Very dated comedy, predictable punchlines, gags drawn out for far too long, absurdist humour of the most tame variety. Couldn't last longer than 20 minutes. Not worth the effort when Monty Python's films still draw the same depth of belly-laugh out of me, even after what must be my millionth viewing of them. I'm sure this was ground-breaking for its' time, but it hasn't endured, largely because it lacks any real wit.
I am evidently not a Jerry Lewis fan, as I found from this double bill! The first thing this film (and his other work) needed was a good, ruthless editor who could give the story SOME PACE. Very indulgent (Jerry Lewis Productions, after all) jokes which run on past their effectiveness, an over-wrought story, misogynistic and racist undertones (Chinese? Japanese? Who cares!), and a rather flaccid ending.
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.
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