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…)
The Delicate Delinquent (1957) starring Jerry Lewis, Darren McGavin
The Delicate Delinquent is Jerry Lewis‘ first solo film without Dean Martin – but it’s worth watching for more than that. In the title role, Jerry Lewis plays the part of Sidney Pythias, who is mistaken for a gang member during a police round-up. A caring police officer named Damon, played by Darren McGavin, intercedes in the directionless young man’s life, for the better. (more…)
The Caddy (1953) starring Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Barbara Bates, Donna Reed
The Caddy is an above-average Lewis and Martin comedy, with singing by Dean Martin (including the Academy Award-nominated “That’s Amore” ) and slapstick antics, and pathos, from Jerry Lewis.
The movie begins with a bang, showing Joe Anthony (Dean Martin) and Harvey Miller, Jr. (Jerry Lewis) doing their zany, manic stage show—one of the highlights of the movie. Backstage, a reporter tries to get the story of how the team came together, and Joe’s father tells the story. The bulk of The Caddy is then told in flashback, telling that story. (more…)
The Big Mouth (1967) starring Jerry Lewis, Del Moore, Charlie Callas
Synopsis of The Big Mouth, starring Jerry Lewis
In The Big Mouth, Jerry Lewis plays the role of Gerald Clamson, a bank examiner on vacation who, while fishing, catches a frogman. The frogman, who coincidentally is the spitting image of Jerry Lewis, has stolen diamonds from his criminal gang, and hidden them at a nearby resort hotel. Clamson takes the map to the diamonds given him by the frogman and makes his escape while the gangsters attack. At the hotel, Jerry Lewis accidentally injures the hotel manager, played by Del Moore. And so Jerry Lewis disguises himself as the title character from The Nutty Professor in order to investigate the mystery at the hotel. At this point, there are three different subplots running together. The criminal gang is searching for Jerry Lewis, while he’s courting the love interest in the film portrayed by Susan Bey. In the meanwhile, the hotel staff are looking for him in order to throw him out. (more…)
The Family Jewels (1965) starring Jerry Lewis
The Family Jewels is actually one of my favorite Jerry Lewis films. The basic plot is that a young rich girl, Donna, has been orphaned. While being protected by the family chauffeur Willard (played by Jerry Lewis) who has been looking over her since infancy, she has to visit six of her seven uncles, in order to choose which uncle she wants to become her legal guardian.
Editorial Reviews of Jerry Lewis’ The Ladies Man (1961), courtesy of Amazon.com
Jerry Lewis conjured up one of his simplest concepts for this 1961 hit, but it required a lot of scaffolding. The Ladies Man puts love-scarred Jerry (who has sworn off women) in an all-girl boarding house, infuriated by the constant temptation. Except for the opening sequences, the film is entirely shot in the four-story-high, cut-away set of the boarding house, one of the most elaborate indoor sets ever made in Hollywood up to that time. Lewis, as director, finds dozens of angles to shoot within the set; this movie is one of the reasons the French are always talking about his directorial genius. (Jean-Luc Godard, who once called Lewis “the only one in Hollywood who’s doing something different, the only one who isn’t falling in with the established categories,” borrowed the cut-away building idea for his film Tout va bien.) (more…)
The Bellboy(1960), starring Jerry Lewis
You’ve heard the phrase, laugh out loud funny? Jerry Lewis — The Bellboy is, literally, laugh out loud funny. How do I know? I’ve just watched it on AMC — and laughed so loud, so often, that my wife was afraid that I would annoy the neighbors. (more…)
Dean and Me (A Love Story) by Jerry Lewis
Quite a few people make the mistake of conflating the person of an entertainer with the character he plays. For example, Jerry Lewis is well known for creating wholesome, family-friendly movies. First in partnership with Dean Martin, and later on his own. But the real Jerry Lewis isn’t the character he plays. In Dean and Me, Jerry Lewis makes this very plain in a variety of ways.