Jerry Lewis died Sunday at 91. From his start in vaudeville and in his later partnership with smooth-voiced crooner Dean Martin, Lewis created a persona that entertained and influenced a multitude of comic actors and stand-ups, such as Jim Carrey and Eddie Murphy.
The duo later carried their schtick into movies, where Lewis became captivated by the potential of cinema as a visual medium, ideal for comedy. He directed several films in the ‘60s that were popular in their day, and are now regarded as classics around the world. Here are 10 films that demonstrate the breadth of his talent. If you want to check out any of the movies at a later time, save them to your Watchlist, where you can keep a personal list of TV shows and film you’d like to try out.
Lewis’s best-known film is also his most personal, as much about his showbiz experiences as it is about the bucktoothed, nasal-voiced, ultra-nerdy mad scientist he played. Working with his frequent screenwriter collaborator Bill Richmond, Lewis makes “The Nutty Professor” into a parody of Jekyll&Hyde/sci-fi/horror movies, and adds his fearlessly critical take on what an awkward academic circa 1963 might want to become: a phony entertainer who resembles both Dean Martin and the star himself at his most unctuous.Read More...
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