MacLaine and Martin were the stars of a sprightly romantic comedy called All in a Night's Work, and her funny cameo with him Ocean's 11 is one of the highlights of the Las Vegas caper movie starring Frank Sinatra and his famed Rat Pack. Their chemistry works again in What A Way To Go! Nobody played a hot mess of a hipster better than Dino. He was so excellent at it and such a natural entertainer that, I feel, it often eclipsed his dramatic skills. He never got the acting accolades that Sinatra did, but Dean Martin was deserving of them. Lot at his work in Career, Rio Bravo and The Young Lions co-starring Montgomery Clift and Marlon Brando.
The movies also boasts three Gene Kelly dance numbers. The big splashy movie musical fantasy number allows Shirley MacLaine to be Gene's partner and remind us that she started her career as a Broadway dancer. The original songs are good. Kelly's bar/restaurant number is a sweet catchy tune that would work in cabaret acts today.
What do they have in common? Gene Kelly dancing in a nautical outfit, choreography by Gene Kelly, a screenplay and new songs written by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, and hairstyles by Sydney Guilaroff. Enjoy.