Theme Times – Jerry Lewis

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Dedicated to Angie of King Ben’s Grandma
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Jerry Lewis (born Joseph Levitch; March 16, 1926 – August 20, 2017), nicknamed “The King of Comedy”, was an American comedian, actor, singer, filmmaker and humanitarian, who appeared in over sixty films and live performances, from his partnership of Martin & Lewis with singer Dean Martin to his prime as a soloist.

Lewis then worked behind the scenes as director, producer and screenwriter, appeared in numerous television programs and released album recordings as a singer. Lewis helped develop and popularize “video assist”, the closed-circuit apparatus enabling film directors to see what had been shot without waiting for developed film footage.

Lewis raised awareness for muscular dystrophy during his 55 years with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, most notably through his Labor Day telethon.

I grew up with Jerry Lewis films and Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin duo performances and seriously admired his and their combined talent. There simply have not been that many truly funny comedians of his calibre in my opinion since his authentically outrageous and oft provocative and anarchy driven style. He was both a genius and a remarkably creatively, skilled, artistic and sophisticated individual.

He influenced a great deal of both yesterday and today’s comedians like Andy Kaufman, Jim Carrey, Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy, Steve Martin, Martin Short and Robin Williams to name but a few as well as writers, performers and actors, filmmakers and more still.

Although like many truly funny people, Jerry Lewis had more than one side to his personality and many people disliked that darker more direct person as much as many loved that particular character. Jerry was a man who enjoyed his popularity, enjoyed the company of women, married or not, single or attached, he enjoyed women, full stop. He liked to be the centre of attention. He was a hyper focused perfectionist, who had little time for others who didn’t get things right like he did and had no threshold for incompetence!

Often he was considered curt and downright rude and l am not saying that is wrong, but l think it’s more to do with he was a man who just wanted things to be done professionally.

We all have our dark sides, our bad moments equally as we do have good sides and lighter times, Jerry was a man who enjoyed … no, loved laughter – l think that is what he needed more than anything else in his world. The world to laugh with him and when it aided at him. He was a man who played down his importance many a time in his humours and his acheivements.

Were you a fan and if so, what were your favourite performances? Here are 9 of mine of his…

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1 – Who’s Minding the Store – 1963

Barbara (Jill St. John) is in love with Norman (Jerry Lewis), the man who looks after her poodle. But she has a secret: She’s the daughter of a wealthy society couple and worth more than Norman will ever make. When her mother, Phoebe (Agnes Moorehead), finds out about Barbara’s relationship, she sends Norman to work a series of increasingly humiliating jobs at the family’s department store. Norman tries to please his cruel boss, Mr. Quimby (Ray Walston), and win Barbara’s hand in marriage.

2 – The Nutty Professor – 1963

Prof. Julius Kelp, a chemistry professor at the university is in love with his student, Stella. He does experiments to find out ways to impress her.

3 – The Disorderly Orderly – 1964

An inefficient hospital orderly wreaks havoc when he tries to help the patients.

4 – The Geisha Boy – 1958

A bumbling magician stumbles from one chaotic situation to the next when he joins a USO tour in the Far East.

5 – Never Too Young – 1955

Wilbur, a barber, disguises himself as an eleven-year-old in order to save Nancy’s reputation after he accompanies her in the same compartment while travelling in a train to Oregon.

6 – The King of Comedy – 1982

Rupert Pupkin (Robert De Niro) is a failure in life but a celebrity in his own mind, hosting an imaginary talk show in his mother’s basement. When he meets actual talk show host Jerry Langford (Jerry Lewis), he’s convinced it will provide his big break, but Langford isn’t interested in the would-be comedian. Undaunted, Pupkin effectively stalks Langford — and when that doesn’t work, he kidnaps him, offering his release in exchange for a guest spot on Langford’s show.

7 – The Stooge – 1952

Bill Miller, an entertainer, believes that he can execute a solo act. When he splits with his partner, his career flops. His manager advises him to perform with a stooge, which makes his act a hit.

8 – Scared Stiff – 1953

Mary recently inherits an island castle that is believed to be haunted. Myron and his friend Larry sail with her to Cuba to save Mary from a stranger who is after her life.

9 – Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis – 2011

Bonus Too

Were you a fan also of Jerry Lewis and if so, what were your favourite performances?

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10 thoughts on “Theme Times – Jerry Lewis

  1. My father was a big fan of his movies. Unfortunately I don’t remember any that I might have watched as a kid.

  2. I was just thinking that I should try to get Ben to watch his movies. Ben LOVES physical comedy. Cinderfella was one of my favorites.

    I remember the Telethon every year. My brother and I used to joke that we were “Jerry’s Kids” since our bio-father is named Jerry also.

    Thanks, JB! I didn’t know you were a fan too.


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