Ladies' Man is a kind of parlay of scraps and ideas apparently left over from Jerry Lewis' last two films, The Bellboy and Cinderfella. In its episodic nature, it resembles the former. In its lavish production and eye-appeal, it takes after the latter. And the central character is a kind of a combination of the downtrodden Fella and the hapless Bellboy.

Ladies’ Man is a kind of parlay of scraps and ideas apparently left over from Jerry Lewis’ last two films, The Bellboy and Cinderfella. In its episodic nature, it resembles the former. In its lavish production and eye-appeal, it takes after the latter. And the central character is a kind of a combination of the downtrodden Fella and the hapless Bellboy.

The slight plot concerns a girl-shy goof who becomes the houseboy in a sort of palatial girlatorium. Primarily the plot is little more than a limp excuse for a series of anything-goes slapstick sequences and sight gags punctuated by an occasional song or dance, an occasional romantic interlude and a lethal dose of the star’s homely philosophy. Lewis will try anything for a laugh. When he hits, it’s a belly laugh. But too often he misses.

The odd characteristic of this picture, and of many of Lewis’ pictures, is its close resemblance to the style of an animated cartoon. It can be found in the technique of absurd facial exaggeration, the repetition, the insane body gyrations, the incongruous relationships of sight and sound, the trick effects, the abundance and short duration of scenes, the very fantasy of the thing.

For glamour, he is surrounded by 31 girls and an elaborate set, the exact likes of which has never been seen on the screen. It is a complex three-story multi-roomed, strikingly-tinted $350,000 creation that is something to behold. Ditto the $150,000 worth of props and furnishings.

The Ladies' Man

Production

Paramount. Director Jerry Lewis; Producer Jerry Lewis; Screenplay Jerry Lewis, Bill Richmond; Camera W. Wallace Kelley; Editor Stanley Johnson; Music Walter Scharf; Art Director Hal Pereira, Ross Bellah

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1961. Running time: 106 MIN.

With

Jerry Lewis Helen Traubel Kathleen Freeman Hope Holiday Lynn Ross Gretchen Houser
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