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Jumping Jacks Details


Although had been filmed right after Martin and Lewis' Lewis, the film was temporarily shelved so that the team could continue their winning streak of military comedies with Jumping Jacks. This time, Dean Martin plays Chick Allen, a paratrooper-in-training whose commanding officer intends to do away with all camp variety shows. In desperation, Chick sends for his old nightclub partner Hap Smith (Jerry Lewis) to change the CO's mind. In order to gain entry to the military base, Hap is forced to pose as a GI, and thus the plot proper gets under way. Most of the "awkward squad" gags are straight out of Abbott and Costello, with Lewis messing up at each and every turn while Martin lags behind for damage control. The film concludes with a routine from Abbot and Costello's Keep 'Em Flying, wherein Martin and Lewis bail out from a plane in flight, with one parachute between them. Robert Strauss repeats his Lewis duties as Lewis' irascible topkick, while nominal leading lady Mona Freeman does practically nothing magnificently. Dean's songs include the deathless "Do the Parachute Jump". ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Dean Martin
as Chick Allen
Jerry Lewis
as Hap Smith
Mona Freeman
as Betty Carter
Don DeFore
as Pvt. Kelsey
Robert Strauss
as Sgt. McCluskey
Richard Erdman
as Dogface Dolan
Ray Teal
as Gen. Timmons
Marcy McGuire
as Julia Loring
Danny Arnold
as Pvt. Evans
Alex Gerry
as Earl White
Edwin Max
as Sam Gilmore
Alex Gerry
as Earl White


Norman Taurog
Hal B. Wallis
Robert Lees
Richard Weil
James Allardice
Daniel L. Fapp
Mack David
Composer (Music Score)
Mack David
Jerry Livingston
Composer (Music Score)
Jerry Livingston
Henry Bumstead
Art Director
Hal Pereira
Art Director
Emile Kuri
Set Designer
Sam Comer
Set Designer
Edith Head
Costume Designer
Robert Sidney