P-28.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Historically important as the first starring feature of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis,

Hey pallies, likes perhaps it's the luck of the Irish, but just as we recently celebrated our most beloved Dino O'Martin singin' "Irish Lullaby" from "At War With The Army" on Tuesday (St. Patrick's Day), today we share with you a review of a new edition of said Dino-flick that releases in Blue Ray and regular dvd on March 24.

From the all thin's dvd pad, "DVDtalk" comes Mr. Stuart Galbraith IV review of our Dino and Mr. Lewis starrin' vehicle "At War With The Army."  We appreciate Galbraith's honest and candid comments on this least of all the Martin and Lewis feature films.  The only thin' that we would beg to differ with is that he does not chose our Dino singin' "Irish Lullaby" to Mr. Lewis as a "standout moment" in the film.  He does name two that we also concur with, but to our way of Dino-thinkin', our Dino gently croonin' "Irish Lullaby" is the bestest of the best moments hands down.

We appreciate knowin' that the Blue Ray edition is of quite fine quality, for as Stuart reports, "It's one of the very rare public domain offerings that, for once, doesn't look like one."  We sezs  our Dino-appreciato to Mr. Stuart Galbraith and all the folks at "DVDtalk" for gettin' this information out to Dino-holics everywhere.  To checks this out in it's original format, simply clicks on the tag of this here Dino-gram.  Dino-reportin', DMP  btw, checks back tomorrow for Stu's terrific take on "Kiss Me Stupid."

At War with the Army (Blu-ray)
Kino // Unrated // March 24, 2015 // Region A
List Price: $24.95

Review by Stuart Galbraith IV | posted March 15, 2015


I'd held back on watching At War with the Army (1950), Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis's starring debut, specifically because that was their one movie that had fallen into the public domain. Years back I made it through about five minutes of one those Dollar Video versions, but it looked terrible and I stopped watching.

When the new Blu-ray of At War with the Army was announced, I assumed it was an officially-licensed-from-Paramount release via Olive Films, but it turns out to be yet another public domain offering, this time from a company called Ignite Films, releasing though Kino Lorber. The good news is that, despite this, their release of sources what appears to be a pretty good 35mm print. The beginning of each reel is scuffed-up, but it's only a modest notch or two below what Paramount might have offered Olive Films by way of an original camera negative. It's one of the very rare public domain offerings that, for once, doesn't look like one.

Martin and Lewis had already appeared in My Friend Irma (1949), playing supporting characters in that modest comedy, which starred Marie Wilson and Diana Lynn. Nearly a decade before Abbott & Costello did the same trick for a movie called One Night in the Tropics (1940), stealing attention away from its de facto stars. And just as Abbott & Costello followed that inauspicious debut with a cheap army comedy, Buck Privates (1941), Martin and Lewis followed suit. At War with the Army looks even cheaper than Buck Privates, though soon their comedies for Paramount would be far classier productions than Abbott & Costello's movies for Universal. Based on a stage play, three-fourths of it is confined to two adjacent rooms. Nevertheless, it was a huge hit, earning rentals (not grosses) of $3.35 million, making it one of the most successful films relative to its cost in Paramount's history.

This is even more staggering when one considers what a dreadful movie it is. Except for a couple of brief moments with the team and one hilarious sequence with Jerry, it's pretty terrible. The cause of all this rottenness is that, unlike Buck Privates, which ingeniously built its slim plot around some of Abbott & Costello's best burlesque routines, At War with the Army is an extremely stagy adaptation of a same-named Broadway play by James B. Allardice that ran an unremarkable 151 performances with, apparently, Gary Merrill and William Lanteau in the roles reworked for and played by Martin and Lewis. For 90% of the picture, Martin and Lewis don't function in the usual comedy team manner at all.

Pvt. 1st Class Alvin Korwin (Lewis) and Sgt. Victor Puccinelli (Martin) had been best pals and songwriting partners but, with the (Second World) War in full swing, Puccinelli regards Korwin as a pest and the to spend most of the story apart from one another. (Foreshadowing the over-abuse Martin dishes out to Lewis in these pictures, in their very first scene together Puccinelli repeatedly tells Korwin to "Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!")

Puccinelli hates his desk job and wants a transfer overseas to join the fighting. Korwin wants a pass to visit his wife and newborn baby, as well as convince Puccinelli to record a song they've written on one of those "record your own voice" record-making machines once popular but now extinct.

