Category: Directors

Vale Jerry Lewis

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Some Notes on the great Jerry Lewis, whom I regarded as the greatest comedy actor of his time.
Artists and Models is a very funny, wacky Frank Tashlin film which owes much to his earlier career as a cartoonist. Among other things, he contributed his skills to quite a range of 1940s Looney Tunes including some memorable Porky Pig and Daffy Duck items (Plane Daffy, Porky’s Railroad, Puss N’ Booty, I got Plenty of Mutton and The Stupid Cupid, all late 30s-early 40s classics). During the 1950s, Tashlin was central to the evolution of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis during the latter stages of their comic partnership. The best of the Tashlin/Martin/Lewis films was Artists and Models (1955), a sometimes hilarious, wacky comedy and one of the definitive colour films of its era. This was clearly a strong influence on Jerry Lewis’ imaginative and expressive colour schemes in his own films, most notably in The Ladies’ Man (1961) and ultimately in his masterpiece The Nutty Professor (1963).

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