Directed by Hal Walker
Produced by Hal B. Wallis
Written by James Allardice
Starring Dean Martin
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
British Lion Films (UK)
Release date(s) February 9, 1952
Running time 108 minutes
Sailor Beware is the fifth film that Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis made together. It involves them as a couple of guys who bring their hijinks to the navy when they enlist. Jerry plays Melvin Jones, who is the goofy boy who is allergic to girls (and everything else), while Dean is Al, the suave playboy crooner. Yep, they play the same characters that they almost always did. By this time they had gotten their shtick down pat. Jerry is still quite funny with what he does.
This is not to say that the film is bad, it just seems all too familiar, with very little deviation from the formula that had made Martin & Lewis the most popular comedy team in the world. There are a few funny skits, especially the boxing scene where Jerry has to fight against someone. The songs are quite bland and unmemorable, although the cameo by Betty Hutton does make the film a bit more interesting in the two brief scenes that she’s in. The film is worth a look, especially if you’re a fan of Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis even though there are better movies in their cannon of films.