Jerry Lewis: The Total Film-Maker

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Judd Apatow is better 5
The Ladies Man (1961) 4
The Bellboy (1960) 3
The Day the Clown Cried (1972) [Cause a movie no one can see is better than any of these] 2
The Nutty Professor (1963) 1
The Errand Boy (1961) 1
Cracking Up (1983) 0
Hardly Working (1980) 0
Which Way to the Front? (1970) 0
One More Time (1970/I) 0
Three on a Couch (1966) 0
The Family Jewels (1965) 0
The Patsy (1964) 0
The Big Mouth (1967) 0


ephendophile (Eric H.), Thursday, 23 June 2011 15:45 (5 years ago) Permalink

dude come on.

strongo hulkington's ghost dad, Thursday, 23 June 2011 15:45 (5 years ago) Permalink

mine was in french for chrissakes.

strongo hulkington's ghost dad, Thursday, 23 June 2011 15:46 (5 years ago) Permalink

yours does have a funny photo, though.

strongo hulkington's ghost dad, Thursday, 23 June 2011 15:46 (5 years ago) Permalink

But mine has Judd Apatow!

ephendophile (Eric H.), Thursday, 23 June 2011 15:46 (5 years ago) Permalink

zee pigs refuse to search for truffles until you remove ze final option

da croupier, Thursday, 23 June 2011 15:46 (5 years ago) Permalink

Yours, admittedly, does include the Curious George legacy.

ephendophile (Eric H.), Thursday, 23 June 2011 15:46 (5 years ago) Permalink

this is the worst tragedy in the history of the ilx.

strongo hulkington's ghost dad, Thursday, 23 June 2011 15:47 (5 years ago) Permalink

you might even say it was the day the clowns cried.

strongo hulkington's ghost dad, Thursday, 23 June 2011 15:47 (5 years ago) Permalink

If mods want to delete this one, I'm cool.

ephendophile (Eric H.), Thursday, 23 June 2011 15:47 (5 years ago) Permalink

we'll let dr. morbius decide.

strongo hulkington's ghost dad, Thursday, 23 June 2011 15:48 (5 years ago) Permalink

one is obviously for his best directorial effort, the other his acting. considering his skill at both, i think both threads are valid.

da croupier, Thursday, 23 June 2011 15:48 (5 years ago) Permalink

"skill"

ephendophile (Eric H.), Thursday, 23 June 2011 15:50 (5 years ago) Permalink

Seriously? Hating on Jerry is still a thing?

shake it, shake it, sugary pee (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 23 June 2011 16:31 (5 years ago) Permalink

I've been a huge fan in the past and remain so currently, but recent re-watches have made me feel he's the directorial equivalent of asperger's. I could easily see myself falling out of love with this director.

ephendophile (Eric H.), Thursday, 23 June 2011 16:33 (5 years ago) Permalink

Wait. How did two Jerry Lewis polls happen on the same day? He's not dead, is he??

Kevin John Bozelka, Thursday, 23 June 2011 16:38 (5 years ago) Permalink

Departed thread got off track

ephendophile (Eric H.), Thursday, 23 June 2011 16:40 (5 years ago) Permalink

No, just a Morbs-related clusterfuck in The Departed thread.

(x-post)

Mucho! Macho! Honcho!: Turn Off The Dark (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 23 June 2011 16:41 (5 years ago) Permalink

i have to give it to eric though because "the total film-maker" has made me lol every time i've looked at it.

strongo hulkington's ghost dad, Thursday, 23 June 2011 16:42 (5 years ago) Permalink

xpost

not sure what you mean by that. would that make tati full-on autistic ?

dell (del), Thursday, 23 June 2011 16:42 (5 years ago) Permalink

Paul Sorvino: The Total Film-Maker

Let me tell you something about that song. (Eazy), Thursday, 23 June 2011 16:42 (5 years ago) Permalink

Coleman Francis: The Total Film-Maker

strongo hulkington's ghost dad, Thursday, 23 June 2011 16:44 (5 years ago) Permalink

do you own a copy, strongo?

already president FYI (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 23 June 2011 16:44 (5 years ago) Permalink

Would buy Coleman Francis: The Total Film-Maker for a dollar.

ephendophile (Eric H.), Thursday, 23 June 2011 16:45 (5 years ago) Permalink

i own all the coleman francis movies, morbs. come on now.

strongo hulkington's ghost dad, Thursday, 23 June 2011 16:45 (5 years ago) Permalink

including the supressed directors cut of the the skydivers.

strongo hulkington's ghost dad, Thursday, 23 June 2011 16:47 (5 years ago) Permalink

The Day The Curly Killed

da croupier, Thursday, 23 June 2011 16:48 (5 years ago) Permalink

francis/truffaut

strongo hulkington's ghost dad, Thursday, 23 June 2011 16:49 (5 years ago) Permalink

Well, anyway, the man's a stone cold genius. I prefer him to Chaplin, Keaton, Tati, who else ya got? At least seven of these are masterpieces but The Ladies Man stands as quite possibly the greatest film comedy of all-time. I grovel before him while dreaming of a 12-DVD box set of his greatest (which, as always with Jerry, also means his grossest) telethon moments.

Kevin John Bozelka, Thursday, 23 June 2011 16:49 (5 years ago) Permalink

Red Zone Nutty

ephendophile (Eric H.), Thursday, 23 June 2011 16:55 (5 years ago) Permalink

I prefer him to Chaplin, Keaton, Tati, who else ya got?

we part company here

already president FYI (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 23 June 2011 17:04 (5 years ago) Permalink

yeah i was gonna say. a lol is a lol but.

strongo hulkington's ghost dad, Thursday, 23 June 2011 17:06 (5 years ago) Permalink

preferring Lewis to Keaton is like preferring Blackmore's Night to Deep Purple

frog in a bs place (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Thursday, 23 June 2011 17:10 (5 years ago) Permalink

preferring lewis to chaplin is like preferring getting punched in the nuts to eating a pizza

strongo hulkington's ghost dad, Thursday, 23 June 2011 17:11 (5 years ago) Permalink

hahahaha

frog in a bs place (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Thursday, 23 June 2011 17:13 (5 years ago) Permalink

site for jerry lewis fans: http://www.ballbustingtube.com/

don't click that btw.

frog in a bs place (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Thursday, 23 June 2011 17:14 (5 years ago) Permalink

oh now you knew i was going to click on that

strongo hulkington's ghost dad, Thursday, 23 June 2011 17:14 (5 years ago) Permalink

all the "I cannot tell a lie" GIS results had some extraneous bullshit :(

frog in a bs place (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Thursday, 23 June 2011 17:18 (5 years ago) Permalink

jerry lewis chopped down the cherry tree with his big fucking dick

strongo hulkington's ghost dad, Thursday, 23 June 2011 17:19 (5 years ago) Permalink

i don't even know what i'm talking about now. i'm so tired.

strongo hulkington's ghost dad, Thursday, 23 June 2011 17:19 (5 years ago) Permalink

Oh pish posh. He exploited the potential of cinema much more than either Chaplin or Keaton (both of whom, yes, exploited it exceedingly well and have many masterpieces under their belts). Tati may have surpassed Lewis on that level but he lacks Lewis' grotesque personality which is essential to his life-affirming effect. I'm reminded of something Richard Barrios's disdain for Al Jolson (a key Lewis progenitor) in The Singing Fool: "Charisma, when applied this relentlessly, becomes oppressive." But yo, Richard, that's precisely why we go to the movies (or listen to, I don't know, Morrissey): to witness a gargantuan, out of control ego as a way to measure the contours of our own steady paths. If I wanted an even-keeled experience, I'd knock on my neighbor's door and ask to borrow some sugar.

