I should have wrote Lewis' performances as I've only seen one other film directed by him at this stage.
Fact: Mel Brooks did NOT write the script for this film. He was hired to write it, but quit the production before shooting started. Nothing in the final film survives from Brook's writing contributions. Check out my Lewis audio series, which features this film. It's a 10 hour study of Lewis. http://mondofilmpodcast.blogspot.com/2012/08/episode-07-genius-of-jerry-lewis-part.html
“Because if I catch you getting even close to her, it’s over for you, do you hear me? – Ov… over! – Over. O.V.U.R!” “What was the name of the movie that you was in where you flipped the coin? – “Scarface”… Satisfied? – No, ‘cause anyone would know the name of that movie! Show it to me by proving that you can flip the coin. – This is getting ridiculous! – Chicken! – I’m not chicken! – George Raft, eh, so good you ain’t with the coin, Mr Raft, uh?"
On a whole I wouldn’t rank it as one of Lewis’ funniest (although it certainly has its moments) but it is no less fun. So energetic, zany and inventive, I can’t wait to watch it again. Lewis’ charm is infectious.
Wow! Cool set! Too bad it ended up in a dopey Jerry Lewis movie. Do not see the appeal of this guy.
Jerry Lewis did more for comedy form in post-silent cinema than almost anybody (Albert Brooks comes to mind as another such colossus). Truly a masterful architect. Also, it's really funny.
An accomplished albeit somewhat underdeveloped comedy that features a whole range of humour from dry jokes to visual gags to physical comedy. I adored the former very much. Very very much. Aside from being comic, Lewis deconstructs cinema, peeling off various layers mostly through the use of meta-cinema. Thoughtful and funny.