For 10 years starting in 1946, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis were the hottest comedy team in the U.S. They first conquered nightclubs with their frenetic, freewheeling comedy-music act and even appeared on the first installment of "The Toast of the Town," which later became "The Ed Sullivan Show," in 1948. They got their own radio show on NBC and made their feature film debut in "My Friend Irma" in 1949. Martin and Lewis went on to make a string of hit comedies for Paramount until the team famously split in 1956. Warner Archive recently released several of their comedies on two DVD sets. Among the highlights are 1953's "The Caddy," which features the hit song "That's Amore"; 1955's "Artists and Models"; and their final film together, 1956's "Hollywood or Bust."
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