P.S. Pizza is stupid and boring.

Kevin John Bozelka, Thursday, 23 June 2011 17:32 (5 years ago) Permalink

delete "something"

Kevin John Bozelka, Thursday, 23 June 2011 17:32 (5 years ago) Permalink

You don't strike me as the type that needs more sugar.

ephendophile (Eric H.), Thursday, 23 June 2011 17:32 (5 years ago) Permalink

I certainly don't need fuckin' pizza.

Kevin John Bozelka, Thursday, 23 June 2011 17:35 (5 years ago) Permalink

Bozelka, OTM itt.

shake it, shake it, sugary pee (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 23 June 2011 17:40 (5 years ago) Permalink

Rosenbaum:

Why are the French so crazy about Jerry Lewis? Well, for one thing, some of them see him as being very much like America: infantile, hysterical, uncontrolled, giddy, uninhibited, tacky, energetic, inarticulate, obnoxious, sentimental, overbearing, socially and sexually maladjusted, and all over the place. (By contrast, at least on the surface, Allen is adolescent, neurotic, controlled, whiny, inhibited, preppy, lethargic, articulate, cynical, wormy, socially and sexually maladjusted, and confined.) It’s not so much a matter of necessarily loving all these qualities as it is envying or admiring or identifying with some of them, and being horrified by others — a sort of compressed model of the love-hate that many French people feel toward America as a fantasy object. I suspect that what many French people experience as the overcultivated constraints of their culture finds a welcome release in Lewis’s explosiveness and ungainliness, and their taste for freewheeling fantasy is partially met by Lewis’s remoteness from realism — the sheer wildness of his ideas as a writer-director, and the deconstructive habits such as the vulgar modernism that he shares with Mel Brooks, which periodically reminds us in various self-referential ways that we’re watching a film. (At one point in the mid-1960s, Godard described Lewis as “the only free man working in Hollywood.”)

shake it, shake it, sugary pee (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 23 June 2011 17:45 (5 years ago) Permalink

This is probably racist.
dongmaster2 4 months ago

buzza, Thursday, 23 June 2011 17:50 (5 years ago) Permalink

I seriously can't watch more than a minute or two of Jerry Lewis before my flesh starts to crawl. He's like the uncanny valley of human behavior.

SNEEZED GOING DOWN STEPS, PAIN WHEN PUTTING SOCKS ON (Deric W. Haircare), Thursday, 23 June 2011 18:07 (5 years ago) Permalink

dongmaster2 otm

☂ (max), Thursday, 23 June 2011 19:04 (5 years ago) Permalink

dongmaster2 least favorite installment of the dongmaster cycle

brazenly alive (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Thursday, 23 June 2011 19:05 (5 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Friday, 29 July 2011 23:01 (4 years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Saturday, 30 July 2011 23:01 (4 years ago) Permalink

Thanks, bud.

third-generation stripper (Eric H.), Saturday, 30 July 2011 23:17 (4 years ago) Permalink

judd apatow option doomed/saved this from the git-go

king of torts (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Saturday, 30 July 2011 23:24 (4 years ago) Permalink

plus that photo choice

you call it trollin' i call it steamrollin' (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 30 July 2011 23:43 (4 years ago) Permalink

On fat ladies trying to lost weight: "Who cares?"

third-generation stripper (Eric H.), Monday, 1 August 2011 13:57 (4 years ago) Permalink

lose

third-generation stripper (Eric H.), Monday, 1 August 2011 13:57 (4 years ago) Permalink

I am going to miss Jerry's effortless pomposity about showbiz when he's gone; he may be the best ever at it. "I don't allow people in my family to use the term 'TV'" vs there's nothing good on. Real Sammy Maudlin stuff!

satan club sandwich (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 2 August 2011 19:48 (4 years ago) Permalink

hardcore oatmeal (Jordan), Tuesday, 2 August 2011 21:52 (4 years ago) Permalink

oh, that Berle story. I was waiting for "And then Gracie Allen picked up a fork..."

Is it possible that MDA got tired of the chairman boasting about his cocksmanship in print, at his unseemly age?

satan club sandwich (Dr Morbius), Monday, 8 August 2011 18:35 (4 years ago) Permalink

I feel like I watch his movies and I don't understand them

Richard Nixon's Field of Warmth (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 8 August 2011 18:42 (4 years ago) Permalink

They are personal and idiosyncratic for sure. I wish I didn't understand Apatow's.

satan club sandwich (Dr Morbius), Monday, 8 August 2011 18:43 (4 years ago) Permalink

6 months pass...

Jerry live in NYC (w/ a documentary too) on his 86th birthday:

http://www.92y.org/tickets/production.aspx?pid=81040

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Friday, 24 February 2012 15:35 (4 years ago) Permalink

Man, I wish I could go to that. But I'm glad I got to see him live once, in Damn Yankees. He killed.

Let A Man Come In And Do The Cop Porn (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 24 February 2012 16:17 (4 years ago) Permalink

well yeah, esp when he went offscript or did 10 minutes of his Vegas act in the middle of his big song.

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Friday, 24 February 2012 16:23 (4 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

moderator: Richard Belzer

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 21:40 (4 years ago) Permalink

so, here's what happened. Coulda called it The Old Man and the Shpritz.

http://www.slantmagazine.com/house/2012/03/the-indelicate-delinquent-in-manic-winter-an-evening-with-jerry-lewis/

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 21 March 2012 17:58 (4 years ago) Permalink

Little wonder that, in a star-studded video of birthday wishes played near the tribute's end, '50s kids Werner Herzog (wishing Lewis a future "saturated with life") and Lou Reed materialized.

!!!

we can be gyros just for one day (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 21 March 2012 18:15 (4 years ago) Permalink

Thanks for posting, Morbs. What a wonderful tribute. Wish I could've been there.

we can be gyros just for one day (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 21 March 2012 18:17 (4 years ago) Permalink

some folx showed up on videotape AND in person, ie Jerry Stiller and Joe Piscopo.

De Niro, Bogdanovich, Letterman and the comedy team of Tom Hanks & Jonah Hill also sent regards.

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 21 March 2012 18:21 (4 years ago) Permalink

It's always great to see Jer getting the respect he deserves.

Also,

we can be gyros just for one day (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 21 March 2012 18:31 (4 years ago) Permalink

I'm really sorry we couldn't run a photo of him doing that from this event

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 21 March 2012 18:34 (4 years ago) Permalink

lou reed's last record w/ Metallica is (unintentionally) funnier than anything jerry lewis has ever (intentionally) done for a laugh.

kurwa mać (Polish for "long life") (Eisbaer), Wednesday, 21 March 2012 19:02 (4 years ago) Permalink

it was nice to hear the Ladies Man butterfly gag get a big laugh

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 21 March 2012 19:19 (4 years ago) Permalink

"Thanks for the mail now baby let's wail."

