Gerald Clamson (Jerry Lewis) is a bank examiner who loves fishing. Unfortunately one day at the ocean he reels in an injured gangster in a scuba diving suit named Syd Valentine (also played by Jerry Lewis). Syd tells Gerald about the diamonds he had stolen from the other gangsters and hands him a map.
Gerald heads to the Hilton Inn in San Diego where Syd claimed the diamonds were hidden. There he meets Suzie Cartwright (Susan Bay), an airline stewardess. While searching for the diamonds, he needs to avoid the hotel staff after inadvertently hurting the manager, and disguised himself as his Nutty Professor character, while trying to stay one step ahead of the other gangsters who are on his tail, all the while courting Suzie. The movie ends in a chase through Sea World San Diego, followed by a return to the Pacific Ocean, where Syd reappears. The gangsters chase Syd into the ocean, and Gerald and Suzie walk away, deeply in love. The diamonds are never located. —Wikipedia
Jerry Lewis (born March 16, 1926) is an American comedian, actor, film producer, writer, film director and singer. He is best-known for his slapstick humor in stage, screen, television, radio, and recording and is also known for his charity fund-raising telethons and position as national chairman for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Lewis has won several awards for lifetime achievements from The American Comedy Awards, The Golden Camera, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and The Venice Film Festival, and he has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2005, he received the Governors Award of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Board of Governors, which is the highest Emmy Award presented.
On February 22, 2009, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded Lewis the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. As an innovative filmmaker, Lewis is credited with inventing the video assist system in cinematography (some doubt now exists about this, due to… read more
Brilliant albeit cartoonish psychological and confessional look into the subconscious of Jerry Lewis. A must see minor masterpiece, that remains as the last truly great film of Jerry Lewis the director. Check out my Lewis audio series, which features this film. It's a 10 hour study of Lewis. http://mondofilmpodcast.blogspot.com/2012/05/episode-06-genius-of-jerry-lewis-part.html
I recall first seeing this as a kid and laughing so hard at the tennis scene that I almost lost my mind.Is there a better compliemnt for a comedy? Lewis is an accountant on vacation and mistaken for a mobster that should be dead. No not a classic but funny, strange, and like many of Lewis' directorial efforts contains absurd moments I find truer to actual lived experience than many serious films.