The story plays out in Climax, Nevada, a name not lost on the sleazy Vegas entertainer, Dino (played to a tee by sleazy Vegas entertainer, Dean Martin!), who is forced to make a detour to and then a stop-over in this seemingly model small-town USA. Two wannabe song-writers plot to have him hear their tunes and the comedy begins. As always Wilder's casting is consummate, though surprisingly his first choices weren't available. Ray Walston is hilarious as Orville J. Spooner, the jealous older husband of the town beauty, a part originally meant for Peter Sellers, and good-time trailer-trash girl, Polly the Pistol, was intended for Marilyn Monroe, but it's hard to imagine anyone other than the sublime Kim Novak in this role.
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