Eric H., Wednesday, 21 March 2012 19:23 (4 years ago) Permalink

nice piece Morbz, sounds like a fun night

the sir edmund hillary of sitting through pauly shore films (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 21 March 2012 19:27 (4 years ago) Permalink

I didn't include Jerry's claim that he was the first to use arclights on a Hollywood set. "I saw them at UFA!"

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 21 March 2012 19:30 (4 years ago) Permalink

Hoberman catalogs some of the evening's weirder moments (so right about the tanned wiseguys), and btw calls JL "Hollywood's most cerebral funny man since Buster Keaton":

http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/94492/hey-jer-ree/

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 22 March 2012 14:48 (4 years ago) Permalink

After calling Jerry’s trademark “Hey lay-DEE!” the Beethoven’s Fifth of Comedy, Belzer...

Belzer OTM.

we can be gyros just for one day (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 22 March 2012 15:22 (4 years ago) Permalink

can't believe I never made the connection between that and Beasties "Hey Ladies" before

the sir edmund hillary of sitting through pauly shore films (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 22 March 2012 15:36 (4 years ago) Permalink

I can believe it.

Also, Richard Brody:

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/movies/2012/03/jerry-lewis-and-love.html

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 22 March 2012 15:39 (4 years ago) Permalink

amazing story morbius

I do have a question though -- in that 'hardly working' clip upthread, why is the music a faux-oriental koto cover version of 'memories' from cats

Milton Parker, Thursday, 22 March 2012 15:39 (4 years ago) Permalink

why

Milton Parker, Thursday, 22 March 2012 15:40 (4 years ago) Permalink

via Mubi: a smorgasbord!

The centerpiece of the new issue of the multi-lingual film journal La Furia Umana is a walloping dossier on Jerry Lewis. Of the 24 pieces on Lewis, ten are in English: B Kite on the Little Clown in The Errand Boy (1961), Zach Campbell on Lewis's relation to his own image on screen, Murray Pomerance on that face, Peter Nellhaus on the extension of Lewis's auteurship into the films he didn't direct, David Phelps on Lewis's "Janus-faced comedy," R Emmet Sweeney on the September 18, 1955 broadcast of the Colgate Comedy Hour, Sudarshan Ramani on Scorsese's The King of Comedy (1982), John J Kern on The Day the Clown Cried (1972), Steven Shaviro on Smorgasbord (aka Cracking Up, 1983) — and Gina Telaroli's remarkable, extra-textual piece on Hardly Working (1979).

http://www.lafuriaumana.it/

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 17:58 (4 years ago) Permalink

B. Kite's is one of the great essays I've read on Lewis.

hot and brothered (Eric H.), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 18:00 (4 years ago) Permalink

Smorgasbord/Cracking Up was brilliant. If it was his last film as a directory (as seems insanely likely), what a film to go out on.

Dancing with Mr. T (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 18:01 (4 years ago) Permalink

Must read this.

Dancing with Mr. T (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 18:01 (4 years ago) Permalink

I've always been intrigued with the idea of transcribing the wandering, rococo verbalizations of Jerry the Kid in the films, so here's a partial, inadequate start:

http://www.slantmagazine.com/dvd/review/its-only-money/2269

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 18:07 (4 years ago) Permalink

Nice!

Dancing with Mr. T (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 18:09 (4 years ago) Permalink

I'd never seen It's Only Money before and was kind of shocked to hear him aaaaalmost doing the Kelp voice.

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 18:21 (4 years ago) Permalink

Dave Itzkoff, NYT:

Can you make an Alaskan Polar Bear Heater in Tennessee? A musical version of “The Nutty Professor,” the Jerry Lewis comedy that introduced that stiff alcoholic concoction – along with the Jekyll-and-Hyde-like characters of Julius Kelp and Buddy Love – will have its world premiere in Nashville before a planned Broadway run later this year, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center said on Wednesday.

The “Nutty Professor” musical will be performed at the center’s James K. Polk Theater from July 24 through August 19, the organization said. The production, which is adapted from Mr. Lewis’s hit 1963 film of the same title, is to star Michael Andrew as Kelp, and will feature music by Marvin Hamlisch (“A Chorus Line”) and a book and lyrics by Rupert Holmes (“Curtains,” “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”). Mr. Lewis – who didn’t need a fat suit to play his “Nutty Professor,” thank you very much – is directing.

With his trademark humility, Mr. Lewis said in a statement: “This musical will be spectacular for a couple of reasons. One, I’m directing it. Two, I have Michael Andrew, who is one of the best talents to come down the pike in 50 years. And I’m surrounding him with one-of-a-kind creative people, like Marvin Hamlisch, Rupert Holmes and me.” He added: “After it’s over, give me a call and let me know if everything I said was spot on.”

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 11 April 2012 16:26 (4 years ago) Permalink

I'll definitely see this when it's within driving range, but ffs, Marvin Hamlisch? Lewis had Count fucking Basie in his films, and the best he can come up with for this is Hamlisch?

Dancing with Mr. T (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 11 April 2012 17:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

Everybody else he'd approve of is dead.

At the NYC birthday gala, the crowd went 'ooooh' at Hamlisch's name, to give you an idea of his most loyal demo.

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 11 April 2012 17:28 (4 years ago) Permalink

this was on cable last night for some reason and just... wtf this film is so lol 90s in every way

Jilly Boel and the Eltones (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 12 April 2012 15:50 (4 years ago) Permalink

Was it it the uncut 140-minute-something version? Pretty good, and maybe Vincent Gallo's best performance before Essential Killing.

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 12 April 2012 16:02 (4 years ago) Permalink

I only caught the last half and admittedly was fascinated by the nutso casting. Gallo is pretty funny. The final scene with Depp and Lewis as icefishing eskimos (speaking Inuit?) and then the fish up and flies away.... o_0

Jilly Boel and the Eltones (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 12 April 2012 16:04 (4 years ago) Permalink

my Friars Club friend ran into Jerry last week and told him that he smelled great. Jerry laughed.

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Monday, 23 April 2012 17:55 (4 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

Jerry and Me... Been looking forward to this since donna rouge's curator pal told me about it:

http://www.bam.org/view.aspx?pid=4395

Pangborn to be Wilde (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 24 June 2012 14:22 (4 years ago) Permalink

4 weeks pass...

So, unless it's a very elaborate ruse, Jerry appears to be directing the Nutty musical.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/22/theater/jerry-lewis-directing-a-musical-nutty-professor.html?pagewanted=all

Pangborn to be Wilde (Dr Morbius), Monday, 23 July 2012 13:59 (4 years ago) Permalink

I'm guessing no one here will be filing a report from Nashville.

Pangborn to be Wilde (Dr Morbius), Monday, 23 July 2012 19:22 (4 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...
2 months pass...

Jerry-directed episode of "Super Force"

http://thefilmsaurus.com/2012/10/31/jerry-lewis-directs/

saltwater incursion (Dr Morbius), Friday, 2 November 2012 16:36 (3 years ago) Permalink

Wow, never knew he'd done any tv work post-Cracking Up.

