Artists and Models

Synopsis: Rick Todd and Eugene Fullstack share an apartment and have dreams for the future. Rick is an aspiring artist looking for a break. Eugene loves comic books, especially The Bat Lady series. He is so engrossed with her stories that he has nightmares and dreams of his own comic book characters. Their luck begins to change when Abby Parker is fired as the artist for the Bat Lady. Rick pitches his own comic book series and Eugene gets to meet Bessie Sparrowbrush, who, unbeknown to him, is the artist's model the Bat Lady. Rivalry and romance ensues for all four of them, with several song and dance numbers along the way.
Director(s): Frank Tashlin
Production: Paramount Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
109 min

You can trace the mystery

of ancient history

Through art artists and their models

You can comb through

the Rome Coliseum

In the rear of your nearest museum

There's the Mona Lisa

The tower of Pisa

A cowhand's daughter out in Texas

And there's modern art to see

That makes you wonder

what the heck it's meant to be

On the streets of Montmartre

There's a Frenchy kind of art

That is strictly for the tourists

from the sticks

And those wise Greenwich guys

really open up your eyes

Painting portraits

of their pretty little chicks

So to each creator and imitator

Who daubs and dabbles

with the brushes

To the guys that draw the bunnies

For the Sunday morning funnies

And the brighten up the world today

And to every girl that poses

To every Grandma Moses

We'd like to tip the old beret

The art of artists and their models

Hey, Todd. Rick Todd.

Yes, sir, Mr. Kelly.

Mr. Trim is here for a demonstration.

You ready?

Right away, sir, soon as

Eugene tunrs on the smoke machine.

Hey, Eugene.

Hey, get up.

The boss and Trim are here. Get up.

Wait. Wait. Wait. Wait, wait.

I'm on the third murder.

Looks like the Bat Lady's gonna

blow one of the Rat Man's heads off.

If I end up reading the want ads,

one of your heads will blow off.

Now come on. Get going.

Okay, okay.

Oh, Bat Lady! My Bat Lady!

Rick! Rick!

Got me.

Rick! Rick! Where's Rick?

What's holding you up, Todd?

Starting right away, Mr. Kelly.

All right, get going.

Kelly wants to see it work.

tell him to come in here.


Rick! Rick! Rick!

Eugie, boy, you all right?

You need air.

What's the matter, Kelly?

She having trouble with her lungs?

Look, I'll handle the smoke,

and you attach the tube. Come on.


- Let her go.

- Okay.

Wait! My Bat Lady!

She's not smoking, she's spitting.

Hey, what's going on here?

Oh, not a thing, Officer.

We're just demonstrating a new sign.

Mr. Kelly, watch it.

I'm sorry.

Hey, Rick, I'm all set...

Rick? Rick.

Ricky-Ricky. Ricky-Ricky.

- Yo, Rick!

- What?

Oh. I'm all set to make your dinner.

How would you like your beans?

Preferably out of the can.

No, I mean, how would you like

to have your beans done?

Why don't you stuff them?

No. broil them, medium-rare,

a little mushroom sauce over them.

Beans. Do you know

why all we got eat is beans?

'Cause every time I find a job,

you lose it.

Bat Lady.

You and your crummy comic books.

That's all you ever think about.

No, sometimes I think about girls, too.

I think about girls, too.

That's about all, just think about them.

But can I afford to take them out? No.

You Know, on account of you,

I'm going to be an old maid.

Do you remember why we left

Steubendale and came to New York?

Yeah, because you promised

to marry Ophelia Jackson

- and her father found out...

- No, that wasn't the only reason.

Oh, it was that other girl,

Mabeline Smithers.

- Her brother thought...

- No. Come here. Come here.

We came to New York

so I could make money to study art,

so I could become a famous painter,

so I colud be hung in art galleries,

so I could be hung in museums.

Yeah, and you almost got hung

in Steubendale.

Forget Steubendale.

Try and remember

why you came to New York.


Why'd I come to New York?

I didn't... No. Wait.

Oh, yeah.

That's right.

You were going to be a writer.

You were gonna write children's books

about Freddie the Field Mouse,

Goosey the Goose, right?

What have you done?


Nothing except read comic books.

You also lose our jobs

on account of comic books.

You keep me awake every night

with your bad dreams

on account of comic books.

You know I've decided to do, pal?

- Be pals with me?

- Yeah, we'll be pallies.

I'm gonna write you a letter

at least once every month.

- And I'll answer you.

- Good. Now go get supper.

Write to me?

Look, junior,

a divorce is the only way out.

We've been together too long.

Ever since we were Tenderfeet

in the Kangaroo Patrol.

You can have the whole apartment,

full custody of the beans

and the Bat Lady.


Not so hard.

Thank you.

I hope the bubbles

didn't tickle your nosey.

No, just my nose-tril.

- Your nose-tril?

- Yes, just a little tickle.

Hey, you think you have enough there

if I want a little slug?

Oh, sure, Rick.

I have everything when I'm pretending.

You see, I'm just making believe

that we're both very rich,

wealthy millionaires with money.

And you're a very, very famous artist,

and I'm a very famous writer, see?

And I'm just making believe

that we're not even eating beans,

just a big, juicy steak.

Would you like a piece

of my big, juicy steak?

Oh, no. No, no. I'm up to here.

I think I had too much vichyssoise.

That's the idea, Rick.

You have to pretend.

See? 'Cause when you pretend,

then your dreams come true.

It's just like wishing. Watch.



Do that once more.

You see, you're not concentrating, Rick.

You must pretend

and concentrate. Watch.

Although you're stuck beans

There's money in your jeans

When you pretend

The wolf that's at your door

Is not there anymore

When you pretend

There's nothing you can't be

Just wish and see

The world's your cup of tea

Some dish, says me

The happiness you find

Is all a state of mind

That's true, my friend

And life is filled with happy endings

When you pretend

You sold me, junior.

Tomorrow I'm gonna pretend

I don't have to tour

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Herbert Baker

Sir Herbert Baker (9 June 1862 – 4 February 1946) was an English architect remembered as the dominant force in South African architecture for two decades, and a major designer of some of New Delhi's most notable government structures. He was born and died at Owletts in Cobham, Kent. Among the many churches, schools and houses he designed in South Africa are the Union Buildings in Pretoria, St. Andrew's College, Grahamstown, St. John's College, Johannesburg, the Wynberg Boys' High School, Groote Schuur in Cape Town, and the Champagne Homestead and Rhodes Cottage on Boschendal, between Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. With Edwin Lutyens he was instrumental in designing, among other buildings, the Rashtrapati Bhavan, Parliament and North and South Blocks of the Secretariat, all in New Delhi, which in 1931 became the capital of the British Raj and later of the Republic of India. He also designed the administration building at the then Prince of Wales School in Nairobi, Kenya now known as Nairobi School. His tomb is in Westminster Abbey. more…

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