August 27, 2009

Back in 1950, Sammy Petrillo got a haircut, and then everyone started laughing at him and telling him he looked like Jerry Lewis.

From his obituary:
[A]fter several appearances on television variety shows, Mr. Petrillo moved to Los Angeles, where he teamed up with Duke Mitchell, a singer who sang in the smooth-baritone style of Frankie Laine, Vaughn Monroe — and Dean Martin. They put together a nightclub act based primarily on their impersonations of the comedy team Martin and Lewis.

Based on that, the movie producer Jack Broder cast them in a low-budget comedy, “Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla,” opposite Mr. Lugosi. In the movie they played nightclub performers, stranded on a tropical island, who act very much like Martin and Lewis....

... Mr. Lewis’s eldest son, Gary, said: "When Sammy and the other guy played in that gorilla movie, I remember my dad and Dean saying, 'We got to sue these guys — this is no good.'"

See for yourself:



Bonus: Gary Lewis plays drums and sings.

7 comments:

Jason (the commenter) said...

It doesn't look good. And what was a gorilla doing in the South Pacific?

Maybe I should watch to find out.

John Burgess said...

Thanks for that!

I'd forgotten that belts used to be used as underarm deodorants...

WV: roten, appropriately

Maxine Weiss said...

Priceless.

--Lauren Bacall on Twitter:

http://twitter.com/Lauren_bacall

EDH said...

A pale imitation? Please.

Please, please Hold My Hand.

Pogo said...

I saw that movie when I was a kid. I thought it was Jerry Lewis.

MadisonMan said...

I will say that I have never taken advantage of the fact that I look just like Barack H. Obama. But kudos to Sammy Petrillo for using what God gave him.

vw: gulibi (heh)

Jeff with one 'f' said...

The whole movie is on archive.org:

http://www.archive.org/details/BelaLugosiMeetsaBrooklynGorilla