5-Hour Enmity (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 2 November 2012 16:46 (3 years ago) Permalink

next, his episode of Showtime's "Brothers":

http://thefilmsaurus.com/2012/11/05/the-return-of-jerry-lewis-directs/

saltwater incursion (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 6 November 2012 19:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

a recent AV Club primer.... I don't think Artists and Models is quite so great but it's a decent place to start w/ the Dean years.

http://www.avclub.com/articles/where-to-start-with-jerry-lewis-filmography,88748/

saltwater incursion (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 29 November 2012 16:42 (3 years ago) Permalink

The Total Film-Maker

turds (Hungry4Ass), Thursday, 29 November 2012 17:46 (3 years ago) Permalink

it is his book.

saltwater incursion (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 29 November 2012 17:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

is it good

turds (Hungry4Ass), Thursday, 29 November 2012 18:03 (3 years ago) Permalink

I have only seen a copy once. Scorsese swears by it apparently.

saltwater incursion (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 29 November 2012 18:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

It's a how-to.

saltwater incursion (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 29 November 2012 18:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Shooting starts tomorrow on new Jerry movie.

(with Mort Sahl in the cast!)

Tarfumes The Escape Goat, Tuesday, 15 January 2013 01:28 (3 years ago) Permalink

that's a lotta chopped liver

saltwater incursion (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 15 January 2013 02:08 (3 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

p amazing tales of initial teaming w/ dean martin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=iKNCm7hSgHo#!

Pope Rusty I (Dr Morbius), Monday, 4 March 2013 21:57 (3 years ago) Permalink

Wow, that's great.

My dad saw them live at the Paramount in the early 50s, says he never laughed so hard before or since. After that, all other comedy fell just a little short.

Tarfumes The Escape Goat, Tuesday, 5 March 2013 02:43 (3 years ago) Permalink

At a trivia contest I was at a couple of weeks ago, one of the questions had to do with Jerola's 1956 hit cover of "Rock-A-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody." I've got a vinyl copy of the album, so I was able to come up with the answer for my team.

clemenza, Tuesday, 5 March 2013 03:15 (3 years ago) Permalink

Nice! I've got this hanging on my wall:

Tarfumes The Escape Goat, Tuesday, 5 March 2013 03:18 (3 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

What fascinates me about Cracking Up—I should say one of the many things that fascinate me about Cracking Up—is the fact that, while “playing” the schmuck Warren Nefron, Lewis didn’t bother to foreswear his impeccably-tailored suits or his expensive watch or the gold chain on his other wrist.* It is a known fact that Jerry never wears the same socks more than once, and I believe that, through the course of Cracking Up, he wears at least a dozen Member’s Only jackets in different colors, usually jauntily hiked up to the elbow. You can almost imagine him flinging them about, like Gatsby’s shirts.

Jerry’s most noteworthy sartorial choice on Saturday were his vinyl-shiny shoes that, as he was seated and his pants began to cinch up, revealed themselves to be ankle-length Beatle boots. (He wears a low-gloss version of same in The Patsy.) It was the sort of thing you might expect Gary Glitter, if not Gary Lewis, to wear...

http://blog.sundancenow.com/weekly-columns/bombast-88

dell (del), Sunday, 14 April 2013 05:09 (3 years ago) Permalink

The Family Jewels, The Patsy, and The Big Mouth (zero votes altogether) are each on their own better than anything by Judd Apatow.

Josefa, Sunday, 14 April 2013 06:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

I read that Pinkerton piece... but I knew pretty much all of that. "That's Jerry," we fans say.

Pope Rusty I (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 14 April 2013 07:27 (3 years ago) Permalink

The whole "Buddy Love/Jerry Langford is the REAL Jerry" thing is well-worn territory; for Pinkerton to treat it as some kind of new insight is amateurish at best. And I swear I'd read the thing about Jerry's suits and jewelry somewhere else before, possibly in Rosenbaum's Hardly Working review.

The Family Jewels, The Patsy, and The Big Mouth (zero votes altogether) are each on their own better than anything by Judd Apatow.

While an exception might be made for The 40-Year-Old Virgin, this is OTM.

Pope Frank is the messenger of your doom (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Sunday, 14 April 2013 14:18 (3 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

http://youtu.be/WCvTrrb4_R4

Tarfumes The Escape Goat, Wednesday, 15 May 2013 23:29 (3 years ago) Permalink

Wow, it's bizarre to see color videotape footage from the 1950s.

Josefa, Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

I find Schmaltzy Jerry pretty indigestible, but I should watch that sometime. Molly Picon AND Alan "Fred Flintstone" Reed...

According to David Crosthwait of DC Video, the company that restored this video tape, this specific episode of "Startime" was taped at the then-NBC studio in Brooklyn, NY and hand-edited. Color video tape was in its infancy; only about a year previous to this [1959] the first color videotapes were recorded at NBC. The copy was a dub found at NBC. The tapes used proprietary electronics unique to NBC, which is one reason why restoration took time. The tape was missing part of its audio. The Lewis family donated a kinescope film copy of the show, along with a 1/4" audio tape of much of the show's soundtrack to finish the restoration.

ballin' from Maine to Mexico (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:56 (3 years ago) Permalink

Max Rose at Cannes this week

ballin' from Maine to Mexico (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 19 May 2013 23:11 (3 years ago) Permalink

Looking forward to seeing that. I went to high school with the writer/director.

Tarfumes The Escape Goat, Monday, 20 May 2013 00:24 (3 years ago) Permalink

That was a quick edit.... they shot it in Jan/Feb.

ballin' from Maine to Mexico (Dr Morbius), Monday, 20 May 2013 06:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

some of that supporting cast... Claire Bloom, Dean Stockwell, Fred Willard, Joe Frank (that one)!

ballin' from Maine to Mexico (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 21 May 2013 15:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

from the extracts of that 6-hour french doc i caught i learned that jerry's saved pretty much everything - all his original camera negs, workprints, outtakes, etc

Salt Mama Celeste (donna rouge), Tuesday, 21 May 2013 17:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

That's why the Jazz Singer, upthread, looks so good. He has the (only?) original videotape, and was meticulous about archiving his stuff from the very beginning. All other copies of that were long-ago-destroyed kinescopes.

Tarfumes The Escape Goat, Tuesday, 21 May 2013 17:38 (3 years ago) Permalink

I'm sure he supplied the M&L Copacabana kine that I saw in Astoria in the late '80s, which was on-another-planet funny.

ballin' from Maine to Mexico (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 21 May 2013 17:40 (3 years ago) Permalink

http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/jerry-lewis-repeats-distaste-female-comics-19241932

Asked who his favorite female comics were Thursday at a Cannes Film Festival press conference, Jerry Lewis listed Cary Grant and Burt Reynolds. He then added: "I don't have any."

In 1998, Lewis famously said that watching women do comedy "sets me back a bit" and that he has trouble with the notion of would-be mothers as comedians.

Asked Thursday if he had changed his mind at all because of performers like Melissa McCarthy and Sarah Silverman, the 87-year-old Lewis said of women performing broad comedy: "I can't see women doing that. It bothers me."

