Were Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis in Love?

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Way before Adam Sandler did wacky comedy movies opposite himself, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis were the reigning goofball team of 1950s cinema.

Well, I just dug up a book about the singer/shticker duo by Arthur Marx (son of Groucho), and it points to some real affection that lurked beneath the animosity that ultimately broke them up.

Martin and Lewis, asserts Marx, had "the kind of chemistry that makes for a real love affair."

"The feelings the two of them had for each other during the early days of their romance," he writes, "no doubt stemmed from nothing more than the usual 'latent homosexuality' that psychiatrists claim exists between all close friends of the same sex."

But Marx quotes a source close to the duo saying that this partnership was based on a real infatuation.

"Everything Jerry did was either to amuse or please Dean," he swears. He adds that Jerry craved a laugh from Dean even more than he wanted it from the audience.

The source also says that some of the sketches Jerry wrote for the duo to perform "had a mild homosexual flavor to them"--like one in which Jerry was hurt when, after he cooked a big meal for Dino, the crooner dissed him to go play golf.

"Jerry was always the 'wife' or 'girlfriend' in those situations," writes Marx.

It's so sweet that a Jew and an Italian with fake names could be so deeply, intricately bonded.

Unfortunately, there was one person Jerry Lewis loved even more than Dean Martin, and that was Jerry Lewis!

End of relationship!


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bri_ein
bri_ein

interesting article...jerry seemed gay watching him and dean on yutube....they are very funny, years later

Dean Martin Silver Bells
Dean Martin Silver Bells

Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis were absolutely huge in 1953--starring in nightclubs, on radio, in movies and on television. When they broke up a few years later, Jerry got custody of the comic book. Posted by Steven Thompson ...

kentsmokerguy
kentsmokerguy

Hey pallie, likes thanks Mr. Musto for your profoundly provocative post on the relationship between our Dino and Jerry.  Never was, never will be anyone as cool as the King of Cool...oh, to return to the days when Dino walked the earth.  Know that your Dino-reflections are bein' shared this day with all the pallies gathered 'round ilovedinomartin.

Roberta C Martins
Roberta C Martins

JERRY LEWIS,

VOCÊ É AMADO E QUERIDO POR TODO O BRASIL.

VOCÊ É LINDO, VOCÊ É PERFEITO (POR TODA A ETERNIDADE) ! ! !

EU SOU A SUA MAIOR FÃ DE TODO O UNIVERSO.

JERRY LEWIS

I LOVE YOU ...

ETERNALLY

ROBERTA MARTINS.

Fortaleza-Ceará (BRASIL)

Jay Schiavone
Jay Schiavone

Latent homosexuality? Haven't heard about that stuff since the seventies.  Also, according to Nick Tosches, Martin used to assert that having a deep conversation with another man was as good as sleeping with him.  He preferred to sit in silence when he spent time with another man.Dean's other favorite "gag" was to respond to a reporter's question, "Have you seen Frank Sinatra lately?" by saying, "We slept together last night."

Monsieurpatric
Monsieurpatric

Sounds rather Bostonian.  Humanizes Mr. Lewis.  But human sexuality after all.

Sindinc
Sindinc

Is it sweet because it was a Jew and an Italian, or a Jew and an Italian with fake names? Plenty of Jews and Italians are deeply and intricately bonded. Unless they're faking it.

Bwaybill
Bwaybill

On some level they definitely WERE like a married couple. Shame Jerry had to spoil it all.

Roberta C Martins
Roberta C Martins

QUERO DEIXAR REGISTRADO NESTA PÁGINA O QUANTO JERRY LEWIS É AMADO EM TODO O BRASIL !!!

VOU REPETIR SEMPRE.

JERRY LEWIS ( I LOVE YOU ) !!!

JERRY LEWIS IS BEAUTIFUL !

JERRY LEWIS IS WONDERFULL !

JERRY LEWIS IS PERFECT !!!

ETERNAMENTE,

EU SOU A MAIOR FÃ DE TODO O UNIVERSO DE JERRY LEWIS !!!

ROBERTA MARTINS.

Fortaleza-Ceará ( BRASIL)

mookindahouse
mookindahouse

"There's only ten pounds of Frank, but 100 pounds of cock." - Ava Gardner

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