Artists and Models
DIRECTOR: FRANK TASHLIN
CAST: JERRY LEWIS, DEAN MARTIN, SHIRLEY MACLAINE, DOROTHY MALONE
No director intuitively understood the mania of Martin and Lewis like former Merrie Melodies animator Frank Tashlin, who grasped that the duo were an ideal pair of live-action cartoons. In Artists and Models, the team rendered up a perfect Pop Art wig-out in VistaVision, with Jerry an arrested adolescent over-invested in “Bat Lady” comics, Dean a sweet-talking commercial artist who turns his buddy’s nightmares into pulp success, attracting the attention of Shirley MacLaine, Dorothy Malone, and a bevy of international spies.