"I cannot sit and watch a lady diminish her qualities to the lowest common denominator," he said. "I just can't do that."

Huston we got chicken lol (Phil D.), Thursday, 23 May 2013 18:21 (3 years ago) Permalink

I don't think ppl change much after 5 years old, and certainly not 85.

ballin' from Maine to Mexico (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 23 May 2013 18:27 (3 years ago) Permalink

I don't think ppl change much after 5 years old

You know ...

... you're not wrong about that.

Not Simone Choule (Eric H.), Thursday, 23 May 2013 18:32 (3 years ago) Permalink

you're inordinately fond of Puffy Medicated Jerry, long gone

ballin' from Maine to Mexico (Dr Morbius), Friday, 24 May 2013 01:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

Initial reviews are...not so good. And that clip isn't very encouraging.

Tarfumes The Escape Goat, Friday, 24 May 2013 17:50 (3 years ago) Permalink

he looks pretty good these days!

i'm sure this movie will be terrible, jerry hasn't made a good career choice for many decades

there's a new print of the bellboy circulating out there, try to catch it if you can

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Saturday, 25 May 2013 03:28 (3 years ago) Permalink

clip looks ok to me! Jerry's playing Jerry as usual but his presence is still pretty commanding

Oral Sex in Sharp’s Ridge Park (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Saturday, 25 May 2013 04:00 (3 years ago) Permalink

He got even richer letting Murphy redo Nutty Professor, that was a pretty good choice.

ballin' from Maine to Mexico (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 25 May 2013 05:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

that's true

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Saturday, 25 May 2013 05:50 (3 years ago) Permalink

there's a new print of the bellboy circulating out there, try to catch it if you can

Man, would love to see that in a theater.

Tarfumes The Escape Goat, Saturday, 25 May 2013 11:17 (3 years ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

caek, Thursday, 20 June 2013 06:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

eclectic husbandry (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 16 October 2013 15:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

I saw The Trials of Muhammad Ali on the weekend, and there was a great clip of him being interviewed by Lewis circa 1964--maybe guest-hosting on The Tonight Show?--and Lewis tells him to shut up! Can't find the clip.

clemenza, Wednesday, 16 October 2013 17:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

this one?

JCL, Wednesday, 16 October 2013 18:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

That'd be it, thanks--I was searching Jerry Lewis/Muhammad Ali.

clemenza, Wednesday, 16 October 2013 18:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

Hey, Morbs, if you want a signed first edition of Jerry Lewis In Person, my cousin has one up on eBay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/331046873396?roken=rzF8IT

My question is primarily riparian (Phil D.), Thursday, 17 October 2013 18:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

I tried to make it through the doc last night (loads of talking heads - Seinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Eddie Murphy, Spielberg, Carol Burnett, etc. - all saying how if you don't "get" Lewis then you don't get comedy) and I couldn't make it. He's a fascinating figure in a lot of ways but his schtick, particularly the "classic" clips they played from his films just don't make me laugh. For me the funniest bit was a clip from his recent stage tour where he asked for a stool and someone from stage-left threw one at him.

Ayn Rand Akbar (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 17 October 2013 18:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

I watch the typewriter bit or the falling vases-bit and I marvel at the coordination and skill that are abundantly in evidence but I don't actually laugh.

Ayn Rand Akbar (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 17 October 2013 18:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

I always found the typewriter bit a lot more impressive than funny too. And the doc was really hit-or-miss. For whatever reason, the "classic" shit that's always trotted out for Jerry retrospectives is often either not his best shit, or yanked from the context that made it funny.

But if you want Solid Laffs, you can't go wrong with The Errand Boy.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 17 October 2013 18:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

just pretend I put that MO'D quote about getting laughs being the lowest form of comedy here.

srsly, Lewis's post-Dean films -- even the good ones -- are generally less ha-ha-funny than, say, their live TV appearances or the best moments of the M&L movies. You either get fascinated by being immersed in his world or you don't.

eclectic husbandry (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 17 October 2013 18:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

DOn't think I've ever seen a M&L movie. Did they ever get shown on TV in the UK?

Mark G, Friday, 18 October 2013 14:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

Not very often, I don't think, whereas I grew up with The Disorderly Orderly, Nutty Professor et al. I'm a fan, shoot me.

Tommy McTommy (Tom D.), Friday, 18 October 2013 14:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

... and Who's Minding the Store, I don't know how many times I saw that as a child

Tommy McTommy (Tom D.), Friday, 18 October 2013 14:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

i saw a few m&l movies on uk tv back in the 90s. hollywood or bust and artists and models are the ones i remember.

sleepingsignal, Friday, 18 October 2013 15:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

I have the Deano e.p. for Hollywood or Bust.

JL's not on it.

Mark G, Friday, 18 October 2013 15:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

(I was young enough to wonder where Bust was.)

Mark G, Friday, 18 October 2013 15:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

This was the last film that Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin appeared in together. According to Lewis in his autobiography, he and Dean did not speak to each other off camera during the entire film shoot. In addition, Lewis claimed that this is the only one of his films that he has never seen, citing it as too painful to watch.

sleepingsignal, Friday, 18 October 2013 15:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

teaching at USC 1967

eclectic husbandry (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 30 October 2013 20:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

needed work on the chalk drawings imho

eclectic husbandry (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 31 October 2013 03:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

Jonathan Rosenbaum's notes for the Viennale tribute to JL:

Indeed, the fact that the monster impact of Martin and Lewis on American society of the 1950s briefly preceded that of Elvis Presley suggests that, in their own manic fashion, Dean and Jerry helped to usher in the youth culture of the 1950s and its own liberating physical impulses (associated mainly with sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll) in which Lewis’s body spoke louder than his words (which often took the form of gibberish anyway) and seemed to have an erupting and convulsive will of its own, cutting through all the multiple restraints that characterized American society during this period. (See, in particular, the extraordinary and singular dances performed by Lewis in such films as Sailor Beware, Living It Up, You’re Never Too Young [1954], Cinderfella [1959], The Ladies Man [1961], and The Nutty Professor [1962].)Despite the fact that Lewis was saddled with a producer at Paramount, Hal B. Wallis, determined to keep his and Martin’s comedies as innocuous and as formulaic as possible — a service Wallis provided even more ruinously to Elvis Presley a little later by similarly and systematically de-radicalizing and dry-cleaning his star’s image and appeal in relation to sex, ethnicity, race, and politics — Lewis, unlike Presley, gradually acquired enough clout to exercise creative control as writer, producer, and director, even though he initially received no screen credit for this. Wallis fully succeeded, however, in depriving Lewis of any of the cultural prestige that he routinely assigned to his adaptations of Broadway dramas during the same period — many of these about frustrated middle-aged woman (e.g., Come Back, Little Sheba, The Rose Tattoo, The Rainmaker, Summer and Smoke) — and sometimes being rewarded for his good middlebrow taste with Oscars. For Wallis and his constituency, “art” usually meant the legitimate stage (especially Tennessee Williams), literature, and/or foreign actors such as Anna Magnani and Anthony Quinn — lessons that Woody Allen would benefit from (as would Arthur Penn, Francis Coppola, Martin Scorsese, among other culturally ambitious American directors) when he openly emulated European filmmakers and “serious” American playwrights, something Lewis has never done....