The movie awkwardly shoehorns the pair into theatrical material that's more an ensemble piece, and a very mild satire of army base life. Various other characters have their own barely amusing comic subplots, while Dean and Jerry alternate between what their counterparts did in the original show and special material obviously written for the movie.

Jerry, on KP duty, sings an okay novelty song by Mack David and Jerry Livingston called "Beans," while Dean croons a fairly good number by the same songwriters, "Tonda Wanda Hoy," which Jerry spoofs later in the picture. But the movie is no Buck Privates; it's not even much better than Laurel & Hardy's terrible Buck Privates rip-off, Great Guns (1941). Really the only reason to watch At War with the Army at all are for two standout moments in this overlong (93-minute) film.

The first has Dean and Jerry performing at a nightclub, where Dean does a dead-on impersonation of Bing Crosby, while Jerry is an equally uncanny imitation of Irish character actor Barry Fitzgerald (together they spoof a scene from Going My Way).

The other, even bigger highlight has Korwin going AWOL, disguising himself as a woman. Usually in comedies like this the man in drag, while never believable as a woman to the movie audience, is accepted as a one in the movie, often attracting unwanted attention from the story's manly nemesis. Here, however, the inspired sequence goes in an entirely different direction, possibly a first in film comedy. Jerry, with his then-gaunt features and hairy arms and chest, in drag resembles something like a Marquis chimp. Upon arriving at the nightclub, patrons are downright alarmed by the sight, which they find physically revulsive and recoil, almost in horror.

Video & Audio

Filmed in black-and-white and in standard 1.37:1 format, At War with the Army is missing the original Paramount logo and shows signs of damage at the beginning of reels, but otherwise this is an excellent transfer for a public domain title. As it appears that a 35mm theatrical print was sourced, the 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio mono (English only, no subtitles) likewise is less than perfect, with its share of pops and other imperfections, though it's not bad. No Extra Features.

Parting Thoughts

Historically important as the first starring feature of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, At War with the Army perversely keeps them apart most of the time, in a tepid vehicle clearly trying to repeat the star-making success of Buck Privates, but which fails to understand what made that earlier picture so good. Still, fans of the team will want to have this, and despite its public domain label source, the transfer is surprisingly good. Marginally Recommended.

Stuart Galbraith IV is the Kyoto-based film historian and publisher-editor of World Cinema Paradise. His credits include film history books, DVD and Blu-ray audio commentaries and special features.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Scotty's Sharin': Powerfully Perfect Poses Of Our Most Beloved Dino

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Hey pallies, likes our Dino-devoted pallie Scotty has struck Dino-gold once 'gain in likes the hugest of huge Dino-ways at his very cool blog, "BlueisKewl."  Likes when we went over to Scotty's site last evenin' we were likes totally totally smitten by a couple of Dino-poses that he had just shared. Likes they seem to us to be pixs of our most beloved Dino snapped durin' his early years as a performer.

Likes these are two Dino-images that we don't ever remember seein' before, and likes we knows if we had, we woulda certainly remembered viewin' 'em.  We are especially taken by the first pose and it certainly is the most powerfully perfect  example of our most beloved Dino's most irresistible glance.
Likes we ain't got a clue where our Scotty's wrestled up these classic images, but we are thrilled he did!

We salutes our pallie Scotty for his on-goin' efforts in spreadin' amore of our Dino at his blog.  We just wishes that the Dino-world was filled with tons more pallies with Scotty's awesome adulation of our main man.  To checks this out in it's original format, simply clicks on the tag of this here Dino-report.  Dino-awed, DMP

Dean Martin (born Dino Paul Crocetti; June 7, 1917 – December 25, 1995) was an American singer, actor, comedian, and film producer.

One of the most popular and enduring American entertainers of the mid-20th century, Martin was nicknamed the "King of Cool" for his seemingly effortless charisma and self-assuredness. He and Jerry Lewis were partners in the immensely popular comedy team "Martin and Lewis". He was a member of the "Rat Pack" and a star in concert stage/nightclubs, recordings, motion pictures, and television. He was the host of the television variety program The Dean Martin Show (1965–1974) and The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast (1974–1985).

Martin's relaxed, warbling crooning voice earned him dozens of hit singles including his signature songs "Memories Are Made of This", "That's Amore", "Everybody Loves Somebody", "You're Nobody till Somebody Loves You", "Sway", "Volare", and "Ain't That a Kick in the Head?".