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Pardners - Jerry Lewis square dance


The 1956 film Pardners, starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, originally had a square dance sequence with Jerry Lewis as the caller, testimony to the role that square dancing had in American popular culture at that time. Bob Osgood coached Jerry Lewis in the art of dance calling. This short clip is from the trailer, but the actual dance sequence was cut before the film was released. (If anyone has any leads to where we might locate those outtakes, please get in touch.)

In addition to photographs from the rehearsals, we have included the script of the calls.

The captions below were provided by Bob Osgood and were found in his papers at the University of Denver.

001    Choreographer, Nick Castle (standing) looks on as Bob Osgood (foreground) goes over the calls with Jerry Lewis.

002    DEAN MARTIN joins the walk-thru

003    Once the routine has been learned, LEWIS “runs” thru his action with the full cast.

005    OSGOOD rehearsing DEAN MARTIN

006    JERRY LEWIS in rehearsal

007    Close up of LEWIS – same scene as Pic. 003

008    JERRY LEWIS getting tied up in knots in rehearsal

009    “Pardners,” not your every-day, run-of-the-mill square dance

010    JERRY LEWIS in costume with full cast

0011    At table, left: JACK ELAM as Pete; BOB STEELE as Shorty; JERRY LEWIS (center) as Wade. JOHN BARAGREY (at table right) as Dan Hollis.

0012    JERRY LEWIS (center) as Wade.



Bob Osgood Papers, D044, Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado

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