http://www.jonathanrosenbaum.net/2013/10/the-lewis-contradiction/

eclectic husbandry (Dr Morbius), Monday, 4 November 2013 17:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

Fitting my theory that Jerry doesn't even believe what he's saying during some of his most quotable outbursts, in this case "Women aren't funny," here he goes on at great length to praise Carol Burnett as a great artist and clown. Bonuses of chomping on candy and the "garbage" (entertainment, presumably) America has endured since 1948:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtfOcO9vj0c#t=114

eclectic husbandry (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 8 January 2014 02:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

88 today

images of war violence and historical smoking (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 16 March 2014 05:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

images of war violence and historical smoking (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 16 March 2014 10:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

one of my favorite scenes:

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Sunday, 16 March 2014 15:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

Hoberman on the new Nutty Blu-ray set, which includes The Errand Boy, Cinderfella and "a facsimile of Instruction Book for Being a Person, the slim volume Mr. Lewis wrote, had bound and distributed to the movie’s cast and crew."

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/15/movies/homevideo/jerry-lewis-in-8216the-nutty-professor8217.html

son of a lewd monk (Dr Morbius), Monday, 16 June 2014 15:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

Think I'll skip that one; I already have the "Legendary Jerry Collection" box. Now, if it had been packaged with a copy of The Total Filmmaker...

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Monday, 16 June 2014 16:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

5 months pass...

First Jerry thinkpiece I've seen where he's compared to Matthew Barney.

As the titles of his amateur films from the early 50s – Come Back Little Shiksa, A Spot in the Shade, Watch on the Lime, Fairfax Avenue (a play on Billy Wilder’s Sunset Blvd.) – suggest, Lewis was poking fun at ‘respectable’ classics, frequently giving a specifically Jewish twist to this mainstream fare. Judging from the handful of clips that have emerged from these productions, they wore their marginal status as a badge of honour, their lack of production values functioning as an implicit critique of Hollywood gloss (anticipating the approach of later independent directors such as Jim McBride and John Cassavetes). Lewis even mocked the self-importance and solipsism of Hollywood’s rituals, staging his own red-carpet premieres for these shorts at his own house, and hosting award ceremonies in which he and his collaborators took home every statuette.

Lewis is so widely regarded as part of the Hollywood elite that it is worth noting how strongly opposed to it his formal, aesthetic and ideological practices are, his craving for independence as a filmmaker being the external expression of a deeper radicalism. His persona as a performer involved a rejection of restraint, dignity and good taste, and it was clearly this which endeared him to both children and revolutionaries while attracting the opprobrium of those who believed Stanley Kramer and Fred Zinnemann to be great directors, and Laurence Olivier a great actor.

http://www.bfi.org.uk/…/comment/b…/jerry-lewis-where-respect

things lose meaning over time (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 19 November 2014 17:13 (1 year ago) Permalink

Anecdote from a friend on FB who went with his husband to this Joan Collins thing:

Joan Collins was actually very enjoyable. It was a One-Woman Show and she spent an hour and fifteen minutes showing slides and talking about her life, then spent another 20 minutes fielding questions from the audience. I wanted to ask her about the greatest movie she's ever done, "Empire of the Ants", but chickened out. Her stories were great though, especially her catty ones about the other actresses she worked with. And I loved when an audience member asked her if she was still friends with Linda Evans, and she answered, "I've never been friends with Linda Evans". Me-Ouch!
Sitting right across the isle from us was none other than Jerry Lewis, who made it very obvious that he didn't want anyone bothering him at all. (Skip sneaked a picture of both Joan and Jerry, although he was warned there were no pictures allowed of anyone. Jerry was looking a little ragged around the edges, but Joan looked amazing. It's hard to believe she's 81 years old!

Skip posted a blurry photo later -- nothing revelatory, Jerry looked like Jerry -- with this note:

And here's Jerry, trying to escape the few fans that wanted to shake his hand. ALL were assholes, actually, during the Jerry encounter at the end.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 1 December 2014 05:24 (1 year ago) Permalink

from the NYT Book Review's piece on Norman Lear's autobio:

"His memoir covers 92 extraordinary years of life in which, among other things, Lear flew 52 missions as a radio operator and gunner in World War II, wrote television scripts for the country singer Tennessee Ernie Ford and witnessed a naked Jerry Lewis blow out a birthday candle attached to his penis."

things lose meaning over time (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 9 December 2014 15:51 (1 year ago) Permalink

I was going to say the obvious question was "How many candles?"

Letsby Avenue (Tom D.), Tuesday, 9 December 2014 16:00 (1 year ago) Permalink

9 months pass...

NYT's Jennifer Schuessler:

The Nutty Professor has moved a few steps closer to academic respectability with the announcement that the Library of Congress has acquired the personal archives of Jerry Lewis.

The archive, acquired by a combination of donation and purchase, includes more than 10,000 moving-image materials and paper documents covering Mr. Lewis’s seven-decade career, from an early screen test before his movie debut to prints of hits like “The Errand Boy” and “The Bellboy” to various outtakes and bloopers.

The archive also contains the amateur movies Mr. Lewis directed at home, including “Fairfax Avenue” (a spoof of “Sunset Boulevard”) and “The Re-Enforcer” (starring Dean Martin).

Additionally, it contains copies from Mr. Lewis’s many television appearances on shows like “The Tonight Show” and the more obscure “Broadway Open House,” as well as footage of his nightclub act with Mr. Martin and his work with the Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon.

To mark the acquisition Mr. Lewis, 89, will give a performance on Oct. 9 at the State Theater in Culpeper, Va., not far from the library’s Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation, where his archive will be stored.

“For more than seven decades I’ve been dedicated to making people laugh,” Mr. Lewis said in a statement. “If I get more than three people in a room, I do a number. Knowing that the Library of Congress was interested in acquiring my life’s work was one of the biggest thrills of my life.”

The library also holds collections relating to a number of other comedians, including Bob Hope, Groucho Marx, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/09/14/jerry-lewis-archive-goes-to-library-of-congress/

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Friday, 18 September 2015 15:05 (10 months ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

My comedian friend went to this and said Scorsese was quoting The Total Film-Maker from memory.

“Comedy in visual terms is always preferable to verbal,” he offered. “The visual gets to the brain faster. The eyes are faster than the ears.”

http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/oct/07/jerry-lewis-martin-scorsese-new-york-film-festival

http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/martin-scorsese-and-jerry-lewis-talk-comedy-filmmaking-and-more-at-museum-of-the-moving-image-20151007

http://www.showbiz411.com/2015/10/07/exclusive-jerry-lewis-listens-to-dean-martins-music-all-the-time-all-of-it-i-always-listen-to-my-partners-stuff

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 7 October 2015 17:51 (9 months ago) Permalink

Oh man, thanks for posting those! Must've been amazing to be in that room.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 7 October 2015 18:07 (9 months ago) Permalink

Brody:

Scorsese called “The Bellboy,” Lewis’s first feature as a director, “a virtual dictionary of visual thought.” Speaking of one of Lewis’s most spectacular achievements, “The Ladies Man,” Scorsese (who was eighteen when it came out) said that the freely associative logic of the dance scene involving the “woman in black” suggested a new kind of movie grammar (what does Jerry think she’s going to do with that rope?), and that the movie over all presented them with new possibilities: “There’s a story, but is there a plot? It freed us up.”...

