Bill Miller (Dean Martin) is an unsuccessful Broadway performer until his agent Leo Lyman, (Eddie Mayehoff), convinces him to enhance his singing/accordion act with a stooge – ex stock room boy Ted Rogers (Jerry Lewis) – positioned in the audience to be the butt of Bill’s jokes.
But Ted begins to steal the show and his girlfriend, Genevieve ‘Frecklehead’ Tait, (Marion Marshall), Leo, and even Bill’s wife Mary, (Polly Bergen) tell Bill to make Ted an equal partner.
Bill’s failure to realise that he is actually part of a successful double act finally threatens to alienate everyone close to him and even end his marriage.
Though filmed in 1951, The Stooge was not released until 1953 due to its dramatic theme which made studio execs nervous.
Theodore ‘Ted’ Rogers
Mary Turner Miller
Genevieve ‘Frecklehead’ Tait