The Top 5 Must See Jerry Lewis Movies
Jerry Lewis was one of the top movie makers in the industry from the late 1940s through the 1960s. Lewis was a comedian who often teamed with singer Dean Martin to form a productive movie partnership. However, while Lewis often portrayed a brainless goof on film, he was an innovator behind the camera who often directed and wrote his own films. His career was hampered by his own ego, but that doesn't detract from his great catalog of films. These are the top five must-see Jerry Lewis movies, and should not be missed by any film buff.
"The Nutty Professor." This is perhaps the quintessential Lewis movie, and while it has many jokes and laughs throughout, it is also a sensitive and empathetic movie. Lewis starred as a brilliant but nerdy professor who was unable to meet and attract women. His loneliness served as the inspiration to invent a formula that allowed him to change his overall look and demeanor. Instead of moping around as the uncool professor Julius Kelp, Lewis became cool cat Buddy Love. Lewis served as a consultant when Eddie Murphy remade the movie in 1996.
"Who's Minding The Store." In this movie, Jerry works as a subservient department store employee, doing every job the boss asks of him. Some of the things he must do include walking dogs, painting a flagpole and demonstrating how to work a powerful vacuum cleaner. While Lewis is doing these jobs, he's trying to impress the daughter of the store's owner. It's a visceral comedy with tons of belly laughs.
"Cinderfella." This is Lewis's take on the classic Cinderella story. When his father passes away, Cinderfella is left with his step mother and two step brothers. They are snobbish and nasty to him and Cinderfella has to do all the hard jobs that his step brothers make him do. Cinderfella eventually meets his princess at a ball that his step mother has set up for her two sons. Cinderfella's decency and compassion come through as he completes task after task with a high comedic edge.
"The Bellboy." This movie is strange even by Lewis' standards. This is nearly a silent movie that was filmed in just a few weeks when Paramount Studios realized that it had a hole in its schedule and had to get something out quickly. It turned to Lewis, and he did "The Bellboy" in three weeks. In the film, he's a put-upon mute bellboy named Stanley at a ritzy hotel and the film is one gag after another.
"The Geisha Boy." In this movie, Lewis plays magician Gilbert Wooley. Wooley is not very good at his job, but he has a kind heart and looks after a young orphan who tags along with him. One of the funniest scenes in the movie is when Lewis is being chased around the steam bath by a humongous sumo wrestler and he must find a way to escape.