It Takes Two: Top 25 Best Buddy Comedies

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'Artists and Models' (1955)

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It's been said that the best of Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin's movie work pales in comparison to their nightclub act and the Colgate Comedy Hour bits they did on TV — but this Frank Tashlin-directed comedy about a painter and his comic book-obsessed best friend is a great example of how their schtick worked wonders onscreen. The digs at mid-Fifties pop culture and drolling over va-va-voom starlets have dated badly; the way that Martin's smooth-talker and Lewis' manic manchild turn the "Bat Lady/Fat Lady" banter and a slapstick massage-therapist sequence into comic gold, however, still seems timeless.—DAVID FEAR

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