Lewis parodied Spencer Tracy’s scene of captivity in “Captains Courageous,” imitating him with a chain around his neck and crying out—with a rush of Yiddish, saying of the Catholic Tracy, “Really, he speaks better Jewish than I do.” But Lewis brought the discussion back to his craft, explaining that what he learned from Tracy was, “He had a wonderful time. I had to find the device so that when I made a film, I could have a wonderful time.”

That device turned out to be technical mastery. Lewis said, “In my first three days at Paramount, nobody could find me”—because he was wandering the studio, talking with and learning from technicians in every department, from camera and sound to lighting and editing (but, he said, not the contracts department—“not lawyers”).

http://www.newyorker.com/culture/richard-brody/jerry-lewis-the-auteur

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Friday, 9 October 2015 14:18 (9 months ago) Permalink

he did a thing at the Friars Club too

While a frantic Leroy Anderson orchestral composition played in the background, Mr. Lewis recreated a famous bit in which he appears to pound away at an invisible typewriter.

And he sang an a cappella rendition of “Somebody,” from his 1960 comedy “Cinderfella,” with lyrics that poignantly observe, “In a cabin or a castle, even though you rise or fall/ Without somebody, you’re nobody at all.”

A further test of Mr. Lewis’s endurance awaited when the show was over. For a half-hour, he remained seated onstage in his chair while he received the good wishes of his fans, gently mocking their inquiries (“What a dumb question”) and discouraging them from taking selfies with him.

“It’s going to turn into an Italian wedding if you do that,” he explained more than once. “It’ll never end.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/07/arts/jerry-lewis-holds-sway-at-the-friars-club.html

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Friday, 9 October 2015 18:56 (9 months ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

https://instagram.com/p/95JbisqbVF/

Love, Wilco (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 10 November 2015 09:46 (8 months ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

NYC MoMA 90TH BIRTHDAY RETRO, mostly w/ 35mm prints and outtakes plus... basically similar to the 1988 Astoria retro that opened the Moving Image Museum:

http://www.moma.org/calendar/film/1621?locale=en

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 10 February 2016 20:32 (5 months ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

Jerry recorded an intro of a minute-plus for the retro; gracious and uneventful (he thinks it's "terriFICK").

There were color home movies shot by a M&L associate of Dean and Jerry hobnobbing around Broadway in their first big "presentation house" bill at the Capitol Theater ('47?), ie they shared the marquee with the Tex Beneke orchestra and the hit movie Naked City in a 4600-seat house, doing 4 shows a day. Assorted showbiz luminaries ambled by or mugged for the camera, including a 26-year-old Jack Roy (Rodney Dangerfield)! Young Dean was crazy handsome, the movies really don't do him justice.

They also screened about 45 minutes of Dean & Jerry guest shots on Milton Berle's show -- VERY funny, cuz Berle was best at down n' dirty slapstick and rapid-fire insults, and Lewis was practically tossing him around the stage at a few points.

Then there was a preview cut of The Ladies Man (which I'd seen in Astoria in 1988); my God, I'd forgotten about that whole "Miss Cartilage" dominatrixish musical number, WTF.

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 2 March 2016 15:53 (4 months ago) Permalink

to be precise, Capitol engagement was spring '48

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 2 March 2016 15:55 (4 months ago) Permalink

my God, I'd forgotten about that whole "Miss Cartilage" dominatrixish musical number, WTF.

Yeah, always thought that bit was completely fucking bizarre. Not unlike the little clown puppet in The Errand Boy, but at least the clown was trying to (clumsily) teach Jer something about himself.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 2 March 2016 16:39 (4 months ago) Permalink

i'd say Sylvia Lewis (the dancer who was Miss Cartilage) was too

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 2 March 2016 16:57 (4 months ago) Permalink

lengthy excerpts of October's dialogue with Scorsese; great stuff

MS: The thing about The Ladies Man and The Bellboy and The Family Jewels and all these films is, we didn’t learn in the sense that we went to the theater to learn. What I was fascinated by was that the structure of the story was so loose that you can open a door and can get into an orchestra with Les Baxter. You can get the house cut in half. There’s Helen Traubel, she’s doing her routine. I mean, there’s a story, but is there a plot? I don’t know! And so, with these pictures, it opened out heads to say, you know, you don’t have to be stuck to a three-act structure in terms of narrative. You can make a film about a guy trying to get into a building. But this really freed us in terms of thinking about what cinema is. So in terms of the timing within the frame, he does that masterfully, of course. But then in terms of the editing, how does one deal with that, if you come in for a tighter shot? When, as you set the time in The Colgate Comedy Hour, you put your foot in the turkey dinner? You remember? I saw that live.

JL: “Take your filthy hands off that bird!”

MS: The timing was impeccable. And you told me there was a slave camera, another camera that picked it up immediately. Have you had some very interesting relationships to these kinds of situations in the editing room? In terms of pacing.

JL: Well, you know how many times you plan something for a wide shot with a lot of animation and then all of a sudden you come to it and it’s not what you really want to do. And you start trimming and taking a piece from here and a piece from there… And I’ll play that back when I sit in the editing room, and I’ll do what I used to call “death march” footage—you I going to get killed unless you fix this!—and you talk to yourself once in awhile.

MS: It’s true, because the pacing is like music. And you do music. You know, as a recording artist, you conduct an orchestra. Comedy is music that way. Cinema is music. That timing carries through. It’s impeccable. I’d seen some of the Chaplin films earlier, but they are not the way your stuff was presented at that time in the late ‘50s/early ‘60s. To be able to respond to a visual image that had such fluidity to it in terms of pacing and comic timing. We’d never really seen anything like it. And the scripted scenes and improvised scenes… The improvisation that you would do physically would fit within the scripted scene. That’s another issue, I think: you had more control of it because you were doing it.

JL: I had holes to fall in all over the set. No, really. You never know when I’m going to use one! [Laughter] I gave of myself completely. I’ve got so many more scars on my body, you’d think I’d played NFL football! I came out of a three-story window into cardboard boxes, which were supposed to save me, and I landed on the corner of them. I’ll show that to you later. [Laughter] No, I won’t.

http://www.filmcomment.com/blog/jerry-lewis-and-martin-scorsese/

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 2 March 2016 21:15 (4 months ago) Permalink

tonight's post-screening fare of Hollywood or Bust promises footage of multiple Dean & Jerry reunions -- there's more than just the mid-'70s telethon, beats me.

