Photos of the great film clown, Jerry Lewis. Although he’s now more famous for his work with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) telethon, he has created a long legacy of movies, ranging from his early slapstick with Dean Martin to his later comedies (The Nutty Professor, etc.) to his serious films as well as work on Broadway. (more…)
My Friend Irma Goes West (1950), starring Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Marie Wilson, Diana Lynn
The team of Martin & Lewis (Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, of course) return to the screen in the sequel to their first film, My Friend Irma.This time, the ditzy blonde Irma (Marie Wilson) leads her roommate Jane Stacy (played by Diana Lynn), Jane’s fiancee Steve (Dean Martin), and her own boyfriend Seymour (Jerry Lewis) out west to try and break into the movies. There’s a kidnapping plot and other things. But the highlights of the film are Martin and Lewis recreating bits of their nightclub act. Including bits like The Vagabond Song. (more…)
My Friend Irma (1949) starring Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Marie Wilson, Diana Lynn
My Friend Irma was originally a long-running radio series. It went on to become a pair of successful movies, the sequel being My Friend Irma Goes West. In this first film, the comedy team of Martin & Lewis were included as comedy relief. However, much like Abbott and Costello‘s first movie role in One Night in the Tropics, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis‘ roles were gradually expanded – not quite stealing the show, but coming close. (more…)
Money from Home (1953) starring Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Marjie Millar, Pat Crowley
Synopsis of Money from Home
In Money from Home, gambler Honey Talk Nelson needs money to pay off his losses – quickly. He enlists the aid of his cousin Virgil, a veterinary assistant, to fix a horse race. Things become complicated when Nelson falls in love with the horse’s owner and Virgil falls in love with a veterinarian.
Review of Money from Home
First of all, ignore the 3-D shenanigans — like in other films of the time, it doesn’t really enhance the story and was a gimmick. Secondly, enjoy Money from Home. It’s an enjoyable romantic comedy, with smooth-talking Honey Talk Nelson (Dean Martin, of course — the perfect character name) scamming his impressionable cousin Virgil (Jerry Lewis) into doping a horse. The complications come in the form of two lovely young ladies. First, Dean begins falling in love with Phyllis, the horse’s owner, played by the lovely Marje Millar. And to add insult to injury, Jerry falls in love with Dr. Claypool (Pat Crowley). And the boys’ guilt begins to eat away at them — while gangsters are looking for Dean.
Adding to both the star-crossed romance and the comedy, shy Jerry “fills in” for Dean as he tries to serenade Marje — who’s angry at Dean — singing I Only Have Eyes for You. With Dean supplying the voice, Jerry lip-syncs to the music — until Marje starts changing the channels. It’s a very funny routine, calling back to his earliest days in show business when Jerry did something like this on stage.
Product Description of Money from Home
A hilarious laugh-a-minute comedy starring the legendary comedy team of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. When Honey Talk Nelson’s (Dean Martin) gambling debts start to mount, he enlists his veterinarian cousin Virgil (Jerry Lewis) to help him fix a race. Along the way, the boys find plenty of time for gags, music and for Honey Talk, a romance with the gorgeous Phyllis (Marjie Millar). Features their now classic take on Cyrano de Bergerac!
Funny quotes from Money from Home
Virgil (Jerry Lewis): Me and my big mouth. I’d get rid of it, except it’s such a handy place to keep my teeth.
Virgil (Jerry Lewis): They tell me when you ride you ride as if you were a part of the horse. Would that be a compliment, Sir?
Honey Talk (Dean Martin): Every dog has his day, but the nights are mine.
Virgil (Jerry Lewis): So do me something.
Trivia for Money from Home
- Reportedly one of only two 3-D films shot in three-strip Technicolor, the other being Flight to Tangier.
- According to an August 1953 Hollywood Reporter news item, producers Hal B. Wallis and Joseph H. Hazen made the film independently, before a distributor was in place. In late June 1953, Wallis and Hazen dissolved their company, Hal Wallis Productions, through which they had made many films for Paramount release.
DVD review of The King of Comedy (1982), starring Jerry Lewis, Robert Deniro, Sandra Bernhard
Jerry Lewis‘ The King of Comedy is not the typical Jerry Lewis movie. It’s not a comedy, it’s not for the children. It’s a very dark comedy (although rated PG). The King of Comedy looks at the behind-the-scenes life of Jerry Langford (played straight, and brilliantly, by Jerry Lewis), a talk-show host seemingly similar to Jay Leno or David Letterman. (more…)
Hook, Line and Sinker (1969) starring Jerry Lewis, Anne Francis, Peter Lawford
Synopsis of Hook, Line and Sinker
In Hook, Line and Sinker, Jerry Lewis plays the part of Peter Ingersoll, an unhappy insurance salesman who’s living the American Dream, only to be so caught up in the rat race that he’s unable to enjoy any part of his life. His normal existence is interrupted, however, when his doctor (played by Peter Lawford) and best friend diagnoses him with a weak heart, and gives him the news that he only has a few months to live.
His wife (Anne Francis) encourages him to be happy in his last few months, and wants him to go fishing around the world, maxing out his credit cards to pay for it, since the credit card companies won’t be able to collect from a dead man. He agrees, but lives to regret it when, after spending $100,000 his doctor tracks him down to tell him that his diagnosis was wrong, He’s now so deeply in debt that he can never get out, and his doctor friend comes up with a scheme to get out of it — having Jerry Lewis fake his own death. However, there is something darker going on … (more…)
Don’t Raise the Bridge, Lower the River (1968) starring Jerry Lewis, Jacqueline Pearce, Terry-Thomas
Don’t Raise the Bridge, Lower the River is a Jerry Lewis film, based on the book of the same name. Oddly, Jerry Lewis is cast playing the part of the straight man in the movie. He’s George Lester, an American who goes from one get-rich-quick scheme to another. Much to the distress of his suffering wife Pamela, played by the lovely Jacqueline Pearce. After three years of being dragged across the globe, she has had enough of his constant neglect. She sues for divorce. While she leaves the country as part of dealing with her emotions, George decides to ‘renovate’ her ancestral home. It’s s stately English manor, but he turns it into a 1960’s style discotheque and Chinese restaurant. When Pamela eventually returns home, she is aghast. And George thought to regain her affections by proving that he can make money by staying in England. (more…)
The Disorderly Orderly (1964) starring Jerry Lewis, Susan Oliver, Karen Sharp, Del Moore
In The Disorderly Orderly, Jerry Lewis plays the part of Jerome Littlefield, a would-be medical student who has dropped out of school due to his extreme case of sympathy pains—whenever a patient discusses his or her symptoms, Jerome begins to feel the malady himself. In addition, he finds himself pining for the girl that he fell in love with in college. She doesn’t know that he exists (Susan Oliver). To the distress of one of the nurses (Karen Sharp), who has fallen in love with Jerry Lewis’ character. (more…)