Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Ladies Man (1961)


While Jerry Lewis certainly wears his influences on his sleeve (Tashlin and Tati) there's no denying that he also had an instinctual eye for images. Though the "plot" consists of little more than a series of vaguely connected vignettes, the imagery and jokes are enough to hold your attention. Jerry Lewis is what Adam Sandler could become if he actually gave a damn. The size of that set and the precision of he choreography is enough to give Rear Window a run for its money, and it's all in service of getting the laugh. Jerry  was not content to just clown around. He took his silliness seriously and it shows. We really did lose a legend.

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