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 3 March 2016 18:09 (4 months ago) Permalink

i def think Living It Up is the most underrated of the Dean & Jerry films i've seen

http://www.bkmag.com/2016/03/02/the-best-old-movies-on-a-big-screen-this-week-nyc-repertory-cinema-picks-march-2-8/4/

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Friday, 4 March 2016 23:00 (4 months ago) Permalink

Never saw that one. Haven't seen a ton of D&J, for that matter...just Hollywood or Bust, Artists and Models (my favorite of these three), and You're Never Too Young. The latter was my introduction to Prime Jerry/Jerry The Genius, and it completely turned me around -- prior to seeing that, I was the typical anti-Jerry snob, only thinking of him as the telethon guy. As soon as he started to move, it was, "Ah, so THAT'S where Pee-Wee Herman got about 70% of his schtick!" (among other realizations)

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Saturday, 5 March 2016 00:05 (4 months ago) Permalink

Violet Lucca on work, wealth and self-made men in JL's films....

Being the utterly wonderful noveau riche narcissist he is, Lewis would always portray these man-children while wearing a large gold pinky ring, giant wedding ring, and, sometimes, a gold watch, giving more than a touch of cognitive dissonance to his performances. (As I have posited elsewhere, the wedding ring might’ve diffused any guilt he experienced about his rampant infidelities at the time.)...

Despite their anarchic goofiness, this cycle of films embody some readily identifiable long-standing myths about class and class mobility in America. In The Errand Boy (61) and The Patsy (64, which effectively blends The Errand Boy with The Bellboy), delivery boys achieve fame through their clumsiness, and rise to become comedians of Lewis’s stature—even though, in fact, pratfalls and rubber faces require greater-than-average muscular control. (Myth: exceptional talent alone will get you ahead; it’s only a matter of time before you’re noticed.) In It’s Only Money (62), Lewis’s idiot private eye turns out to be the long-lost nephew of a wealthy heiress; in The Family Jewels (65), Lewis’s lovable idiot chauffeur gets to be Donna Butterworth’s daddy and inherits the millions. (Myth: you only need that one dead relative you didn’t know existed to cash in. This one is pervasive judging from the number of inheritance scams and unclaimed money services.)

http://www.filmcomment.com/blog/jerry-lewis-wealth/

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Monday, 7 March 2016 20:59 (4 months ago) Permalink

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 8 March 2016 07:31 (4 months ago) Permalink

rewatch of his (theatrical) directorial swan song tonight

pitless watermelon

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Monday, 14 March 2016 02:46 (4 months ago) Permalink

They had what I assume to be a 1st ed. hardcover copy of the book this thread took its name from in the collectibles case at my local Half-Price for $100.

Now I Know How Joan of Arcadia Felt (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 14 March 2016 02:50 (4 months ago) Permalink

I saw that book for cheap once and inexplicably didn't buy it. A new printing is rumored.

Jerry has a "pointless cameo" as Nic Cage's dad in a new thriller.

http://variety.com/2016/film/festivals/the-trust-review-nicolas-cage-elijah-wood-sxsw-1201729052/

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Monday, 14 March 2016 14:53 (4 months ago) Permalink

Happy birthday, Jerry!

A Fifth Beatle Dies (Tom D.), Wednesday, 16 March 2016 11:46 (4 months ago) Permalink

not sure i've posted the 'turkey dinner' sketch, recently discussed by JL with Scorsese.

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 16 March 2016 14:30 (4 months ago) Permalink

Max Rose to be distributed this summer, finally

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/jerry-lewis-max-rose-lands-876217

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 16 March 2016 20:15 (4 months ago) Permalink

Chicamaw (Ward Fowler), Wednesday, 16 March 2016 20:55 (4 months ago) Permalink

OK, so a documentary about The Day the Clown Cried has just come on my TV screen...

A Fifth Beatle Dies (Tom D.), Sunday, 20 March 2016 21:33 (4 months ago) Permalink

... ugh, Terry Wogan

A Fifth Beatle Dies (Tom D.), Sunday, 20 March 2016 21:34 (4 months ago) Permalink

Was just watching that too:

We've got ten years to wait.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 20 March 2016 22:25 (4 months ago) Permalink

thx guys for staying on form

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Monday, 21 March 2016 00:45 (4 months ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 10 April 2016 00:29 (3 months ago) Permalink

Max Rose is nothing special, tho Old Jerry has a nice gravitas. (The most kinetic performance in the film is a one-scene climactic spin by Dean Stockwell.)

JL entered the packed MoMA theater (assisted by his people) for it, got a standing ovation, and loudly asked "When do we eat?" The he did his usual passive / aggressive japery in the postscreening interview and Q&A. Someone asked him what growing up in Newark was like in the '30s. "Do you want to know about my bris? Jesus Christ. NEXT!"

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Monday, 11 April 2016 14:08 (3 months ago) Permalink

and here it is

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Monday, 25 April 2016 10:38 (3 months ago) Permalink

the only thing that survives of Jerry's animated TV show from '70 (to which he did not actually contribute; Squiggy from LaVerne and Shirley played Jerry). looks like about 99% racial stereotype stuff

tremendous crime wave and killing wave (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Monday, 2 May 2016 22:26 (2 months ago) Permalink

i vaaaaguely remember the existence of that

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 3 May 2016 10:23 (2 months ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

RIP Bill Richmond, co-writer on 7 Lewis films

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/bill-richmond-dead-jerry-lewis-904166

helpless before THRILLARY (Dr Morbius), Friday, 24 June 2016 18:09 (1 month ago) Permalink

Mel (Brooks) and I only worked together on the script for THE LADIES' MAN for about two weeks. Mel and I would pitch ideas back and forth to each other. Once we had a good idea Mel would say, "Let's run it by Jerry and see if he likes it." So we'd call Jerry, and Jerry would say, "I can't talk right now, but let me get back to you." Now if anybody had a bigger ego than Jerry Lewis, it was Mel Brooks. Jerry did this to Mel about four times, so finally Mel literally just said, "Fuck this, I quit." So that left me to write the movie.

http://blog.tvstoreonline.com/2015/05/part-one-three-time-emmy-winner-and.html

helpless before THRILLARY (Dr Morbius), Friday, 24 June 2016 18:17 (1 month ago) Permalink

Oh man, had totally forgotten about the animated show! I could still recall parts of that great bubblegummy theme song, but not a thing about the cartoon itself.

Dan is a ‪#‎VegetablePuppet‬, he is NOT REAL. ‪#‎flatearth (Dan Peterson), Friday, 24 June 2016 18:43 (1 month ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

A pretty good Egyptian tomb sketch from JL's '67-69 NBC show, with a very game and funny Janet Leigh, with Jer as the nutty professor (who he recycled frequently in this series). There's a DVD if you'd like to see it w/out soup and subtitles.

helpless before THRILLARY (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 9 July 2016 23:03 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

DECONSTRUCTING JERRY: LEWIS AS DIRECTOR
A special dossier to accompany the Jerry Lewis program of the Melbourne International Film Festival 2016.

The comedian went on to discuss the duality in his own mind between his screen personality and the man who plays him, he spoke of the person on the screen as “him”. “Sometimes I write a memo in the morning”, he explained, “and then later, on the set when it’s carried out, I rebel against it – I’ve forgotten that it was me that asked for it.”

The only trouble with my doing my own screen writing is that I get so involved with the character I play that the perspective gets distorted and I begin to send out messages which have nothing to do with what I started out to create.

http://sensesofcinema.com/2016/jerry-lewis/

helpless before THRILLARY (Dr Morbius), Monday, 11 July 2016 21:03 (2 weeks ago) Permalink


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