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Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis were the most successful comedy team of the 20th century, but if you've only seen them in movies, you haven't really seen them.

For years their only legacy was 16 starring films that shoehorned them into predictable situations far removed from the mutual affection and uninhibited slapstick that captivated audiences. That changed when their starring appearances on The Colgate Comedy Hour were released to home video. Fans of old-time radio have also discovered their fine work in that medium. Television and radio gave the team freedom to improvise, as well as showcase favorite night club routines.

More than a chronicle of classic comedy, Side By Side tells the Martin & Lewis story: two friends whose individual ambitions gradually drove a wedge between them that carried into their work. It recounts in detail their legendary feuds and final split, and equally legendary reunions.

About the Author

Michael J. Hayde is an author and popular culture historian specializing in film, television and radio history. His books include Side By Side: Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis on TV and Radio; My Name’s Friday: The Unauthorized but True Story of Dragnet and the Films of Jack Webb; Flights of Fantasy: The Unauthorized but True Story of Radio and TV’s Adventures of Superman, and Chaplin's Vintage Year: The History of the Mutual-Chaplin Specials. Mr. Hayde has appeared on such U.S. television programs as Unsolved Mysteries and TV Land’s Myths and Legends, and is a regular contributor to the annual Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention in Maryland. He lives in Manassas, Virginia with his wife and children.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 514 pages
  • Publisher: BearManor Media
  • Humor & Entertainment / Television

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