Jerry Lewis: The Total Film-Maker

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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 (2 years ago) Permalink

Nice!

Dancing with Mr. T (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 18:09 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

The Total Film-Maker

turds (Hungry4Ass), Thursday, 29 November 2012 17:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

it is his book.

saltwater incursion (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 29 November 2012 17:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

is it good

turds (Hungry4Ass), Thursday, 29 November 2012 18:03 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

It's a how-to.

saltwater incursion (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 29 November 2012 18:07 (2 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 (1 year ago) Permalink

that's a lotta chopped liver

saltwater incursion (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 15 January 2013 02:08 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year ago) Permalink

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

Tarfumes The Escape Goat, Tuesday, 5 March 2013 03:18 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

http://youtu.be/WCvTrrb4_R4

Tarfumes The Escape Goat, Wednesday, 15 May 2013 23:29 (1 year ago) Permalink

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

Josefa, Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:22 (1 year 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 (1 year ago) Permalink

Max Rose at Cannes this week

ballin' from Maine to Mexico (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 19 May 2013 23:11 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year ago) Permalink


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