Dean Martin, portraying himself, is stranded in Climax, Nevada, and becomes the subject of a plot to have him buy the songs of service station operator, Barney (Cliff Osmond) and piano teacher Orville J Spooner (Ray Walston of My Favorite Martian).
Orville is married to Zelda (Felicia Farr) and so jealous when he learns the extent of Dino’s swinging, that he gets rid of her and hires a substitute (Kim Novak as a floozy cocktail waitress called Polly the Pistol).
Orville and Polly are eventually paired and ditto for Zelda and Dino. And the song is sold.
Ray Walston stepped in to replace Peter Sellers, who had completed four and a half weeks of filming before suffering a near-fatal heart attack (pictured at right).
The US National Legion of Decency condemned the movie on its release as unfit for Catholic moviegoers and blasted the film industry for laxity in self-censorship.
Polly the Pistol
Orville J Spooner