Some people are there as themselves, like Hedda Hopper, Rhonda Fleming, George Raft, Mel Tormé and Ed Sullivan. The master clown plays this time a bellboy named Stanley Belt. JerryLewis wrote, directed and starred in this grand production whichincludes top name actors. It quickly appears that Stanley will never develop any talent and the managers fire him just before he goes on stage. And so can Keenan's son Ned Wynn.
Phil Harris is great as Chic Wymore. His group of handlers are sad--not just at his death but because they're out of jobs. He never finishes a single sentence and this is what is supposed to be comedy?! Still if You are one of thosethat can Only take a Smattering of the Jerry Lewis Charm, this isProbably one You should Check Out. She plays Ellen Betz and is really sweet in her part. Jerry Lewis in another plush Paramount comedy, which he also directed and co-wrote with Bill Richmond, but one that doesn't have any central interest in its own plot.
The others from the management team come begging for their jobs back, and Stanley magnanimously agrees. That we expect of circus clowns. Few filmmakers are as precise in their conception of scenes and their creation of the images that bring them to life; few rework and deepen a set of ideas as obsessively throughout their careers; few put themselves on camera as bravely and vulnerably; and few conjure such a bold identification with their viewers. Jerry Lewis can still make me laugh like crazy. The rest of the film is devoted to how well they succeed intheir objective.
Yet, when the popularcomedy duo of Martin and Lewis broke up, the worry centered on DeanMartin. But as the date of a high-stakes appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show grows near, they begin to fear that the only astonishing thing about Stanley is his utter lack of talent. Not too many movies have a cast like that! Jerry does his comic act with his own unique style, that many have tried to imitate. Peter Lorre does his final movie role in The Patsy. Oh, and cameos by the likes of Hedda Hopper andEd Sullivan are also fine for the good sports they show up as.
If you're not, perhaps this isn'tthe one to start with. I'll stop thereand just say that while I know that Lewis tends to overdo his shtick, Iusually find it funny maybe both because and despite him doing so. The Sight Gags in Jerry's Movies are Consistently Innovativeand Succeed without Fail, One after Another. Like All Jerry Lewis Movies this has some Very Funny Bits and His ComicTiming is in Evident Here with a Scene Involving Voice Lessons andAntiques. He can't do anything right and there are so many things he has to do. He drops glasses and each time he picks up ice, it slips out of his hands--again and again. So many things he has to learn, and there's not too much time to learn it all.
Imean, when he mouths in the wrong places his recorded lyrics to his hitsong which I personally don't think would have been a hit even as anovelty tune or has a disastrous encounter with music teacher HansConried a veteran player of Lewis' movies , I'm so there laughing myhead off! Jerry Lewis needed the support of all time Classic greats as Everett Sloane, Phil Harris, John Carradine Dracula 1940's , George Raft, Hans Conried, Hedda Hopper, Ed Wynn along with many other greats. And the way he talks. Jerry is a fool with heart. I was so annoyed but decided to keep watching. In factI'm not sure Brooks didn't appropriate an idea or two for some of hisfilms. It's a shame, as I have watched a bunch of his movies lately and enjoyed most of them. The plot of this film was bad enough, but the silliness is compounded when it asks us to invest time in a character that is clownish.
For example, try The King of Comedy. With Lewis as the Patsy, it has becomes a Classic. This film and Lewis's , released a few months apart, were the final screen appearances of actor. . The Patsy is a great introduction to Jerry Lewis and I know his fanscount it among his best. Here in Finland they have been showing Jerry Lewis movies on Sundays this summer.
Now I can see his characters are often tragic figures who also happen to be very funny. And I was right, it didn't get any worse. Now I can see the tragedy in Jerry's characters better than I did back then. This is another Jerry Lewis film I could not finish. There are other Lewis films that are worth seeing. They then proceed to make him a star--singing one of the most annoying ditties I've ever heard. These folks have their careers rise and fall with the stars that timeand circumstance has attached them to.
It is Deeper than His OtherMovies and Lewis, who was a Constant Thinker, seemed to be ThinkingOvertime on this One. Theyfunction as a team and all they need is another star. Accident-prone bellhop at the Beverly Hilton is groomed for stardom by a group of show biz people eager to keep their cushy jobs after their star-client perishes in a plane crash oh, the hilarity! Frank Sinatra and ElvisPresley were known for their large entourages and I daresay right atthis moment there any number of people trying to figure out what thefuture holds for them with Michael Jackson's demise. Once again he plays the same character--a bumbling idiot whose sole purpose in life, it seems, is to make mistakes. One isn't sure if the project got away from Lewis or if he just lost interest in seeing the picture through. It's a shame, as he could be funny and likable--here he's just obnoxious and lacks humanity. Stanley becomes a hit on the show.
Stanley has no obvious talent, but his new managers use their power to open doors for him, including an appearance on. If you're a Lewis fan, don't miss. Lewis' characters in both films are bellboys named Stanley. The film's premise seems to suggest you should laugh at Lewis being unfunny. Together, under the auspices of Jerry, this film become one of a dozentriumphs. In addition, , who co-wrote the screenplay with Lewis, makes a cameo appearance in The Patsy as a piano player. So onthat note, The Patsy is well worth a look for any Lewis fan out there.